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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 Chokes in Classic Fashion

In my world, the Detroit Red Wings won tonight by a score of 3-2 over the Nashville Predators. In real life, NOT TRUE.

Shea Weber scored twice in the last two minutes of the game and Nashville somehow won 4-3. They were out-shot, out-chanced and out-classed until the last two minutes and the Wings don't get a single point for it. That's what happens when you let your foot off the gas pedal.

So here's how this is going to work; I'm going to write an honest game review until the 3-2 mark, and then it's rant time. Fair enough? Here we go.

Detroit opened the scoring with Tomas Holmstrom on the powerplay; a typical Homer rebound garbage goal. Henrik Zetter...

5 Moves to Make a Good Detroit Team Better

The Detroit Red Wings are rolling through this season, on pace for yet another 100+ point season and a 21st consecutive playoff appearance. While they already have a good team in front of them, these five changes could make them into an even better one, and all of them are plausible situations.

1. TRADE FOR A GOAL SCORER

There are not a lot of pure goal scorers on the Wings. Henrik Zetterberg hasn't been a huge threat and Pavel Datsyuk is basically a great set-up man. Johan Franzen is the closest thing to it, but he is inconsistent. A player like Zach Parise is someone who can score every night and would benefit from a move to Detroit. Look for fireworks at the trade deadl...

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 ...

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...

Howie Shines, White Hurt

The Detroit Red Wings have another streak going, and this time it's a positive one. The Wings beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 and the Dallas Stars 5-2 to string together four wins in a row.

Detroit isn't usually a streaky team, but this season it started that way, going 5-0 in their first five games, followed by six losses, and now four wins. In all of their wins, they've looked excellent, and in their losses the complete opposite. Throughout all of the games, the Wings have had one shining light in Jimmy Howard.

Howie has been spectacular this season, posting a record of 8-3-1 with a 1.66 GAA and 0.934 save percentage along with a league leading three shutouts.

Wings Top Avs, Parise an Option?

The Detroit Red Wings took down the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 yesterday at the Joe, led by Johan Franzen's hat trick. Jimmy Howard recorded the win for Detroit, and Nick Lidstrom scored his team leading 6th goal of the year early in the first period. Dan Cleary also scored for Detroit. Gabriel Landeskog and Milan Hejduk scored for the Avs.

While the Wings won decisively, they started slow, and in my perspective gave the puck away too many times. Eventually they settled down after Lidstrom scored from the slot, and then Franzen got lucky a couple times. His first was a 'deflection' off a Valterri Filppula shot that just happened to clip his stick, the second was a beautiful ...

Finger on the Panic Button

The Detroit Red Wings looked like the Detroit Dead Things last night. They lost 4-1 to the Calgary Flames, bringing their losing streak to an astounding six games.

Niklas Kronwall, one of the three Wings I don't have an issue with, replied to reporter's questions with, "It can’t really get much worse than this."

Oh, I'm sorry to contradict you, Nik. Things can get a LOT worse. It's about time to hit the panic button in Detroit.

This isn't because they have lost 6 games in a row. Detroit's goaltending has been sensational with Jimmy Howard playing the best hockey of his career (he's the second player I don't have a prob...

Howard Shines, Wings Lose 5th Straight

Jimmy Howard played spectacular last night, turning aside 25 of the 27 shots he faced, but the Detroit Red Wings ultimately fell 2-1 in overtime. Howard was pitching a shutout until exactly a minute left in the third period when Mikko Koivu deflected a Justin Faulk shot behind him to tie the tie at one. 

Detroit's losing streak is now at five games, offsetting the blistering five game winning streak to start the season.

Howard saved the Red Wings' bacon the entire game, making big save after big save, especially on the powerplay. Detroit took nine minor penalties last night, and as Mike Babcock pointed out on the bench last night (via Larry Murphy), "We aren&...