Abel to Yzerman
We all know what tonight's game means so no reason to explain any further.
Instead, what is your gut telling you about tonight's game against the Hurricanes?
Me, I am going with the belief if the Wings cannot get two points tonight, we may all be waiting for the NHL Draft Lottery.
A must win, no doubt about it.
via David Satriano of NHL.com,
TV: FS-CR, FS-D
Season series: The Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes will play twice in the next five days. Tomas Tatar had two goals, and Pavel Dastyuk had a goal and an assist in a 3-1 Red Wings win against the Hurricanes on Dec. 7.
Hurricanes team scope: Carolina lost 4-3 to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday to fall to 13-21-5 on the road. "We have to learn from tonight," coach Bill Peters said. "Tonight wasn't a good enough effort on the road to win in the National Hockey League." Carolina has lost four straight road games. Peters didn't say whether Ward, who made 21 saves and has started three of the past four games, will start. If not, backup Anton Khudobin will be in goal. Khudobin has lost his past six starts (0-3-3), including last Thursday against the Florida Panthers when he allowed six goals on 28 shots in a 6-1 loss. Forward Eric Staal has two goals and four points in the past four games.
Red Wings team scope: Detroit could clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a win and an Ottawa Senators loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in regulation on Tuesday. The Red Wings recalled forward Landon Ferraro from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Monday. Ferraro, who has 27 goals in 70 games in the AHL this season, could replace Justin Abdelkader in the lineup. Abdelkader did not play in a 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday after sustaining an upper-body injury blocking a shot Saturday against the Minnesota Wild. General manager Ken Holland said Abdelkader is likely out but could return before the regular season ends, according to MLive.com. Datsyuk, who played Sunday but has been dealing with a lower-body injury, will be a game-time decision.
No doubt about it, Carolina is on my mind today.
A must win tomorrow against the Canes faces the Wings.
Bill Peters will want to beat his former team, the Wings need to be prepared from the start of the game.
The question is, will the Wings come out with desperation, play to win and help their playoff chances greatly?
Otherwise, Carolina will be In My Mind...
It can never be easy with this Team, but, the Wings must find a way to stay ahead of the competition.
You can't spell Wings without Win.
Get. It. Done.
The puck drops just after 5:00pm ET.
TV: NHLN-US, TVA Sports, SN, CSN-DC, FS-D
Geore Malik has your game preview and abbreviated game notes are below....
Last time I checked the Wings were still holding down the third spot in our division. Now, we have to keep ahold of it with a tight grip. Winning does just that.
It's times like these that we could use some uplifting words from our Chief. Here's hoping.
The Malik Report has a complete prewiew of Wings/Wild.
Game time is just after 7:00pm ET tonight.
Game notes are below...
But they have to start winning games. The magic number for the Wings is six, which means a combination of Detroit points gained or Ottawa points lost will put the Wings into the playoffs again.
The question now is, can the Wings win some games?
Or will they continue this slide to put an end to their playoff run?
By hook or by crook, staying ahead of the B's is the main focus tonight, with the bigger picture just on the horizon.
One game at a time, Wingaholics. One game at a time.
We're all in!
Game starts just after 7:30pm ET
via Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
TV: NBCSN, TVA, SN360, NESN, FS-D
Season series: The Boston Bruins scored twice on the power play and twice shorthanded in a 5-3 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on March 8. Bruins forward Daniel Paille scored twice, including one shorthanded, and goalie Niklas Svedberg made 36 saves.
Bruins team scope: Right wing Brett Connolly (finger), acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 2 but has yet to play with the Bruins, practiced Wednesday and is probable, according to CSSNE.com. The Bruins lead the Ottawa Senators by three points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Forward Milan Lucic scored with 1:09 left in regulation in a 3-2 victory against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday to give the Bruins their third straight win. The Lucic-Ryan Spooner-David Pastrnak line played a big part; Pastrnak scored the equalizer 10:33 into the third. Spooner (14 points) and Pastrnak (12 points) led the Bruins in scoring in March. After missing five weeks with a partial MCL tear, forward David Krejci is slowly regaining his form as his ice time has increased in each of the past five games. He was centering Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson at practice on Wednesday.
Red Wings team scope: The Red Wings lost forward Drew Miller when he sustained two deep lacerations around his right eye in the first period of a 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. He was at practice Wednesday wearing a plastic guard below his visor and is questionable. Detroit was also without forwards Pavel Datsyuk (undisclosed), Riley Sheahan (upper body) and Erik Cole (upper body); a decision on all three will be made after the morning skate Thursday, according to the Detroit Free Press. Sheahan has missed three straight games and Datsyuk had played the past two after missing the previous five with a lower-body injury. The Red Wings are in third place in the Atlantic Division, two points ahead of the Bruins.
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