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Extended Highlights From The Wings’ Win Over The Flyers

Knowing some of the 19 may have been unable to watch the Detroit win over Philadelphia last night due to extreme partying, or something else extreme, I have you covered.

Whether you are just waking up or maybe just getting to bed, here is 17 minutes of game action from last night.


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Giving Thanks

This is a little more somber tone tonight. I would like to thank each and every one of you for being here to keep our little sanctuary up and running. It's not easy being a Wing's Fan some nights, but, we all come back for more.

I would like to thank Paul Kukla for posting whatever I send him.  I am not a blogger, I am a fan with an opinion, and he still puts it up every game.

And most importantly, I would like to thank our Chief, Bill Houlihan, out there on the high seas, keeping us all safe. There would not be an A2Y without him, and his special way to put into words, whatever it is we are feeling.

Now, let's win two in a row!

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Detroit/Philadelphia Preview And Notes

Not really a game preview type story, but Brendan Savage of Mlive did a Q & A with Drew Miller...

MLive: Stanley Cup Finals, overtime, Game 7 against Vancouver. You get a penalty shot. Is there anything about your brother you know that other people don't that would help you in that situation?

Miller: (laughs) I don't know. I think with all the video technology that's out there, you know what you're going to get. In that situation, I love my brother but I definitely want to score and I want to win. I don't have a specific move but definitely you're going down there 100 percent wanting to score.

MLive: Who's the one player on the team you'd least like to box?

Miller: Probably (Jonathan) Ericsson. He's big and he's got a long reach.


Game day preview via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

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Start on time. Puck possession. The right side of the puck.

We just got to get pucks in deep and get in on the forecheck and get pucks at the net.

We just need to get more shots and get traffic in front of the net.

We need to play a full 60 minutes.

We just got to take it one shift at a time.

We just got to give it 110% every shift.

I got to play my game and do everything within my control.

 I know I’m struggling, but I just got to keep working hard and hopefully things start going my way.

 We have to play our game and play to our strengths and we should be okay.

Upper/lower body injury.

We just didn’t get the bounces.

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Detroit/Ottawa Preview And Notes

via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

SENATORS (9-6-4) AT RED WINGS (10-5-5)


Season series: The first game, played at Canadian Tire Centre, was decided on a goal by Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch at 14:37 of the third period. Last season, the Senators and Detroit Red Wings split their four games, with each winning twice in the opposing team's arena.

Senators team scope: Coming off a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday to split a brief two-game home stint, the Senators know they've got a big hurdle ahead on a five-game road trip that starts Monday in Detroit. They're currently sitting two points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with two games in hand on the Toronto Maple Leafs. They can ill afford an extended losing skid, even if the season is only nearing the quarter pole. Goaltender Craig Anderson is expected to start against the Red Wings. Forward Curtis Lazar, who's missed two games because of an undisclosed injury, participated in practice Sunday. Defenseman Chris Phillips, who also sat out Saturday, did not. Lazar and Phillips are questionable to play Monday.

Red Wings team scope: Detroit is looking to bounce back from a 4-1 loss Saturday at the Toronto Maple Leafs after allowing three goals in the third period of a game that was tightly-contested through 40 minutes. The defeat prevented the Red Wings from sweeping a three-game road trip that didn't include center Pavel Datsyuk (groin), who is day-to-day. Detroit could get veteran center Stephen Weiss back from a groin issue that's held him out for all but one game. Weiss, 31, has dealt with a number of injuries since the 2012-13 season. He's played 27 games for the Red Wings since signing a deal prior to the 2013-14 season that costs Detroit a reported $4.9 million a season against the NHL salary cap. Weiss was recalled Sunday from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League after playing back-to-back games on a conditioning stint. Goaltender Jimmy Howard will likely start against the Senators.

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Raking The Leafs

I am very superstitious when it comes to making statements before, and during a game. So, I will give myself a big SWM right now.

 It's time to rake the Leafs. Again. This is no easy task since they are a Carlyle led goon type of Team, coming off a win, and totally disrespecting their long suffering fans.(classy eh')

 I am sure there would be nothing more satisfying to them than beating the Wings. Well, they can find their satisfaction elsewhere.

This Team is the kind that hangs around like those pesky leafs that you have to keep raking and raking until the first snow. 

Well tonight, the Wings have to finish the job, and rake them to the curb and burn them. Filling the sky over the center of the Hockey Universe, with smoke and tears.

 Whatever it takes, Wing's Fans deserve and demand, that our Team win three games in a row.

Get. It. Done.

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Preview And Notes- Wings/Leafs

A hectic day for me so this post is not as detailed as I would like, but it's better than a blank space...

via David Alter of TorontoMapleLeafs.com,

The Maple Leafs get set to take on the Detroit Red Wings for the third time this season. Here are the Leafs three keys to a win against a Wings team that has been tough for them to beat.

Tough Test For The Power-Play

After going three straight games without a power-play goal, the Leafs finally broke through in that department on Thursday night. Detroit sports the second best power-play in the NHL at 89.6% just  .1 back of first place Chicago. Winning the special teams department and scoring goals in high quantities is key.

Top Line Danger

Detroit’s number one offensive unit has been all kinds of trouble for the Maple Leafs. Henrik Zetterberg has an overtime winning goal and four assists against Toronto this season. He has 15 points in 11 career games against the Leafs. Gustav Nyquist and Johan Franzen both have six points in six career games against Toronto. If any of these three players is allowed room to work down low against the Leafs, it will be a long night.

Possession and Faceoffs

The Maple Leafs were able to limit the danger of Steven Stamkos limiting his opportunities to get the puck. Tyler Bozak led the way by winning 22 of 30 faceoffs on Thursday night. Detroit is third in the league in faceoffs. The Leafs aren’t too far away, sitting in 7th. Winning key faceoffs against the likes of Henrik Zetterberg could the difference between a win and a loss.

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Trying For Two Plus Two

Like many of you I was happy with the win Tuesday, but I will remain skeptical. The highs and lows we get from following this Team are enough to send some of us to the bin, and, at this point all I want is for the Wings to win two in a row, since I am having a hard time remembering the last time that happened.

We are still hovering around the middle of the pack, but that is not good enough.

We fans deserve two wins in a row. We fans demand two wins in a row.

 Points, points, points. We need two more of them. Tonight.

Two plus two is on my mind.

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Detroit Red Wings/Winnipeg Jets Preview And Notes

Chris McCosky of the Detroit News with a look at Justin Abdelkader,

"He keeps getting better," coach Mike Babcock said. "We had four net-front presences on five goals, which is important playing against that goalie. With Bobrovsky, you have to find a way to get inside. You try to do that every night; some nights you get there and some nights you don't. Good for Abby."

It mostly takes a lot of will and courage to be a strong net-front player, but Babcock said Abdelkader is starting to learn the art of it, as well.

"You learn over time," he said. "But the reality is, you've got to want to go there. You're not scoring unless you go there. Look at the goals every night in the league, that's just the reality."


from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

They’ve learned that checking the other guys into submission can actually be fun.

They’ve used solid goaltending to nurse one-goal leads all the way home and come back from as much as a three-goal deficit to salvage a point.

Through 20 games, there’s a fair bit to like about this year’s edition of the Winnipeg Jets.

Perhaps at the top of that list is how the Jets have avoided smacking their mitts on that big, red button the moment things go haywire.


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There's a saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." But something is broken on this Team, and it is called consistency, and it has been an ongoing problem for some time. How we are managing to stay somewhere in the middle of the pack is puzzling, considering how we are hot one night, ice cold the next. This type of play is unacceptable to many Wing's Fans. 

We deserve better. We demand better.

I'm going to hope that tonight we can get the BJ, instead of the usual sucking the Wings have been doing. Uncle Mike has said that he is to blame for not being ready, prepared. I say it's a two way street. He isn't on the ice missing passes and letting goals in. He does draw up the game plan however, so if the plan isn't panning, then change the plan.

Consistency. Fix it!

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