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Montreal To Ottawa Then To Detroit With 4 More Points

That's the goal for tonight, sweep this mini road trip and come home to rest for a few days.  Then get ready to play in New Jersey on Tuesday, March 4th, the last game before the trade deadline on March 5th at 3:00pm ET.

A win tonight and then on Tuesday may convince Holland to be a bit more aggressive in trade talks, and get the stay-at-home defenseman most feel is needed.

I will say I am a bit surprised Howard is not starting tonight, especially with the four day break coming up.

But I am not the coach and' Double Gold Mike' knows what he is doing.

Ottawa and Detroit have played 59 games andt the Senators trail the Wings by 3 points for the last wild card spot.

A four pointer tonight or less if the game goes to OT, you can do the math.

Just win, find your legs if they go out on you during the game, believe and play hard, success will be yours.

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[02/27/2014] GDT: Red Wings vs Senators

Well that wasn't a terrible first game back...

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Ryan Kesler - Yes Or No?

Let's say the Vancouver Canucks do indeed trade Ryan Kesler, would you be interested and if so, what would you give up?

Kesler's cap hit (capgeek.com) is $5M thru the 2015-16 season.  He is a natural center but has been on the wing this year and reports are he would prefer to play center.

Of course a local player from Livonia and he is 29 years of age.

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The March To The Playoffs Starts Now

Welcome back everyone and the race is on.

IwoCPO made it easy for me today by leaving this comment in one of the posts...

I like our team.  Plus, don't forget, getting Zetterberg and Krupp back (no puns intended) will be our deadline moves.

That's were we stand at this moment and I have a feeling we will be still standing at the same point come March 6th, one day after the trade deadline.

Maybe a stay at home defensemen but other than that, nada.

On to tonight, Wings/Canadiens.

Bert in, Franzen back, Pavel the same and Weiss doing circles in practice.

Howard against Budaj and tonight's game as will all others moving forward will be all about Jimmy.

Get on a roll, keep playing, look sloppy, Wings are in trouble.

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[02/26/2014] GDT: Red Wings vs Canadiens

Time for the Stress Train to start headin' on down the tracks...

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Playoff Chances For Detroit “Don’t Look Promising”. Your Thoughts?

Sean McIndoe of Grantland on the Wings' chances to make the playoffs...

The Red Wings limped into the Olympic break clinging to the East’s final playoff spot by a single point. Now they’ve lost captain Henrik Zetterberg to back surgery, likely for the rest of the regular season. Pavel Datsyuk is still banged up and will have to shake off Team Russia’s disastrous showing. And with almost half the roster having been in Sochi, the Wings are hardly well rested.

All of which points to Detroit fading from the playoff race. That would be major news, since the Red Wings haven’t missed the postseason since 1990, a stunning feat in a 30-team league. That 23-year stretch has included four Stanley Cups and established the Wings as the closest thing to a dynasty the league has seen in the Bettman era. But every streak ends eventually, and with an aging, beaten-up roster, this seems like the year it will happen.

Then again, we’ve been ready to write them off before, including just last year, when they didn’t clinch a spot until the season’s final weekend. That team went on to upset the 2-seed Ducks before pushing the eventual champion Blackhawks to overtime of Game 7. That should serve as a lesson in not counting them out. But from here, their odds don’t look promising.

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Wings Need To Make A Move At The Trade Deadline

from Pat Caputo of The Oakland Press,

There always seems to be concern about the Red Wings’ grit. Buffalo’s Steve Ott would bring that, and he will score his share of goals.

David Legwand is from Grosse Pointe. Although he is 33 and one of Nashville’s all-time great players, the former second overall NHL Draft pick still has a lot of jump. Legwand can help the Red Wings both on the power play and penalty kill, areas they need shoring up because Zetterberg is such a key component to their special team units. He’d have to waive a no-trade clause, but did grow up here.

Ales Hemsky has excellent offensive skill and could be had for a defensemen. Edmonton has a lot of high-end offensive talent taken at the very top of the NHL Draft in recent years, but is woeful along the blue line. The Red Wings do have some depth in their system defensively and there might be a match there.

There is some other higher-end talent scheduled for free agency in 2014 – the New York Islanders’ Thomas Vanek and Buffalo’s Matt Moulson, who were traded for each other earlier in the season, come to mind. But the cost in regard to draft picks and players might be prohibitive.

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Olympic Break Over, No Zetterberg, Now What?

I hope everyone enjoyed the Olympic break and it is now time to consider the future...

from Ansar Khan,

But everyone can do a little more to help compensate for his loss. Having a healthy Pavel Datsyuk would help. So would getting contributions from Johan Franzen and Stephen Weiss, who’ve been out with injuries.

The Red Wings’ post-Olympic playoff push begins Wednesday at Montreal. With 24 games remaining and 11 teams competing for the final six playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, the Red Wings must overcome the absence of their indisputable MVP.

“It’s a substantial loss, let’s not kid ourselves,” assistant coach Bill Peters said. “It’s your captain, it’s your leading scorer; he’s a point-a-game player. His leadership in the room as much as anything is going to be a loss.

“But now we’ll get our head wrapped around it and move on and find a way that we’re going to have to play to be successful. We’ll do that as a group.”...

“We have to embrace this as an opportunity, continue to prove we can win under any circumstance,” assistant coach Tom Renney said. “What that requires is extraordinary effort by everybody. I don’t think it’s anything that’s beyond them.

“But every single day we have to make sure we’re dialed in and prepared to do whatever it takes to get wins. If it’s trying to win 1-0, then so be it. I don’t think we’re as decimated as some would like to believe.”

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The Postman Always Rings Twice

I don't know about you, but I'd rather not hear the doorbell at all tonight.

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[02/08/2014] Mini GDT: Red Wings vs Lightning

Last game before the Olympic break... let's hope everyone doesn't mail it it.

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