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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'.
Season series: The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 at Rexall Place on Jan. 6. Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader had a goal and two assists, and center Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist. Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle had two goals.
Oilers team scope: Edmonton has lost four in a row (0-3-1), including 7-4 to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday in the second of its five-game road trip. The Oilers blew a 3-0 lead, allowing six unanswered goals in a span of 17:26, and wasted center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' second career hat trick, first since Oct. 15, 2011, in his third NHL game. Left wing Benoit Pouliot missed the game because of the flu. Goalie Richard Bachman, making his first NHL start since Oct. 29, 2013, allowed six goals on 34 shots. Eberle scored his first goal since Feb. 2.
Red Wings team scope: Detroit has lost two straight following a 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Sunday. "We didn't execute at all in our own zone and gave up a lot of chances," coach Mike Babcock said. "Our power play was no good, gave up two shorthanded goals. Our penalty kill was no good, couldn't stop them, so we weren't good." It's the first time the Red Wings have lost two in a row in regulation this season; they lost 5-2 to the Calgary Flames on Friday. Goalie Jonas Gustavsson, who allowed four goals on 23 shots, was pulled after the second period because of an undisclosed injury. Babcock said the Red Wings will likely call up goaltender Petr Mrazek from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.
Oh yes. It's a Trap, and I'm all in.
Let's hope the Wings don't mail it in today like I just did.
The puck drops just after 12:30pm ET.
TV: NBC, SN360
Season series: The Boston Bruins won the first three games against the Detroit Red Wings this season. They haven't faced each other since Dec. 29 when the Bruins scored three goals in the first period of a 5-2 victory at TD Garden. Bruins forward Carl Soderberg had a goal and two assists. Boston has outshot the Red Wings 84-50 in the past two games.
Red Wings team scope: Detroit heads to Boston after splitting a two-game homestand. Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson will start after Jimmy Howard allowed four goals on 23 shots in a 5-2 loss against the Calgary Flames at Joe Louis Arena on Friday. Forward Teemu Pulkkinen is expected to play after being recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. In practice Saturday, coach Mike Babcock placed Luke Glendening on the top line with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar. Detroit has scored three goals in regulation in its past two games. "We're a team that needs to bounce back," Babcock said, according to Mlive.com "I felt our energy at practice was the best we've had in a bit. We haven't had good energy the last little bit, so I'm hoping the energy is back."
Bruins team scope: Boston extended its point streak to four games when Brad Marchand's overtime goal gave it a 3-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden on Saturday. Sunday ends a four-game homestand for the Bruins, who are two points ahead of the Florida Panthers for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with two games in hand. "I thought we had a pretty good game," said Marchand, who tied it with 15 seconds left in the third period. "It's always nerve-wracking when they go up by a goal with a minute left, but it just shows the character that we have in this room and to be able to bounce back and be mentally tough in that situation. We're very happy with it and we want to keep building."
The Wings came away with two points the ugly way against the Rangers on Wednesday night. We can cite a number of reasons for the way we played, but, we took the two points, so really, who cares? What impresses me is that Wings are finding a way to win. The addition of Cole and Zidlikcy has already proved to be a really good move by KH. I think it's safe to say, 19 of us are pretty happy with the way things are going right now.
I am not aboot to question anything.
Going against the Flames tonight is a semi-trap game since they played last night. It's a very tight race in the Pacific right now with just 4 points separating the #2 spot from the #5 spot. With the Flames trying to secure a playoff spot, we all know this Team is to be taken very seriously. The Flames are coming off a shoot out win in Boston in which former Red Wing, Happy Hudler was picked as the #1 star.
Let's get er' done!
TV: TVA Sports, SNW, FS-D+
Season series: The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Jan. 7 at Scotiabank Saddledome. Flames center Mikael Backlund and Red Wings forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader each had a goal and an assist.
Flames team scope: Calgary is 3-2-0 on its season-high seven-game road trip after a 4-3 shootout win against the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Goalie Karri Ramo made 34 saves through overtime, then denied seven of eight Boston shooters in the tiebreaker. Ramo has started five straight games, so Jonas Hiller might play in the second half of the back-to-back. Defenseman David Schlemko, who the Flames claimed off waivers from the Dallas Stars last weekend, scored the deciding goal. “[Coach Bob Hartley] just asked me, ‘Are you good at these things?’ And I told him I was 1-for-1,” Schlemko said, according to the Flames’ Twitter account. Forward David Jones sustained a lower-body injury in the first period and did not return. Forwards Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan each has scored in consecutive games; Monahan’s 23 goals lead the Flames, and Hudler’s 21 are second.
Red Wings team scope: The effects of Detroit’s six-game, 11-day Western Conference road trip were evident in its 2-1 overtime victory against the New York Rangers on Wednesday, when it was outshot 40-31. That fatigue carried into practice Thursday. “We weren’t real crisp today,” coach Mike Babcock told the Red Wings website. “We had a late game last night. I don’t think we had a ton of energy here today, but I expect our energy to be back and us to have no reason to [not] play a lot better than we did. We’ve got to tighten up our game again and get back to the level we need to be at.” One player who was fresh against New York was Zetterberg, who had two assists in 17:56 of ice time in his return to the lineup after missing four games because of a head injury. Defenseman Marek Zidlicky, acquired in a trade with the New Jersey Devils before the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday, scored the overtime winner. He played 17:44 and was second among Detroit defensemen with 2:28 of power-play time. Babcock, who said defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is banged up, will keep forwards Riley Sheahan, Gustav Nyquist and Stephen Weiss together despite not being pleased with his new third line’s performance against the Rangers. “They weren’t very good. Lots of us weren’t good though,” the coach told the Detroit Free Press. “We’ll see if it’s a line that can spend some time in the offensive zone. We’ll give it another try [Friday].”
Check out the extended highlights from the Wings/Rangers game last night.
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Also, it is that time of year to help out KK, I appreciate anything you can give. Thanks.
Well, the deadline passed and KH did pretty good. The 19 seem to be satisfied with the addition of Cole and Zidlicky. This move is one that looks to make our Team better right now, and, going forward into the remainder of the regular season, while hoping to have a good, deep post season run. No blockbuster deals, just deals that make sense. A couple of solid players with one that brings much needed size up front, and the other being the righty on D.
Tonight we face the Rangers and they are still chugging along quite well without their #1 Lundqvist in between the pipes. Cam Talbot has filled in very well for the ailing Lundqvist. They are currently sitting at second in the Metropolitan with 84 points. Still, a tough Team to go up against no matter who they put on the ice.
Tonight is another Rivalry Night game, but I don't care, cause we had a nice surprise visit from our Chief the other day, and, I really like our Team.
The puck drops just after 8:00pm ET and is on NBCSN and SN1.
George Malik of The Malik Report has all the information you need for tonight's game.
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