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Mike Babcock On The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"They're a team that is right there with us in the standings," Babcock said. "There's nothing to pick between us and them. It's going to be an important game for them and an important game for us."

Toronto has been up and down. It won three a row recently, before losing its next three, and then pounding the Lightning.

"They can flat-out score," Babcock said. "They have good players. We've got to play. They just beat Tampa. They just beat Boston (6-1 on Nov. 12). They've lost two games badly like lots of us do. All depends on life what you focus on. They're a good team."

more including Babcock still not talking about Kindl's lack of playing time...

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Daniel Alfredsson Retirement Announcement May Come On Monday

via Elliotte Friedman tweets and it makes sense...

Little more on Daniel Alfredsson: hearing he would like retirement announcement to happen as soon as Monday when Senators are in DET...

But there is possibility of a larger send-off in Ottawa. After all, it is fitting that's where on-ice portion of his career ends.

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Wings Not Skating Today

I know the Wings spent the night in Winnipeg last night and arrived in Toronto a few hours ago.

 

This from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

Like a father who knows his child possesses great potential; Mike Babcock has been relentless in pushing Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar to achieve even more this season.

“I might be harder on Tats than anybody on the team just because I think Tats has a chance to be a real player,” Babcock said. “We’re going to hold him to that. We think he should be good every night because he‘s capable of being good every night and every shift.”

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Wrapping Up The Wings Win Over The Jets

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"We were really confident going into the third period," Tatar said. "I think we took the game from there."

Tatar had a big hand in that, scoring the winning goal after Abdelkader outworked his man off the boards and threw the puck to Tatar's stick. Tatar also had the Wings' first goal, and Johan Franzen also scored to give Mrazek the win he so deserved after the Jets were allowed to roam freely for 40 minutes.

"They were better than us early," coach Mike Babcock said. "They came out and they were physical and we were kind of standing around watching them, didn't want to get involved in the game. Our goaltending was good and our penalty killing was good and kept us in the game, and then we got upset, and we got playing.

"Once we got executing, we had lots of opportunity. In the end, it's a big road win for us."

 

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

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Wings Defeat The Jets 4-3

Goals by Franzen, Abdelstrom and two by Tatar including the game winner.

Detroit stuck with their game plan and even thought it may not have been prettt at times, it is two points.

Feel free to discuss while I start posting the Detroit goals.

Watch the four Detroit goals below...

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Video- Ken Kal Previews The Game Tonight

Ken Kal previews the Wings/Jets game tonight and you can hear from Xavier Ouellet and Petr Mrazek.

 

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Losing Nestrasil is not a damning critique upon the Red Wings’ coach or management; it’s the CBA

I'm still trying to get back on my feet, and when I read that Andrej Nestrasil had been claimed on waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes, I felt like I got punched in the gut--and in the heart. Andrej is one of the nicest human beings I've ever met and by far one of the kindest, most humble and hardworking human beings I've been graced by the game of hockey to get to know over the past five years...

But in a way, as much as it stings to know that the Red Wings lost a 6'3," 200-pound 3rd-or-4th-line forward, I'm happy for him. If the Hurricanes were one of several teams that put a claim in on Nesty, at least he's going to a coach who's familiar with him in Bill Peters and a team that's not going to sit him on the bench like the Wings were going to when Pavel Datsyuk gets healthy and Stephen Weiss very necessarily gets his chance to prove that he's more than a waste of $4.9 million a season (and I'm rooting for "Weisser" to get healthy and salvage himself, too).

No, the Wings don't have many other 6'3," 200-pound grinders with hearts of gold and, "I don't want to play in the KHL, I want to be a Red Wing" attitudes in the system.

And yes, to some extent, this is the fault of Ken Holland, Mike Babcock and the management team for re-signing Daniel Cleary.

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Topics Of The Day- Ouellet, Mrazek And Nestrasil

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The lineup will feature Petr Mrazek starting in goal, and defenseman Xavier Ouellet subbing in for Brendan Smith, who is out 10 days with an infected hand. Coach Mike Babcock has high regard for both Mrazek and Ouellet, two 21-year-olds who have impressed with steady play in prior appearances during call-ups from the minors.

Of Ouellet, Babcock said, "we just want him to come in, move the puck, go back, play like he can. He played real well for us in training camp. We didn't have any room for him. We called him up, we could have easy not put him in, but we just decided that he's played well for us."

The plan all along was to play Mrazek against the Jets, to spell Jimmy Howard.

"I don't believe you can play your starter every game," Babcock said. "I think the other guy has got to play between 15-20 games in our league. So every once in a while, you've just got to give the other guy an opportunity. Petr's played real well for us, it's kind of like with X, in exhibition, and we thought he was great in training camp. He gets an opportunity tonight."

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St. James also has reaction of Nestrasil heading to Carolina...

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Andrew Ladd On The Jets’ Mindset Going Into Tonight’s Game With The Wings

from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,

"It’s going to be a good test for us," said captain Andrew Ladd. "But at the end of the day I think it’s our confidence in what we can do in here and how hard we play from our end out that’s key to whether we’re successful or not.

"We’ve found a formula that gives us success. You can see that everyone is excited to play every night and excited about what we can do. You don’t get that feeling of disappointment every night… we’re really good at rallying and getting back up and being positive about what’s going on, whether things are going good or things are going bad.

"The best teams in the league or that I’ve played on are always great defensively. That’s the starting point that we need to nail down. We’ve done a good job of cementing what we need to do from our end out and that’s got to continue to be our backbone, regardless of whether we’re scoring goals or have the offence clicking every night. We know that that defence is there and it’s something we can fall back on and win a game with."

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Pavel Datsyuk Not Skating At Morning Skate In Winnipeg

Media on site in Winnipeg say Pavel Datsyuk is not skating, all other Wings are.

Updated as needed...

added 12:42pm,

 

added 12:52pm,

 

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