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Stars forced to stay in Detroit after plane engine malfunction

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Tuesday was a good news, bad news kind of night for the Dallas Stars.

On the good news front, they beat the Red Wings 2-1 for their second win of the season.

On the bad news front, they were unable to fly out of Detroit because of an engine malfunction on the team plane.

Here’s more, from NHL.com:

According to a press release sent out Wednesday morning by Stars coordinator of communications Greg Ramirez, “The problem occurred shortly after de-icing, as a valve for one of the engines malfunctioned.

“As a precaution, the decision was made not to fly out and the team stayed at a hotel near Detroit.”

Ramirez stressed that everyone was safe and further details about the Stars’ return to Dallas would come later Wednesday via the team’s official Twitter account.

The Stars host the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

Temperatures at the time of Dallas’ attempted departure were in the low 20s, according to reports.

At the time of writing, the Stars’ Twitter account had not yet been updated with news of a return time.

Update: According to Stars Inside Edge, the team is expected to leave Detroit at 2 p.m. Central Time.

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Blue Jackets’ Wennberg done for night with upper-body injury

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It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?

OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.

Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.

There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:

Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.