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Wings continue West Coast trip tonight at San Jose

The San Jose Sharks enjoyed the league's best home-ice advantage over the previous 10 seasons, but that edge has been virtually non-existent more recently. They'll look to avoid their longest home skid in two decades Thursday night when they face the Detroit Red Wings (10 p.m. pregame, 10:30 face-off on FOX Sports Detroit). San Jose posted a league-best .712 home winning percentage...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Sharks Preview

The San Jose Sharks enjoyed the league's best home-ice advantage over the previous 10 seasons, but that edge has been virtually non-existent more recently. They'll look to avoid their longest home skid in two decades Thursday night when they face the Detroit Red Wings. San Jose posted a league-best .712 home winning percentage from 2003-04-2013-14, coinciding with its 10 straight...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Gave: Next two weeks can make or break Wings' unique season

Through nearly five decades in the National Hockey League, Red Wings Senior Vice President Jimmy Devellano thought he'd seen everything. Until this season. And these Red Wings. "I've been around some pretty good teams in my 48 years in this league," Devellano said, noting the first three of four straight Stanley Cup titles won by the New York Islanders when he was an assistant general...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings rolling with another playoff berth in sight

DETROIT (AP) -- The latest issue facing the Detroit Red Wings sort of sums up their season so far: Goalie Jimmy Howard is back from a groin injury, but in his absence, Petr Mrazek went 8-2 in 11 starts. A nice dilemma to have. After barely making the playoffs the last two seasons, Detroit looks like a threat again to make a deep postseason run. Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and Danny...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings rolling with another playoff berth in sight

DETROIT (AP) The latest issue facing the Detroit Red Wings sort of sums up their season so far: Goalie Jimmy Howard is back from a groin injury, but in his absence, Petr Mrazek went 8-2 in 11 starts. A nice dilemma to have. After barely making the playoffs the last two seasons, Detroit looks like a threat again to make a deep postseason run. Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and Danny...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  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
22 days ago  |  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
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Wings' Howard wants job back; Mrazek fighting for it, too

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard is as impressed as anyone with the job Petr Mrazek has done in his absence the last month. "He's a good goalie, and he's done a tremendous job for us," Howard said after Tuesday's practice. And then he added, in no uncertain terms, that he's looking forward to getting his job back as Detroit's No. 1 goalie. "I just want to get back out there and...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
23 days ago  |  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
23 days ago  |  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
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Gave: Babcock should be 'all in' before Wings commit to major trade

The wisest thing the Red Wings could do in the month leading up to the March 2 NHL trade deadline is play Let's Make a Deal -- with their coach. Mike Babcock has been saying since his team was spanked by Boston in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring that he'd like to add a right-shot defenseman to his club. And not just anyone with a pulse. He wants one who can...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Eakins opens up on analytics

On Saturday, the TSN Hockey Analytics show interviewed former Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Marlies Head Coach Dallas Eakins. The focus was supposed to be on the Oilers’ acceptance of advanced stats like Corsi and how they incorporated that information into their approach. Perhaps predictably, the words that drew the most attention were about the hiring of famed blogger Tyler...
Via Bloguin Best
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Eakins opens up on analytics

On Saturday, the TSN Hockey Analytics show interviewed former Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Marlies Head Coach Dallas Eakins. The focus was supposed to be on the Oilers’ acceptance of advanced stats like Corsi and how they incorporated that information into their approach. Perhaps predictably, the words that drew the most attention were about the hiring of famed blogger Tyler...
Via Puck Drunk Love
29 days ago  |  Discuss

With NHL trade deadline looming, Wings GM Holland likes his options

With the clock ticking toward the NHL trade deadline one month from today, Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland stands ready to make a deal -- like he always is this time of year. "My history as a manager has been that I'll pull the trigger and pay the price if there's a player out there that our scouts, (coach) Mike Babcock -- and we think will be a real good fit for us at a price...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings weekly: A force to be reckoned with

The experts can continue to doubt all they want, but the Detroit Red Wings (29-12-9) proved once again this week they are the real deal and are a genuine threat to win the Eastern Conference. Coming out of the All-Star break the Red Wings survived a near third period collapse against the Florida Panthers to win 5-4. The Tampa Bay Lightning put them back in their place Thursday by...
Via isportsweb.com
February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 7 p.m. The Detroit Red Wings continue rattling off victories without Jimmy Howard, although the All-Star goaltender's absence is becoming more and more noticeable. The Red Wings' defensive struggles could reach a breaking point Thursday night when they visit Tampa Bay to face a high-powered Lightning club looking to set a franchise...
Via AP on Fox
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Gave: Wings' view from top of division is precarious

The Red Wings should enjoy the view from atop the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings while it lasts -- because if they continue to play like they did in a sloppy, 5-4 win Tuesday night at Florida they won't stay there long. Especially considering their opponents in the next two games. The victory helped Detroit to leapfrog past Tampa Bay -- a 4-2 loser at Carolina...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Wild at Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings are getting offensive contributions from numerous sources during their winning streak. At the moment, the Minnesota Wild can't relate. The Red Wings look to go into the All-Star break with a fifth straight victory Tuesday night and hand the visiting Wild an eighth defeat in 10 games. Detroit (26-11-9) hasn't won five straight since a six-game run Feb. 8-19,...
Via AP on Fox
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Groin injury will keep Red Wings' Howard out of All-Star Game

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says a groin injury will prevent starting goalie Jimmy Howard from playing in the NHL All-Star Game in two weeks. Babcock listed Howard week to week in providing the update after practice in Buffalo on Monday. Howard was hurt and carted off the ice during in a 3-1 win at Washington on Saturday. It was the same day he was...
Via AP on Fox
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard out of All-Star Game with injury

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says a groin injury will prevent starting goalie Jimmy Howard from playing in the NHL All-Star Game in two weeks. Babcock listed Howard week to week in providing the update after practice in Buffalo on Monday. Howard was hurt and carted off the ice during in a 3-1 win at Washington on Saturday. It was the same day he was one of...
Via AP on Fox
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Wings injured goalie Jimmy Howard to miss All-Star Game

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says a groin injury will prevent starting goalie Jimmy Howard from playing in the NHL All-Star Game in two weeks. Babcock listed Howard week to week in providing the update after practice in Buffalo on Monday. Howard was hurt and carted off the ice during in a 3-1 win at Washington on Saturday. It was the same day he was one...
Via AP on Fox
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Regner: Best guess is Babcock stays in Detroit

It has been a little more than 36 hours since the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Randy Carlyle, which has led to the speculation that the road is clear for Red Wings coach Mike Babcock to pack up his belongings and head up the 401 to become Toronto's next coach. That could be a possibility at the end of this season when Babcock becomes the NHL's most coveted unrestricted free...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Wings keep focus as speculation surrounds Babcock after Carlyle firing

The Red Wings were in Edmonton when the news broke that the Toronto Maple Leafs had fired coach Randy Carlyle. Leafs assistants Peter Horachek and Steve Spott are handling coaching duties for the Leafs' game Wednesday night against the Washington Capitals. There has been much speculation that the Leafs and team president Brendan Shanahan would be interested in Wings coach Mike Babcock...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Devils-Red Wings Preview

Even through their worst slump of the season, the Detroit Red Wings rarely needed to worry about any defensive liabilities. Whether that mindset still holds following their worst defensive performance may become clear Wednesday night when the Red Wings face the New Jersey Devils. Detroit followed a six-game skid with two straight victories but came screeching to a halt Monday, losing...
Via AP on Fox
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Notes: Wings hope Bruins game was lesson; Gustavsson practices

DETROIT -- There was little joy in Hockeytown Tuesday, not after Monday night's 5-2 loss in Boston. "Anybody who's covered the team knows that the sun comes up the next day, that's how I operate," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "When the sun doesn't get up the next day, though, something is wrong. The sun didn't get up today." Babcock put the Wings through their paces in an intense...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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