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Morning Skate Update

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings


"It's really close...hopefully by the end of the weekend...Pretty much all the little stuff (is left)."

- Jimmy Howard on potentially signing a contract extension

"I wanted to be here. I get along great with everyone here. I believe in this organization and I think we're going to get the job done."
- Jimmy Howard

"Howie has worked hard and the organization has confidence in him. It's important for us. We need good goaltending. Just how much parity there is, we need him each and every night and he's been excellent for us."
- Mike Babcock

Damien Brunner will return to the lineup tonight after battling a lower-body injury, which has resulted in some line shuffling for tonight.



"We put Mule in (at center). We’re trying to get Filppula to help us out too, so we moved him to the (third line) and maybe they can generate some offense there with Brunner back."
- Mike Babcock

Brendan Smith will be back in the lineup tonight after being a healthy scratch Sunday.



Ian White will be a healthy scratch tonight.


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