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Two Points

Not much to say. The last game was a stinker and the Wings know it. Tonight we face a newly invigorated Jets Team that is on the playoff bubble, so, this will not be easy by any measure.

The two big pluses for the Wings and their fans will be the return of Jimmy Howard and playing at Home.

We need these two points, so, let's amp it up and get er' done!

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Detroit Red Wings/Winnipeg Jets Preview And Notes

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Winnipeg Jets altered their roster slightly with a blockbuster trade on Wednesday but they maintain what Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock considers the ideal right-lefty balance on defense.

"When you look at the group they have on the back, they really built a back end and if you know their prospects they got lots coming," Babcock said. "I've known Chevy (Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff) a long time; he's a smart guy and they're going about it with good patience. Suddenly, they have maybe the best right-handed back end in hockey. So they've done a real good job there and no question they're deep."


The Malik Report with an in-depth preview of tonight's game.

Game notes are below...

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Video- Oops Cody Franson

Still sold on Cody Franson?

Ouch.  I was watching the TSN feed and Ray Ferraro mentioned Franson has had issues the last few weeks, possibly bothered by a bad hip.


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Rivalry Night

I know, I know, some out there(marketing folks) are trying very hard to establish so called rivalries between certain Teams in the NHL. The Pens/Wings totally fit the bill, and are right up there as a good rivalry, given the back to back Cup runs and the bad blood between these two clubs.

It's always a good game when these two Teams meet. With the Wings being in the East now, I would venture to say Pittsburgh will not continue to be the one and only rival we will face.

No one knows what the future will bring, as The Wings and other Eastern Teams become more and more familiar with each other. We just wait and see for now.

But tonight we go against the much hated Penguins, and, as long as we stay the course, I see two more points in the standings for our Detroit Red Wings.

 Get 'er done boys!

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Should The Detroit Red Wings Pursue Jaromir Jagr?

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Jagr, who leads the Devils with 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists), then went on to state multiple times that any playoff team interested in trading for him should know that he's willing to accept a reduced role.

“I'll tell you one thing: I think some teams worry about when I go there I want to be on the first power play, I want to be on the first line. It's not true,” Jagr said. “I'm here on the third line and I play 15 minutes, sometimes I don't get on the power play and I'm happy. Not happy, but I do my job and try to do it the best.”

“I know what is my strength,” Jagr continued. “I like to play in the offensive zone on the boards. I still feel like I'm strong enough to beat anybody, at least hold the puck. If that's true or not, I still believe it. Maybe I'm not going to beat that guy one-on-one like I used to, but I still can make a play from that corner, from the cycle. It's my strength and in the playoffs that's the way you play. I don't have to play 20 minutes.”


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Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

George Malik of The Malik Report has everything you need to know about tonight's game, so head on over to read all about it.

I thought you might like the "penalty kill" from the 2008 Stanley Cup Final.



Below are the media notes for both teams...

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Video- You Can’t Say Tomas Holmstrom Without Saying Goalie Interference

Let's go down memory lane.


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Will Petr Mrazek Be Returned To Grand Rapids In The Next Few Days?

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"You got to give Mrazek credit," Babcock said. "For the third goalie he's gone (8-1). Maybe he doesn't want to be the third goalie."

Howard could return as early as the next game, Wednesday at Pittsburgh, and Jonas Gustavsson is healthy. Chances are the Red Wings will reassign Mrazek to the Grand Rapids Griffins rather than keep him around to play sporadically, but it sounds like it might at least warrant a discussion.

"It's the NHL, the best guys are supposed to play," Babcock said. "So we got to figure that out."

I don't really see any other option but to send Mrazek back to Grand Rapids.  

Some will think Jonas Gustavsson (ufa on July 1st) is trade bait but is there a team really in need of his services at this point in the season?

Maybe the New York Rangers but I would think some teams would be hesitant to trade for Gustavsson and his history of injuries.

Your thoughts?

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Business Is Business

Tonight we are up against the Coyotes. Some out there have this strange notion that this should be an easy WIN, but, 19 of us know better. The Wings cannot afford to take this Team lightly. The Yotes swept us last season winning both games, and with the Wings ability to play down to the level of a supposed inferior opponent on any given night, this is sure to be another nail biter.

With so many golf courses and beautiful weather, I hope the resort like atmosphere in Arizona doesn't permit any Red Wing to play as if this is a vacation. Quite the contrary. I hope the lush golf courses remind everyone of the all to early exit from last year's playoffs.

Business is business, and right now we HAVE to be all aboot the business of WINNING.

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Red Wings/Coyotes- Preview And Notes

Puck drops just after 8:00pm ET...

via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

Season seri​es: Forward Mikkel Boedker had a goal and two assists and center Antoine Vermette scored twice and had an assist to lead the Arizona Coyotes to a two-game sweep of the Detroit Red Wings last season, 4-2 at Detroit on Oct. 10, 2013, and 5-2 in Glendale, Ariz., nine days later.

Red Wings team scope: Detroit's top-ranked power play came up big in a 3-0 victory at the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. Forward Justin Abdelkader scored a man-advantage goal in the second period to break a scoreless tie, and the Red Wings helped goalie Petr Mrazek turn the lead into his first shutout of the season. Detroit has 47 power-play goals in 182 opportunities (25.8 percent) and hasn't shown any signs of slowing. After a six-game winless skid in December, the Red Wings are 13-4-0 in their past 17 games and have scored a power-play goal in 11 of those games, connecting on 34.5 percent of their opportunities. Coach Mike Babcock plans to use the same lineup, which means Mrazek will start and rookie defenseman Alexey Marchenko will play his second straight game after being recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Jan. 30.

Coyotes team scope: Arizona is without injured forwards Boedker (upper body), Martin Hanzal (upper body) and Joe Vitale (upper body), who was placed on injured reserve Thursday prior to the Coyotes' 2-1 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Alexandre Bolduc, 29, was recalled from Portland of the AHL to take Vitale's spot and centered forwards Martin Erat and Sam Gagner against Carolina. Bolduc won five of six faceoffs, put one shot on net and was credited with nine hits in 11:43, but coach Dave Tippett would like to see more from him. Tippett is also playing rookies up front because of the injury situation, including Lucas Lessio and Brendan Shinnimin. They played on the fourth line with B.J. Crombeen against the Hurricanes, and Tippett was pleased with the trio's effort.

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