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Sting the B’s

I am still dizzy after watching Nyquist (NyQuill)  literally skate circles around Ottawa the other night, but, that was then, so I will file it in the WIN column and be done with it.

Tonight's opponent, the storied Boston Bruins, is going to be a rivalry in the future IMO.
The Bees or B's as they are known, are a built for the Playoffs, tough, big team. During the regular season we have had success against them. In the Playoffs they embarrassed us.

We are going for another two points tonight in their building, and, maybe the road has lessened the pressure on the Wings just a bit. The many errors that happened the other night cannot be repeated against this Bruins Team because they WILL make us pay.

We have to hang tough, and show Boston that we will not be pushed around. Scoring often against their best player, Rask, is the only way to sting the B's.

I'm all in.

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Boston Bruins/Detroit Red Wings Preview And Notes

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have won two games in row, both when trailing after the second period.

That's the first time they've done that since Jan. 7-8, 2011, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"We won," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "That's what the league's about, try to find ways each and every night."

They'll take points any way they can get them, but they'll look to start on time Monday against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

Here are five things to watch this week:

1. First visit to Boston

Few could have expected the Red Wings would have eight more points at this stage of the season than the Bruins, last season's Presidents' Trophy winners who defeated Detroit in the first round of the playoffs.

The Bruins have gone 5-7-3 since their 13-8-0 start.

The teams split two games at Joe Louis Arena one week into the season - the Red Wings won 2-1 on Oct. 9 and the Bruins prevailed 3-2 in a shootout on Oct. 15.


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from Patrick Comia of Too Many Men on the Site,

In today’s NHL, most teams are built on that philosophy: team.

Throughout the play last night, there were three other Detroit Red Wings players on the ice with Nyqvist. As the play developed, the players moved along with the puck, trying to get into the best, possible position to help. And there were a times where Nyqvist could have passed to an open man.

However, he elected not to. In the end, Nyquist managed to allude the Senators defense and shoot past Anderson.

What if that went wrong? What if the defense managed to take the puck off his stick? What if, after all that skating around, the puck was blocked by Anderson? Those are questions that will be left as those: questions. However, if Nyquist did not score that goal after all that developed, would he be thought of as a selfish player who should have given up the puck to his teammates for an opportunity?

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Keep ‘er Going

Like most of us I have been feeling pretty good aboot the win which pulled us out of our tailspin. It did make Christmas much merrier for The 19.

Tonight we face an angry Ottawa Team that just fired their Coach. We will face them in their building. They have been known for some goonery, and the Wings HAVE to be prepared to answer the bell, so to speak.

We still don't know if a Kronner is in but Howie and Weiss will be in the line-up.

A most pleasant surprise, Weiss seems to be a huge difference maker when he is healthy, and, we now have the "hustle of Franzen"(Mickey said it).

So, in honor of my favorite broadcaster,  one Mickey Redmond, I would love to see, "a few Ottawa jock straps, hangin' off the clock."

We need to "Keep 'er Going."

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Detroit Red Wings/Ottawa Senators Preview And Notes

via Brian Hunter of NHL.com,


Season series: Stephen Weiss scored twice and the Detroit Red Wings edged the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in the most recent game between the teams. Craig Anderson made 31 saves to give the Senators a win in the previous game at Canadian Tire Centre.

Red Wings team scope: The expectation earlier this week was that goaltender Jimmy Howard would be ready to return for Detroit after leaving the Dec. 19 game against the New York Islanders with a lower-body injury and missing the next two games. The Red Wings hope to continue the momentum established in their final game before the holiday break, a 6-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres that snapped an 0-2-4 skid in which they scored six goals total. Weiss opened the scoring against the Sabres with a power-play goal. Weiss, who was returning from injury, left in the third period after a hit to the jaw, but passed concussion protocol and is expected to play Saturday. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who sustained an upper-body injury in the second period, is questionable.

Senators team scope: Forward Erik Condra was the only Ottawa player to have any luck on a recent two-game road trip in which the Senators were outscored 6-2 in losing to the Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals. Condra scored shorthanded against the Canadiens and picked up his third goal of the season against the Capitals. The Senators are 3-3-1 since Dave Cameron took over as coach. This will be their third home game with Cameron behind the bench. They come out of the break trailing the Capitals by six points for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. One oddity to this point has been Ottawa's .368 points percentage when it scores first, the lowest in the League. However, the Senators have a .467 points percentage when giving up the first goal, tied for fourth-best.

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Spirit of The Season

To Paul, our Chief, and The 19,

 “Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!” 

― Charles Dickens

Now, let's win us a Hockey Game.

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No Preview, No Notes, Just One Classic Bit

Time to change things around for the Wings and let's hope for our own Miracle on Ice...


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Stopping the Skid

I know many of us are down right disgusted with the poor play/bad luck in this five game losing streak. Yes, a bona fide streak. It works both ways. I cannot think of a better way to end the streak, and, start off the Holidays than with a win against the Dive.

Our one time nemesis and a big part of one of the best modern rivalries in all of sports, is now the Coach. They are coming off a nice win, but, I would like them to leave the Joe with a lump of coal in their stockings.

I am sure all 19 of us would like nothing more than to stop the skid by defeating the Dive. An early gift so to speak.

So, on Dangle, on Abby, on Z, and on Mule. On Kronner, DeKeyser, and E52.

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Preview And Notes Wings/Avs

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Win One

Where do I start? The Wings have to WIN one, how's that? We are currently on a four game losing binge. I know many out there say winless in four. That's just a way to avoid the hard reality of actually having to say losing four in a row.

Yes, there are the loser points, for which I am grateful, but, this current string of losses is unacceptable. Settling for a loser point seems to get easier each time. Three in one week is bullshit. It's shameful. That's lazy Hockey.

Make you're own breaks, because in order to win one, you have to beat the Islanders and the zebras.

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