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If you're anything like me you are probably mad as hell at the Wings right aboot now. After two horrible starts in two games the Wings have managed to put together a three game losing streak. Many of us find it hard to believe this is the same team that was looking pretty good after the first ten games.

Well, we all need to get our believers fixed.

 The Wings have fallen to FIF in the Atlantic Division (6-3-4), and had better stop this slide right now. I do not relish being a bottom feeder, and the race to the bottom just gets easier with each loss.

 Tonight we face the Devils in another classic Trap Game. They are currently sitting at FIF in the Metro-whatever Division (6-5-2), and are coming off a loss to St.Louis last night.

No feeling sorry here. Play for sixty fuching minutes.  If a zebra disallows a goal, then come back and score two more. You would think by now the Team would realize that you make your own luck and breaks. Uncle Mike and his staff need to reassess, get back to basics, and "Start on time" just like the rest of the Team. 

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Detroit/New Jersey Conversation

Game notes are not yet available from either the Wings or Devils tonight so lets start with this...

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

As the Red Wings look to end a three-game winless skid (0-1-2) Friday against the New Jersey Devils at Joe Louis Arena, M-Live readers inquired about some of the organization's young talent in this week's mailbag:

Q: What's going on with Tomas Jurco? Is it the dreaded sophomore slump? I hardly notice him on the ice. He looks like he needs more time in Grand Rapids. -- UtahWing

A: You're right, he needs some seasoning in Grand Rapids, and that's where he might wind up soon. There is no point keeping him around as a healthy scratch, since he's exempt from waivers, unlike Andrej Nestrasil.

Jurco has no goals and two assists in 12 games. He doesn't seem as physically engaged as he was last season, when he battled more around the net and in the offensive zone, leading to more scoring opportunities.

But he's just 22 and has only 48 NHL games under his belt, so it'll take some time. Going back to the Griffins, playing big minutes and producing offensively should help his confidence.

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Regarding the Devils, they played last night in St. Louis so they probably arrived in Detroit in the early hours today.  Cory Schneider was pulled eary in the 3rd period against the Blues and will start tonight in Detroit.

Anything on your mind, let's hear it in the comments.

added 11:15am, a few game notes below...

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Videos- Mike Babcock Want Consistency In Calls

Post-game, Mike Babcock says all he wants is consistency. Video starts at 2:09 mark when the comments were made.



Below is the OT goal from the Rangers that Babcock is refering to.

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Not much to say. The Wings have dropped to fourth in our division (6-3-3) after losing last night in Ottawa, and we will face the Rangers (5-4-2) tonight in a back to back. My hope is the Rangers fall into the proverbial Trap that usually snares the Wings.

 I am not real big on looking back, so it's onward to the Garden, and high hopes for a win against the Blueshirts. I will call it a reverse Trap Game. 

My fingers are crossed. I'm all in, as usual. 

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Wings/Rangers Preview

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have scored three goals in their past two games. So Henrik Lundqvist is probably the last goaltender they want to face right now.

But that is the Red Wings' challenge tonight against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network exclusive).

Lundqvist shut out the Red Wings twice last season in New York and has posted a 3-0 record, with a 0.33 goals-against average and .989 save percentage (he's stopped 94 of 95 shots in his past three outings vs. Detroit, which hasn't scored on him in 178:56.

Jonas Gustavsson, Lundqvist's two-time Swedish Olympic teammate, will start for the Red Wings, who are coming off a 3-1 loss Tuesday in Ottawa and will try to snap a two-game skid (0-1-1).


Below are a few notes on the Wings and Rangers but my question is, how does Detroit fix their offense?

Your answers....

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The Wings travel to the Canadian Capital of Ottawa tonight and I want to see the same Team show up that had success against the Team(Caps) in our Nation's Capital. The Wings are still sitting at third(6-2-3) in the Atlantic Division and it will not get any easier. Consistency is still the biggest issue for the Wings right now. The disappointing loss in Buffalo shows that we need to play much harder and for a full 60 minutes. (Nothing new here)

The Senators(5-3-2), headed up by former Babcock protege Paul MacLean, are coming off a loss to the B's and need points just like we do. MacLean knows his former boss and his ways pretty well.

This the first meeting between the two clubs this season and the Sens still employ Chris Neal, who may or may not be looking to tangle with Mule, and we all know Mule doesn't like to drop the gloves. Either way Neal is always looking for trouble, and I don't think he is picky aboot who he tangles with.

Abby or E-52 can handle the tough guy role(cause they have been known to drop the gloves)if necessary.

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Paul MacLean On Datsyuk And Zetterberg

“We’ve got to play our game, play the way that we play, but certainly you want to make sure you give enough respect to Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg,” Senator coach Paul MacLean said this morning. “They’re world class players, so we have to be aware of them when they’re on the ice, much like when we play anyone else that has those types of players. You have to be aware of them when they’re on the ice. They have the ability to make something out of nothing, and they can disappear on the ice then all of a sudden show up in the right spot, and the puck’s going to be there. you really have to make sure you’re aware when they’re out there. But at the same time you can’t give them all kinds of time and space. You have to be able to shorten the rink on them, and make them play in tight spaces.”

A bit more on the Wings from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun.

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Detroit Red Wings vs. Ottawa Senators Notes And Numbers

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun on Johan Franzen...

The Mule has kicked the Senators' butts the last few times they've seen him.

He hopes to continue that success....

"I've been fortunate most times that we play in this building. Colorado has been pretty good to me as well. Usually I have good memories, good nights and usually we win as well so you have a good feeling when you come in here."

Detroit coach Mike Babcock says Franzen is tough on the Senators because of the way he competes.

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Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen on the play of Erik Karlsson,

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Once again we have a great opportunity waiting for us just across Lake Erie.

A Buffalo team(2-9-1), that played last night, and for all intents and purposes should be ripe for the pickings. That makes them a more dangerous team to play against. The typical Trap game, so Imma gonna say SWM right off the hop.

Meanwhile, the Wings(6-2-2) have moved back up to third in the Atlantic Division, and, have put together a two point win streak hoping to extend it to three in a row.

Our youngsters are looking better and better with Nyquist (7 goals) leading the way, and our very own "Piano Man" with 9 points. The veterans have not been slacking either.  Z has has been a beast with 14 points in 10 games, and Magic is as magical as ever, with 8 points in 5. 

The future looks bright and the kids are alright. I really like our Team!

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Detroit/Buffalo Notes

It's a 5:00pm ET start in Buffalo tonight.

Bill Roose of the Wings's website on Brian Lashoff making his regular season debut tonight...

“Lash is a good pro, he’s worked real hard, he’s going to be an important penalty killer for us, was last year,” coach Mike Babcock said. “He gets his opportunity and when you get your opportunity you gotta make good and you gotta carve out a little niche for yourself, so make it a competition for the other guys.”

Lashoff predicts that his biggest obstacle Sunday will be just getting re-acclimated to regular-season game pace.

“Little things like your gap and getting back to pucks are two things that are important for our team and for our success,” Lashoff said. “Those are two things that I’ll have to concentrate on the most, especially gapping out there and making sure I don’t have too much space between myself and the opposing forwards. Sometimes when you get a lot of time off it might seem like it might be tough but I think in practice we do a god job of doing a lot of drills.”

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Mike Weaver of the Buffalo Sabres talked after Buffalo's 5-0 loss to the Penguins last night. Watch below and a few game notes on the Sabres too...

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