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I'm a little wary of Ye Olde No-Author Trade Rumor, but the Fourth Period seems to have leaned very hard on Mike Babcock's Friday interview with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM and looked hard at the spate of injuries up front before offering a Wings trade deadline outlook which suggests that Ken Holland and company will leave adding a top-four defenseman for another time as the decimated forward ranks could use some outside assistance:
It's little surprise with the list of top-six players on the injured list the Red Wings are in the bottom third of the NHL in scoring. Even before his groin injury, Stephen Weiss was the clubhouse leader for the award of "Most Disappointing Free Agent Signing."
The rumor that Edmonton Oilers right wing Ales Hemsky could land at the Joe is about to take its usual March flight and it's always made sense given his game a fit for this offense.
added 1:29pm, Khan tweet...
Daniel Alfredsson hasn’t been on the ice for a week due to inflammation in his lower back, Holland said. No time frame for his return.
from Bob Duff of The Windsor Star,
Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg believes the Wings have simplified their game in recent outings and thinks maintaining that frame of mind will eventually get them over the hump and back in the win column.
“We’re doing a lot of good things,” Zetterberg said. “Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find a way to get some pucks in.”
The result is that the Wings have slid to 12th overall in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, out of the playoff picture.
“I don’t think you ever should panic,” Zetterberg said. “I think we can play better.
“We’ve got to improve in some spots, but we’ve still got lots of games here.”
read on to read about Tatar returning...
added 1:22pm, Helene St. James with quotes from Babcock on the state of the team...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
They face the Los Angeles Kings Saturday in the start of a season-long and eminently crucial five-game homestand. As they slide further down the pack of tightly grouped teams battling for playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, it’s time for the Red Wings to get their house in order.
Detroit is 6-10-7 at home, for a .413 winning percentage. This club hasn’t finished below .500 at home since 1985-86 (10-26-4).
“Look at the standings -- we’re in dogfight,” defenseman Kyle Quincey said. “If we want to be in the playoffs we’ve got to start winning, especially at home. We owe it to the fans. We feel we’re playing pretty solid and close to winning all these games. We need to stay the course and hopefully a few goals start going in.
“It’s a huge point of the season; we’re fighting for our lives right now.”
Andrea Wilson at the Wings' website with an update after today's practice,
The Red Wings won’t have to worry about leaving The Joe again anytime soon, as they will play their next five games at home after completing a five-game road trip in New York Thursday night. The team hopes its recent break from the JLA will help it improve on its 6-10-7 home record.
“I think that can help,” defenseman Danny DeKeyser said. “Anytime you can, you’re struggling somewhere and you get away for a while and then you come back it kind of refreshes you a little bit and clears things up so hopefully that’s the case and we need to come out here and play hard and just get wins and get points.”
Currently sitting in 11th place in the Eastern Conference behind 50 points and a 20-17-10 record, the cross-conference game against Los Angeles Saturday is an important game to kick off a pivotal home stand.
“Well the game against LA is huge,” coach Mike Babcock said. “We don’t win enough so I thought our team played hard the last couple games but we didn’t win. We gotta find a way to get some points. As you can see in the standings we’re not in a good situation. We gotta get some traction and get going. We had a lot of kids play real well last game and in the end we still found a way not to win so we gotta find a way to win.”
Mike Babcock was on 105.1 with Matt Dery around 2:30pm ET today.
You can listen here and some topics were discussed the lack of goal scoring or as Babcock said, "we don't score there's no question about it."
He also said "don't get me wrong, I like kids but I like winning, I like that a lot more."
The interview is a little short of four minutes.
via Chuck Pleiness tweets,
Datsyuk skating in White which more than likely means he's not playing Saturday at home against Kings.
Other regulars missing. Howard. Zetterberg. Kronwall. Bertuzzi. Eaves. Assuming first four given a maintenance day.
Bill Roose says Tatar is back from his father's funeral.
I will update this post as needed.
added 12:15pm, via Roose tweet,
Datsyuk, Ericsson, Helm, Gustavsson and Feanzen are all skating here
Pleiness via tweet says Cleary not skating either and Datsyuk just left the ice.
added 1:05pm, via Pleiness tweet,
Babcock said he doesn't expect any injured guys back Saturday. Tatar will return. Most likely for Samuelsson. Howard starting.
Let me recap- Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 38 shots, Jimmy Howard stopped 47 of the 48 puck fired his way.
from Katie Strang of ESPN NewYork,
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time an NHL game with that many shots in which only one goal was scored was back on January 12, 2010, when the Rangers and Devils combined for 96 shots before Patrik Elias finally won the game for New Jersey in the eighth round of the shootout.
"What you saw tonight was two goaltenders at the top of their game," coach Alain Vigneault marveled.
more on the game...
From the Red Wings' PR departent:
DETROITRED WINGS HOST CANNED FOOD DRIVE TO BENEFIT GLEANERS COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
… Bring Non-Perishable Food Items on Saturday to Help Feed the Hungry …
DETROIT– The Detroit Red Wings will host a canned food drive to assist in the fight against hunger with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. The canned food drive will take place during the team’s home game on Saturday, Jan. 18, when the Wings take on the Los Angeles Kings at 7:00 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit/AM 1270).
Well I don't know how to summarize this one.
The Red Wings and Rangers played an absolutely elegant hockey game for the first two periods and a grit-and-grab-and-grind-fest for the third, and Jimmy Howard was absolutely sensational for an incredibly depleted team (no Alfredsson, Andersson, Datsyuk, Ericsson, Franzen, Gustavsson, Helm, Tatar, Weiss, etc. etc.)...
But the Rangers got the kind of goal you expect to decide a tale in which the Wings were out-shot 48-38, with Mats Zuccarello tapping the puck off Brian Lashoff's stick and past a goaltender who was understandably playing the pass on a 3-on-2, the Red Wings either could not or would not place butts in front of Henrik Lundqvist's field of view all night long, and as such, the Wings go 2-and-3 on their road trip and have been shut out in consecutive games.
There comes a time when it doesn't matter who's in or out of the lineup--the team has to get it done--and all this talk of structure and leadership and youth playing well is swell and all (hey, Nyquist, Jurco and DeKeyser were 3 of the 6 players out for the final minute), and the fact that Howard has gone from slippery rock to rock solid again is fantastic...
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