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Detroit leads the best of seven playoff series 1-0

      Red Wings jerseys were in evidence in Amalie Arena even with the ban on ticket sales to non-Florida residents as the Wings took the ice for Game One of their first round match-up against the Lightning.  The Wings struck first 9:03 into the first period when Pavel Datsyuk scored his first of the playoffs, a beautiful deflection, assisted by Kyle Quincey and Darren Helm.  Later in the first, the Wings were on the powerplay but it was Tampa that cashed in with a shorthanded goal scored by Brian Boyle.  The first period ended with the Wings on the powerplay again and 8 seconds into the second period Datsyuk scored his second of the game, assisted by Helm.  The second period ended with the Wings leading 2-1.  In the third period with the Wings down a man, Detroit got a shorthanded goal of their own, an unassisted scored by Luke Glendening, his first of the series.  That goal gave the Wings a little breathing room which was needed just 2:36 later when Nikita Nesterov put one by Petr Mrazek to pull the Lightning within one.  The Tampa goal made the last 11:34 a bit of a nail biter for us Wings fans but Mrazek and the rest of the boys held on for the 3-2 victory to steal home ice away from the Lightning.
      The Wings were horribly outshot in the game 46-14, they were out hit, Tampa ruled the faceoff circle and spent way to much time in the box, giving Tampa seven powerplays, but overcame those hurdles to pull out a Game One victory.  On the bright side the Wings had more blocked shots, got great goaltending, one of the big guns looks to be on a roll and they were 1-3 with the extra man.
      The teams meet again in Tampa for Game Two Saturday 4/18/15 at 3:00 PM ET. 
Home broadcast - Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning - April 16, 2015 - With NHL Network Online you get all hockey, all access, all the time, live and direct around the league, every goal of every game, NHL Live on XM, classic moments, podcasts, and special programming all on demand
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Here are the matchups for the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs:

Eastern Conference:

(1) New York Rangers vs. (8) Pittsburgh
(2) Montreal vs. (7) Ottawa
(3) Tampa Bay vs. (6) Detroit
(4) Washington vs. (5) New York Islanders 

Western Conference:

(1) Anaheim vs. (8) Winnipeg
(2) St. Louis vs. (7) Minnesota
(3) Nashville vs. (6) Chicago
(4) Vancouver vs. (5) Calgary  
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      The Wings played an important game Sunday (not that all the game remaining aren't important) against the Capitals but lost 2-1 allowing Boston to pass them in the standings.
      Washington opened the scoring 3:38 into the first period with a powerplay goal and the score stayed 1-0 until 4:42 of the second period when the Capitals scored again to make it 2-0.  The Wings finally got on the board at the 12:59 mark of the second on a powerplay goal by Darren Helm, his fourteenth of the season, assisted by Pavel Datsyuk and Teemu Pulkkinen.  The Wings were unable to get a puck by Washington goalie Brian Holtby to give the Caps the 2-1 win.
      The Wings outshot Washington but were out hit out done in the faceoff circle and were 1-5 on the powerplay as well as having the Caps block 23 shots.
      With this loss the Wings are now holding on to the last wildcard spot with 95 points.  Boston passed them on the strength of their head to head record.  As of this writing the Ottawa Senators are two points back but the Wings hold the first tie breaker the wins in regulation or overtime stat with 37 versus 34 for Ottawa.  All three teams have three games remaining.  Boston has Washington, Florida and the Lightning all on the road.  The Wings have the Hurricanes at home before going to Montreal and ending the season at Carolina.  The Senators have the Penguins at home and the Rangers and Flyers on the road.
      I just hope the Wings can pull everything together and extend their playoff streak to 24 years.  GO WINGS!!!
Home broadcast - Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings - April 5, 2015 - With NHL Network Online you get all hockey, all access, all the time, live and direct around the league, every goal of every game, NHL Live on XM, classic moments, podcasts, and special programming all on demand
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      These updates are just getting so depressing.  I know the Wings can play better than this but for a reason I can't figure out they are not.  The Wings won Saturday but had to go to a shootout to do it.
      As a change of pace there were goals in the first period.  Minnesota opened the scoring with a goal at the 14:07 mark but the Wings tied the score 1:52 later on a goal by Riley Sheahan, his thirteenth of the season, assisted by Stephan Weiss and Danny DeKeyser.  The game stayed tied until the 17:13 mark of the second period.  The Wings were on the powerplay when Gustav Nyquist scored his 26th goal of the season, assisted Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall.  The Wild got a powerplay of their own in the third period and didn't waste it.  They tied the score when Zach Parise scored his second goal of the game.  18:27 minutes of play in the third period and overtime couldn't settle the game and it went to the shootout.  We know the success the Wings have had in the shootout so I was not expecting a good result, especially after Datsyuk missed his shot.  Nyquist scored a goal after Howard had stopped Parise and we were looking good when Jimmy stopped the next Wild shooter.  Tater missed and Jason Pominville scored to even up the score.  Sheahan went next and scored but Tomas Vanek knotted the score at two.  The next three shooters for each team missed before Darren Helm scored to put the Wings up.  The game came down to Jimmy Howard stopping Justin Fontaine and he did to give the Wings the 3-2 victory.
      The Wings were outshot, out hit and were out dueled in the faceoff circle but came up with the win anyway.  From here on out is even more important for the Wings to win either in regulation or overtime so they can avoid the ROW tie breaking factor.
Home broadcast - Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild - April 4, 2015 - With NHL Network Online you get all hockey, all access, all the time, live and direct around the league, every goal of every game, NHL Live on XM, classic moments, podcasts, and special programming all on demand
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      This is getting ridiculous, the Wings lose again and to make it even worse it was another loss in a shootout.  The Wings lost to the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Tuesday.
      The first period was scoreless with Ottawa dominating play and outshooting the Wings 13-5.  The Wings took the lead in the second period when Gustav Nyquist scored his 25th goal of the season, assisted by Justin Abdelkader at the 5:43 mark.  Even though the Wings scored they were still dominated by the Sens getting outshot 12-4.  None the less the Wings took a 1-0 lead into the third period and the play evened out a little but at the 15:58 mark Clarke MacArthur tied the score on a blast from the blueline that hit goalie Petr Mrazek but got through for a goal.  The rest of the third period passe d without a goal and after a scoreless overtime the game went to the dreaded shootout.  The first two shooters for each team scored with Nyquist and Tater scoring for the Wings and Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris for the Sens.  Wings Coach Mike Babcock then did something I found odd, to say the least.  The next shooter he sent out, in a game Detroit needed to win, was defenseman Marek Zidlicky who hadn't scored a shooutout goal since 2010.  He missed of course, but after Mrazek stopped Bobby Ryan the Wings were still in it.  Babcock next sent Stephan Weiss out to shoot.  This was only his second shooutout shot since 2010, he missed as well.  Mark Stone was up next and buried his shot to win the game for Ottawa. Why did Babcock send those guys out there with Abdelkader or Zetterberg sitting on the bench?  I'm not normally one to second guess Babcock's decisions but this one had me wondering ever since.        
Home broadcast - Ottawa Senators at Detroit Red Wings - March 31, 2015 - With NHL Network Online you get all hockey, all access, all the time, live and direct around the league, every goal of every game, NHL Live on XM, classic moments, podcasts, and special programming all on demand
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      The Wings played like the team they should be Saturday, beating the Lightning 4-0.  The shutout was Petr Mrazek's second of the season and the boys played pretty good overall. 
      After a scoreless first period the Wings got on the board at the 5:25 mark of the second on a goal by Joakim Andersson.  This was his second of the season and was assisted by Kyle Quincey and Stephan Weiss.  Detroit struck again less than two minutes later when Justin Abdelkader lit the lamp, his 23rd of the season, assisted by Gustav Nyquist.  The Wings made it a three goal period on a goal by Nyquist, his 24th of the season, assisted by Quincey.  The third period was scoreless until Luke Glendening poked an errant pass on the Detroit blueline into an empty Tampa net.
      The stats for this game are a little weird as both teams had 23 shots and the Wings out hit the Lightning but lost the faceoff battle.  If the Wings can keep playing like this it would allow me to breath a little easier the rest of the way.
Home broadcast - Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings - March 28, 2015 - With NHL Network Online you get all hockey, all access, all the time, live and direct around the league, every goal of every game, NHL Live on XM, classic moments, podcasts, and special programming all on demand
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      Another disappointing game for the Wings Tuesday night losing to the lowly Coyotes 5-4 in overtime.  I don't know what their problem is but if they don't fix it and the end up making the playoffs their run will be short.
      The first period saw the Wings carry the play outshooting the Coyotes 13-5 but the Coyotes scored the only goal of the first period on a goal scored by John Moore.  The Wings tied the score 3:00 into the second on a goal by Luke Glendening, his tenth of the season, assisted by Quincey.  Arizona re-took the lead on a powerplay goal by Mark Arcobello, however the Wings tied the score again just 36 seconds later on a goal by Abdelkader, his 21st of the season, assisted by Kindl and Zetterberg.  David Moss added a goal late in the second giving the Coyotes a 3-2 lead at the start of the third.  Kindl scored 1:57 into the third period, his fifth goal of the season, assisted by Jurco and Tater to tie the score once again.  It didn't last long as the Coyotes scored another powerplay goal, the second of the game for David Moss.  Nyquist scored a powerplay goal at 13:39 to tie the score at 4-4 and after there weren't anymore  goals the game went to overtime, where, as we know, the Wings aren't very good.  The Wings proved the point when at 3:08 Mark Arcobello scored his second goal of the game to give Arizona the 5-4 win.
    I'm starting to believe that Jimmy Howard is not the answer the Wings have been looking for and I think that maybe Babcock should sit him in favor of Mrazek.
Home broadcast - Arizona Coyotes at Detroit Red Wings - March 24, 2015 - With NHL Network Online you get all hockey, all access, all the time, live and direct around the league, every goal of every game, NHL Live on XM, classic moments, podcasts, and special programming all on demand
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So the Wings have Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The season series between the two teams looked like this: The Lightning won the first game 4-3 in a shootout at the Joe.  They won the second meeting 5-1 in Tampa.  Tampa won the third meeting 3-1 in Tampa and Detroit won the fourth meeting 4-0 in Detroit.
      The Wings score 2.82 goals a game and give up 2.57 per game, they have a powerplay percentage of 23.8 and a penalty kill of 80.8.
      The Lightning score 3.16 goals a game and give up 2.51 per game.  They have a PP% 18.8 and a penalty kill of 83.7,
      It will be interesting to see if the Wings can overcome their bad play of late and the Lightning's high powered offense to move on.

GO WINGS!!!!
    
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      OK, now that all the regular season drama is done and we know who the Wings are playing here is the recap for the last three games (not that they were especially good games.)
      Tuesday the Wings hosted the Carolina Hurricanes and won 3-2.  After a scoreless first period the Wings were on the powerplay when Henrik Zetterberg scored his seventeenth goal of the season assisted by Stephan Weiss and Darren Helm at the 1:29 mark of the second period.  The Hurricanes scored twice in the last six minutes of the second to put them up 2-1 going into the third period.  The Wings again scored early in the period, this time it was Gustav Nyquist at the 1:56 mark, his 27th of the season, assisted by Pavel Datsyuk and Danny DeKeyser.  Datsyuk added a goal of his own at the 11:25 mark, his 25th of the season, assisted by Zetterberg and Marek Zedlicky.  Making the final score 3-2.  The Wings outshot and out hit the Hurricanes and scored on their only powerplay chance to secure the victory and make everyone breath a little easier.

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     The Wings were in Montreal Monday night and needed either a win or a point and a loss by Ottawa or Boston.  Tomas Tater opened the scoring midway through the first period with his 29th goal of the season, assisted by Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.  Montreal tied it up eight minutes later and that was how thew first period ended.  Montreal struck next with a goal at the 6:24 mark of the second to give them the lead but it lasted only 1:43 as Pavel Datsyuk scored his 26th of the season.  The goal was assisted by Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall.  The third period saw the Wings a man down but Darren Helm made Montreal pay and took the lead with a shorthanded goal.  The goal was his fifteenth of the season and was unassisted.  The joy felt by the Wings fans did not last long, especially after hearing Ottawa had won their game, as Montreal scored on the powerplay to tie the score.  The win by the Senators saw them leapfrog Boston into the eighth spot and the Wings now needed a win or a Boston loss and they were losing to the Panthers 3-2 late in the third period.  Meanwhile, after no more goals in the third period the game headed to overtime, giving the Wings their point, now if Florida can hold on then Detroit will clinch a playoff spot.  That point became all the more important when Montreal scored 1:21 into the extra period but about the same time Boston lost and the Wings were in the playoffs for the 24th straight year.  The Wings outshot, out hit, out dueled in the faceoff circle but were 0-5 on the powerplay.
      The Wings made the playoffs but seeding was still unclear.  They could finish third in the Atlantic, which is sixth overall or they could be the last wildcard and seeded eighth overall.  The Senators have 97 points and could finish with 99 and the Wings have 98 and could finish with 100 but if they don't win or only get one point the Sens could jump them in the seeding.

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      Saturday the Wings were in Raleigh to face the Hurricanes in the last regular season game.  If the Wings won they would be seeded sixth and if they lost and Ottawa won they would be ranked eighth.  Ottawa played in the afternoon and shutout the Flyers 3-0, so the Wings knew they needed a win, regulation or overtime, it didn't matter to stay ahead of the streaking Sens.
      It didn't take the Wings long to score as Landon Ferraro scored his first NHL goal just 48 seconds into the game.  The goal was assisted by Luke Glendening.  That first goal might have come quick but the next goal took an awful long time and had me on the edge of my seat.  There weren't any goals the rest of the first period or the second or the first 17:39 of the third period.  The Hurricanes had pulled their goalie which showed they were out to ruin the Wings day but Joakim Andersson made them pay with his third goal of the season, assisted by Tomas Tatar and Darren Helm.  That goal secured the victory and the six seed.
Home broadcast - Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings - April 7, 2015 - With NHL Network Online you get all hockey, all access, all the time, live and direct around the league, every goal of every game, NHL Live on XM, classic moments, podcasts, and special programming all on demand
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will be tough. wings in seven here
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      This is just so frustrating.  a month and a half ago the Wings making the playoffs was a no-brainer, now I'm wringing my hands and popping Rolaids like there candy.  Detroit lost again in another must win game this time 3-2 to the Bruins.
      Once again as is their new pattern the first period was scoreless.  It stayed that way until the 9:19 mark of the second when Luke Glendening scored his twelfth of the season assisted by Danny DeKeyser and Stephan Weiss.  That was the only goal of the period.  The third period scoring opened with a Detroit powerplay goal scored by Weiss , his ninth of the season, assisted by Riley Sheahan and Marek Zidlicky.  Unfortunately that was the last Wings goal of the game.  Boston scored the next three goals including one on the powerplay and the Bruins won the game 3-2.
      The loss allows the Bruins to tie the Wings at 93 points.  The tie breaker goes like this the team with the most wins excluding shootout wins (ROW in the standing section).  If that is the same it goes the number of points earned in games between the two teams.  If there is an uneven number of home games between the two teams.  Than the points from the first game in the city which hosted more games won't be counted.  If that is tied than it comes down to goal differential.  Right now both teams have 37 ROW so it would come down to head to head wins.  They have played three games in Detroit and two in Boston.  The first game was a victory for Detroit, the second a shootout victory for the Bruins, the third, fourth and fifth were all regulation victories for Boston.  Based on the rule the Bruins own the tie breaker.  So it is of vital importance for the Wings to win as many games as possible and win them in regulation or overtime.  Ottawa is also still lurking out there, three points behind us.  They currently have 33 ROW but both teams have earned five points in their head to head games and Ottawa has a better goal differential than the Wings.  Boston has four games left, vs. Toronto, at Washington, at Florida and at Tampa Bay.  Ottawa has five games left, vs Washington, at Toronto, vs Pittsburgh, at the Rangers and at Philadelphia.  The Wings have five games left, at Minnesota, vs Washington, vs Carolina, at Montreal and at Carolina.  We have three games against playoff teams, Boston has two and Ottawa three.  We shall see how it works out but if the Wings can't get better goaltending it won't matter much.        
Home broadcast - Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings - April 2, 2015 - With NHL Network Online you get all hockey, all access, all the time, live and direct around the league, every goal of every game, NHL Live on XM, classic moments, podcasts, and special programming all on demand
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      Well, so much for letting me breath a little easier.  The Wings lost to the Islanders on Sunday 5-4 and I'm putting this loss right on the heads of the Wings goaltenders.  If you score four goals in today's NHL you should be able to win, especially with a goaltender who just shutout the Lightning the day before.  Petr Mrazek took this 23 save effort the day before and threw it right in the trash giving up four goals on eleven shots.  Even after that effort the Wings clawed back and at one point tied the game at three but Mrazek gave up his fourth goal 16 seconds into the second period.  Tampa added a shorthanded goal 3:45 later and even a goal by Pavel Datsyuk couldn't spark the Wings on to victory.
      As for the goals.  The Wings scored two goals in the first 1:46 of the first period.  The first by Tomas Tater, his 28th of the season, assisted by Danny DeKeyser and the second by Drew Miller, his fifth of the season, assisted by Tomas Jurco and Luke Glendening.  The islanders scored the next three goals including two powerplay goals before Niklas Kronwall scored his ninth of the season assisted by Datsyuk.  New York scored two goals in the second a powerplay goal as well as a shorthanded goal before Datsyuk scored his 24th assisted by Tater and Marek Zidlicky.  There was no scoring in the third period.  The Wings were outshot, lost the faceoff battle and gave up three powerplay goals as well as the shorty.
      this loss put the Wings at 92 points with seven games left.  This puts them three points ahead of Boston and six points ahead of Ottawa.  We have on game in hand on Boston.  The Bruins play Florida, the Wings and the Leafs their next three games.  The Red Wings play Ottawa (who are fighting for their playoff lives), Boston (who could pull within one point with a victory) and Minnesota (fighting for better seeding).  So it looks like a tough road to hoe for the Wings, especially with goal tending issues.  Let's hope they can get those sorted out soon. 
Home broadcast - Detroit Red Wings at New York Islanders - March 29, 2015 - With NHL Network Online you get all hockey, all access, all the time, live and direct around the league, every goal of every game, NHL Live on XM, classic moments, podcasts, and special programming all on demand
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      Another horrible loss to another bad team.  This time the Wings lost to the Sharks 6-4.  
      It didn't take long to realize that this was going to be one of those games as the Sharks scored 19 seconds into the game on their first shot of the game.  At 8:34 the Sharks added another goal this one on the third shot Howard saw.  The Wings got on the board less then a minute later on Jurco's third goal of the season, assisted by Miller and DeKeyser.  They scored again 1:40 later when Tater potted his 27th of the season, assisted by DeKeyser tying the score at 2-2.  The Sharks struck again with less then four minutes left in the period to put them up 3-2.  After five goals in the first, the teams were tired and there was no scoring in the second period but Babcock pulled Howard for Mrazek.  The Sharks were ready to go in the third, scoring their fourth goal of the game 31 seconds into the period.  At 3:08 the Wings pulled within one again, this time on a goal by Weiss, his eighth of the season, assisted by Pulkkinen and Smith.  The Sharks extended the lead back to two goals 1:17 later on a goal by Patrick Marleau.  Abdelkader brought the Wings within one at 7:27 on his 22nd goal of the season, assisted by Ericsson and Kronwall but that was as close as the Wings would get.  The Sharks added an empty netter to seal the deal and make the final score 6-4.   The Wings outshot the Sharks but were 0-4 on the powerplay and that along with the uneven goalie play led to the loss.  Pulling Howard didn't really pay off like Babcock would have liked but I still think that Mrazek is the way to go, heading into the playoffs.
      That is, of course, if the Wings make the playoffs.  Right know they sit in third in the Atlantic Division with 90 points but because of the weird way the NHL does the playoffs they would play the Lightning if the playoffs started today.  The Wings are five points ahead of both Ottawa and Boston with the Wings having one game in hand on the Bruins.
      The next game for the Wings is Saturday night against the Lightning before they head out to Long Island for a tilt against the Islanders on Sunday.
Home broadcast - San Jose Sharks at Detroit Red Wings - March 26, 2015 - With NHL Network Online you get all hockey, all access, all the time, live and direct around the league, every goal of every game, NHL Live on XM, classic moments, podcasts, and special programming all on demand
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over confidence at making playoffs yet again. who knows. the wings are streaky these past couple years and only going to get worse with our aging zett and pavs. cannot be that elite for so long without having to rebuild again. getting rid of hudler hurt. look at what he has done in calgary.
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