Abel to Yzerman
Look here, game starts at 7:00pm ET just in case you did not know.
Howard vs. Price is the key tonight. Jimmy has to be on top of his game.
Defense needs to tighten up and get the puck out of the defensive zone.
Babcock said today the opposition has the puck 66% of the time so all the Wings do is check.
*Note the 7pm start time due to this game being part of a TSN double-header
According to SportsClubStats, if Detroit wins in regulation or OT tonight, their playoff chances increase by 9.7%. If they win in the shootout their chances improve by 8.7%.
If Detroit would suffer a loss in regulation, their playoff chances decrease by 14.2%. A loss in OT or shootout, their odds decrease by 2.4%.
After all games Wednesday night...
Detroit is the only team playing tonight in the group above.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Some will say that the contact exerted by Smith was minimal and insufficient to knock the net off the moorings without some responsibility placed on Atkinson. The replay shows that Atkinson's momentum and forward progress was altered significantly and he accelerated from his initial stop inside the top of the crease after the contact by Smith was initiated and completed. It is also evident that Atkinson attempted to push back and stop following the contact by Smith with a second, separate spray of snow from his skate blade.
Referee Chris Rooney made an excellent, quick decision when he correctly applied rule 63.6 to award the goal to Atkinson following the actions of Smith that "accidentally" caused the goal post to be displaced prior to the puck crossing the goal line.
If you want to watch/review the goal, see below...
from the Detroit Free Press,
The "Bloody Wednesday" game, as it has been called, was certainly the wildest game I was ever involved in. When the buzzer sounded to end that contest, the two teams had combined for 18 fighting majors.
My memorable first-period encounter with Lemieux almost didn't happen because Colorado defenseman Adam Foote grabbed me just as all hell was starting to break loose. He was strong as an old bear, and he had a tight grip on me. But Brendan Shanahan came over and gave Foote a double-arm chop.
That broke me free from Foote. It was like letting a dog off the leash.
I took a direct path toward Lemieux. It was written, and said, that Lemieux never saw me coming. But that's untrue. I can tell you that I looked him directly in the eyes before I hit him. I wanted him to know my anger. I didn't sucker punch him, as some have written. I cold-cocked him.
For those of you watching the game on NBCSN it will be Dave Strader and Brian Engblom calling the action.
With that out of the way, tonight's game is actually bigger for the Blue Jackets than it is for the Wings.
But, it is also a huge game for the Wings and hopefully they remember the last time they played Columbus.
The Wings will have to match the intensity of the Blue Jackets and be good on the power play and penalty kill.
Columbus has been awful on the pp lately so the Wings must frustrate them again tonight.
If we had to describe the Penguins twitter account in a phrase, it would be “out of touch with reality.”
To further that point, the account asked for questions for James Neal. Yikes.
Current Eastern Conference playoff chase before tonight's game against the Wild and Toronto playing in New Jersey.
Games to keep an eye on today- Columbus plays on Long Island at 1pm and Toronto in New Jersey at 7pm.
Here are the most recent stats from Sports Club Stats of the teams I consider to be 'bubble' teams in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
In case you are wondering, 'GD' in the heading line is season goal differential. The 'G' is probably something simple but my brain is dead right now.
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