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2/25/15: Based on the point standings alone, it looks like the Detroit Red Wings have fallen a bit off the pace behind the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning. But that is just not true. The Red Wings have been playing well lately and are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. They just have not played a lot of games lately. They have two games in hand on Montreal and a whopping five games in hand on Tampa Bay. Factoring in the games played, the four point deficit in the standings is not bad, and actually gives Detroit an advantage heading in to the final stretch of the season.
2/18/15: The Detroit Red Wings have a difficult decision this week - but it is a good problem to have. Starting goalie Jimmy Howard is all healed up and back in the lineup. So who will be his backup for the rest of the season. Youngster Petr Mrazek has been very good filling in lately, but probably will not get much work if stays in the NHL. He could also be assigned to the AHL without clearing waivers. Jonas Gustavson has more experience, though has only played three games in the NHL this season. He would have to pass through waivers to go to the AHL and there is a good chance that a goalie-needy team (like the Rangers) would pick him up.
2/11/15: The Detroit Red Wings just are not going away. They are hovering around the top of the Atlantic Division like flies on potato salad at a picnic. They are not supposed to be this good. They have too many young players, too many veterans, their goalie was injured and there is reportedly friction between head coach Mike Babcock and the front office. Still, they keep winning and are 8-2 in their last 10 games. They trail the Tampa Bay Lightning by two points in the standings, yet have two games in hand. If they have not faded yet, they are not likely to do so.
2/5/15: Detroit deserves credit for holding the longest active streak of making the playoffs in the NHL at 23 years. The Red Wings barely snuck into the playoffs last season and were quickly dispatched. That led to many predicting that this would be the season that the team finally missed the playoffs. However, the Wings are at the top of the Atlantic Division this season, and that has surprised even head coach Mike Babcock. Depending on the day, they can be found in first, second or third place along with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens. This may be a dog fight the rest of the regular season, but Detroit will make the playoffs once again.
1/28/15: Detroit went into the All Star break with a head of steam, having won five straight. That is tied with Anaheim and Winnipeg for the longest active winning streaks in the NHL. The strong push has put them into second place in the Atlantic Division with 63 points. They trail the Tampa Bay Lighting by one point (but have a game in hand) and Montreal by two points (who have two games in hand on Detroit). In other news, the NHL announced that the Red Wings would be in a Stadium Series outdoor game next season. They will visit the Colorado Avalanche at Coors Field on February 27, 2016.
1/21/15: Detroit lost starting goalie Jimmy Howard a couple of weeks ago to injury, but that has not slowed them down. The injury is serious enough that he will miss the All-Star Game, and may be out for a decent amount of time. The Red Wings have clawed their way back up the standings and are neck and neck with Pittsburgh. But Detroit will have an interesting decision to make. They can continue on and wait for Howard's return, or make a trade. Craig Anderson of Ottawa may be available. He would be expensive to acquire, but may actually be an upgrade over Howard.
1/14/15: The Detroit Red Wings are trying to hold off the surging Boston Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division, and the path to the playoffs may have just gotten much more difficult. All-star goaltender Jimmy Howard injured his groin against Washington last Saturday and left on a stretcher. It is unknown how long he may be out, but there is not much depth behind Howard, with only Petr Mrazek available on the NHL roster as Jonas Gustavsson still out with injury. The Red Wings visit longtime rival St. Louis on Thursday, before returning home for a home stand against Nashville (Saturday), Buffalo (Sunday) and Minnesota (Tuesday).
1/7/15: The Red Wings moved to the Eastern Conference before last season and many thought that they would be able to dominate the conference as they have historically done well in the more competitive West. Injuries hurt the team last season, though they did still make the playoffs. But this year looks more like the Red Wings everyone is accustomed to seeing. They are battling with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens for the top spot in the Atlantic Division and are dominant at home with a 13-4-6 record. They are in the middle of an extended road trip that has already taken them through Western Canada and now fins them at Washington on Saturday and Buffalo on Tuesday. If they can survive the trip, then they will be in prime position for the second half of the season.
12/3/14: Detroit pushed their win streak to four games and improved to 7-2-1 over their last 10 games by beating the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 over the weekend. Indeed, the Red Wings have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL lately, and they have been able to move up slightly in the standings. Detroit now trails Tampa and Montreal by a single point and has put some distance between themselves and the fourth place Bruins. The Red Wings host Dallas and the New York Rangers on Thursday and Saturday, respectively, before heading to Carolina on Sunday.
11/19/14: There is nothing like beating an old rival. The Red Wings enjoyed that feeling by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 last Friday (even the St. Louis Blues fans are smiling about that). To make it even better, the Red Wings got forward Pavel Datsyuk back from injury. Datsyusk was not much of a contributor - the Blackhawks' turnovers were the real stars of the game - but it is an emotional uplift. Detroit is now third in the Atlantic, which would keep their playoff appearance streak in line. The Red Wings are on the road most of this next week, but are at home against Ottawa on Monday.
11/12/14: These are not the same Detroit Red Wings that won a few Stanley Cups and defined Hockey Town just a few years ago. At the same time, they have not fallen into the abyss like the Florida Panthers or Buffalo Sabres. This season's version of the Red Wings is more of the typical NHL team you would find anywhere. They are playing well, but not particularly impressing anyone. Their 7-3-4 record is solid, but not spectacular at this point. They are playing solidly in the defensive zone, but need more goals from the offense. They have a couple of good home games this week with Chicago visiting on Friday and Montreal on Sunday.
11/5/14: Putting the standings and on-ice play to the side for a few minutes to wish Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe well. Howe, who played for Detroit from 1947-71, suffered a stroke last week and is recuperating. He was Wayne Gretzky before Wayne Gretzky, and, in fact, Gretzky's famous number 99 was a tribute to Howe who wore number 9. The Red Wings faithful gave him a warm ovation last week, which puts everything into perspective. Here is hoping that Mr. Hockey makes a full recovery and is back soon. The Red Wings have a couple great home games this week against the Devils (Friday) and the Lightning (Sunday)
10/29/14: The Detroit Red Wings were in Philadelphia last Saturday looking to get two games over .500. Meanwhile, the Flyers are a team that struggled out of the gate but have been playing much better lately, even with an inexperienced defense. The Red Wings could not put that to their advantage, dropping the game 4-2. Detroit is still looking for their identity this season, much like last season. They seem to have gotten a bit away from their core strength of identifying young, talented prospects and are depending more on free agents. The Red Wings are still in good shape on the year and host the Stanley Cup Champion L.A. Kings on Halloween.
10/22/14: Until an extension is signed or there is a coaching vacancy in Detroit, expect Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock to face increasing scrutiny about his future with the franchise. Babcock is among the most accomplished and respected coaches in the league. He took over for a legend and won Stanley Cups and the Gold Medal at the Olympics. But his relationship with the front office seems strained these days. The Red Wings were in Toronto last week and some in the media are already saying he will be the next coach of the Maple Leafs. In any case, he is Detroit's coach today and they should be a playoff team. Again.
10/15/14: The Detroit Red Wings opened up the season hoping to show that they are a better team than the one that limped into the playoffs last season and did not last long. The 2-1 home win over the Boston Bruins last Friday certainly helped. Beyond the on-ice play, there are concerns that this will be the last year in Detroit for head coach Mike Babcock. Reports indicate that he would like more say on the roster and is butting heads with General Manager Ken Holland. This is the last year of Babcock's contract and any number of teams would fall all over themselves for the chance to hire him for next year.
10/8/14: There is no denying that the 2013-14 season was a down year for the Red Wings. They managed to make the playoffs, again, but simply did not have the firepower to do any real damage due to a lot of injuries. One player they need to get back, if they are going to improve this season, is forward Pavel Datsyuk. The good news is that Datsyuk is practicing with the team again. The bad news is that he is not ready to play a real game yet. He is recovering from a separated shoulder, and unlike the movies, is not fully repaired by popping back into place. Consider him doubtful to start the season, but he should be ready soon enough.
10/1/14: The Red Wings are getting prepared to start the regular season in search of some redemption. Detroit kept their long-standing streak of making the playoffs alive in the 2013-14 season, but it was a short trip to the postseason. This year should be different as the injuries have healed (though there may be some new ones). On top of that, the team broke ground on a new arena/entertainment district in downtown Detroit. The new digs are expected to open in for the 2017-18 season and will replace the antiquated Joe Louis Arena, which opened in 1979.
7/25/13: The Red Wings are finally moving to the Eastern Conference. While it benefits them from both a travel and competitive standpoint, it really is the final nail in the coffin for the old "Chuck" Norris Division. That division featured Detroit, the Chicago Blackhawks, the St. Louis Blues, the Minnesota North Stars, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs were moved to the East years ago, and the North Stars moved to Dallas and ended up in the Pacific division. However, the Blues, Blackhawks and Red Wings had years of intense rivalries which now seem to be lost to history.
7/18/13: The Detroit Red Wings only had one player file for arbitration, Brendan Smith. Smith, 24, is a defensive defenseman with zero goals and eight assists in 34 games last regular season, though scored two goals and three assists in 14 playoff games this season. He also eats up ice time - over 19 minutes per game in the playoffs. He is young and expected to take another step in development this coming season, particularly with the release of Carlo Colavaccio and Ian White. The Wings are also expected to sign both of their restricted free agents, Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist in the near future.
7/11/13: The Red Wings were able to sign Daniel Alfredson to a two year deal, as Alfie seeks his first Stanley Cup. Alfie has played his entire 19 year career with the Ottawa Senators, and IS the franchise. He took lower money for years to help the team, but now he admits he is being selfish and wanted to be with a contender - something that he did not feel the Senators were close too. That the Red Wings won his service is no surprise, they tend to get veterans and actually get some good life out of them - like Brett Hull and Brendan Shanahan (who was just announced as a Hall of Fame inductee).
6/20/13: The Red Wings announced that they are going to get a new arena. Their new home will take a couple years to build, and will be located near Ford Field and Comerica Park - home of the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers, respectively. It is expected to cost $650 million, and the hope is that a unified downtown sports area will continue to revived the area. The Red Wings have played in Joe Lewis Arena since 1979. It is the third oldest arena in the league, behind Madison Square Garden (major renovation) and Nassau Coliseum (which the Islanders are abandoning in 2015).
5/23/13: Perhaps inexplicably, the Red Wings have a 2-1 on the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round of the playoffs. Chicago had the best regular season record of any team in the NHL, and set a record for most games without a regulation loss to start the season. Chicago cruised past the Wild in the first round, and figured to do the same against Detroit. But old rivalries have the magic of pushing inferior teams to the best of their abilities. And that is the case here. If Detroit can continue to keep every game close, then they can take advantage of their superior goaltending to make it to the Western Conference finals.
5/16/13: The Red Wings were better than their record indicated all year. They made the playoffs on the last night of the regular season as the 7th seed and have taken full advantage of that. Detroit battled with Anaheim, the second seed in the West, and took them to the full seven games before finally beating the rejuvenated Southern California team. The Red Wings were close to missing the playoffs for the first time in a quarter century, but the team is built for the playoffs. Next up will be a bloody series with the hated Chicago Blackhawks.
2013 Stanley Cup Playoff Team - Detroit Red WingsFor a period of time, it looked like the staple of any Stanley Cup Playoff in the last two decades would be left off the invite list for this year's party. The Detroit Red Wings struggled mightily out of the gate this year, missing retired defenseman Niklas Lidstrom more than anyone cared to predict or admit. However, over the course of the year, the veteran core that has led the Red Wings to past Stanley Cup Finals have relied on an infusion of young talent and the reliable goaltending of Jimmy Howard to get them back into the postseason.
The core - including Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Niklas Kronwall - still leads the team in most scoring categories and simply seemed to take a little longer to get going without its familiar blue-line leader in the soon to be Hall of Famer Lidstrom. Because their backs were put to the wall weeks ago with respect to even qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Red Wings have been in playoff do-or-die mode for longer than most teams and will post a significant challenge to their round one opponent, the Anaheim Ducks. Despite their midseason streak, the Ducks have been trailing behind the Chicago Blackhawks for the entire season but ahead of their division rival the Los Angeles Kings, so Anaheim hasn't had the same kind of daily intensity. Therefore, the Red Wings could be poised to do far more than just show up for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs; they could make a significant run, starting with the disposal of the Ducks.
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The Red Wings went 2-1 versus the Anaheim Ducks in the 2013 NHL season and both wins came on the road. The Wings are hoping to get out to a hot start on the road and then improve their performance at home in the Joe Louis Arena.
|1/27/2013||Ducks||5-2||Joe Louis Arena|
|3/22/2013||Red Wings||5-1||Honda Center|
|3/24/2012||Red Wings||2-1||Honda Center|
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|Feb 21, 2015||Detroit Red Wings - Dallas Stars||7 - 6|
|Feb 18, 2015||Detroit Red Wings - Chicago Blackhawks||3 - 2|
|Feb 16, 2015||Montreal Canadiens - Detroit Red Wings||2 - 0|
|Feb 14, 2015||Winnipeg Jets - Detroit Red Wings||5 - 4|
|Feb 11, 2015||Detroit Red Wings - Pittsburgh Penguins||1 - 4|
|Feb 5, 2015||Detroit Red Wings - Colorado Avalanche||3 - 0|
|Jan 29, 2015||Detroit Red Wings - Tampa Bay Lightning||1 - 5|
|Jan 27, 2015||Detroit Red Wings - Florida Panthers||5 - 4|
|Jan 20, 2015||Minnesota Wild - Detroit Red Wings||4 - 5|
|Jan 18, 2015||Buffalo Sabres - Detroit Red Wings||4 - 6|
|Jan 17, 2015||Nashville Predators - Detroit Red Wings||2 - 5|
|Jan 15, 2015||Detroit Red Wings - St. Louis Blues||3 - 2|
|Jan 13, 2015||Detroit Red Wings - Buffalo Sabres||3 - 1|
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