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Can The Wings Get On A Roll?

from John Niyo of the Detroit News,

Detroit now sits seven points behind Montreal for the last Atlantic Division playoff spot, and suddenly among a handful of teams looking up at Toronto and Columbus for the two wild-card berths in the Eastern Conference.

And while this five-game homestand was billed as a chance for the Wings to find some traction before next month’s Olympic break and the stretch run that’ll follow, it may prove to be just the opposite.

Because for a team that has forgotten what home ice is all about in the NHL — the Wings hadn’t played here since Dec. 23 and they’ve won just seven of 25 games in Detroit all season – looks can be deceiving.

Next up are the defending Stanley Cup champs from Chicago – the hope is Jonas Gustavsson will be able to start in net after his own three-week absence — followed by a decent Montreal team they haven’t seen and a bad Florida team they can’t beat.

“Yeah, for sure,” said Justin Abdelkader, when asked if players were starting to notice the shadows looming in the standings. “We’re starting to slip a little bit. We’ve got to get rolling here.”


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IF they ever get healthy, yes.  Otherwise, no.

Posted by Garth on 01/21/14 at 08:59 AM ET

Alan's avatar

followed by a decent Montreal team they haven’t seen and a bad Florida team they can’t beat.

Considering that Florida is not that far off at this point, I daresay Niyo is writing off a Florida team that is actually halfway decent.

What we need more than anything, is for the players we have to really grind the game down, and learn to be much more of a puck posession team, rather than be careless with our play. Kids have to learn to depend on their linemates and make things happen.

The team demonstrates that they are capable of turning a dead play into a scoring chance night after night. We need our kids to take the next step, and start turning those chances into goals, or we will continue to sink as the rest of the Eastern conference heats up.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/21/14 at 01:37 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Can The Wings Get On A Roll?

Nope, not even if they were Arby’s “roast beef.”


Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/21/14 at 01:45 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

F they ever get healthy, yes.  Otherwise, no

Agreed. The Red Wings need to get healthy quickly, or no Playoffs this year.

Posted by bigfrog on 01/21/14 at 07:35 PM ET

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