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The Rest Of November

The Wings have nine games left in November, five ant home and four on the road.

What are your expectations for the remaining nine games?

Me, I would be satisfied with 14 points but that may be asking too much.



Below is the schedule for December which includes ten home games and four on the road. It looks like a very favorable month to me.

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I've been thinking aboot the teams of the past and what Steve Yzerman meant to all Wings fans for over 20 years. Bringing the Cup back to Detroit two years in a row. The greatest team ever assembled in 2002, playing one leg, then I stop myself from waxing nostalgic.

 He is no longer one of us. He is an adversary, a formidable opponent with a pretty good Hockey Team right now. Tampa (10-3-1) is currently riding high atop the Atlantic Division.

The Wings (7-3-4) on the other hand, have moved back up into third in the Atlantic, and are going to try to put an end to Tampa's current streak. We have a pretty good Hockey Team too. Only three points separate the two Teams.

First TPH, and now Zetterberg, have proven to be good Captains in this after Yzerman era, and these young Wings have heard all the stories. Probably watched lots of games growing up.

A few Wings have even played on the same team as Stevie Y. 

All that needs to be pushed back into the past. We are going forward with a really good crop of talented youngsters, and after the win on Friday, maybe some more confidence. 

Thanks for the memories Stevie, but, now it's time to make new memories of our own.

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Mike Babcock On Pavel Datsyuk

Anyone else concerned or maybe confused about the quote from Mike Babcock to Craig Peterson of the Wings' website yesterday?

After participating in pregame warm-ups Friday night, Datsyuk was a last-minute scratch with a sore groin. The Wings won the game 4-2 over the New Jersey Devils despite the absence of Datsyuk who has scored five goals and 10 points in eight games this season.

Injuries are becoming a recurring trend with Datsyuk, this already being the second time he’s been absent from action. He missed the first five games of the regular season with a separated shoulder that he suffered in the preseason in addition to missing 37 games last season.

“I don’t know when Pavel’s coming back, if he’s coming back,” coach Mike Babcock said. “I don’t know what’s going on there. I just try to have the best lineup I can.”

Or is it Babcock being Babcock?

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Quotes And Notes- Tampa Bay Lightning And The Detroit Red Wings

First off a few quotes from two of the injured Wings...

"I did everything I can off the ice to get back healthy," Weiss said. "Last few days felt really good, so seemed to turn the corner again."

"I don't know how long it's going to take so I'm just going to take it step-by-step and listen to all the advice they give me and do all the rehab and then we'll see when I get back," Gustavsson said.

more on Stephen Weiss and Jonas Gustavsson from Ansar Khan of Mlive...

Then we have this dandy via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Valtteri Filppula (above) is the only Lightning player to have been a teammate of GM Steve Yzerman; they were with the Red Wings. And the Finnish center will never forget the first time he met Yzerman, getting an immediate taste of the Hall of Famer's sense of humor.

"It wasn't really a conversation. I didn't say anything; I was just listening," Filppula said. "He said, 'I never thought I'd play for so long that I'd have to play with a Fin.' "

Filppula smiled. "Later, I found out it was a joke, so I was happy about that."

Game notes below...

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If you're anything like me you are probably mad as hell at the Wings right aboot now. After two horrible starts in two games the Wings have managed to put together a three game losing streak. Many of us find it hard to believe this is the same team that was looking pretty good after the first ten games.

Well, we all need to get our believers fixed.

 The Wings have fallen to FIF in the Atlantic Division (6-3-4), and had better stop this slide right now. I do not relish being a bottom feeder, and the race to the bottom just gets easier with each loss.

 Tonight we face the Devils in another classic Trap Game. They are currently sitting at FIF in the Metro-whatever Division (6-5-2), and are coming off a loss to St.Louis last night.

No feeling sorry here. Play for sixty fuching minutes.  If a zebra disallows a goal, then come back and score two more. You would think by now the Team would realize that you make your own luck and breaks. Uncle Mike and his staff need to reassess, get back to basics, and "Start on time" just like the rest of the Team. 

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Detroit/New Jersey Conversation

Game notes are not yet available from either the Wings or Devils tonight so lets start with this...

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

As the Red Wings look to end a three-game winless skid (0-1-2) Friday against the New Jersey Devils at Joe Louis Arena, M-Live readers inquired about some of the organization's young talent in this week's mailbag:

Q: What's going on with Tomas Jurco? Is it the dreaded sophomore slump? I hardly notice him on the ice. He looks like he needs more time in Grand Rapids. -- UtahWing

A: You're right, he needs some seasoning in Grand Rapids, and that's where he might wind up soon. There is no point keeping him around as a healthy scratch, since he's exempt from waivers, unlike Andrej Nestrasil.

Jurco has no goals and two assists in 12 games. He doesn't seem as physically engaged as he was last season, when he battled more around the net and in the offensive zone, leading to more scoring opportunities.

But he's just 22 and has only 48 NHL games under his belt, so it'll take some time. Going back to the Griffins, playing big minutes and producing offensively should help his confidence.

read on

Regarding the Devils, they played last night in St. Louis so they probably arrived in Detroit in the early hours today.  Cory Schneider was pulled eary in the 3rd period against the Blues and will start tonight in Detroit.

Anything on your mind, let's hear it in the comments.

added 11:15am, a few game notes below...

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Videos- Mike Babcock Want Consistency In Calls

Post-game, Mike Babcock says all he wants is consistency. Video starts at 2:09 mark when the comments were made.



Below is the OT goal from the Rangers that Babcock is refering to.

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Not much to say. The Wings have dropped to fourth in our division (6-3-3) after losing last night in Ottawa, and we will face the Rangers (5-4-2) tonight in a back to back. My hope is the Rangers fall into the proverbial Trap that usually snares the Wings.

 I am not real big on looking back, so it's onward to the Garden, and high hopes for a win against the Blueshirts. I will call it a reverse Trap Game. 

My fingers are crossed. I'm all in, as usual. 

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Wings/Rangers Preview

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have scored three goals in their past two games. So Henrik Lundqvist is probably the last goaltender they want to face right now.

But that is the Red Wings' challenge tonight against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network exclusive).

Lundqvist shut out the Red Wings twice last season in New York and has posted a 3-0 record, with a 0.33 goals-against average and .989 save percentage (he's stopped 94 of 95 shots in his past three outings vs. Detroit, which hasn't scored on him in 178:56.

Jonas Gustavsson, Lundqvist's two-time Swedish Olympic teammate, will start for the Red Wings, who are coming off a 3-1 loss Tuesday in Ottawa and will try to snap a two-game skid (0-1-1).


Below are a few notes on the Wings and Rangers but my question is, how does Detroit fix their offense?

Your answers....

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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.

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