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Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET
George Malik of The Malik Report has a game setup too.
via Evan Sporer of NHL.com,
TV: NHLN-US, FS-D, FS-F
Season series: The Florida Panthers have won two out of three games against the Detroit Red Wings this season, 4-3 at Joe Louis Arena on Dec. 2 and 3-2 in a shootout 10 days later, also in Detroit. Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg has a point in each of the three games, with a goal and two assists.
Red Wings team scope: Forward Pavel Datsyuk did not practice Wednesday, and will miss at least the next two games because of a lower-body injury, coach Mike Babcock said Wednesday, according to MLive.com. Babcock already announced Petr Mrazek will start in goal for Detroit. Mrazek made 42 saves in a 5-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. Forward Darren Helm, who has missed the past seven games because of an oblique injury, could play Thursday. He practiced Wednesday; Babcock said he has yet to be cleared but is hopeful Helm will be available. “Obviously he’s a real good player for us,” Babcock said, according to the Red Wings website. “It allows us to spread things out more. It gets [Luke Glendening] back in his right spot, which is real important for our team. We think we’re going to have a good team here, so ideally, knock on wood, we can stay healthy and start playing the best we can play.”
Panthers team scope: Goaltender Roberto Luongo practiced again Wednesday, but coach Gerrard Gallant would not confirm if Luongo will start against Detroit, according to the Miami Herald. Luongo has missed the past six games because of a shoulder injury. He took part in his first morning skate Tuesday before the Panthers played the Montreal Canadiens. Gallant said Luongo will skate Thursday and afterward a decision will be made. Florida trails the Boston Bruins by seven points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
The Red Wings reacted to their 7-2 loss in Philadelphia by turning the favor on the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Sunday, a 5-1 thumping. Really like Petr Mrazek in goal. There's an edge to him.
That's Pierre LeBrun of ESPN in the weekly Power Rankings, which have the Wings in the 8th spot.
Feel free to discuss.
Personally, I feel Mike Babcock will say, Jimmy Howard is the Wings' starting goaltender.
FYI, the Wings are off today.
Whew.... Another Detroit loss and not playing again until Thursday in Sunrise, Fla, would have made it a brutal four days for fans of the winged wheel.
Hopefully the Wings can get a day of rest on Monday and get back at it on Tuesday.
If you missed today's game or just want to watch the highlights again, here is 11 minutes for your viewing pleasure.
There's a game today. Join in if you want. As for me, I'm all in.
Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!
Game starts just after 12:30pm ET and is on NBC and Sportsnet
via Brina Hedger at NHL.com,
Season series: The Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings split the first two games, but the Penguins have three of the possible four points. Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall (two goals, two assists) and forward Henrik Zetterberg (one goal, three assists), and Pittsburgh forward Blake Comeau (one goal, three assists) each has four points.
Red Wings team scope: Detroit has developed a habit of getting outplayed in the first period and not recovering. It happened again Saturday at the Philadelphia Flyers, who defeated them 7-2. Detroit has lost two games in a row and four of the past five. The Red Wings, who will start goalie Petr Mrazek, are 2-4-0 since trading for forward Erik Cole and defenseman Marek Zidlicky before the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2. The Boston Bruins are three points behind Detroit for third in the Atlantic Division.
Penguins team scope: Coach Mike Johnston said he doesn't know the availability of captain Sidney Crosby or center Evgeni Malkin. Crosby wasn't feeling well after warm-ups Saturday and was a late scratch for a 2-0 loss at the Boston Bruins. Malkin left after playing 4:15 because of a lower-body injury that appeared to happen during his first shift. If one of them plays, look for forward Craig Adams to be in the lineup. If neither plays, the Penguins could use seven defensemen or call up a forward from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is likely to start. The Penguins are third in the Metropolitan Division but are bearing down on the New York Rangers and New York Islanders. Pittsburgh is 10-5-2 in the past 17 games; the Penguins have scored at least four goals in nine of those games, going 9-0-0, and are 1-5-2 in eight games scoring one or no goals.
“Well we haven’t won there in forever, so we’re due”, coach Mike Babcock said.
Being "due" means nothing. If the Wings play like a beer league Team, they're going to lose. Since forever the Wings have not played good enough to win in Philly during the regular season. We've played sloppy, undisciplined, hockey lately, and have made it tighter in the Atlantic with Boston nipping at our heels.
Yeah, "we're due".
I'm "due" to win the Powerball too, cause I haven't won it for a very long time. Yeah, right.
The last regular season win in Philly was on January 25, 1997.
June 7, 1997 was the Cup winning game. D-Mac scored a superb Stanley Cup game winning goal. That was our last win in Philly.
If there ever was a time for our Team to get our mojo back, today would be a good day to start. As Fans, "we're due" for an honest effort from the Coach all the way down to the end of the bench. As Fans, "we're due" a Team that is playing to win, a Team that is "all in" just like us. That is what "we're due."
Puck drops just after 1:00pm ET today.
via Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
Season series: The Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers split their previous two games this season, with the home team winning each time. Brayden Schenn scored the game-winning power-play goal in the third period of a 4-2 Flyers win Oct. 25 in Philadelphia. Pavel Datsyuk had two goals in a 5-2 Red Wings win Nov. 26 in Detroit.
Red Wings team scope: Now in his sixth season as the Red Wings starting goaltender, Jimmy Howard has played in every building except one: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. That will change Saturday when Howard tries to help the Red Wings win their first regular-season game in Philadelphia since Jan. 25, 1997. "We definitely know about [the drought]," Howard said Friday, according to MLive.com. "But it's not something we think about, that's for sure." Howard said he's well-prepared for what he might hear from Flyers fans from sitting on the bench during previous Red Wings visits. "They never stop yelling at the opposing team," he said. "It makes for a great atmosphere. When their fans are into it, it makes it that much more fun to participate in the game." Forward Darren Helm practiced Friday for the first time since sustaining a strained oblique muscle Feb. 28 but likely won't play. Forward Tomas Jurco, who missed the final period and a half against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday after being high-sticked in the face, left practice early Friday and won't play.
Flyers team scope: With their power play 1-for-17 in the past seven games, the Flyers' struggles at even-strength stand out more. They're averaging 1.64 goals per game at 5-on-5, and among the bigger culprits is forward Claude Giroux, who had a Flyers-best 21 even-strength goals last season but has seven this season. Also down are forwards Matt Read (from 18 to five) and Brayden Schenn (from 16 to eight). "Giroux and [Jakub] Voracek, Schenn, [Sean] Couturier, Read … we need more 5-on-5 goals from them,” coach Craig Berube said, according to CSNPhilly.com. "… We have a structure on our offensive play in what we want to do. The one area where we haven't been very good at and we need to keep harping on is getting to the net more and harder. … And getting some dirty goals and some tips and rebounds around the net. That's the one area for me. We don't have enough guys getting there at the net." Defenseman Michael Del Zotto, who has missed the past three games because of an upper-body injury, skated Friday, according to CSNPhilly.com. Berube would not comment on his availability.
We pulled out a win the other night, might I say a bit of a lucky win. But, for the remainder of the season we cannot rely on luck alone. I know, good to be lucky, lucky to be good, lucky bounces, etc.... It is time to focus on finishing the season with a winning push, and prepare for the physical type of games that we know are coming our way.
The BJ's are spreading the flu around like Typhoid Mary, but, with any luck the Wings have already had that bug in the room and will stay healthy.
It's time to tighten up.
via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,
Season series: The Columbus Blue Jackets haven't scored a non-shootout goal against the Detroit Red Wings, but Columbus won the most recent game on Boone Jenner's shootout goal. Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard has saved the 57 shots he faced in the two games. Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky opposed Howard each time and had the shutout win in the second game.
Blue Jackets team scope: Add flu-like symptoms to the long list of health issues for the Columbus, which is on pace to surpass 500 man-games lost. Coach Todd Richards said left wing Nick Foligno didn't play Tuesday in a 4-3 shootout win at the Carolina Hurricanes because he was sick. Richards is hopeful Foligno can play, but the illness appears to be spreading. The Blue Jackets had a smattering of players participate in an optional practice at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday, and centers Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov are questionable. "I don't know if I should call it the flu, but it has some similarities," Richards told The Columbus Dispatch. "A few guys have had it. It's rough. It hits you hard, but it's gone pretty quickly. So we'll see where we're at with those guys on Thursday."
Red Wings team scope: Detroit has 85 points and is solidly in position to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings, third in the Atlantic Division, are seven points ahead of the fourth-place Boston Bruins and five behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for second. Detroit has played three fewer games than Tampa Bay, which makes the goal of catching the Lightning realistic. Since returning from a six-game road trip against Western Conference opponents, the Red Wings are 2-2-0 and have been outscored 3-1 and outshot 30-19 in first period of the past two. They were off Tuesday.
Compete level. Play for sixty minutes. Start on time. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blather.
I got nothin'.
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