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Wings/Blue Jackets Preview And Notes

from ESPN,

We are ranking all of the current NHL head coaches. We asked a panel of experts to rank each coach on a scale of 0 to 10 based on how they predict he will perform this season.

Mike Babcock tied for 3rd place with Claude Julien.

Brian Hedger at NHL.com has a preview of tonight's game.

Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch with a preview too,

The Blue Jackets have lost 118 man games to injury through 17 games, without question the defining statistic of their season.

Only five players have played all 17 games, and one of them — the Jackets’ leading scorer — might miss a game against the Detroit Red Wings tonight.

Center Ryan Johansen is “banged up,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said, and did not practice yesterday. Johansen is questionable to play in Nationwide Arena.

“We’ll see how he feels (this morning),” Richards said. “He’s got a little bit more (than soreness). We’ll know more (today).”

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Team notes are below...

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Going For Two

Montreal (13-4-1) is at the Joe tonight and they are smoking hot having won five in a row. When a Team is winning it makes them even harder to beat.

The Wings (8-3-5) know that there is no time for back patting. Friday's win was almost a full sixty minute effort. Howard was spectacular, and I was very impressed with Glennie and the grinders.

So, more of the same from the Wings tonight, and a FULL sixty minutes of effort from every single player.

Trap Game or not, confidence is high, and, I expect carry over from Friday to push the Wings into two in a row.

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A Hot Mule Takes On The #1 Team In The NHL

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Johan Franzen rattled off a litany of goals before the season: Come to play every game, be strong mentally, be focused, use his size to get to the net, contribute offensively and get off to a good start.

So far, he can put a check next to each entry.

The Detroit Red Wings forward has five goals and 11 points in 10 games. He has scored a goal in three consecutive games and will take a five-game points streak into Sunday's game against the Montreal Canadiens at Joe Louis Arena (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

"It took him a little bit to get back, but obviously Mule had his legs going," coach Mike Babcock said following Friday's 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. "That's what he's got to do for us. When his legs get going he's an ultra-effective player. When he's standing around watching he's just like the rest of us, not quite as good.

"It takes you time when you've been injured, especially a leg injury."

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Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out with a few notes on tonight's game in a post about the job Montreal GM Marc Bergevin has done and a recap on Montreal's win last night,

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Video- Did You Forget To Set The DVR Last Night?

If so, or maybe you just want 18 minutes of highlights from Wings/Hawks last night.

 

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I GOT NOTHING

That aboot sums it up. I'm no pharmacist, but if we do not start winning, instead of just hanging around for the embarrassing loser point, then, what is the point?

The Wings have fallen to sixth in the Atlantic. I am aware of how tight the standings are, but it is not going to get any easier.

The Cawks are coming to the Joe tonight, and I am hoping that we will interfere with any chance they have of winning. Subtlety or otherwise.

That's it. I got nothing.

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Preview and Notes- Wings/Hawks

NHL.com previews tonight's game which starts just after 7:30pm ET on FSD.

 

 

Below are notes on both teams...

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The Rest Of November

The Wings have nine games left in November, five ant home and four on the road.

What are your expectations for the remaining nine games?

Me, I would be satisfied with 14 points but that may be asking too much.

 

 

Below is the schedule for December which includes ten home games and four on the road. It looks like a very favorable month to me.

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AFTER YZERMAN

I've been thinking aboot the teams of the past and what Steve Yzerman meant to all Wings fans for over 20 years. Bringing the Cup back to Detroit two years in a row. The greatest team ever assembled in 2002, playing one leg, then I stop myself from waxing nostalgic.

 He is no longer one of us. He is an adversary, a formidable opponent with a pretty good Hockey Team right now. Tampa (10-3-1) is currently riding high atop the Atlantic Division.

The Wings (7-3-4) on the other hand, have moved back up into third in the Atlantic, and are going to try to put an end to Tampa's current streak. We have a pretty good Hockey Team too. Only three points separate the two Teams.

First TPH, and now Zetterberg, have proven to be good Captains in this after Yzerman era, and these young Wings have heard all the stories. Probably watched lots of games growing up.

A few Wings have even played on the same team as Stevie Y. 

All that needs to be pushed back into the past. We are going forward with a really good crop of talented youngsters, and after the win on Friday, maybe some more confidence. 

Thanks for the memories Stevie, but, now it's time to make new memories of our own.

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Mike Babcock On Pavel Datsyuk

Anyone else concerned or maybe confused about the quote from Mike Babcock to Craig Peterson of the Wings' website yesterday?

After participating in pregame warm-ups Friday night, Datsyuk was a last-minute scratch with a sore groin. The Wings won the game 4-2 over the New Jersey Devils despite the absence of Datsyuk who has scored five goals and 10 points in eight games this season.

Injuries are becoming a recurring trend with Datsyuk, this already being the second time he’s been absent from action. He missed the first five games of the regular season with a separated shoulder that he suffered in the preseason in addition to missing 37 games last season.

“I don’t know when Pavel’s coming back, if he’s coming back,” coach Mike Babcock said. “I don’t know what’s going on there. I just try to have the best lineup I can.”

Or is it Babcock being Babcock?

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Quotes And Notes- Tampa Bay Lightning And The Detroit Red Wings

First off a few quotes from two of the injured Wings...

"I did everything I can off the ice to get back healthy," Weiss said. "Last few days felt really good, so seemed to turn the corner again."

"I don't know how long it's going to take so I'm just going to take it step-by-step and listen to all the advice they give me and do all the rehab and then we'll see when I get back," Gustavsson said.

more on Stephen Weiss and Jonas Gustavsson from Ansar Khan of Mlive...

Then we have this dandy via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Valtteri Filppula (above) is the only Lightning player to have been a teammate of GM Steve Yzerman; they were with the Red Wings. And the Finnish center will never forget the first time he met Yzerman, getting an immediate taste of the Hall of Famer's sense of humor.

"It wasn't really a conversation. I didn't say anything; I was just listening," Filppula said. "He said, 'I never thought I'd play for so long that I'd have to play with a Fin.' "

Filppula smiled. "Later, I found out it was a joke, so I was happy about that."

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