Abel to Yzerman
Last game before the Olympic break... let's hope everyone doesn't mail it it.
Two more points on the table tonight, Datsyuk returns, Jimmy in net and Babcock has mentioned he plans to use four forwards on the PP.
Everything is good and let's keep it that way.
Five out of six points the last three games so no need to let it all slip away now.
Olympics are on the horizon, but Sochi can wait.
Win tonight in Sunrise and we will worry about Tampa tomorrow.
It's a busy night for me, trade watch is on until 3:00pm ET tomorrow.
Guess who's back - and I'm not talking about Slim Shady...
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
“I don’t envision us trading away players who could be part of our future,” general manager Ken Holland said. “Those are the players other teams will be asking about.”
“I don’t know if there are many players on the market who we feel are better than (young players the Red Wings currently have),” Holland said.
“I see us going into 2014-15 as a young team,” Holland said. “Given what these young players have shown here, what they’ve accomplished in the AHL (winning Calder Cup), and players we have down there, it’s working that way.”
more on the Wings...
Enough Olympic talk, enough injury talk, enough goalie talk and defensive talk too.
Focus on the game tonight, play a full game and come away with 2 points any way you can.
I said a few games ago the Wings needed 7 out of a possible 10 points and they have 3 at this point.
A win tonight gives them 5 which means they can get away with collecting at least two points while playing the two teams in Florida.
Tonight is key, Vancouver has been playing badly and the Wings will face Eddie Lack in goal tonight.
Get the power play working, get to the net and skate every shift boys.
Are the Olympics over yet?
from Casey Ippolito of The Hockey News,
If Detroit falls short of the playoffs this year, their streak will end, but the culture of winning won’t. By the time Datsyuk and Zetterberg retire, the next generation of Wings stars will be established impact players, ready to carry the franchise torch on another run of dominant seasons. That’s how Detroit has operated for nearly 30 years, and one season out of the playoffs won’t change anything.
The Super Bowl festivities can wait until around 3:00pm or so today and a win against the Capitals would help us enjoy the game tonight.
No GDT today due to an early game plus 'Red" is probably still in bed, so instead we start the Live Blog a bit early.
Not much needs to be said about the game since the Wings faced the Capitals on Friday.
What is important today- get on the plane boys with two more points.
The Canucks are waiting in Detroit for the matchup tomorrow night so securing two more points today is key.
The only advice I have for the game is contain Ovechkin and keep an eye on Backstrom.
Jimmy needs to be good again and the defensive zone coverage cannot break down.
And stay out of the penalty box. Washington can score in bunches if the door is left open, so keep it closed today.
Win, then again, then again and so on.
7 out of a possible 10 points needed in the next five games.
Washington at home tonight, followed by a game in Washington on Sunday, then back home to face Vancouver and two games on the road in Florida and Tampa Bay.
Then rest or head to Sochi.
Again, 7 out of 10 needed, starting tonight.
I don't even know what to say.
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