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Big ‘E’ Still Upset With Hit From Jordan Nolan On Darren Helm

Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,,,

Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is a big man with a normally peaceful demeanor. But everybody has a fuse. His was lit early in the third period Friday night.

Kings center Jordan Nolan blindsided Darren Helm and sent him flying awkwardly into the boards. Ericsson immediately abandoned the play, threw down his gloves and pummeled Nolan to the ice.

A day later and Ericsson was still smoldering.

"I thought, from my point of view, that was a match penalty," Ericsson said of the hit after practice Saturday. "I thought that was a really bad hit. I didn't feel he had anything but the numbers (on Helm's back) the whole way until contact. I am surprised he only got two minutes."

continued and you can watch the hit below...

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A Thank You And Highlights

If you missed out on what is going on with Jen, you can find out here.

Below, watch 26+ minutes of highlights from Kings/Wings last night.

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Tonight we face the Kings(6-2-2-), and they are coming off a loss to Pittsburgh last night. The Wings(5-2-2-) have another opportunity to take advantage of a team that just played, and these guys are from the West so the time travel cannot be easy.

 Both of these clubs have been on the receiving end of some awful tricks by guys wearing referee costumes so, I will resign myself to expecting more of the same.

I am hoping this young Wings club will continue to surprise all of us, and win two in a row.

Now, that would be a sweet treat.

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Wings/Kings Notes

The Kings arrived at their Detroit hotel around 12:30am after losing to the Penguins 3-0 last night and will not hold a morning skate.

Ansar Khan of Mlive answered some questions today..

Q: There is obviously a problem (on the power play), but they can't seem to figure it out. Could it be the single defenseman power play setup? I know they've used it in the past, but it doesn't seem to be working. What do you think is the problem, and what could they do to fix it? -- Dalton

A: I don't know if the single defenseman set-up is an issue. The problem is they don't have many other power play options on the blue line. I think they should try Brendan Smith, but coach Mike Babcock is reluctant to do that, for reasons he will not specify.

I think the problem is just what Babcock and players have talked about - they need to attack more. They need more shots (they have only 40 shots in 55:49 with the extra man), they need to be better at retrievals and they need a better net presence. Players acknowledge this, but haven't acted on it.


Game notes are below...

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Tonight we face the Capitals before heading home to play Friday against the Cup Champs. Detroit is (4-2-2) falling to fourth in our division. We absolutely have to pull out of this tailspin of inconsistency and put a string of wins together. Even three wins in a row would be good at this point.

The power play is shameful, so, Uncle Mike and his crew better get off the schnide and fix it. 

We have the tools, we have the talent. Get it done!

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Wings/Capitals Preview And Notes

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Mike Babcock isn't certain what to expect from the Washington Capitals tonight.

Sure, the Capitals have many of the same players back from last season, when they split the season series against Detroit as each team got four points. And Babcock has watched a couple of Washington's games this season on tape.

But the Capitals also have a new look after adding defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik - who both came over from Pittsburgh - as well as rookies Andre Burakovsky and Liam O'Brien to their lineup.

All have played key roles in helping Washington start the season 4-2-2 as it prepares to host Detroit.

But two things Babcock and the Red Wings are plenty familiar with are the Caps' leaders - head coach Barry Trotz and longtime captain Alex Ovechkin.


Preview of the Washington/Detroit game from Mike Vogel of Dump 'n Chase,

Two days after returning from a three-game journey through western Canada, the Capitals make a quick stop home to host the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night at Verizon Center. The game against the Wings concludes the October portion of the Capitals’ 2014-15 campaign.

Washington and Detroit feature identical 4-2-2 records at this early juncture of the season. So far in the early going, the Caps have yet to lose consecutive contests. They’ll need a win over the Wings to keep it that way.

The Capitals spend Monday in the air, flying back from Vancouver where they suffered a 4-2 loss to the Canucks on Sunday night. The Caps come home from their first extended road trip of the season with a 1-2 mark on the three-game journey through western Canada.


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1 Of The 19 Needs Some Help

If you were involved in H2H (Herm to Hockeytown), you probably recognize the name or know Jen MacRostie, one of the organizers of the event.

Sometime last week a fire destroyed the home of Jen's family and she could use some help.

Geore Malik has all the details or you could just go here to donate... http://www.gofundme.com/gaxz08.

Thanks and every little bit will certainly help.

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January 25, 1997. Some of you were wee children, some of us were adults, some of you were 17. 17 years is exactly how long it has been since the Wings have won in Philly during the regular season. 17 years and counting. Since the last Century, we haven't been able to beat the Flyers on their Home ice. Yes, there was the glorious Stanley Cup on June 7, 1997, but that was the Playoffs. And still, 17 years ago.

 This is the regular season, and, although many will say it doesn't matter, I think it does.

We need to pile up some more points and show the Flyers that they can't win em' all at home against the Red Wings. Anymore.

 The Flyers are hungry, and are looking for their first win at Home so this is bound to be ugly.

  On a personal note, Philly is not the most friendly place for fans from opposing teams. Heck, they get stabby within their own ranks, even after a win.

 That is why I'll be watching from the safety and comfort of my living room tonight. So, bring it on! 

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Preview And Notes- Red Wings/Flyers

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock might have been exaggerating slightly when speaking about his team's record in Philadelphia.

"I don't think we've won in Philly since Christ was a kid," Babcock said.

It only seems like that. The Red Wings have lost eight consecutive games in Philadelphia, getting outscored 33-13, since winning there when it mattered the most - in Games 1 and 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup finals en route to a sweep.

They'll have another chance Saturday at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) and will turn to backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson in an effort to snap the streak.


Below, Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly on the Flyers plus game notes...

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After a disappointing loss in Montreal we absolutely have to bounce back with a bona fide 2 point win. The idea here is to take total advantage of playing against a team that played last night. That is something we haven't been able to do.

Tonight we face the Penguins. Malkin is back and the Pens are playing a back to back, after a loss to the Flyers at Home. They will be looking for 2 points just like we are.

We have to stifle them.

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