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Wings Keeping It Simple

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...

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Wings Need Home Wins Starting Tomorrow

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.”

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Wings Have to Find A Way To Win

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.”


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Babcock Talks Wings

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.

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Wings Hit The Ice

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.

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Video- Wings/Rangers Highlights

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.

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Red Wings, Gleaner’s Food Bank to hold canned food drive on Saturday vs. LA

From the Red Wings' PR departent:


… 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).

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Red Wings-Rangers quick take: Howard shines for injury-decimated Wings, who must produce more

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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Howard with a glove save and a beaut

No replay on this yet, but Jimmy Howard made one hell of a save on Carl Hagelin, and Howard's stopped 35 Rangers shots over the course of 2 periods as the Wings and Rangers remain scoreless going into the 3rd:

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Red Wings’ placing of Pavel Datsyuk on short-term IR is no reason to panic

I think this is kind of obvious given that the Red Wings recalled Cory Emmerton (to sub for Joakim Andersson) and that the player in question probably won't return this weekend but it's sure going to garner headlines, per TSN and RedWingsFeed:

The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Pavel Datsyuk on injured reserve prior to Thursday's game against the New York Rangers.

Datsyuk will miss a fifth straight game on Thursday for what the team termed a lower-body injury. The three-time Selke Trophy recipient also sat out seven consecutive contests earlier this season after sustaining a concussion on Nov. 23.

Recently named captain of Russia's men's ice hockey team at the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics, Datsyuk leads Detroit with 15 goals this season and ranks second on the team with 32 points.

The Red Wings recalled center Cory Emmerton from Grand Rapids of the AHL in a corresponding move.

Update: The move, she is no big deal:

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