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Red Wings/Ducks- Preview And Notes

The Malik Report has a game update.

via Evan Sporer of NHL.com,

Season series: Ryan Getzlaf scored twice, including the game-winner with 24 seconds left in the third period, to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings in the second game on the schedule for each team this season. Detroit took a 2-1 lead 1:57 into the third, but Anaheim forward Matt Beleskey tied the game 1:21 later.

Red Wings team scope: Forward Henrik Zetterberg was injured Saturday late in the second period of Detroit's game against the Dallas Stars and played one shift in the middle of the third. He traveled with the Red Wings to Anaheim for the first of a five-game road trip, according to the Detroit Free Press, but did not practice. Forward Daniel Cleary, a healthy scratch the past nine games, took line rushes. "I don't know if we'll make any decisions until tomorrow," general manager Ken Holland said regarding Zetterberg, according to the Free Press. The Red Wings rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period Saturday to tie the game, only to again fall behind by two, again tie the game, and finally win 7-6 in overtime, becoming the first team since 1934 to trail by two in the third period, tie the game, trail by two again, and then win, according to the Elias Sport Bureau. "For the fans it was probably fun to watch," said defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who scored the overtime winner, according to the Red Wings website. "For players and coaches, there wasn't a lot of pretty things out there. … Tonight we got lucky, crawled back into the game and found a way to get two points. That's pretty much all you can say."

Ducks team scope: Coach Bruce Boudreau has split up forwards Corey Perry and Getzlaf the past two games, first Friday against the Calgary Flames, when Anaheim fell behind 3-1, only to score five goals in the third period and win 6-3. The Ducks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Saturday with Getzlaf and Perry again on separate lines. With the win, the Ducks improved to 25-0-7 in one-goal games this season. They're the only team in the NHL to earn at least a point in every game they've played this season decided by one goal. "We've been trying to get to the net more aggressively," said Getzlaf, who scored the game-winner against Edmonton. "When you are having trouble scoring goals, that's what you need to do. We got a lucky bounce there at the end."

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Video- Extended Highlights Of Detroit’s 7-6 OT Win Over Dallas

Did you miss the Detroit/Dallas game last night?  Did you turn it off after the Wings went down by 2 goals (twice)?  Do just want to watch the highlights again?

awood40 has you covered.


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Road Trip

Tonight is the second game on the road for the Wings, just having come off a hard fought win against Chicago which made 19 fans supremely happy. We already have gained two points more than many out there thought we would have at this point on the road. Now, the time zone travel begins, and, I'm hoping the youngster's stamina will carry us throughout the entire West Coast swing.

But, first things first. The Stars are one of those Teams that cannot be taken for granted. In this league, nothing can be considered easy, any Team can win on any given night, and, I want to see a Wings Team that brings it from the time they drop the first puck, and, until the last second ticks off the clock.

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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. Dallas Stars

via NHL.com,

Season series: The Detroit Red Wings are going for a two-game sweep of the Dallas Stars. Darren Helm scored twice, and Jimmy Howard made 22 saves to help Detroit defeat Dallas in early December.

Red Wings team scope: This is the second of a grueling six-game road trip for Detroit, which plays its next three games in California, beginning Monday against the Anaheim Ducks. The Red Wings got off to a successful start Wednesday by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout. Detroit recalled defenseman Jakub Kindl from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League, where he was halfway through a four-game conditioning assignment, after defenseman Kyle Quincey left practice Friday with an undisclosed leg injury. Quincey's status will be re-evaluated after the morning skate in Dallas.

Stars team scope: Dallas held an optional practice Friday. One of the participants was forward Ales Hemsky, who has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury. Coach Lindy Ruff said Hemsky will likely return Saturday. He also said forward Brendan Ranford, who made his NHL debut Thursday in a 5-2 home loss to the San Jose Sharks, will stay with the Stars through a two-game trip that begins Sunday at the Minnesota Wild. One player who won't be making the trip is first-line center Tyler Seguin, who sustained a knee injury Feb. 13 and is expected to miss 3-6 weeks. “OK,” Seguin said Friday when asked how he's feeling. "It’s more spiritually right now, trying to stay positive. It’s very frustrating. It's weird watching games. I’ve really never missed time during the season for injuries." Dallas will be trying to end a five-game losing streak to Detroit at American Airlines Center, where the Red Wings haven't lost since Oct. 14, 2010.

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HFBoards Trade Proposal For The Day

OEL to Detroit

I really, really want him in the Winged Wheel. Would Mantha, Larkin, and Ouellet get it done?

My fellow Wings fans: is that an overpayment on our part? For a superstar who would be here 10+ years I think it's fair.

and the reaction...

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Video- Extended Highlights Of Detroit Shootout Win Over Chicago

Thanks to awood40 for the video.


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Uphill Climb

No one ever said this season was going to be easy. Quite the contrary. Many folks out there are surprised at the current success (I guess it all depends on your point of view) regarding where the Wings are in the standings right now.

But, for 19 die hard fans, well, we are used to being pleasantly surprised, or extremely disappointed. I choose not to dwell on loss, but being realistic, I still see an uphill climb. Yesterday is long gone, so get over it and concentrate on tonight.

Facing the Cawks is always a good game, and by that I mean a good hard hitting, stick it to them in their own barn, Detroit "blue collar work ethic" bounce back type of game.

We have got to pull outta this rough patch, and tonight is the perfect time to get it going,   because the rest of this road trip is an uphill climb.

So all aboard, cause the Hasek is heading West down I 94, first stop, Chicago.
Carl Sandburg wrote, "They tell me you are wicked and I believe them..........."
Smart man.

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A Guaranteed Win

via TheSportsNetwork story on the game tonight...

Headline reads...

Red Wings look to snap skid versus Red Wings

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So It Begins



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Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks Preview And Notes

via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

Season series: Forward Luke Glendening had a two-point game (goal and assist) and goalie Jimmy Howard made 25 saves on 26 shots to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a win in the first game. The Chicago Blackhawks were outshot 36-26 and got their lone goal from Patrick Kane.

Red Wings team scope: Detroit hasn't won in three straight games (0-2-1) and struggled to score in two of the three. Seeking to bolster their offense, the Red Wings recalled rookie forward Teemu Pulkkinen from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. Pulkkinen, who scored his first NHL goal in a six-game debut stint Jan. 10-20, practiced with the Red Wings on a line with captain Henrik Zetterberg and forward Justin Abdelkader. He scored 10 goals and had 18 points in 11 games after being sent back down, and leads the AHL with 30 goals and 57 points. He's the first Griffins player to reach the 30-goal plateau in back-to-back seasons. "He just keeps going," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told reporters after practice. "He's a machine-like scorer. That's going to translate at some point. Is it this time? I don't know."

Blackhawks team scope: Chicago is 4-0-2 in its past six games and has won two straight after starting a season high eight-game homestand with losses in a shootout and overtime. The Blackhawks needed all 10 points accrued during their streak of six games with at least a point, because the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators keep winning. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford appears back to top form after returning from an ankle injury that cost him eight games in December. Crawford is 5-1-1 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in his past seven starts. "I'm just trying to play the same way, so that they know they have the same goaltender every night and know what they're getting," Crawford said after practice Tuesday. "That starts with preparation. It's nice when [teammates] have confidence in you, and it's the same way for them."

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