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The Road Awaits The Wings

12/26/2018 at 5:07pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The holiday break is over. It's time to get back to work.

At least for the NHL it is, and for the Red Wings, that means games Thursday in Pittsburgh and Saturday in Dallas.

Two good teams, on the road, and coming off a three-day break without any practices or games. It doesn’t sound easy, particularly for a Red Wings team that is 1-4-2 in its last seven games.

But the Wings had a very good Toronto team beaten until the final eight seconds Sunday, watching the Leafs tie the game then win in overtime.

The Wings did everything in that game, but win. They’ve done that a lot against the best teams, basically playing up (or down) to the level of the opponent.

They’ll have to be up to the level, immediately coming out of this break.

“Sometimes it’s a good reminder of the type of game it takes to be successful,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “This (Sunday’s loss) was a great reminder. We are going to go on the road after Christmas and play a couple of real good teams. We’re going to have to play this same style.”

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