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String and Streak

The win against the Devils gave us three WINS in a row. I know, I know,  it was an ugh, shootout win. It wasn't pretty, but, there were two points gained, it boosted morale among the 19, and, confidence on the bench.

Vancouver is in town today and we are facing the dreaded matinee game.

Stringing three wins together has been no small task for our Wings this season. To win one more would be stringing four. Looking ahead, the task at hand is putting together a bona fide winning streak. To me, that is at least five wins in a row. (SWM)

I know I'm getting greedy here, one game at a time and all, but, this winning thing feels great and I want more. So do all of you.

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Red Wings/Canucks Preview And Notes

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

The Red Wings have quietly crept up in the NHL's overall standings and are at a point where they could make a run at first place overall in the next couple of weeks.

Sound far-fetched?

Perhaps. But there's no denying the possibility exists since the Red Wings are three points from being part of the logjam atop the overall standings, they're riding a bit of a hot streak and have a home-heavy schedule until Christmas.

The Red Wings are in the midst of a stretch that has them playing 12 of 15 at Joe Louis Arena and they'll play four straight at home beginning today vs. Vancouver.

read on

from Daniel Fung of VancouverCanucks.com,

The pundits probably won't be predicting another blowout win today but they ought to figure the Canucks will have a good chance of snapping their two-game losing streak versus Detroit after dropping both games they played against them last season. Only one Canuck – Daniel Sedin – managed to score in the season series against the Red Wings.

The Red Wings may have an aging veteran core but they're a team that can still hurt you on the scoreboard. Detroit, riding a season-high three-game win streak after overcoming a 4-1 deficit on Friday to knock off New Jersey 5-4 in a shootout, are among the top scoring teams in the league and they've been enjoying an offence by committee with seven players having recorded five-or-more goals and nine players with double-digit point totals. It should make for an intriguing match-up, then, with Red Wings' high-powered offence going up against the stingy Miller, who is coming off back-to-back shutouts and has not allowed a goal in 152:05 of consecutive playing time. Jimmy Howard is expected to get the start for Detroit.


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Devil in the Details

Not much to add here. The Devil is the last twenty minutes of any game the Wings have played. All. Season. Long.

The details are to play the entire game. That happens to include the final twenty minutes.

No falling back. No more playing to protect the lead. No more playing for the loser point.

Keep it simple.

Simplicity=Skate. To. Throat.

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Detroit Emulating Chicago

Corey Masisak of NHL.com lists Detroit 10th in this week's Power Rankings...

GIVE THANKS: Mike Babcock is doing a masterful job of putting his skilled young players in situations to succeed. He's leaning on the fourth line to eat up a lot of the defensive-zone faceoffs (they're not the only team trying to emulate what has been a staple in Chicago) and the kids are turning offensive-zone faceoffs into great possession numbers.

WISH LIST: Does anyone know if the Red Wings have been looking for another defenseman? Yeah, they're still looking, though Xavier Ouellet has not looked out of place in limited duty. If this team adds a high-level defenseman, Detroit could win the East.

MUST READ: The defensive shell sounds like a great idea, but it really isn't, writes garik16 for Hockey-Graphs. The Red Wings are a good example of a team that doesn't sit back much. Detroit is allowing 46.89 shot attempts per 60 minutes at even strength, and when the Red Wings are leading by two-plus goals that figure only rises to 50.0, the second-lowest in the League in that situation.

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Detroit/New Jersey Preview And Notes

NHL.com preview of tonight's game...


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Extended Highlights From The Wings’ Win Over The Flyers

Knowing some of the 19 may have been unable to watch the Detroit win over Philadelphia last night due to extreme partying, or something else extreme, I have you covered.

Whether you are just waking up or maybe just getting to bed, here is 17 minutes of game action from last night.


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Giving Thanks

This is a little more somber tone tonight. I would like to thank each and every one of you for being here to keep our little sanctuary up and running. It's not easy being a Wing's Fan some nights, but, we all come back for more.

I would like to thank Paul Kukla for posting whatever I send him.  I am not a blogger, I am a fan with an opinion, and he still puts it up every game.

And most importantly, I would like to thank our Chief, Bill Houlihan, out there on the high seas, keeping us all safe. There would not be an A2Y without him, and his special way to put into words, whatever it is we are feeling.

Now, let's win two in a row!

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Detroit/Philadelphia Preview And Notes

Not really a game preview type story, but Brendan Savage of Mlive did a Q & A with Drew Miller...

MLive: Stanley Cup Finals, overtime, Game 7 against Vancouver. You get a penalty shot. Is there anything about your brother you know that other people don't that would help you in that situation?

Miller: (laughs) I don't know. I think with all the video technology that's out there, you know what you're going to get. In that situation, I love my brother but I definitely want to score and I want to win. I don't have a specific move but definitely you're going down there 100 percent wanting to score.

MLive: Who's the one player on the team you'd least like to box?

Miller: Probably (Jonathan) Ericsson. He's big and he's got a long reach.


Game day preview via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

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Start on time. Puck possession. The right side of the puck.

We just got to get pucks in deep and get in on the forecheck and get pucks at the net.

We just need to get more shots and get traffic in front of the net.

We need to play a full 60 minutes.

We just got to take it one shift at a time.

We just got to give it 110% every shift.

I got to play my game and do everything within my control.

 I know I’m struggling, but I just got to keep working hard and hopefully things start going my way.

 We have to play our game and play to our strengths and we should be okay.

Upper/lower body injury.

We just didn’t get the bounces.

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Detroit/Ottawa Preview And Notes

via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

SENATORS (9-6-4) AT RED WINGS (10-5-5)


Season series: The first game, played at Canadian Tire Centre, was decided on a goal by Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch at 14:37 of the third period. Last season, the Senators and Detroit Red Wings split their four games, with each winning twice in the opposing team's arena.

Senators team scope: Coming off a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday to split a brief two-game home stint, the Senators know they've got a big hurdle ahead on a five-game road trip that starts Monday in Detroit. They're currently sitting two points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with two games in hand on the Toronto Maple Leafs. They can ill afford an extended losing skid, even if the season is only nearing the quarter pole. Goaltender Craig Anderson is expected to start against the Red Wings. Forward Curtis Lazar, who's missed two games because of an undisclosed injury, participated in practice Sunday. Defenseman Chris Phillips, who also sat out Saturday, did not. Lazar and Phillips are questionable to play Monday.

Red Wings team scope: Detroit is looking to bounce back from a 4-1 loss Saturday at the Toronto Maple Leafs after allowing three goals in the third period of a game that was tightly-contested through 40 minutes. The defeat prevented the Red Wings from sweeping a three-game road trip that didn't include center Pavel Datsyuk (groin), who is day-to-day. Detroit could get veteran center Stephen Weiss back from a groin issue that's held him out for all but one game. Weiss, 31, has dealt with a number of injuries since the 2012-13 season. He's played 27 games for the Red Wings since signing a deal prior to the 2013-14 season that costs Detroit a reported $4.9 million a season against the NHL salary cap. Weiss was recalled Sunday from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League after playing back-to-back games on a conditioning stint. Goaltender Jimmy Howard will likely start against the Senators.

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com


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