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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
... coach Mike Babcock once again stressed the need to for him team to play well from the opening faceoff tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
"Catch-up hockey is losing hockey; you got to start on time," Babcock said after the morning skate. "Eighty percent of the time the team that scores first wins. You got to get started.
"We didn't do that in Winnipeg (Thursday in a 4-3 win). We didn't like our game, in particular in the second period, but we dug in as a group and were mentally strong and found a way to stick with it and stay with our structure. The biggest thing is you can't shoot yourself in the foot in those games and get impatient and we found a way to stay patient."
The Maple Leafs have been outscored 24-14 in the first period, but Babcock pointed out that they're 7-3-1 in their past 11 games.
Khan also has the Wings' plan for Stephen Weiss....
I will add to this post as needed.
Ken Holland tells the media in Toronto Stephen Weiss will play again for Grand Rapids tonight, return to Detroit on Sunday then up to Babcock to decide when he will play for the Wings.
The Grand Rapids Griffins went down to the Lake Erie Monsters 5-4 last night but Stephen Weiss did score a goal for the Griffins.
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...
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.
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.”
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,
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...
Ken Kal previews the Wings/Jets game tonight and you can hear from Xavier Ouellet and Petr Mrazek.
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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