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Extended highlights from Detroit's 2-1 OT win over St. Louis, brought to you by awood40.
Well, well, well. How quickly things have changed. The Wings are going to have a real fight on their hands today. It's not only a TRAP game, but an honest to goodness cockfight.
Babcock vs Hitchcock.
I'm not going to drone on and on about the standings, or the precarious position we could find ourselves in. I'm just going to sit on the edge of my chair and bite my nails during the entire game. Just like the rest of the faithful 19 will be doing.
Games starts a few minutes past 12:00pm ET
via Louie Korac at NHL.com,
TV: NBC, SN360
Season series: Pavel Datsyuk's goal with 2.2 seconds remaining in overtime helped the Detroit Red Wings defeat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Jan. 15. The Red Wings got two points despite squandering a 2-0 third-period lead.
Blues team scope: St. Louis will play the fifth of a six-game road trip after a 6-3 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Center Paul Stastny scored his 14th goal to give him 500 points in his NHL career. "I'd rather have it in a win, but you just keep going forward," Stastny said. "The only good news for us is we play [Sunday]. We get right back at it." Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson sustained an upper-body injury in the second period and coach Ken Hitchcock had no immediate update on Gunnarsson's availability for Sunday. The Blues are 2-1-1 on the trip, which concludes Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. St. Louis finishes the regular season with six of its final eight games at home. Goalie Jake Allen, who relieved Brian Elliott on Saturday, is expected to start.
Red Wings team scope: Datsyuk (lower body) is questionable after missing the past two games. Datsyuk's injury isn't considered serious and he was to be examined on Saturday to determine his availability Sunday. Detroit starts a four-game homestand after a 1-3-0 road trip following a 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday. The Red Wings have lost six of their past eight games. Despite the recent slide, coach Mike Babcock sees positive signs. "The last three games were encouraging for me," Babcock told the Detroit Free Press. "We've started to skate better. For a while there after the trip, we didn't skate at all, we didn't move. It looks to me like our energy is back."
I'll try to be upbeat because that's just the way it is. At some point I'm hoping that things will start clicking in all the right ways for the Wings. Every Team goes through a bit of a lull, and unfortunately this appears to be ours. I plan to hang in there along with 19 other Detroit Red Wing's Fans.
Time to gain some confidence and strike back at the Lightning.
from Sarah Lindenau of The Left Wing Lock,
I never met Matthew Wuest in person, but he meant a lot to me. It wasn’t until he landed his first full time reporter job with the Metro Halifax that I even knew what he looked like.
We met on a hockey message board talking about Red Wings prospects while he was running the Detroit section for a website called hockeysfuture.com. The year was 1998 and after I posted that I was about to attend my first Red Wings training camp in Traverse City, MI he asked me to do some scouting.
I had never done anything like that but he sent me some scouting forms he had created and asked me to fill them out for each of the Red Wings prospects. So there I was sitting in the stands at Centre I.C.E. with a clipboard and pen filling out these forms and rating abilities of Detroit’s sparse assortment of talent that included the likes of Maxim Kuznetsov, Daryl LapLante and Jesse Wallin. Matt used my ratings to help shape the profiles of the up-and-coming talent and while I didn’t really know what I was doing in those early years he encouraged me to continue.
Shortly after my first scouting experience, Matt ended his tenure at hockeysfuture to co-found a website on the Rivals network called thewingedwheel.com.
Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET
TV: NHLN-US, TVA Sports, SN360, FS-D, SUN
Season series: The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the first two games against the Detroit Red Wings, including a 4-3 shootout victory at Joe Louis Arena in early November. Rookie center Cedric Paquette had the first hat trick of his career in Tampa Bay's 5-1 win at Amalie Arena on Jan. 29.
Red Wings team scope: Detroit has lost five of its past seven games and is six points behind Tampa Bay for second place in the Atlantic Division following a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Forward Erik Cole scored for the second time in three games after being held without a goal in his first five with the Red Wings following a trade with the Dallas Stars on March 1. Goalie Jimmy Howard is expected to start after Petr Mrazek got the call the past two games, including a 5-1 win at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. Howard allowed seven goals on 36 shots against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. "We took a step forward against Pittsburgh," captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "We didn't play bad [against Florida], we just have to come back strong [Friday]." Center Riley Sheahan had an assist on Cole's goal; he has five points (two goals, three assists) in the past five games. Center Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) didn't play Thursday and won't dress against Tampa Bay.
Lightning team scope: Forward Ondrej Palat practiced Thursday and could return to the Tampa Bay lineup. Palat, who has 15 goals and 37 assists in 64 games, initially was expected to be out as long as three weeks because of a lower-body injury he sustained blocking a shot March 10 against the Montreal Canadiens. "We thought Palat could be back this weekend, so if it's tomorrow, I guess that is a little ahead," coach Jon Cooper told the Lightning website after practice. "We thought [Sunday against the Boston Bruins] was kind of a game we thought he might be back, so I guess if he comes back two days earlier, that's good for us." Tampa Bay, which will play nine games in 16 days, is 1-1-1 since Palat's injury. Paquette (upper body), who also has missed the past three games, hopes to return sometime in the next week. Like Palat, he wore a red, no-contact jersey at practice. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow and Saturday and go from there," Paquette said. Center Steven Stamkos has four points (three goals) in the past three games.
As the Guess Host it means, your guess is as good as mine. I'm all in.
Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!
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.
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