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Notes Before The Puck Drops Tonight

12/31/2018 at 5:01pm EST

from Arthur J. Regner of the Wings website,

"I think first of all, it's good to be home. There was an energy level today that was excellent," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said after the morning skate at the Belfor Training Center. "(To) be home and have energy, (but) our focus is on one thing and that's tonight's hockey game. That's it. There's not one thing you can do about anything, I'm not worried or frustrated about anything six games ago, 10 games ago, 100 games ago, I'm worried about one game tonight."

Blashill should be concerned about the Panthers who have won five of their last seven games, including a 2-1 victory over the Wings in Detroit on Dec. 23.

"They're a good hockey team. We know that," Blashill said. "I think (Aleksander) Barkov's one of the best players in the world, that's not to take away from other guys on that team, they got a number of good players. I think (Vincent) Trocheck was a tough injury for certain. I thought (Roberto) Luongo played really well (33 saves, .971 save percentage) the game they were in here, I thought it was a tight game. Neither team had a whole bunch.

"Their power play was the difference as it has been through lots of this year for them, so our penalty kill's going to have to be excellent. We're going to have to play our best hockey to give ourselves an opportunity to win. That's just the league every night and we know that's going to have to be the case tonight."

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