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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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Preview And Notes New York Islanders/Detroit Red Wings

from TSN,

The New York Islanders have been perfect when taken beyond regulation. Their next opponent has been far from it.

The Detroit Red Wings might not mind avoiding another shootout after losing three during their season-high skid, which they'll try to end Friday night against the Islanders at Joe Louis Arena.

New York (21-10-0) has been off since Monday, when it improved to 9-0 after regulation with a 3-2 shootout victory over New Jersey. Josh Bailey had the winner in the tiebreaker and started a rally from a two-goal deficit by scoring in the second period.

Of the Islanders' 15 wins in their past 20 games, eight have come via overtime or shootout.

"We have a lot of confidence, whether it's in OT or shootout," Bailey said. "We have a lot of guys who can put the puck in the net."...

New York now tries to avoid a season-worst third consecutive road defeat when it faces a Red Wings team that's dropped four in a row overall. Detroit (17-7-8) lost 1-0 in a shootout to Columbus on Tuesday and dropped to 1-6 in that format this season.

Jimmy Howard has been in net for all six of those defeats - backup Petr Mrazek started the only win. Howard has stopped just 11 of 15 shootout attempts for a 26.7 percent success rate, the NHL's worst among goaltenders to have appeared in more than one. By comparison, Islanders goalies Jaroslav Halak and Chad Johnson have each stopped 80.0 percent....

Pavel Datsyuk is 2 for 3 in the past three shootout losses - all at home - but his teammates have gone 0 for 5. The Red Wings, 3-8 after regulation, are trying to avoid losing five straight overall and four in a row at home for the first time since December 2013.


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More Cliches

Guys have to go to the net.

Keep it simple.

We didn't have good jump tonight.

We never play for 60 minutes.

We gotta get pucks in deep behind their D.

We didn't pay the price.

One shift at a time.

We didn't bring our "A" game.

Imma' wondering if the Wings can even get up for the BJ's?

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Columbus Blue Jackets/Detroit Red Wings Preview And Notes

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings look to end their season-long three-game winless skid Tuesday against a much different Columbus team than the one they faced four weeks ago.

The Red Wings whipped the Blue Jackets 5-0 at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 18. It was the start of a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) that left Columbus with an NHL-worst 6-15-2 record.

The Blue Jackets have won six games in a row since them, behind the strong play of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

"They're hot. They're playing extremely well," Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said. "They're getting guys back (from injuries). They got (Brandon) Dubinsky back in the lineup, which has seemed to give them a real big boost.

"They're playing hard and Bobrovsky is playing really well. He's had a couple of nights where he's had a lot of work and he's won games for them."


from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

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Square One

There's really not much to say. Forget everything about strings and streaks and five being the magic number.

We are right back at square one. Win one game.

It's simple enough. All we have to do, is to score one goal more than Toronto.

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Focusing On The Toronto Maple Leafs

I am not posting a game day preview or notes today, heck things haven't really changed since the Wings last played the Leafs.

Instead I am going to focus on the Leafs since this is the last regular season meeting between the teams.

Toronto is 7-2-1 in their last ten games yet they still have their doubters, like it or not.

With 35 points, the Leafs are in the first spot of the wild card race, 4 points ahead of the Florida Panthers.


from Jonas Siegel of TSN,

The Maple Leafs don't have to look back too far in history to know how this story ends.

Toronto has happily snatched up 15 of 18 points in the past three weeks, but not without a few troubling signs of late that has the group on alert. An all too brief window of shot suppression and structure after a pair of November blowouts has veered precisely in the opposite direction.

The club has surrendered an average of 37 shots in the past six games, outshot by an average of nearly 10 in that span. They've scratched out wins on the strength on a powerhouse offence and of late, some fine goaltending, a formula history has proven flawed.


from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

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The Frustrating Shootout And Let’s Compare Stats

from Michael Niziolek of Mlive,

The frustration was easy to see on Jimmy Howard's face as the goalie sat by his locker following a 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

The Detroit Red Wings (17-6-7) suffered a second straight shootout loss, dropping the team's record in tiebreakers on the season to 1-5.

"It's frustrating, it really is," Howard said. "We keep having meeting after meeting after meeting about it. We work on it in practice. Just going to have to stick with it."

Howard has been on the losing end of all five of the Red Wings' shootout losses. He's allowed nine goals on 12 shots, and is at the bottom of the NHL in shootout save percentage.


Below, some shootout stats that some of you have wanted to see while others may not want to see...

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Stay on Target

Since the consensus around here involves various Traps, including the infamous back to back this weekend, the message is "Stay on Target." The target is back to back wins. Four points.

No excuses.

No flu bug, no fatigue, no injuries as excuses.

Just play with who ever/everything we've got, and two wins in a row in your sights. Keeping the bigger, better, five plus wins in a row as the main target.

Because, until that magic number five happens, we are not legit.

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