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Zetterberg And Babcock Discuss The Power Play

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"We've got to attack more," Zetterberg said. "Just shoot, that will help. We're too careful. We're afraid of losing the puck, so we're not shooting. We've got to shoot, and if the goalie makes the save, we've got to retrieve the puck."

Echo that, said Babcock. "We've got to attack the net. But in order to attack the net, you've got to trust that you'll get it back, you've got to trust that you'll win faceoffs. So we've just got to start attacking the net."

The Wings are a respectable 4-2-2 after eight games, but this past week exemplifies how much better off they might be if they had a potent power play . Three power plays wasted in Montreal, after which Niklas Kronwall said if they'd gotten one, they'd have won the game. Another three wasted against Pittsburgh, necessitating a late rally. Another three wasted in Philadelphia, and then the Flyers win the game by converting on one of theirs.

"It's no good," Babcock said. "We've got to fix it. We're going to go through all the details on the power play, we're going to get a fresh start. I think we've got 74 games left, don't we? So let's make sure it's top of the league."


added 4:25pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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Time to help one of the 19

Paul forwarded me this email, and there's no time to post it like the present. From Stonehands78:

I saw a post on Jen MacRostie's, aka jennyquarx (of the 19), FB page that her family had a house fire this week and they're staying at relatives until the adjusters come and things get fixed. I posted on the tonight's LB that maybe the 19 could help, then messaged Jen to ask aboot her PayPal address. Told her it may not be much but let us help if we can. And this was here reply (below).

She did A LOT of work for H2H and H2H2 and last year's Winter Classic get together, not to mention all she did for organizing contributions for the Children's Hospital.

I'm not sure where to go with this but will mention her PayPal on tonight's LB; then maybe you can post something, too? Just a thought.

*#$%@& yes. Jen's one of the nicer human beings I've met, and she, her husband and son are good eggs.

Paypal. jennyquarx at gmail.com. Get 'er done.

Update: There's a GoFundMe page, too. http://www.gofundme.com/gaxz08

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Quick take: Warts in Red Wings’ play apparent in loss to Philly

A power play that couldn't put a golf ball in the ocean from a dighy in the middle of the Pacific. A set of stand-and-stare plays at both ends of the ice that doomed Jonas Gustavsson (yeah, he gave up a couple squeakers, but he got NO support) and Detroit's offensive players, a stunning lack of jam from players who seemed afraid to skate the puck to the net instead of passing it around the perimeter and a power play that absolutely must abandon a "diamond" formation that's encouraging more passing around the perimeter.

And yes, in the 3rd period, especially when the Flyers got the lead, Grossmann tossed a broken stick at Darren Helm, Gustav Nyquist was hog-tied and held down by the same player, Wayne Simmonds hacked Datsyuk in the face and another half-dozen plays were ignored.

But it's about *#$%@& scoring goals here, and the Red Wings' confidence is so fleeting that a team that's very inexperienced looks incredibly young far too regularly in front of both nets. So the Wings blew a 1-0 lead, had to rally to tie things 2-2 in the 3rd and then blew that lead, losing 4-2 to a team they out-shot 37-17 and out-attempted SEVENTY-FIVE to forty-two.

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Video- An Emotional Mike Babcock On His Father

"I'm from Saskatoon."- Mike Babock in a small preview of Sportsnet's Hometown Hockey which is in Saskatoon tomorrow.

You will be able to watch the Hometown Hockey preview show starting at 6:30pm ET Sunday on the NHL Network US.

Then Ottawa at Chicago starts at 7:00pm ET Sunday on the NHL Network US with many features coming from Saskatoon during intermissions.

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Same Lineup For The Wings In Philadelphia Except The Monster In Goal

The only change for the game in Philadelphia tonight is Gustavsson in goal.

Remember game starts just after 7:00pm ET on FSD.

via the beat writers in Philly...

Lines at morning skate were: Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Nyquist

Datsyuk, Helm and Tatar

Sheahan, Jurco and Nestrasil

Glendening, Miller and Andersson

Defensive pairings remain the same as Thursday and PP #1 is  Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Jurco, Helm, Kronwall and PP #2 is Sheahan, Nyquist, Tatar, Nestrasil, DeKeyser.

added 1:08pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive...

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Addressing the thought process behind the act of self-destruction

The bottom line is this: 1 800 273-TALK or http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

The rest is optional reading, and I stress optional, because I'm going to discuss some things that are very personal and you may or may not want to know about your local Wings blogger. This is the part of the "Robin Williams" essay I didn't want to write, but maybe it's time to write it.

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Wings’ Practice Today

Also via Khan, the PP remains the same and Franzen not skating.

added 12:37pm, via Khan,

Other lines: Nestrasil-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Andersson. Weiss rotating in on Datsyuk line. Cleary likewise on Sheahan line.

added 1:11pm, Babcock told numerous beat writers, The Monster starts tomorrow.

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Questions For Khan

Q: Do you think the Wings will trade Dylan Larkin for Tyler Myers? I hope not. I like Myers' size and right shot but I hope they don't sacrifice the future for him.

A: My guess is they won't part with Larkin in their efforts to acquire Myers. They're committed to building through the draft. They relinquished a young center (Calle Jarnkrok) last season because they felt they needed a veteran center (David Legwand) to help them reach the playoffs.

They have a couple of other promising centers in the system in Tomas Nosek and Mattias Janmark, but Larkin, their top pick in 2014 (15th overall), by several accounts, has the potential to be much better. It's no surprise the Sabres are seeking him, after being told top prospect Anthony Mantha isn't going anywhere.

The Red Wings will have to relinquish something of value to land the young (24), 6-foot-8, puck-moving defenseman Myers. At 1-7, the Sabres are well on their way to reaching their goal of gaining the most lottery balls for the Connor McDavid draft in June, so they shouldn't be in any hurry to get rid of all their best players.

more questions for Ansar Khan of Mlive including one on Weiss...

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Wings Didn’t Quit

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Flat in the first period and facing an uphill climb all night, the Detroit Red Wings ratcheted up their desperation level in the final minutes of regulation and skated away with two points when it appeared they wouldn't get any.

Those who stayed witnessed a thrilling finish Thursday at Joe Louis Arena.

Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall scored in the final three minutes of the third period to erase a two-goal deficit before Justin Abdelkader delivered with 44 seconds to play in overtime as the Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3.

"Pretty exciting, wasn't it?" Abdelkader said. "We just hung around there and I think we got better as the game went on and found a way. That was a huge two points. I think those games can kind of bring momentum for your team.

"Didn't start out like you wanted to but we finished really well, played hard, battled for pucks, battled for ice. They're a good team. It was just a good team effort there."


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Well If You Turned Off The TV

With the Wings losing 3-1 with under 3 minutes to go in the 3rd period, you may be surprised by the final score...

Wings 4 Penguins 3 in OT.

Zetterberg scored at the 17:21 mark with Howard pulled to make it 3-2.

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