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Shooting For Two In A Row

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings are trying to do something they have not done in six weeks: Win consecutive games.

They host the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday, still pumped from what Dylan Larkin described as a “statement game” victory at Minnesota. The Wings did many good things in beating the Wild, 5-2, Saturday, from starting well, to traffic at the net, to playing fast all game. They never let up. They showed they can close out a game, and that was an especially important facet to prove to themselves.

“In Minnesota, that was our best third period of hockey all year,” Larkin said after Monday’s practice. “Us having that feeling now, and the confidence, there’s no reason why we can’t play like that every third period.

“We’ve been in stretches where we’ve had tough times winning games and then we win one and feel good about our game, and we come out the next several and lose. It’s hard to get momentum when you are winning one and then losing a couple. We all know in here we need to go on a good run and have a good stretch where we are winning games consistently.”

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duhduhduh's avatar

Some serious cognitive dissonance going on.  Boudreau called it the worst performance by a Wild team since he’s been there.

Posted by duhduhduh on 01/14/19 at 02:56 PM ET

Paul's avatar

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

There’s so little room for error with the parity in today’s NHL that teams can’t afford to let up, even for a second.

Fresh off a 5-2 victory in Minnesota Saturday and a day off Sunday, the Detroit Red Wings were back on the ice Monday for practice at Belfor Training Center.

Asked how they could build on Saturday’s victory, Wings coach Jeff Blashill was blunt.

“You make sure you play great hockey tomorrow and it better be better than the hockey we played in practice today,” Blashill said. “We better be way better than that. That’s the only way. Now you can play great hockey and not win. So what we really need is to play great hockey and find a way to win. But we got to make sure we’re ready to go.”

continued with more topics…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/14/19 at 02:56 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Two horrible teams, should be a great match actually.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/15/19 at 09:23 AM ET

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