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Tonight we face the Capitals before heading home to play Friday against the Cup Champs. Detroit is (4-2-2) falling to fourth in our division. We absolutely have to pull out of this tailspin of inconsistency and put a string of wins together. Even three wins in a row would be good at this point.
The power play is shameful, so, Uncle Mike and his crew better get off the schnide and fix it.
We have the tools, we have the talent. Get it done!
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
Mike Babcock isn't certain what to expect from the Washington Capitals tonight.
Sure, the Capitals have many of the same players back from last season, when they split the season series against Detroit as each team got four points. And Babcock has watched a couple of Washington's games this season on tape.
But the Capitals also have a new look after adding defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik - who both came over from Pittsburgh - as well as rookies Andre Burakovsky and Liam O'Brien to their lineup.
All have played key roles in helping Washington start the season 4-2-2 as it prepares to host Detroit.
But two things Babcock and the Red Wings are plenty familiar with are the Caps' leaders - head coach Barry Trotz and longtime captain Alex Ovechkin.
Preview of the Washington/Detroit game from Mike Vogel of Dump 'n Chase,
Two days after returning from a three-game journey through western Canada, the Capitals make a quick stop home to host the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night at Verizon Center. The game against the Wings concludes the October portion of the Capitals’ 2014-15 campaign.
Washington and Detroit feature identical 4-2-2 records at this early juncture of the season. So far in the early going, the Caps have yet to lose consecutive contests. They’ll need a win over the Wings to keep it that way.
The Capitals spend Monday in the air, flying back from Vancouver where they suffered a 4-2 loss to the Canucks on Sunday night. The Caps come home from their first extended road trip of the season with a 1-2 mark on the three-game journey through western Canada.
If you were involved in H2H (Herm to Hockeytown), you probably recognize the name or know Jen MacRostie, one of the organizers of the event.
Sometime last week a fire destroyed the home of Jen's family and she could use some help.
Geore Malik has all the details or you could just go here to donate... http://www.gofundme.com/gaxz08.
Thanks and every little bit will certainly help.
January 25, 1997. Some of you were wee children, some of us were adults, some of you were 17. 17 years is exactly how long it has been since the Wings have won in Philly during the regular season. 17 years and counting. Since the last Century, we haven't been able to beat the Flyers on their Home ice. Yes, there was the glorious Stanley Cup on June 7, 1997, but that was the Playoffs. And still, 17 years ago.
This is the regular season, and, although many will say it doesn't matter, I think it does.
We need to pile up some more points and show the Flyers that they can't win em' all at home against the Red Wings. Anymore.
The Flyers are hungry, and are looking for their first win at Home so this is bound to be ugly.
On a personal note, Philly is not the most friendly place for fans from opposing teams. Heck, they get stabby within their own ranks, even after a win.
That is why I'll be watching from the safety and comfort of my living room tonight. So, bring it on!
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock might have been exaggerating slightly when speaking about his team's record in Philadelphia.
"I don't think we've won in Philly since Christ was a kid," Babcock said.
It only seems like that. The Red Wings have lost eight consecutive games in Philadelphia, getting outscored 33-13, since winning there when it mattered the most - in Games 1 and 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup finals en route to a sweep.
They'll have another chance Saturday at Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) and will turn to backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson in an effort to snap the streak.
Below, Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly on the Flyers plus game notes...
After a disappointing loss in Montreal we absolutely have to bounce back with a bona fide 2 point win. The idea here is to take total advantage of playing against a team that played last night. That is something we haven't been able to do.
Tonight we face the Penguins. Malkin is back and the Pens are playing a back to back, after a loss to the Flyers at Home. They will be looking for 2 points just like we are.
We have to stifle them.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock saw one similarity in all the goals scored in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
"The goalies were bumped on all four," Babcock said. "One (by Pavel Datsyuk) was called back. Abby (Justin Abdelkader) drove on the first one and P.K. (Subban) bumped his goalie. (David) Desharnais went to the net and bumped Kronner (Niklas Kronwall) into our goalie. (Alex) Galchenyuk bumped (Kyle) Quincey into our goalie (on the tying goal).
"There might be something to it."
If you can get away with bumping a defenseman into his own goalie, great. But Babcock's message was that his team needs to be more physical at the net to score more, at even strength and on the power play.
The Red Wings (3-1-2), who host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit), ranked 26th in the NHL in goals per game (2.00) heading into Wednesday's games (Penguins lost 5-3 at home to the Flyers). One big reason is a power play that's converted just 8.3 percent of its chances (2-for-24).
Tonight's game notes are below...
It seems appropriate since we are in Montreal tonight. Most consider the Habs to be the greatest of the "Original Six." 24 Stanley Cups. Rocket and Pocket Rocket, Beliveau, Boom Boom Geoffrion. Those are the old guard.
The Wings countered with Abel, Lindsay, Howe, Sawchuk. Our old guard. I realize some of you aren't too familiar with some of the old names. But, history is important.
Both teams have had the great Scotty Bowman behind our respective benches. That was then.
The future is now. We are looking at two very talented clubs tonight. My two favorite actually. Of course, the Wings being my #1. Montreal is riding high right now with a 5-1-0 record second in the overall standings.
The Wings are riding high too. Just coming off a pretty good back to back series against Toronto. The Wings are currently sitting at 3-1-1. I'll take it.
Also, safe passage to our very own Chief.
First a little old school talk with Ted Lindsay and Maurice Richard.
Below are the game notes...
via the US Navy,
The guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) is scheduled to depart Oct. 20 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans.
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