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Tick Tock Kenny. Tick Frigging Tock.

I like the Cole move. Gritty. Veteran. Rental. Here for four months and gone. Deal.

And it's Kenny's show today.  There's a different feel about it then past (futile) years. I'm thinking there's more to come.

I'm thinking Phaneuf (more toughness with Cole) and if Phaneuf comes?

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Congratulations, You Are Ken Holland

The trade deadline closes on Monday at 3:00pm ET on Monday.

You've called around the NHL to find out what players are available, you are watching the Western Conference teams in the playoff race get stronger.

Teams have called you about Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and I am sure many other prospects along with Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar.

What will you do?

Also, before the six game road trip I asked you of your expectations.  One of the 19, aerodude nailed it with 9 points.

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The Task at Hand

After a pretty good bounce back on the West Coast the task at hand is to go into Nashville and grab two more points. This will be no easy task as the road weary Wings take on the Preds, who are #1 in the league right now.

Not to worry though, we have a Magic Man, with the Magic Hands, when it comes to playing the Preds.

None the less, everybody has to show up today. On time!

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators

Note today's game starts just after 3:00pm ET.

via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

Season series: The Detroit Red Wings are trying to sweep the series against the Nashville Predators after a victory in the first game at Joe Louis Arena. Forward Tomas Tatar had two goals and an assist for the Red Wings, who scored three goals on four shots to drive Predators goalie Carter Hutton from the net.

Red Wings team scope: Detroit is finishing a challenging portion of its schedule. This is the Red Wings' 17th road game in the past 23. They are 10-5-1 and cap the stretch against Nashville, the only other team in the NHL that has not lost consecutive games in regulation. Detroit is 3-1-1 on this road trip, which includes victories at the Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks. Defenseman Brendan Smith doesn't have a fractured arm, just a bruise, after being slew-footed by San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture. Defenseman Kyle Quincey (bone chips in ankle) is ready to play if Smith cannot. Forward Henrik Zetterberg (head) will miss a fourth straight game. Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson will start.

Predators team scope: Nashville is 2-2-1 in its past five games after winning six in a row from Feb. 7-17. The Predators are trying to win the Presidents' Trophy for the first time. "You want to be the best team in the League," forward Eric Nystrom told The Tennessean. "That's a goal every single year, so the Presidents' Trophy is important. That's a realistic goal for us right now with the position that we're in. To win anything is the reason we play the game, and that's another feather in the hat." Goalie Pekka Rinne, who was injured and missed the first game against Detroit, will start. The Predators did not practice Friday.

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Going Fishing

Yes, it's another late nighter, but, it's what the 19 do. Not much to add. The Wings need to reel in the two points and head back East.

We're going fishing, and the Sharks are biting.
 

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. San Jose Sharks

via NHL.com,

Season series: The San Jose Sharks swept two games against the Detroit Red Wings last season. Goalies Antti Niemi and Jimmy Howard each earned a shutout but only Niemi got a win in San Jose's 1-0 shootout victory at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 21, 2013. Forward Joe Pavelski scored two goals in a 4-1 win at SAP Center on Jan. 9, 2014.

Red Wings team scope: Detroit has lost the first two of three games in California playing without captain Henrik Zetterberg, who took a shot to the head from Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn on Saturday. Zetterberg is expected to miss a third straight game. The Red Wings are not calling the injury a concussion, but Zetterberg said Tuesday he's experiencing "some symptoms that I don't have when I'm 100 percent." Detroit is three points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for second place and six points back of the Montreal Canadiens for first in the Atlantic Division. Goalie Jonas Gustavsson made 26 saves in a 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, his first start since he separated his left shoulder Nov. 5 against the New York Rangers. "I thought [Gustavsson] played well," coach Mike Babcock told the Red Wings website. "I think Gus plays well all of the time, he just doesn't play. He's been injured so much, so when he plays I think he plays well. I think he gives us a chance most nights." Howard, who allowed three goals on 25 shots in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, is expected to start.

Sharks team scope: San Jose is 3-6-2 in February and has lost three of four to fall out of a Western Conference spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; it trails the second wild card Calgary Flames by two points. The Sharks, who have not played since a 2-1 loss to the Kings in the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game Saturday, have four games in six days. Defenseman Brent Burns has five goals, including two on the power play, in the past seven games. The Sharks have not gotten much with the man-advantage outside of their top unit, which is Burns, Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture. In the past 28 games, rookie center Melker Karlsson has San Jose's only power-play goal outside the top unit, which has scored 31 of the Sharks' 39 man-advantage goals through 61 games. "The second unit will someday become our first unit, so they better get their act together and get going," coach Todd McLellan said, according to CSN Bay Area. "You want to play in the League and you want power-play time? Get it done. Our power play, like anybody's, is going to sway throughout the year. We're still producing, but most of it is coming from the other unit. It has to balance out more."

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Do You Pull The Trigger?

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Looking Forward

Looking forward to tonight's game against the high flying Kings with the added bonus of a later start.

Oh well, we are Wing's Fans, and, we will have a some of the 19 in the building. Ambassadors Quake, and, Captain D. The best in the league. Eh!

Be there, or, be square.

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. Los Angeles Kings

Puck drops just after 10:30pm ET.

via NHL.com,

Season series: Gustav Nyquist and Pavel Datsyk each had two goals and one assist to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 31. Detroit scored four of its five goals in the first period.

Red Wings team scope: It's the fourth of a six-game road trip for the Red Wings, who suffered a 4-3 shootout loss at the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. Detroit is 2-0-1 on the trip thus far and is three points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for second place in the Atlantic Division. "I thought we controlled the game," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "The puck found a way in our net a couple times. I didn't like it, but I thought our team played good and played hard. Our kids were good." Goalie Jonas Gustavsson is expected to start Tuesday for the first time since Nov. 5. He made two saves in relief of Jimmy Howard in a 7-6 overtime win at the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Gustavsson missed three months because of a shoulder injury.

Kings team scope: Los Angeles will be seeking its eighth straight win on Tuesday. Some of the Kings' recent success can be attributed to goalie Jonathan Quick, who was named the NHL's First Star on Monday for his efforts over the past week. Quick went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and .959 save percentage. "If I have to pick a goaltender in a big game, I want Jonathan Quick," coach Darryl Sutter told LA Kings Insider, "and we're playing big games, so I want Jonathan Quick." Los Angeles is expected to be without defenseman Alec Martinez, who has missed the past six games because of an upper-body injury.

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Late Nite With the 19

I for one, could not be happier with the results so far on this road trip. Four points the hard way are still four points, and will come in handy when all is said and done.

Tonight we will go for two more points against the Ducks. They are doing pretty good out West winning their last two games, and leading the Pacific Division. So, be on the look out for the usual suspects.

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