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Wings/Flyers Recap

Wings winning streak at 1 game.

Plus they competed the whole game but that 3rd period was a nail-biter.

In a shootout Detroit 5 Philadelphia 4

Goals, Detroit stats are below.

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Ten Years After, 20 Years Gone

Twenty years ago, this organization was preparing to defend the Cup. 19 years and ten months ago I was in a D.C. subway station about to get karate kicked in the throat by a Caps fan because I may or may not have been taunting him after the Wings won Game 3 of the SCF.

Ten years ago, this organization was about to make a nice little run to 11.  9 years and ten months ago I was at the Joe, in the upper levels, for Game 1 against the Pens.  It's there that Osrt and I met Jules.  You can read all about that here

Shorthanded and in barrels Charlie Frigging Buckets.  Does anyone need one worse than him?  Sprung loose by a pass from Stuart, I believe, and off he goes.  Turns the hyphenated French goalie into a pretzel and Game 1 is done like dinner.

Easily one of my favorite blog posts ever. I could have picked any sentence.  Read the whole post and remember what we used to be. 

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Reflections Of Howie Young

from Richard Deitsch of The Athletic,

Chances are you’ve never heard of Howie Young, even if you are a diehard NHL fan. Young was a hard-checking and harder-partying defenseman whose crunching checks and seat-of-the-pants style helped lead the Detroit Red Wings to the Stanley Cup finals in 1961.Two seasons later he shattered the league mark for penalty minutes, with 273 in just 64 games. Sports Illustrated called him a “one-man riot squad” and put him on the cover of its Jan. 28, 1963 issue.

The smiling visage that graced SI's cover, however, belied a tortured soul.

Young was an alcoholic. He said he drank nearly every day for 12 years until he bottomed out at age 27. Indeed, he was hung over when he posed for SI’s photographer after a morning practice. “On the bench I would say, 'Please God, just get me through this game,'” Young once said. “Then it was, 'Hey, God, just get me through this period.' Finally, it was, 'God, just get me through this shift.'”

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Danny DeKeyser Is Feeling Good Now

from Art Regner and Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

DeKeyser's season has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride. He injured his ankle in the third game of season at Dallas and it was originally thought to be a sprained ankle.

However, because it the healing process was going slowly, the ankle was reexamined and it turned out DeKeyser suffered a "small fracture in a bone" of his ankle causing him to miss 17 games from October 12 through November 17.

Once he returned it took a while to get back into game shape. Dekeyser was a minus player in nine of his first 10 games after he was back in the lineup. However; in his next 32 games, he was a minus player in only five games.

During this ten-game winless streak, he has been a minus player in six of the ten games, but DeKeyser is encouraged by his season considering how he played after he came back from his fractured ankle.

"I think the past couple of months I felt really good on the ice," DeKeyser said. "I feel like I've gotten my skating legs and had some good jump, some good energy out there. I just try to play as hard as I can, be good defensively, chip in a little bit offensively, stuff like that. I've felt good lately.

more plus other topics like Mrazek and Nielsen's bobblehead.

added 4:16pm, game day preview is below...

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The Morning Skate

via Dana Wakiji tweet,

RedWings in morning skate:
Frk-Glendening-Svechnikov (Booth working in)


She also states Howard in starters net.

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The Wings Do Have Something To Play For

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The ignominy, mixed with the uncertain futures of GM Ken Holland and coach Jeff Blashill, is no way to end a season.

If each member of the current lineup does not understand the responsibility, the Wings are in far more trouble than we think. Throughout these several waning seasons, the Red Wings frequently have shown “there is no quit in them.”

They forced their way, with ample amounts of sheer will, into perhaps a few more playoffs than their level of talent suggested. They have persisted through two seasons with the consequences of a lineup of one aging star, some support staff and several inexperienced players.

Their pluck has served a shortage of talent well, at times. If they abandon resolve now, it will mark them.

Perhaps more importantly on a rebuilding club, there is much to accomplish, still.

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Power(less) Rankings



30. The Red Wings are mired in a 10-game losing streak (0-9-1) although eight of those games (0-7-1) were on the road. They’ve been outscored 41-19 over that stretch. Bring on the draft lottery.

Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

29. Red Wings (26-35-11). This team really wasn’t expected to do much, but 10 consecutive losses are embarrassing. Nine have been in regulation. It’s the longest winless streak since 1989.

Adam Gretz of NBC Sports,

31. Ten. Games. In. A Row.

Cody Benjamin CBS Sports,

29. No one has been losing like them. Not even the Wings themselves have crumbled as many consecutive times since the 1980s.

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Petr Mrazek May Well Start In Detroit Tuesday Night

from Dave Isaac of the Courier Post,

Petr Mrazek’s eyes lit up and he showed a wide smile each time he was asked about his old team.

He wants the revenge game against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

What he did Sunday night, getting a win that dramatically changed the Flyers’ playoff outlook, probably earned him the opportunity.

“It’s gonna be nice to be back but when the game starts, it doesn’t matter who is on the other side,” Mrazek said. “We are going there to get some good result and we have to go from there. It’s gonna be nice to be back in the town where I spent my first five or six NHL years.”...

“When you get traded away or that team doesn’t want you (any)more, obviously you have something to prove personally but I think it will be pretty exciting for Petr to be back in Detroit,” Shayne Gostisbehere said. “It should be fun.”


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A Learning Experience

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

They haven’t won a game in three weeks. They can’t score, can’t keep the puck out of their net, and just as it appears they’re building momentum, it’s the opponent who grabs it.

After Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center, Henrik Zetterberg talked about not letting the frustration suffocate them.

“Guys are working hard,” he said. “They put the time in non-game days and we prepare ourselves for every game. But, it almost makes it a little tougher that we have lost 10 in a row.

“We’re so far back, but every time you put on the Red Wing logo, you go out and play as hard as you can.”...

The Wings are fourth from last place in the NHL. The losing will lead to better draft lottery odds, which is a positive. The challenge is to make it a learning experience for the group that’s going through it. The Wings return home to play Philadelphia Tuesday. It will be the 10th straight game against an opponent that has something to play for, either shoring up a playoff spot or securing home ice advantage.

What’s to learn from that?

“How hard every game is as you get as you get down to the end of the year here,” coach Jeff Blashill said.


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Video- Post-Game Interviews

via the Wings' YouTube page,

Henrik Zetterberg, Nick Jensen, Jared Coreau, Justin Abdelkader, and Jeff Blashill speak with the media following Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Avalanche in Colorado.



added 8:31pm, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

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