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Red Wings Recall 15 'Black Aces'

The Red Wings have recalled 15 players from their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids as they prepare to make a run at a 12th Stanley Cup championship.

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This is standard practice at this time of year, as most teams to call players up from their minor league affiliates for the playoff run. With Grand Rapids out of the running for the AHL playoffs, Detroit basically recalled the entire lineup:

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Joining the parent club are goaltenders Thomas McCollum and Jordan Pearce; defensemen Travis Ehrhardt, Doug Janik, Brian Lashoff, Derek Meech, Logan Pyett and Brendan Smith; and forwards Joakim Andersson, Cory Emmerton, Ilari Filppula, Jan Mursak, Francis Pare, Brent Raedeke and Tomas Tatar.

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Barring injury, most of these players will never see the light off day on an NHL rink in these playoffs. Tatar, Mursak, McCollum and Emmerton all spent time during the season with the big club due to injuries, so if someone does go down they'll be first in the pecking order.