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Lidstrom Is In Town, So Are The Avs

I am starting the live blog a little early so you can discuss the sweater retirement of Nick Lidstrom, which starts at 6:30pm ET on FoxSports Detroit.

"The Perfect Human's"  #5 will be alongside so many other great Detroit Red Wings sweaters hanging in the Joe Louis rafters. 

Well deserved Nick, you are one of the all-time great defensemen to ever play.

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Mini GDT- Detroit vs. Colorado

RedMenace is under the weather today so here I am.  Game starts just after 8:00pm ET and is on FoxSports Detroit, NHL NET US and Altitude.

The Nick Lidstrom sweater retirement ceremony starts on FoxSports Detroit at 6:30pm.

DETROIT RED WINGS

THE MATCHUP
- Tonight is the 115th all-time meeting between DET and COL
- DET’s all-time record vs. COL: 63-41-5-5
- DET’s all-time home record vs. COL: 34-17-1-4
- DET was 3-0-0 vs. COL in 2012-13
- DET won the 1st meeting of the season 4-2 on 10/17 (Franzen and Datsyuk each had 2 goals for DET; Johnson and Landeskog scored for COL)
- Justin Abdelkader scored his first NHL regular-season goal against COL, 10/17/09
- Daniel Alfredsson has 18 points (4-14-18) in 19 games vs. COL
- Todd Bertuzzi has 39 points (13-26-39) in 59 games vs. COL
- Pavel Datsyuk has 43 points (17-26-43) in 40 games vs. COL
- Danny DeKeyser made his NHL debut against COL, 4/5/13
- Johan Franzen has 3 career hat tricks against COL: 4/26/08 (playoffs), 5/1/08 (playoffs) and 11/8/11

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I Love Deadlines

I like the sound they make as they go whooshing by.

- Douglas Adams

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[03/04/2014] GDT: Red Wings vs Devils

Something about a "Trod Dadlane?" All's I know is there's a hockey game to be played...

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The Detroit Red Wings Fall 3 Spots In TSN Team Rankings

This week, TSN ranks the Detroit Red Wings as the 24th best team in the NHL.

That is a drop from the 21st spot the last time they did the rankings.

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Four wins in the past five games puts the Red Wings in position to take a crossover playoff spot, but losing LW Henrik Zetterberg for the rest of the regular season and C Pavel Datsyuk to more knee troubles sure raises the level of difficulty for a team that has been battling injuries all year. 

see the full rankings...

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Montreal To Ottawa Then To Detroit With 4 More Points

That's the goal for tonight, sweep this mini road trip and come home to rest for a few days.  Then get ready to play in New Jersey on Tuesday, March 4th, the last game before the trade deadline on March 5th at 3:00pm ET.

A win tonight and then on Tuesday may convince Holland to be a bit more aggressive in trade talks, and get the stay-at-home defenseman most feel is needed.

I will say I am a bit surprised Howard is not starting tonight, especially with the four day break coming up.

But I am not the coach and' Double Gold Mike' knows what he is doing.

Ottawa and Detroit have played 59 games andt the Senators trail the Wings by 3 points for the last wild card spot.

A four pointer tonight or less if the game goes to OT, you can do the math.

Just win, find your legs if they go out on you during the game, believe and play hard, success will be yours.

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[02/27/2014] GDT: Red Wings vs Senators

Well that wasn't a terrible first game back...

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Ryan Kesler - Yes Or No?

Let's say the Vancouver Canucks do indeed trade Ryan Kesler, would you be interested and if so, what would you give up?

Kesler's cap hit (capgeek.com) is $5M thru the 2015-16 season.  He is a natural center but has been on the wing this year and reports are he would prefer to play center.

Of course a local player from Livonia and he is 29 years of age.

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The March To The Playoffs Starts Now

Welcome back everyone and the race is on.

IwoCPO made it easy for me today by leaving this comment in one of the posts...

I like our team.  Plus, don't forget, getting Zetterberg and Krupp back (no puns intended) will be our deadline moves.

That's were we stand at this moment and I have a feeling we will be still standing at the same point come March 6th, one day after the trade deadline.

Maybe a stay at home defensemen but other than that, nada.

On to tonight, Wings/Canadiens.

Bert in, Franzen back, Pavel the same and Weiss doing circles in practice.

Howard against Budaj and tonight's game as will all others moving forward will be all about Jimmy.

Get on a roll, keep playing, look sloppy, Wings are in trouble.

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[02/26/2014] GDT: Red Wings vs Canadiens

Time for the Stress Train to start headin' on down the tracks...

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