Abel to Yzerman
Yes it is me, Paul, in for Bill again today.
It has reached head-shaking territory for me.
No, I am not talking about the Detroit Lions, but instead the Detroit Red Wings.
Where do we go from here? Until the numerous defensive lapses are corrected we will continue to have games like last night's loss to Ottawa.
Until the offense decides to go hard to the net, until the dmen stop shooting when there is no screen being created, this is what we get and honestly deserve.
Correct the mistakes boys, play like you want to win the whole game and see what happens.
Paul here for Bill...
Now that the Nyquist fiasco is over with, we don't have to worry about any more roster moves until DeKeyser returns or someone else gets hurt.
So we will deal with that when the time comes, meanwhile, how does 2 wins in a row sound?
Now is the time for the Wings to put a nice winning streak together and move on up in the Eastern Conference standings.
On a positive note, the line of Franzen, Nyquist and Helm has some promise and I believe it all depends on what type of "Mule" shows up.
On the negative side, can we say Dan Cleary?
Babcock will start the game again with Cleary, Datsyuk and Bertuzzi but I wonder how long Cleary will remain with that line until we see someone like Tatar moving up?
Now with more Nyquist!
Paul for Bill and probably like you, I am done talking and the Wings should be too.
Just win, simple as that, just win.
It's a Nyquist Explosion!
Once again it's time for some "Red Wings Hockey..."
Sorry again for the late start and relative lack of info... hopefully work settles down a bit in the next couple of weeks.
Paul here again for Bill...
Let's try this: frustration, no passion, lack of confidence, mental lapses and head shaking.
Have I missed anything? Of course I could include some mistakes made from the front office but it does no good to complain, play with the hand dealt to you.
All I know a win will start to cure what ails the Wings right now.
Will it be tonight or does this continue until Tuesday when the Preds play at the Joe?
RedMenace is taking the day off today so you have me for this post.
DETROIT RED WINGS VS NEW YORK ISLANDERS
- Tonight is the 98th all-time meeting between DET and NYI
- Tonight marks the 1st of 3 meetings this season between DET and NYI, 1st of 2 in NYI
- DET’s all-time record vs. NYI: 46-44-6-1
- DET’s all-time road record at NYI: 20-25-4-0
- DET is 4-4-1-1 in its last 10 games vs. NYI
- DET has lost 4 straight to NYI (last win: 1/30/07, DET 4 at NYI 3 OT)
- DET’s last regulation win at NYI: 10/13/01, DET 5, NYI 4
- Daniel Alfredsson has 56 points (17-39-56) in 59 games vs. NYI
Paul here for Bill who as we know is a busy man and probably a bit pissed-off too.
I was going to post an old video of the Wings playing the Capitals but decided against it because it just isn't enjoyable watching some old highlights when your team needs a win.
Let's hope the Wings can get on a roll starting tonight.
In their next 22 games through the end of the year, they play 12 at home, 10 on the road and the longest road trip is to South Florida, twice.
They play 3 Western Conference teams, Nashville twice and Anaheim once.
They play four sets of back-to-back games but the hardest one is with the Wings at home for both games against the Pens and Bolts.
19, hmm, 19 games against the East through the end of the year.
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