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George Malik put together a full look at tonight's Wings/Lightning game at The Malik Report.

We know the Tampa Bay Lightning will come out tonight trying to create more offense and the Detroit Red Wings will need to match or even improve their play from game 3.

The power play may be the key tonight for both teams.

It should be a high intensity game, one which will keep us on the edge of our seats.

Your thoughts?

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The Good Or Bad Petr Mrazek On Thursday?

We all know the recent history of Petr Mrazek, good game, bad game, good game.

So what do you expect from him on Thursday night and has anything changed regarding your opinion of his play.

Jamie McLennan of TSN on his review of Mrazek last night...

Mrazek had an outstanding bounce back game, looking sharp against Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Brian Boyle - who he robbed on a breakaway. He played with confidence and poise and his crease management was better as it was not as aggressive and he didn't overplay pucks. 

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Well, Here We Are

Game Three of the first round, and all tied up at one win a piece. How many saw that coming? At least 19 of us saw that coming. Right? We had to make the post season, cause that is the only way to "get in" in order to compete for the Stanley Cup.

Well, here we are, and the Cup Champs and the former President's Trophy winners are where right now? They are out. Gone.

The plan, the goal, is always to go all the way to the final. But first, you have to make the Playoffs.

Well, here we are.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

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Start Scoring

The puck drops tonight just after 7:00pm ET and is on NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, FS-F, FS-D.

The Malik Report has a great preview of tonight's game so let's concentrate on scoring...

Detroit needs better, overall play in many departments but I truly feel more offensive pressure will lead to better defensive coverage tonight.

Detroit needs some goals from some unexpected players, just like in years past.

"Your second tier players must play well if you're to win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs" - Gary Thorne at the halfway point in the video below.

via awood40,

Every Goal by Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty and Joey Kocur from the 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.


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Video- Practice Report From The Wings Side

John Forslund files a practice report from the JLA.


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Maybe Jimmy Howard Should Start Game 3

from Keith Gave of FoxSports Detroit,

If your coach has lost faith in your very expensive No. 1 goalie, it makes it that much more difficult to deal him to another team. And at least trying to find a new home for Howard in the offseason is looking increasingly inevitable if he can't find a way to wrest his job back from Mrazek and then start winning again.

As much as I admire Babcock's snap call to start Mrazek, this might have been the time to take a moment and have a discussion with his GM. All things considered, the Wings' chance with either goaltender is a bit of a coin flip. Why not give Howard a shot when the series returns home, where he's more comfortable? Why the rush to make a call that clearly devalues an asset?

Here's why: Babcock wants to win, and maybe he needs to win because some are beginning to question his resume a bit with a postseason slump entering its fifth straight spring. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, he could be gone in 10 days or six weeks, depending on how his team does. And if that's the case, he could care less about Howard's future in or out of Detroit.

It's Holland who will be left holding onto a damaged talent. There's not much of a marked for a $5 million backup goaltender these days. That's a significant downside to the coach's call in these playoffs.


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Started Humming A Song from 2003

12 years and 8 days ago the Red Wings, opening their defense of the Stanley Cup, put up 64 shots on Jean-Sebastian Giguere.   1 got by him. His coach at the time is, ironically, sure to be courted soon by that very lone goal scorer, Brendan Shanahan.

The Wings outshot Anaheim by 20 that night, by 13 the next, by 11 in Game 3 and 7 in Game 4.  Detroit owned a 51-shot advantage and got swept by a Mike Babcock coached team.

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The Wings Need Improved Play From The Second Line

In game 1....

Tomas Tatar- One shot, -1, 12:59 TOI

Gustav Nyquist- one shot, -1, 11:07 TOI

Riley Sheahan- no shots, -1, 13:58 TOI

All three have to be better, starting today.  A goal or two from the Wings's second line would help the cause and give the Lightning something to think about.

Time to step it up boys!

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Petr Mrazek Thinking Game 2

No need for a preview and notes post this morning, not much has changed except the win/loss column.

The puck drops just after 3:00pm ET and is on NBC, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports.

from Brian Savage of Mlive,

Petr Mrazek treated his NHL playoff debut as if it was just another game.

And true to form, Mrazek isn't going to dwell on perhaps the biggest victory of his young career.

The way he sees it, the Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay in the opener of their Stanley Cup playoff series is history so Mrazek is looking ahead to Game 2 this afternoon - and he's going to be treating that the same way.

Like just another Saturday matinee.

"It was a huge win for us," said Mrazek, 23. "I was really excited for this game. Two years ago when I had my first AHL playoff game it was the same way. I felt the same things - stay focused and stop as many pucks as I can.

"It's nice to have the first win but it's over. We need to go step by step and get the second one. I'm trying to make every game the same and trying to win the game. That's what matters.

"It gives you confidence sure. It helps you for the next game. But it's over and we have to look for the second game."


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Video- I Prefer Datsyuk Being Datsyuk Plus Extended Highlights

Instead of Datsyuk doing Datsyuk.



Below, 16 1/2 minutes of extended highlights via awood40...

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