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Western Trip Begins in Edmonton

The Red Wings head out West for a three game Canadian road trip starting in Edmonton tonight. The Red Wings are 7-8 away from home this year, but they have had success against their Western Canadian foes. Just this year, Detroit shutout the young Oilers 3-0 on goals by Drew Miller, Valtteri Filppula and Niklas Kronwall.

After Edmonton, the Wings visit Vancouver on Wednesday and Calgary on Thursday.

Detroit is coming off an impressive 8-2 demolition of the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. 

The Oilers have a ton of young talent, especially their top line of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. Edmonton has been winless in eight of its last ten games.

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Detroit Visits Sid-Less Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will not play Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings due to a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms.

Crosby, who missed nearly ten months because of a concussion, returned a few weeks ago and was playing excellent hockey, until a couple of collisions made the Penguins take him out of the line-up as a precaution for two games, but now that has changed to an indefinite time frame.

Jordan Staal might also sit for the Pens as well.

Detroit will have Jimmy Howard in net tomorrow at the Consol Energy Center. Detroit has lost its past two games against the Penguins, with the last win coming two years ago in Hockeytown, a 3-1 win which saw ...

Wings Pound Yotes, Jets are Next

The Red Wings played a great first twenty minutes and coasted the rest of the way en route to a 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. They scored five goals in the first period and chased Coyotes starting goaltender Mike Smith from the cage, and Jason Labarbera came in and let in a goal as well.

Detroit got goals from Todd Bertuzzi, Valtteri Filppula, Tomas Holmstrom, Darren Helm and Jiri Hudler. Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal replied for Phoenix.

Jimmy Howard had a decent game in net for Detroit, making the saves he had to in the first period to kick start the Wings to a 5-0 lead after one. From there on out, the game was out of reach and he let in a slapshot from Vrbata that he ...

Filppula Returns Against Coyotes

 

Valterri Filppula will return from a two game absence because of a cut on his ankle in tonight’s tilt against the Phoenix Coyotes. Apparently he will be wearing Kevlar socks to decrease his chances of being cut again.

Detroit will have only one line-up change tonight, as Filppula is in and Cory Emmerton will sit. Chris Conner will make his third straight appearance tonight, and Jimmy Howard will start in net.

This is the first of four games between the two teams, who have met in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs each of the past two postseasons -- with the Red Wings winning both, including a four-game sweep last spring.

Phoenix is in a tough ...

Change is Good

 

There are issues in Detroit with a certain hockey team that most people will not notice. Currently sitting in a playoff spot, the Red Wings look like there aren’t many issues facing them as of now. I’m here to tell you otherwise.

A stat that I looked up might not be alarming to some, but it proves the point I have been making about this team since a few weeks into the season; consistency.

Taking into account the whole season, Detroit has not lost or won just one game in a row. It has always been two-plus losses or 2-plus wins, never a single tick in the ‘W’ or ‘L’ column. To me, this clearly whispers that there are some inconsis...