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Road Trip

Tonight is the second game on the road for the Wings, just having come off a hard fought win against Chicago which made 19 fans supremely happy. We already have gained two points more than many out there thought we would have at this point on the road. Now, the time zone travel begins, and, I'm hoping the youngster's stamina will carry us throughout the entire West Coast swing.

But, first things first. The Stars are one of those Teams that cannot be taken for granted. In this league, nothing can be considered easy, any Team can win on any given night, and, I want to see a Wings Team that brings it from the time they drop the first puck, and, until the last second ticks off the clock.
 

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. Dallas Stars

via NHL.com,

Season series: The Detroit Red Wings are going for a two-game sweep of the Dallas Stars. Darren Helm scored twice, and Jimmy Howard made 22 saves to help Detroit defeat Dallas in early December.

Red Wings team scope: This is the second of a grueling six-game road trip for Detroit, which plays its next three games in California, beginning Monday against the Anaheim Ducks. The Red Wings got off to a successful start Wednesday by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout. Detroit recalled defenseman Jakub Kindl from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League, where he was halfway through a four-game conditioning assignment, after defenseman Kyle Quincey left practice Friday with an undisclosed leg injury. Quincey's status will be re-evaluated after the morning skate in Dallas.

Stars team scope: Dallas held an optional practice Friday. One of the participants was forward Ales Hemsky, who has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury. Coach Lindy Ruff said Hemsky will likely return Saturday. He also said forward Brendan Ranford, who made his NHL debut Thursday in a 5-2 home loss to the San Jose Sharks, will stay with the Stars through a two-game trip that begins Sunday at the Minnesota Wild. One player who won't be making the trip is first-line center Tyler Seguin, who sustained a knee injury Feb. 13 and is expected to miss 3-6 weeks. “OK,” Seguin said Friday when asked how he's feeling. "It’s more spiritually right now, trying to stay positive. It’s very frustrating. It's weird watching games. I’ve really never missed time during the season for injuries." Dallas will be trying to end a five-game losing streak to Detroit at American Airlines Center, where the Red Wings haven't lost since Oct. 14, 2010.

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HFBoards Trade Proposal For The Day

OEL to Detroit

I really, really want him in the Winged Wheel. Would Mantha, Larkin, and Ouellet get it done?

My fellow Wings fans: is that an overpayment on our part? For a superstar who would be here 10+ years I think it's fair.

and the reaction...

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Video- Extended Highlights Of Detroit Shootout Win Over Chicago

Thanks to awood40 for the video.

 

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Uphill Climb

No one ever said this season was going to be easy. Quite the contrary. Many folks out there are surprised at the current success (I guess it all depends on your point of view) regarding where the Wings are in the standings right now.

But, for 19 die hard fans, well, we are used to being pleasantly surprised, or extremely disappointed. I choose not to dwell on loss, but being realistic, I still see an uphill climb. Yesterday is long gone, so get over it and concentrate on tonight.

Facing the Cawks is always a good game, and by that I mean a good hard hitting, stick it to them in their own barn, Detroit "blue collar work ethic" bounce back type of game.

We have got to pull outta this rough patch, and tonight is the perfect time to get it going,   because the rest of this road trip is an uphill climb.

So all aboard, cause the Hasek is heading West down I 94, first stop, Chicago.
 
Carl Sandburg wrote, "They tell me you are wicked and I believe them..........."
Smart man.
 

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A Guaranteed Win

via TheSportsNetwork story on the game tonight...

Headline reads...

Red Wings look to snap skid versus Red Wings

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So It Begins

Expectations?

 

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Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks Preview And Notes

via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

Season series: Forward Luke Glendening had a two-point game (goal and assist) and goalie Jimmy Howard made 25 saves on 26 shots to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a win in the first game. The Chicago Blackhawks were outshot 36-26 and got their lone goal from Patrick Kane.

Red Wings team scope: Detroit hasn't won in three straight games (0-2-1) and struggled to score in two of the three. Seeking to bolster their offense, the Red Wings recalled rookie forward Teemu Pulkkinen from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. Pulkkinen, who scored his first NHL goal in a six-game debut stint Jan. 10-20, practiced with the Red Wings on a line with captain Henrik Zetterberg and forward Justin Abdelkader. He scored 10 goals and had 18 points in 11 games after being sent back down, and leads the AHL with 30 goals and 57 points. He's the first Griffins player to reach the 30-goal plateau in back-to-back seasons. "He just keeps going," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told reporters after practice. "He's a machine-like scorer. That's going to translate at some point. Is it this time? I don't know."

Blackhawks team scope: Chicago is 4-0-2 in its past six games and has won two straight after starting a season high eight-game homestand with losses in a shootout and overtime. The Blackhawks needed all 10 points accrued during their streak of six games with at least a point, because the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators keep winning. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford appears back to top form after returning from an ankle injury that cost him eight games in December. Crawford is 5-1-1 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in his past seven starts. "I'm just trying to play the same way, so that they know they have the same goaltender every night and know what they're getting," Crawford said after practice Tuesday. "That starts with preparation. It's nice when [teammates] have confidence in you, and it's the same way for them."

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Redemption

We're going against the Canadiens tonight at the Joe, and, I expect the Wings will show up. Montreal is four points ahead in the standings, and, have won both games against the Wings this season.

The Wings had been on a pretty good run, but, have hit a couple of bumps in the road of late. Tonight  is an opportunity for redemption of sorts. A win would take away that sour feeling left from the last few performances and bolster some much needed confidence. Jimmah has to be exceptional in net, and of course so does everyone else.

Let's do this!

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A Question And Game Notes For Red Wings And Canadiens

George has all the information about tonight's game at The Malik Report.

Now a question for you while we wait for the game tonight.

In your opinion, name the top four players for the Detroit Red Wings in the 2017-18 season.

Any position and you can of course include players on the current roster, Grand Rapids roster or maybe from another NHL team.

Interested to see what your opinion is.

Thanks and game notes are below.

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