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Ex-Wolverine Luke Glendening endorses Jim Harbaugh hire

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Boston – Jim Harbaugh's anticipated arrival at Michigan is dominating the sports news back home, as well as in the Red Wings' locker room at TD Garden.

Former Wolverine Luke Glendening thinks it was the perfect hire.

"It's exciting for them to get a Michigan guy in there," said Glendening, who hasn't had many opportunities to brag about college football, with Michigan State alums Justin Abdelkader and Drew Miller as teammates. "Brady Hoke, I thought he did a good job when he was there; he's a great man, that's for sure. But things didn't work out."

Glendening was in the U-M hockey program from 2008-12 and was an avid football fan, attending "as many games as I could in the beginning of the season.

"They were always fun to watch and the crowds are great," Glendening said. "I'm sure this will (sustain that type of atmosphere)."

Most Wolverines fans had Harbaugh as their only choice to coach the team, largely because of his background at the school, and his success in turning around both college and NFL programs.

The hope among Wolverines fans, like Glendening, is that Harbaugh will do the same in Ann Arbor.

"His experience in the NFL is huge," Glendening said. "I don't know a ton about football but I think he'll do a great job."

Banged up Bruins

The Boston Bruins are going through the exact same thing the Red Wings endured last season.

The Bruins have been struck with injuries all season, and Monday they found out they'll be without forwards Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic against the Red Wings.

Defensemen Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid, and forwards David Krejci and Brad Marchand, are other key Bruins who've missed varying amounts of time, Chara and Krejci being significant losses.

"It's tough, it's one of those things you have to fight through adversity," Brendan Smith said. "We went through it last year and know how it felt.

"We started beating teams and finding our identity late in the year. We scratched and clawed for wins and they'll do the same. It's tough to lose guys like that (Bergeron, Lucic), especially your big boys, but at the end of the day you can't take anyone lightly."

Ice chips

Jakub Kindl (upper body) is out for Monday night's game, with Brian Lashoff back in the lineup. Kindl hurt himself during Sunday's practice.

… Bruins coach Claude Julien feels there is a budding rivalry between the teams since the Red Wings were placed in the Eastern Conference.

"We always have good games against each other and they're not dirty games," Julien said. "They're hard games. Again, they're for the most part close games. There's no doubt that there's mutual respect that exists between both teams and I feel there's a rivalry, maybe not our top rivalry, but there's a rivalry there for sure."