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Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 2 preview

TV: NBC / NBC Sports TIME: COVERAGE BEGINS AT 3:00 p.m. The overwhelming offensive pressure that carried the Tampa Bay Lightning through the regular season proved to be equally electric in a playoff atmosphere. Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, Petr Mrazek proved even better. After wasting a one-sided performance in Game 1, the Lightning will again try to better the rookie goaltender...
Via AP on Fox
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bench Mark: Flyers options for next head coach

  View image | gettyimages.com Now that Craig Berube is officially out as Flyers head coach, the search begins for the next leader behind the bench for the Orange and Black. There's only one problem. That coach may not be available just yet. According to Tim Panaccio, the Flyers top three coaching options are all still employed by their current teams, which could make the...
Via Flyerdelphia
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Flyers Fire Head Coach Craig Berube After Two Seasons

PHILADELPHIA — Flyers general manager Ron Hextall did not ask one player for a review or recommendation at the year-end meetings on embattled coach Craig Berube. He didn’t need any. Another empty season without a Stanley Cup fueled by players who failed to meet expectations told Hextall all he needed to know. It was time to move on. The Flyers fired Berube after two seasons on...
Via NESN.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Flyers fire Craig Berube

What Flyers GM Ron Hextall didn't know on Wednesday, he knows now. Make it official. The Flyers have fired head coach Craig Berube after two seasons. Berube was 75-58-28 as head coach of the Flyers. He took over the head-coaching job upon the firing of Peter Laviolette three games into the 2013-14 season. A difficult start to Berube’s coaching career was still turned into...
Via Flyerdelphia
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings Playoff Preview: Discussing the Matchup With the Tampa Bay Lighting And Beyond

The usual things are certain in life, like death, taxes and many vegetables not tasting good. Now, adding the Detroit Red Wings making the playoffs to that list might be a good idea. For the 24th straight season, the Red Wings will play in the tournament for Lord Stanley’s mug, and take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in round one. Detroit has been forced to play playoff hockey for...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The End of Stagnation by @ScottyMCSS

Hockey Heaven: back open for business. — Scott Michalak (@ScottyMCSS) April 11, 2015   It’s been a long journey. It’s not one that any fans had asked for, and it was one of heavy burden and endurance. But it’s over. The tank is parked in the garage. Everything changes now. Let’s take a look at what “everything” means. 1. Courting top UFAs   Who wants to play...
Via Buffalo Wins
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings began playoffs amid uncertainty over future

DETROIT (AP) Jimmy Howard says he'll need to be ready if the Detroit Red Wings need him in the first round of the playoffs against Tampa Bay. Howard will be Detroit's backup goalie in Game 1 on Thursday night. Coach Mike Babcock announced Monday that Petr Mrazek will start in net. Howard said Tuesday that's Babcock's decision. The Red Wings are trying to avoid thinking too much...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

There Is No Middle Ground by @LukeWachob

  BUFFALO, NY – NOVEMBER 15: Ted Nolan stands on the bench in his first game back as interim head coach of Buffalo Sabres against the Toronto Maple Leafs at First Niagara Center on November 15, 2013 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)   “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” – Cersei Lannister, Game of...
Via Buffalo Wins
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mrazek will start in goal for Red Wings in playoff opener

DETROIT (AP) Petr Mrazek will start in goal for the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of their playoff series against Tampa Bay. Coach Mike Babcock announced his choice after practice Monday. The 23-year-old Mrazek went 16-9-2 during the regular season with a 2.38 goals-against average. He'll start instead of Jimmy Howard, who has been Detroit's No. 1 goalie since the 2009-10 season....
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mrazek to start Game 1 Thursday against the Lightning

Mike Babcock has his guy in net, for Game 1 at least. The Red Wings head coach confirmed Monday that the team would go with Petr Mrazek in round one game one against Tampa Bay over 2-time All-Star Jimmy Howard who has 45 postseason games under his belt. Mrazek, who has zero NHL postseason experience recorded a 2-0 shutout in the final game of the season agains the Carolina Hurricanes...
Via The Majors Detroit
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A Historic Run and Shelving Concerns

Open up the Sens Mile! Through the culmination of Saturday’s events, the Senators punched their playoff ticket and will take on the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of this year’s playoffs. Meaning for the first time since December 7, 2014, the Senators finally have a use for Paul MacLean’s doppelganger, Mike Watson. One Twitter follower had an even better suggestion...
Via The 6th Sens
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Playoffs clinched, Wings will find out their first-round opponent tonight

The Detroit Red Wings have extended their historic playoff streak, though they're a bit banged up heading into their latest postseason appearance. They might use Saturday night's (7 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit) regular-season finale against the Carolina Hurricanes as an opportunity to rest some stars. Detroit (42-25-14) clinched its 24th consecutive playoff berth in unsatisfying fashion...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Hurricanes Preview

The Detroit Red Wings have extended their historic playoff streak, though they're a bit banged up heading into their latest postseason appearance. They might use Saturday night's regular-season finale against the Carolina Hurricanes as an opportunity to rest some stars. Detroit (42-25-14) clinched its 24th consecutive playoff berth in unsatisfying fashion, blowing two leads in a...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 5 Potential Destinations For Mike Babcock

The Detroit Red Wings have been persistent in attempting to hammer out a deal with long time distinguished head coach Mike Babcock. However, now as the season is drawing to it’s conclusion, the reality of Mike Babcock no longer behind the bench is becoming very real. It’s not for a lack of trying as general manager Ken Holland and Red Wings management tried consistently throughout...
Via Beyond The Benches
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings Playing With Future In Balance

As the final week of the regular season commences, there is no team with more to lose than the Detroit Red Wings. Owners of the longest post season streak at 23 consecutive appearances, the Red Wings have been a staple of the playoffs for decades. While many experts had the Detroit Red Wings pegged to be in the middle tier of the Eastern Conference and potentially missing the playoffs...
Via Beyond The Benches
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings: End of the Mike Babcock era? Not the end of the world

Watching the Detroit Red Wings play hockey right now is like an awkward guy trying to use cheesy pickup line to get a girl’s number. The odds are not in his favor. With no confidence and no game plan it’s a recipe for disaster. Sure occasionally he might get bailed out by his wingman, but it takes a lot practice and coaching to ensure satisfactory results. The Red Wings are stuck...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings' Babcock coaches only hours after father dies

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock coached the team Sunday in New York only hours after learning that his father, Mike Babcock Sr., died Saturday night in Saskatoon, Canada. He was 78. The coach said his father was sick for some time and had congestive heart failure and bad lungs. "In the end, we were praying for him to join my mom and those prayers were answered," Babcock said after Sunday...
Via Fox Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Islanders Preview

It wasn't long ago that the New York Islanders were vying for the best record in the Eastern Conference with a playoff spot seemingly a foregone conclusion. A miserable stretch of play, however, has that postseason berth getting more tenuous by the day. The reeling Islanders try to avoid an eighth straight home loss Sunday, while the Detroit Red Wings aim to take a step closer to...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Coyotes-Red Wings Preview

A visit from the lowly Arizona Coyotes could provide Detroit with an excellent opportunity to win back-to-back games for the first time in almost three weeks. It's been even longer since the Red Wings have done so at home. They can accomplish both by sending the Coyotes to a ninth consecutive defeat Tuesday night. Though Detroit is third in the Atlantic Division, Sunday's 2-1 shootout...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings weekly: Keeping us guessing

Which Detroit Red Wings (38-19-11) are going to show up on a nightly basis? Is it going to be the group that lets in the first goal of the game, but regroups to mount a comeback? – AKA Monday against Edmonton. How about the team that can’t find a way to generate any offense and is lackluster on the penalty kill? – AKA Thursday against Columbus. Or the rare times when they...
Via isportsweb.com
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Between the Pipes-03/10/15- With the playoffs all but out of reach, the blame game starts

Welcome to Between the Pipes, a look at the Philadelphia Flyers and the NHL through linkage. Chief cause Craig Berube deserves his share of the blame: [Philly.com- Frank Seravalli] [Philly.com- Sam Carchidi] Playing for next season Jobs are on the line as the Flyers play out the string: [CSNPhilly.com-Tim Panaccio]  Could Mike Babcock be the answer as the head coach? [The...
Via Flyerdelphia
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Gameday 54: Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins

Detroit Red Wings (31-12-9) at Pittsburgh Penguins (30-15-8) 8:00 PM – NBCSN CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA The red hot Detroit Red Wings come to town tonight in what could be a potential first round playoff preview.  As it stands, the Pens currently have a 16.1% chance of meeting the Wings in the first round.  Only Tampa at 16.7% has a higher projection. Detroit...
Via The Pensblog
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Wings' Mrazek gets nod in Eastern Conference showdown Wednesday

Jimmy Howard is healthy, but Detroit coach Mike Babcock is sticking with his streaking rookie goaltender for a clash with one of the other Eastern Conference frontrunners. Petr Mrazek will make an 11th straight start Wednesday night when the rolling Red Wings visit the Pittsburgh Penguins, though Babcock maintains the All-Star Howard remains his No. 1 option going forward. "Howie...
Via AP on Fox
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Penguins Preview

Jimmy Howard is healthy, but Detroit coach Mike Babcock is sticking with his streaking rookie goaltender for a clash with one of the other Eastern Conference frontrunners. Petr Mrazek will make an 11th straight start Wednesday night when the rolling Red Wings visit the Pittsburgh Penguins, though Babcock maintains the All-Star Howard remains his No. 1 option going forward. "Howie...
Via AP on Fox
February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Howard still No. 1 despite backing up Mrazek this Wednesday

Jimmy Howard will make his way back to the Red Wings after a groin injury has held him out since Jan. 10. However the Red Wings All-Star won’t see ice time just yet. According to Ansar Khan of Mlive.com, Howard will back up Petr Mrazek Wednesday against the Penguins and might start Saturday when Detroit returns home to face Winnipeg. Mike Babcock too made it clear that Jimmy Howard...
Via The Majors Detroit
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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