Abel to Yzerman
Tonight we are up against the Coyotes. Some out there have this strange notion that this should be an easy WIN, but, 19 of us know better. The Wings cannot afford to take this Team lightly. The Yotes swept us last season winning both games, and with the Wings ability to play down to the level of a supposed inferior opponent on any given night, this is sure to be another nail biter.
With so many golf courses and beautiful weather, I hope the resort like atmosphere in Arizona doesn't permit any Red Wing to play as if this is a vacation. Quite the contrary. I hope the lush golf courses remind everyone of the all to early exit from last year's playoffs.
Business is business, and right now we HAVE to be all aboot the business of WINNING.
Puck drops just after 8:00pm ET...
via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,
Season series: Forward Mikkel Boedker had a goal and two assists and center Antoine Vermette scored twice and had an assist to lead the Arizona Coyotes to a two-game sweep of the Detroit Red Wings last season, 4-2 at Detroit on Oct. 10, 2013, and 5-2 in Glendale, Ariz., nine days later.
Red Wings team scope: Detroit's top-ranked power play came up big in a 3-0 victory at the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. Forward Justin Abdelkader scored a man-advantage goal in the second period to break a scoreless tie, and the Red Wings helped goalie Petr Mrazek turn the lead into his first shutout of the season. Detroit has 47 power-play goals in 182 opportunities (25.8 percent) and hasn't shown any signs of slowing. After a six-game winless skid in December, the Red Wings are 13-4-0 in their past 17 games and have scored a power-play goal in 11 of those games, connecting on 34.5 percent of their opportunities. Coach Mike Babcock plans to use the same lineup, which means Mrazek will start and rookie defenseman Alexey Marchenko will play his second straight game after being recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Jan. 30.
Coyotes team scope: Arizona is without injured forwards Boedker (upper body), Martin Hanzal (upper body) and Joe Vitale (upper body), who was placed on injured reserve Thursday prior to the Coyotes' 2-1 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Alexandre Bolduc, 29, was recalled from Portland of the AHL to take Vitale's spot and centered forwards Martin Erat and Sam Gagner against Carolina. Bolduc won five of six faceoffs, put one shot on net and was credited with nine hits in 11:43, but coach Dave Tippett would like to see more from him. Tippett is also playing rookies up front because of the injury situation, including Lucas Lessio and Brendan Shinnimin. They played on the fourth line with B.J. Crombeen against the Hurricanes, and Tippett was pleased with the trio's effort.
...the Dive and their 50/50 fans (as in fill fifty percent of your own arena when the fans of the team you hate the most come a calling) would be on the outside, looking in.
And not to be a jerk or anything, because that's not my way, but that is precisely where they belong.
That was harsh. I know it was. And I'm sorry.
This used to be one of the best rivalries is all of sports. Now, it's just another game, but, it's another game that means two point none the less.
Like all of the 19, I long for the days when we all knew that something special from our Chief would be here for all of us to read, and, enjoy to our hearts content on game day when we were facing the Dive. Those were the days.
The sting of missing our #1, can be a bit less harsh with a WIN tonight in Denver.
A 9:00pm ET puck drop...
via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,
TV: NBCSN, SN360, FS-D
Season series: Jarome Iginla scored in the top half of the ninth round to give the Colorado Avalanche a 2-1 shootout win against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Dec. 31. Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and Colorado's Erik Johnson each scored in the third period.
Red Wings team scope: Detroit, which hasn't played since defeating the New York Islanders 4-1 at home on Saturday, are 8-2-0 in their past 10 games and in a tight race atop the Atlantic Division with the Montreal Canadiens (67 points) and Tampa Bay Lightning (69 points). Captain Henrik Zetterberg returned to center the top line in practice Wednesday in Denver after staying off the ice for a maintenance day Tuesday. Coach Mike Babcock said goalie Petr Mrazek will start. Goalie Jonas Gustavsson, who's been out since Nov. 7 with a shoulder injury, will join them in Denver. Goalie Jimmy Howard (groin) hopes to return against the Pittsburgh Penguins next Wednesday. Forward Johan Franzen (upper body) didn't practice and remains out indefinitely.
Avalanche team scope: Colorado was within four points of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference after a 3-2 shootout win against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. It was the Avalanche's second win in a row and third in the past four games, and they are 4-1-3 in the past eight. They trailed 2-0 entering the third period and won on Maxime Talbot's 11th-round goal on his first NHL shootout attempt. Defenseman Zach Redmond continues to play in the top pairing alongside Jan Hejda while Johnson recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery. Coach Patrick Roy said that allows him to keep the other two pairings intact.
The game the other night was a stinker, so, a lesson learned from that fiasco should be to let it go. (Among other things)
Today we are up against the Islanders, and, since they have not lost at the Joe since 2003 it's high time to change the trend.
I'm all in.
via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,
Season series: After beating the Detroit Red Wings in the first game, the New York Islanders have won five straight at Joe Louis Arena. They are 8-1-1 against the Red Wings since 2005-06 and haven't lost in Detroit since the 2002-03 season. Forwards Brock Nelson and Anders Lee each scored a goal and had an assist to lead the Islanders in the first game.
Islanders team scope: New York is coming off a rare loss at Nassau Coliseum, where the Islanders are now 17-5-0 following a 5-2 defeat against the Boston Bruins on Thursday. It was New York's first loss on home ice since Dec. 23. Center John Tavares scored in the second period, his 23rd goal, and extend his goal-scoring streak to four straight games. Tavares has points in five straight games (four goals, five assists). Center Casey Cizikas missed practice Friday and forward Colin McDonald was recalled on emergency basis from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. Coach John Capuano said Cizikas needed a maintenance day and will make the trip to Detroit. Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (upper body) is day-to-day. He practiced and could play. Capuano said his lineup will be determined Saturday, including his starting goalie.
Red Wings team scope: A six-game win streak for Detroit came to a crashing halt at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Thursday. The Lightning won 5-1 to move back into first place in the Atlantic Division, and the Red Wings (65 points) dropped behind the Montreal Canadiens (65 points) to third based on games played. General manager Ken Holland made a couple of transactions before practice Friday. Defenseman Brian Lashoff was placed on waivers, rookie defenseman Xavier Ouellet was sent to Grand Rapids of the AHL and rookie defenseman Alexey Marchenko was recalled from Grand Rapids to take his place. Goalie Petr Mrazek will get the start, despite allowing all five goals against Tampa Bay and getting pulled after the second period.
Traveling down to Florida, relaxing on the beautiful beaches, chilling. We can put the vacation fun behind us now. Even after the win against the Panthers, the Wings, like most every Team in the league, are still shaking off the rust from the break.
The Lightning bested us at The Joe in our first meeting winning it in OT, so, let's return the favor and take it to them on their pond, and get a two point regulation win.
via Brian Hunter of NHL.com,
Season series: Ryan Callahan assisted on two goals by Steven Stamkos in regulation and scored the only goal of the shootout when the Tampa Bay Lightning won their first game this season against the Detroit Red Wings. Gustav Nyquist and Johan Franzen each had a goal and an assist for Detroit. The Red Wings enter Thursday one point ahead of the Lightning for the Atlantic Division lead.
Red Wings team scope: Injured goaltenders Jimmy Howard (groin) and Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder) were on the ice Wednesday along with Detroit's two active goalies, Petr Mrazek and Tom McCollum. Forward Tomas Jurco (back), who hasn't played since Jan. 6, skated on the fourth line with Joakim Andersson and Drew Miller. Coach Mike Babcock said Jurco will play Thursday, according to MLive.com, which also reported defenseman Jakub Kindl (elbow) has been cleared to return. However, rookie Xavier Ouellet will remain in the lineup for now. The Red Wings expressed wariness going up against Stamkos and the Lightning. "They're a deep team, good goaltending," forward Henrik Zetterberg told the Tampa Bay Times. "Obviously Stamkos is probably the best sniper in the League. That helps."
Lightning team scope: An 0-for-3 showing on the power play in a 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday left Tampa Bay 1-for-15 with the man advantage in its past five games. "I think our biggest problem is we just don't have that shooter's mentality right now," coach Jon Cooper said in video posted by the team. The Lightning were 16th on the power play at 18.1 percent entering Wednesday; contrast that with the Red Wings, whose 25.3-percent success rate was second. "I'm worried about our power play, not so much theirs," Cooper said. Forward Brian Boyle scored shorthanded against the Hurricanes and has goals in consecutive games. Forward Jonathan Drouin is fourth among rookies with 17 assists and tied for sixth with 19 points.
from Chris Nichols of Nichols On Hockey,
Sabres GM Tim Murray was on Buffalo’s WGR 550 on Wednesday morning.
On how he has a dream job and if he’s having fun listening to trades:
“No. It’s no fun. I would love to be... who? I would love to be Kenny Holland. 23, 22 years making the playoffs. Not having GMs call you about available players because there’s nobody available. And the only trade you have to make, each and every year around the deadline, is to add a veteran guy to play on your third line or whatever that you feel could put you over the top, and that may be a second round pick. If it’s a second line player, maybe a first round pick. And you know you don’t even mind giving up a first round pick because you have that type of team. That would be fun, to me.
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