Abel to Yzerman
Yeah, this is the Live Blog post.
Exciting stuff, eh?
Even though Detroit is tied with Columbus for the last wild card spot in the East, the Blue Jackets would claim the last spot due to their ROW (regulation/overtime wins) of 29 compared to Detroit's 25.
Tonight, Washington plays Pittsburgh and trails the Wings by 1 point and have played one more game than the Wings.
Nashville is in Ottawa and the Senators trail the Wings by 4 points.
Phoenix plays Tampa Bay and the Bolts lead the Wings by 3 points.
Columbus is in Dallas, explanatioo above.
Toronto is playing in Anaheim and have a 5 point lead on the Wings.
I've heard rumors some of you enjoy a few adult beverages here and there, especially on the weekend, so this is my attempt to get you up and ready for puck drop at 12:37ish pm EDT.
Howard starts, Gustavsson's groin a problem so Mrazek backs-up.
I don't anticipate any changes to the lineup but since no morning skate today, we won't find out until just a few minutes before the game starts.
The Rangers look a little different since the Wings last played them, Martin St. Louis in, Ryan Callahan out.
Lundqvist in goal and the Rangers ar 6-3-1 in their last ten games.
Detroit is now 5 points behind the 3rd place Toronto Maple Leafs in the Atlantic Division but do have 2 games in-hand.
The Wings also trail the Tampa Bay Lightning, the first wild card team by 3 points but have played one less game than the Bolts.
Four teams are looking up at Detrot, all within 1-4 points behind the Wings.
Gustavsson in goal, Kindl in for Lashoff and...
Youngsters not only need to continue with the pressure, they also need to score.
Looking great, put the puck in the back of the net looks even better.
They are all the Wings have right now,except for Franzen although Legwand looked very good last night, but the bottom line, again, put the puck in the net.
Wherever RedMenace is, he is without power so he turned to me to do the GDT.
Guess what, I am not doing it, heck, the Wings just played the Devils so I believe you know all there is to know about them and you know the Wings too.
Tonight, Cory Schneider starts for the Devils, Gustavsson in for Howard and Kindl replaces Lashoff, everything else is status quo.
6 out of 8 points should be our motto for the next 4 games...
I am starting the live blog a little early so you can discuss the sweater retirement of Nick Lidstrom, which starts at 6:30pm ET on FoxSports Detroit.
"The Perfect Human's" #5 will be alongside so many other great Detroit Red Wings sweaters hanging in the Joe Louis rafters.
Well deserved Nick, you are one of the all-time great defensemen to ever play.
RedMenace is under the weather today so here I am. Game starts just after 8:00pm ET and is on FoxSports Detroit, NHL NET US and Altitude.
The Nick Lidstrom sweater retirement ceremony starts on FoxSports Detroit at 6:30pm.
DETROIT RED WINGS
- Tonight is the 115th all-time meeting between DET and COL
- DET’s all-time record vs. COL: 63-41-5-5
- DET’s all-time home record vs. COL: 34-17-1-4
- DET was 3-0-0 vs. COL in 2012-13
- DET won the 1st meeting of the season 4-2 on 10/17 (Franzen and Datsyuk each had 2 goals for DET; Johnson and Landeskog scored for COL)
- Justin Abdelkader scored his first NHL regular-season goal against COL, 10/17/09
- Daniel Alfredsson has 18 points (4-14-18) in 19 games vs. COL
- Todd Bertuzzi has 39 points (13-26-39) in 59 games vs. COL
- Pavel Datsyuk has 43 points (17-26-43) in 40 games vs. COL
- Danny DeKeyser made his NHL debut against COL, 4/5/13
- Johan Franzen has 3 career hat tricks against COL: 4/26/08 (playoffs), 5/1/08 (playoffs) and 11/8/11
I like the sound they make as they go whooshing by.
- Douglas Adams
Something about a "Trod Dadlane?" All's I know is there's a hockey game to be played...
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