Abel to Yzerman
The Wings travel to the Canadian Capital of Ottawa tonight and I want to see the same Team show up that had success against the Team(Caps) in our Nation's Capital. The Wings are still sitting at third(6-2-3) in the Atlantic Division and it will not get any easier. Consistency is still the biggest issue for the Wings right now. The disappointing loss in Buffalo shows that we need to play much harder and for a full 60 minutes. (Nothing new here)
The Senators(5-3-2), headed up by former Babcock protege Paul MacLean, are coming off a loss to the B's and need points just like we do. MacLean knows his former boss and his ways pretty well.
This the first meeting between the two clubs this season and the Sens still employ Chris Neal, who may or may not be looking to tangle with Mule, and we all know Mule doesn't like to drop the gloves. Either way Neal is always looking for trouble, and I don't think he is picky aboot who he tangles with.
Abby or E-52 can handle the tough guy role(cause they have been known to drop the gloves)if necessary.
“We’ve got to play our game, play the way that we play, but certainly you want to make sure you give enough respect to Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg,” Senator coach Paul MacLean said this morning. “They’re world class players, so we have to be aware of them when they’re on the ice, much like when we play anyone else that has those types of players. You have to be aware of them when they’re on the ice. They have the ability to make something out of nothing, and they can disappear on the ice then all of a sudden show up in the right spot, and the puck’s going to be there. you really have to make sure you’re aware when they’re out there. But at the same time you can’t give them all kinds of time and space. You have to be able to shorten the rink on them, and make them play in tight spaces.”
A bit more on the Wings from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun on Johan Franzen...
The Mule has kicked the Senators' butts the last few times they've seen him.
He hopes to continue that success....
"I've been fortunate most times that we play in this building. Colorado has been pretty good to me as well. Usually I have good memories, good nights and usually we win as well so you have a good feeling when you come in here."
Detroit coach Mike Babcock says Franzen is tough on the Senators because of the way he competes.
Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen on the play of Erik Karlsson,
Once again we have a great opportunity waiting for us just across Lake Erie.
A Buffalo team(2-9-1), that played last night, and for all intents and purposes should be ripe for the pickings. That makes them a more dangerous team to play against. The typical Trap game, so Imma gonna say SWM right off the hop.
Meanwhile, the Wings(6-2-2) have moved back up to third in the Atlantic Division, and, have put together a two point win streak hoping to extend it to three in a row.
Our youngsters are looking better and better with Nyquist (7 goals) leading the way, and our very own "Piano Man" with 9 points. The veterans have not been slacking either. Z has has been a beast with 14 points in 10 games, and Magic is as magical as ever, with 8 points in 5.
The future looks bright and the kids are alright. I really like our Team!
It's a 5:00pm ET start in Buffalo tonight.
Bill Roose of the Wings's website on Brian Lashoff making his regular season debut tonight...
“Lash is a good pro, he’s worked real hard, he’s going to be an important penalty killer for us, was last year,” coach Mike Babcock said. “He gets his opportunity and when you get your opportunity you gotta make good and you gotta carve out a little niche for yourself, so make it a competition for the other guys.”
Lashoff predicts that his biggest obstacle Sunday will be just getting re-acclimated to regular-season game pace.
“Little things like your gap and getting back to pucks are two things that are important for our team and for our success,” Lashoff said. “Those are two things that I’ll have to concentrate on the most, especially gapping out there and making sure I don’t have too much space between myself and the opposing forwards. Sometimes when you get a lot of time off it might seem like it might be tough but I think in practice we do a god job of doing a lot of drills.”
more on the Wings
Mike Weaver of the Buffalo Sabres talked after Buffalo's 5-0 loss to the Penguins last night. Watch below and a few game notes on the Sabres too...
Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,,,
Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is a big man with a normally peaceful demeanor. But everybody has a fuse. His was lit early in the third period Friday night.
Kings center Jordan Nolan blindsided Darren Helm and sent him flying awkwardly into the boards. Ericsson immediately abandoned the play, threw down his gloves and pummeled Nolan to the ice.
A day later and Ericsson was still smoldering.
"I thought, from my point of view, that was a match penalty," Ericsson said of the hit after practice Saturday. "I thought that was a really bad hit. I didn't feel he had anything but the numbers (on Helm's back) the whole way until contact. I am surprised he only got two minutes."
continued and you can watch the hit below...
If you missed out on what is going on with Jen, you can find out here.
Below, watch 26+ minutes of highlights from Kings/Wings last night.
Tonight we face the Kings(6-2-2-), and they are coming off a loss to Pittsburgh last night. The Wings(5-2-2-) have another opportunity to take advantage of a team that just played, and these guys are from the West so the time travel cannot be easy.
Both of these clubs have been on the receiving end of some awful tricks by guys wearing referee costumes so, I will resign myself to expecting more of the same.
I am hoping this young Wings club will continue to surprise all of us, and win two in a row.
Now, that would be a sweet treat.
The Kings arrived at their Detroit hotel around 12:30am after losing to the Penguins 3-0 last night and will not hold a morning skate.
Ansar Khan of Mlive answered some questions today..
Q: There is obviously a problem (on the power play), but they can't seem to figure it out. Could it be the single defenseman power play setup? I know they've used it in the past, but it doesn't seem to be working. What do you think is the problem, and what could they do to fix it? -- Dalton
A: I don't know if the single defenseman set-up is an issue. The problem is they don't have many other power play options on the blue line. I think they should try Brendan Smith, but coach Mike Babcock is reluctant to do that, for reasons he will not specify.
I think the problem is just what Babcock and players have talked about - they need to attack more. They need more shots (they have only 40 shots in 55:49 with the extra man), they need to be better at retrievals and they need a better net presence. Players acknowledge this, but haven't acted on it.
Game notes are below...
Tonight we face the Capitals before heading home to play Friday against the Cup Champs. Detroit is (4-2-2) falling to fourth in our division. We absolutely have to pull out of this tailspin of inconsistency and put a string of wins together. Even three wins in a row would be good at this point.
The power play is shameful, so, Uncle Mike and his crew better get off the schnide and fix it.
We have the tools, we have the talent. Get it done!
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