Wings Link Checks 01/13/12

The Detroit Red Wings are in a three way battle for first spot in the Western Conference with the slumping Chicago Blackhawks and the surging St. Louis Blues. The Wings played three games this week; a 3-2 overtime win in Chicago, a 5-1 loss to the Islanders and a 3-2 shootout win over Phoenix in Hockeytown. Here are some interesting stories from The Checking Line and elsewhere about your favourite team.

From The Checking Line - Red Wings Edition:

Kyle Busch tells you why Jimmy Howard and Pavel Datsyuk are All Stars but Nicklas Lidstrom was left out

Rachel Bellono's recap of yesterday's 3-2 win over Phoenix, Howard's 100th career win and her thoughts on a 5-1 loss to New York

Pavel Datsyuk's injury was minor, and A.K Bennett updates his status

Bennett also tells us why we should want Chris Pronger to be healthy. Seriously? Yeah, seriously.

Patrick Eaves' injury is more serious than it is being made out to be

Video Highlights:

TSN's Bob McKenzie talks about the 2013 Winter Classic

Henrik Zetterberg pulls off a one-hander in the shootout against Phoenix

From Around the Web:

Puck Daddy reports 2013 Winter Classic will be at the Big House between Detroit and Toronto

ESPN reports that a second rink has been proposed at Commerica Park

FS Detroit: Teammates comment on Howard's ASG selection and 100th win

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