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I Really Like Our Team

Well, the deadline passed and KH did pretty good. The 19 seem to be satisfied with the addition of Cole and Zidlicky. This move is one that looks to make our Team better right now, and, going forward into the remainder of the regular season, while hoping to have a good, deep post season run. No blockbuster deals, just deals that make sense. A couple of solid players with one that brings much needed size up front, and the other being the righty on D.

Tonight we face the Rangers and they are still chugging along quite well without their #1 Lundqvist in between the pipes. Cam Talbot has filled in very well for the ailing Lundqvist.  They are currently sitting at second in the Metropolitan with 84 points. Still, a tough Team to go up against no matter who they put on the ice.

Tonight is another Rivalry Night game, but I don't care, cause we had a nice surprise visit from our Chief the other day, and, I really like our Team.

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Rangers

The puck drops just after 8:00pm ET and is on NBCSN and SN1.

George Malik of The Malik Report has all the information you need for tonight's game.

NHL.com. preview...

 

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How Do You Feel After The Trades Have Been Made?

What are your thoughts on the trades the Wings made?

Okay with them, could have done more, should have traded for ....?

And one last report on the Wings/Toronto deal which did not happen...

via Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

The Maple Leafs did not offer Dion Phaneuf for Detroit D-man Brendan Smith at the trade deadline.

It was the Red Wings who made that proposal.

They were the supplicants, the Star has learned. But Toronto brass wasn’t sufficiently keen about the other features in that particular package, which included eating part of Phaneuf’s salary, and thus took a pass.

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Tick Tock Kenny. Tick Frigging Tock.

I like the Cole move. Gritty. Veteran. Rental. Here for four months and gone. Deal.

And it's Kenny's show today.  There's a different feel about it then past (futile) years. I'm thinking there's more to come.

I'm thinking Phaneuf (more toughness with Cole) and if Phaneuf comes?

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Congratulations, You Are Ken Holland

The trade deadline closes on Monday at 3:00pm ET on Monday.

You've called around the NHL to find out what players are available, you are watching the Western Conference teams in the playoff race get stronger.

Teams have called you about Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and I am sure many other prospects along with Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar.

What will you do?

Also, before the six game road trip I asked you of your expectations.  One of the 19, aerodude nailed it with 9 points.

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The Task at Hand

After a pretty good bounce back on the West Coast the task at hand is to go into Nashville and grab two more points. This will be no easy task as the road weary Wings take on the Preds, who are #1 in the league right now.

Not to worry though, we have a Magic Man, with the Magic Hands, when it comes to playing the Preds.

None the less, everybody has to show up today. On time!

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators

Note today's game starts just after 3:00pm ET.

via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

Season series: The Detroit Red Wings are trying to sweep the series against the Nashville Predators after a victory in the first game at Joe Louis Arena. Forward Tomas Tatar had two goals and an assist for the Red Wings, who scored three goals on four shots to drive Predators goalie Carter Hutton from the net.

Red Wings team scope: Detroit is finishing a challenging portion of its schedule. This is the Red Wings' 17th road game in the past 23. They are 10-5-1 and cap the stretch against Nashville, the only other team in the NHL that has not lost consecutive games in regulation. Detroit is 3-1-1 on this road trip, which includes victories at the Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks. Defenseman Brendan Smith doesn't have a fractured arm, just a bruise, after being slew-footed by San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture. Defenseman Kyle Quincey (bone chips in ankle) is ready to play if Smith cannot. Forward Henrik Zetterberg (head) will miss a fourth straight game. Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson will start.

Predators team scope: Nashville is 2-2-1 in its past five games after winning six in a row from Feb. 7-17. The Predators are trying to win the Presidents' Trophy for the first time. "You want to be the best team in the League," forward Eric Nystrom told The Tennessean. "That's a goal every single year, so the Presidents' Trophy is important. That's a realistic goal for us right now with the position that we're in. To win anything is the reason we play the game, and that's another feather in the hat." Goalie Pekka Rinne, who was injured and missed the first game against Detroit, will start. The Predators did not practice Friday.

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Going Fishing

Yes, it's another late nighter, but, it's what the 19 do. Not much to add. The Wings need to reel in the two points and head back East.

We're going fishing, and the Sharks are biting.
 

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. San Jose Sharks

via NHL.com,

Season series: The San Jose Sharks swept two games against the Detroit Red Wings last season. Goalies Antti Niemi and Jimmy Howard each earned a shutout but only Niemi got a win in San Jose's 1-0 shootout victory at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 21, 2013. Forward Joe Pavelski scored two goals in a 4-1 win at SAP Center on Jan. 9, 2014.

Red Wings team scope: Detroit has lost the first two of three games in California playing without captain Henrik Zetterberg, who took a shot to the head from Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn on Saturday. Zetterberg is expected to miss a third straight game. The Red Wings are not calling the injury a concussion, but Zetterberg said Tuesday he's experiencing "some symptoms that I don't have when I'm 100 percent." Detroit is three points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for second place and six points back of the Montreal Canadiens for first in the Atlantic Division. Goalie Jonas Gustavsson made 26 saves in a 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, his first start since he separated his left shoulder Nov. 5 against the New York Rangers. "I thought [Gustavsson] played well," coach Mike Babcock told the Red Wings website. "I think Gus plays well all of the time, he just doesn't play. He's been injured so much, so when he plays I think he plays well. I think he gives us a chance most nights." Howard, who allowed three goals on 25 shots in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, is expected to start.

Sharks team scope: San Jose is 3-6-2 in February and has lost three of four to fall out of a Western Conference spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; it trails the second wild card Calgary Flames by two points. The Sharks, who have not played since a 2-1 loss to the Kings in the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game Saturday, have four games in six days. Defenseman Brent Burns has five goals, including two on the power play, in the past seven games. The Sharks have not gotten much with the man-advantage outside of their top unit, which is Burns, Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture. In the past 28 games, rookie center Melker Karlsson has San Jose's only power-play goal outside the top unit, which has scored 31 of the Sharks' 39 man-advantage goals through 61 games. "The second unit will someday become our first unit, so they better get their act together and get going," coach Todd McLellan said, according to CSN Bay Area. "You want to play in the League and you want power-play time? Get it done. Our power play, like anybody's, is going to sway throughout the year. We're still producing, but most of it is coming from the other unit. It has to balance out more."

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Do You Pull The Trigger?

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