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We’re “Due”

“Well we haven’t won there in forever, so we’re due”, coach Mike Babcock said.

Since 1997.

Being "due" means nothing. If the Wings play like a beer league Team, they're going to lose. Since forever the Wings have not played good enough to win in Philly during the regular season. We've played sloppy, undisciplined, hockey lately, and have made it tighter in the Atlantic with Boston nipping at our heels.

Yeah, "we're due". 

I'm "due" to win the Powerball too, cause I haven't won it for a very long time. Yeah, right.

The last regular season win in Philly was on January 25, 1997.

June 7, 1997 was the Cup winning game.  D-Mac scored a superb Stanley Cup game winning goal. That was our last win in Philly.

If there ever was a time for our Team to get our mojo back, today would be a good day to start. As Fans, "we're due" for an honest effort from the Coach all the way down to the end of the bench.  As Fans, "we're due" a Team that is playing to win, a Team that is "all in" just like us. That is what "we're due."

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Puck drops just after 1:00pm ET today.

via Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Season series: The Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers split their previous two games this season, with the home team winning each time. Brayden Schenn scored the game-winning power-play goal in the third period of a 4-2 Flyers win Oct. 25 in Philadelphia. Pavel Datsyuk had two goals in a 5-2 Red Wings win Nov. 26 in Detroit.

Red Wings team scope: Now in his sixth season as the Red Wings starting goaltender, Jimmy Howard has played in every building except one: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. That will change Saturday when Howard tries to help the Red Wings win their first regular-season game in Philadelphia since Jan. 25, 1997. "We definitely know about [the drought]," Howard said Friday, according to MLive.com. "But it's not something we think about, that's for sure." Howard said he's well-prepared for what he might hear from Flyers fans from sitting on the bench during previous Red Wings visits. "They never stop yelling at the opposing team," he said. "It makes for a great atmosphere. When their fans are into it, it makes it that much more fun to participate in the game." Forward Darren Helm practiced Friday for the first time since sustaining a strained oblique muscle Feb. 28 but likely won't play. Forward Tomas Jurco, who missed the final period and a half against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday after being high-sticked in the face, left practice early Friday and won't play.

Flyers team scope: With their power play 1-for-17 in the past seven games, the Flyers' struggles at even-strength stand out more. They're averaging 1.64 goals per game at 5-on-5, and among the bigger culprits is forward Claude Giroux, who had a Flyers-best 21 even-strength goals last season but has seven this season. Also down are forwards Matt Read (from 18 to five) and Brayden Schenn (from 16 to eight). "Giroux and [Jakub] Voracek, Schenn, [Sean] Couturier, Read … we need more 5-on-5 goals from them,” coach Craig Berube said, according to CSNPhilly.com. "… We have a structure on our offensive play in what we want to do. The one area where we haven't been very good at and we need to keep harping on is getting to the net more and harder. … And getting some dirty goals and some tips and rebounds around the net. That's the one area for me. We don't have enough guys getting there at the net." Defenseman Michael Del Zotto, who has missed the past three games because of an upper-body injury, skated Friday, according to CSNPhilly.com. Berube would not comment on his availability.

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Time To Tighten Up

We pulled out a win the other night, might I say a bit of a lucky win. But, for the remainder of the season we cannot rely on luck alone. I know, good to be lucky, lucky to be good, lucky bounces, etc.... It is time to focus on finishing the season with a winning push, and prepare for the physical type of games that we know are coming our way.

The BJ's are spreading the flu around like Typhoid Mary, but, with any luck the Wings have already had that bug in the room and will stay healthy.

It's time to tighten up.

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

Season series: The Columbus Blue Jackets haven't scored a non-shootout goal against the Detroit Red Wings, but Columbus won the most recent game on Boone Jenner's shootout goal. Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard has saved the 57 shots he faced in the two games. Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky opposed Howard each time and had the shutout win in the second game.

Blue Jackets team scope: Add flu-like symptoms to the long list of health issues for the Columbus, which is on pace to surpass 500 man-games lost. Coach Todd Richards said left wing Nick Foligno didn't play Tuesday in a 4-3 shootout win at the Carolina Hurricanes because he was sick. Richards is hopeful Foligno can play, but the illness appears to be spreading. The Blue Jackets had a smattering of players participate in an optional practice at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday, and centers Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov are questionable. "I don't know if I should call it the flu, but it has some similarities," Richards told The Columbus Dispatch. "A few guys have had it. It's rough. It hits you hard, but it's gone pretty quickly. So we'll see where we're at with those guys on Thursday."

Red Wings team scope: Detroit has 85 points and is solidly in position to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings, third in the Atlantic Division, are seven points ahead of the fourth-place Boston Bruins and five behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for second. Detroit has played three fewer games than Tampa Bay, which makes the goal of catching the Lightning realistic. Since returning from a six-game road trip against Western Conference opponents, the Red Wings are 2-2-0 and have been outscored 3-1 and outshot 30-19 in first period of the past two. They were off Tuesday.

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I Got Nothin’

Compete level. Play for sixty minutes. Start on time. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blather.

I got nothin'.
 

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. Edmonton Oilers

via NHL.com,

Season series: The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 at Rexall Place on Jan. 6. Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader had a goal and two assists, and center Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist. Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle had two goals.

Oilers team scope: Edmonton has lost four in a row (0-3-1), including 7-4 to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday in the second of its five-game road trip. The Oilers blew a 3-0 lead, allowing six unanswered goals in a span of 17:26, and wasted center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' second career hat trick, first since Oct. 15, 2011, in his third NHL game. Left wing Benoit Pouliot missed the game because of the flu. Goalie Richard Bachman, making his first NHL start since Oct. 29, 2013, allowed six goals on 34 shots. Eberle scored his first goal since Feb. 2.

Red Wings team scope: Detroit has lost two straight following a 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Sunday. "We didn't execute at all in our own zone and gave up a lot of chances," coach Mike Babcock said. "Our power play was no good, gave up two shorthanded goals. Our penalty kill was no good, couldn't stop them, so we weren't good." It's the first time the Red Wings have lost two in a row in regulation this season; they lost 5-2 to the Calgary Flames on Friday. Goalie Jonas Gustavsson, who allowed four goals on 23 shots, was pulled after the second period because of an undisclosed injury. Babcock said the Red Wings will likely call up goaltender Petr Mrazek from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

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It’s A Trap

Oh yes. It's a Trap, and I'm all in.

Let's hope the Wings don't mail it in today like I just did.

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins

The puck drops just after 12:30pm ET.

via NHL.com,

TV: NBC, SN360

Season series: The Boston Bruins won the first three games against the Detroit Red Wings this season. They haven't faced each other since Dec. 29 when the Bruins scored three goals in the first period of a 5-2 victory at TD Garden. Bruins forward Carl Soderberg had a goal and two assists. Boston has outshot the Red Wings 84-50 in the past two games.

Red Wings team scope: Detroit heads to Boston after splitting a two-game homestand. Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson will start after Jimmy Howard allowed four goals on 23 shots in a 5-2 loss against the Calgary Flames at Joe Louis Arena on Friday. Forward Teemu Pulkkinen is expected to play after being recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. In practice Saturday, coach Mike Babcock placed Luke Glendening on the top line with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar. Detroit has scored three goals in regulation in its past two games. "We're a team that needs to bounce back," Babcock said, according to Mlive.com "I felt our energy at practice was the best we've had in a bit. We haven't had good energy the last little bit, so I'm hoping the energy is back."

Bruins team scope: Boston extended its point streak to four games when Brad Marchand's overtime goal gave it a 3-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden on Saturday. Sunday ends a four-game homestand for the Bruins, who are two points ahead of the Florida Panthers for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with two games in hand. "I thought we had a pretty good game," said Marchand, who tied it with 15 seconds left in the third period. "It's always nerve-wracking when they go up by a goal with a minute left, but it just shows the character that we have in this room and to be able to bounce back and be mentally tough in that situation. We're very happy with it and we want to keep building."

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Finding A Way

The Wings came away with two points the ugly way against the Rangers on Wednesday night. We can cite a number of reasons for the way we played, but, we took the two points, so really, who cares? What impresses me is that Wings are finding a way to win. The addition of Cole and Zidlikcy has already proved to be a really good move by KH. I think it's safe to say, 19 of us are pretty happy with the way things are going right now.

I am not aboot to question anything.

Going against the Flames tonight is a semi-trap game since they played last night. It's a very tight race in the Pacific right now with just 4 points separating the #2 spot from the #5 spot. With the Flames trying to secure a playoff spot, we all know this Team is to be taken very seriously. The Flames are coming off a shoot out win in Boston in which former Red Wing, Happy Hudler was picked as the #1 star.

Let's get er' done!

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. Calgary Flames

via NHL.com,

TV: TVA Sports, SNW, FS-D+

Season series: The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Jan. 7 at Scotiabank Saddledome. Flames center Mikael Backlund and Red Wings forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader each had a goal and an assist.

Flames team scope: Calgary is 3-2-0 on its season-high seven-game road trip after a 4-3 shootout win against the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Goalie Karri Ramo made 34 saves through overtime, then denied seven of eight Boston shooters in the tiebreaker. Ramo has started five straight games, so Jonas Hiller might play in the second half of the back-to-back. Defenseman David Schlemko, who the Flames claimed off waivers from the Dallas Stars last weekend, scored the deciding goal. “[Coach Bob Hartley] just asked me, ‘Are you good at these things?’ And I told him I was 1-for-1,” Schlemko said, according to the Flames’ Twitter account. Forward David Jones sustained a lower-body injury in the first period and did not return. Forwards Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan each has scored in consecutive games; Monahan’s 23 goals lead the Flames, and Hudler’s 21 are second.

Red Wings team scope: The effects of Detroit’s six-game, 11-day Western Conference road trip were evident in its 2-1 overtime victory against the New York Rangers on Wednesday, when it was outshot 40-31. That fatigue carried into practice Thursday. “We weren’t real crisp today,” coach Mike Babcock told the Red Wings website. “We had a late game last night. I don’t think we had a ton of energy here today, but I expect our energy to be back and us to have no reason to [not] play a lot better than we did. We’ve got to tighten up our game again and get back to the level we need to be at.” One player who was fresh against New York was Zetterberg, who had two assists in 17:56 of ice time in his return to the lineup after missing four games because of a head injury. Defenseman Marek Zidlicky, acquired in a trade with the New Jersey Devils before the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday, scored the overtime winner. He played 17:44 and was second among Detroit defensemen with 2:28 of power-play time. Babcock, who said defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is banged up, will keep forwards Riley Sheahan, Gustav Nyquist and Stephen Weiss together despite not being pleased with his new third line’s performance against the Rangers. “They weren’t very good. Lots of us weren’t good though,” the coach told the Detroit Free Press. “We’ll see if it’s a line that can spend some time in the offensive zone. We’ll give it another try [Friday].”

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