Here we go! Game 2 tonight and with all that transpired over the last few days you can bet that the Wings are chomping at the bit to drop the puck on this one.
Puck drops at 7:30pm on FSD, CBC & CNBC
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Darren Helm is out and Gustav Nyquist is in. Now is the time to win for the heart of our team. It's time to win for Zetterbergs cracked helmet, and it's time to just win for the sake of beating the crap out of a team that lays country music as their goal scoring song.
I know its not the Wings style to head hunt. They play with class and dignity, but there are some instances Ala Claude Lemieux that just can't be over looked. Yes, Zetterberg was not injured, but the act of violence that Shea Weber committed at the end of game 1 does not belong in this game, and if Shanahan won't do anything about it then I hope Bertuzzi, Abdelkader or Ericsson take a stand right from the jump. Watch those starting lines, it may tell a story.
Game 1 was all Detroit. Nashville won on dumb luck and I would hope that the Wings won't let them get away with another win unless they earn it.
Franzen started to heat up towards the end of the game, lets hope that he stays warm and plays that top gear the full 60 tonight.
Defferent refs tonight. Brad Watson and Mike Leggo. Hopefully we can see some 5-on-5 tonight.
Strap in, get your puke buckets and squish your stress balls cause tonight is going to get ugly.
DETROIT RED WINGS TEAM NOTES
DET is 46-24-4-7 all-time vs NSH in the regular season
DET is 8-5 all-time vs NSH in the playoffs (2-0 in series, both opening round tilts - '04 and '08)
DET has won the 2nd most playoff series in NHL history (67, MTL - 90)
DET is 8-3 in Game 2 of Round 1 of the playoffs since 2000 (outscored opponents 42-28 in those games)
DET is 3-2 in Game 2 of the last 5 playoff series in which they've lost the opener
DET is 3-0 in playoff series they've opened on the road with a loss since 1990
DET has won 59 straight playoff games in which they've score 4+ goals
DETROIT'S ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS IN:
Game 1: 63-52-1
Game 2: 68-47
Game 3: 53-54
Game 4: 48-52
Game 5: 38-37
Game 6: 29-23
Game 7: 13-8
DETROIT IN PLAYOFF OVERTIMES:
Overall OT record: 39-52
Home OT record: 20-35
Road OT record: 19-17
DETROIT RED WINGS PLAYER NOTES
P. Datsyuk's next GP will tie him with A. Kovalev for 5th place in NHL playoff history amongst Russians (123)
P. Datsyuk has tallied 1G-5A-6P in his last 5 post-season road games
P. Datsyuk's next goal will tie him with B. Shanahan for 11th place in DET playoff history (33)
J. Howard's next win will tie him with R. Esche for 9th place in NHL history amongst American-born goalies (13)
J. Howard's next appearance will tie him with T. Cheveldae for 8th place in DET playoff history amongst goalies (25)
J. Howard is 47:28 short of 1,500 career playoff minutes logged
V. Filppula's next goal will tie him with G. Gallant for 23rd place in DET playoff history (18)
D. Cleary's next goal will tie him with I. Larionov for 20th place in DET playoff history (20)
D. Cleary's next point will tie him with B. Rafalski for 23rd place in DET playoff history (40)
H. Zetterberg is 4 points back of A. Delvecchio for 5th place in DET playoff history (104)
H. Zetterberg's next goal will tie him with R. Brind'Amour, B. Bellows and F. Mahovlich for 49th place in NHL playoff history (51)
H. Zetterberg's next point will tie him with B. Federko for 76th place in NHL playoff history (101)
H. Zetterberg has recorded at least one point in his last 7 playoff games (4G-5A-9P)
J. Hudler's next goal will tie him with V. Varada for 15th place in NHL history amongst Czech-born players
J. Franzen's next assist will tie him with P. Coffey for 14th place in DET playoff history (35)
B. Stuart's next GP will tie him with S. Duchesne for 46th place in NHL playoff history amongst defenseman (121)
N. Lidstrom is 2 points back of S. Yzerman for most in DET playoff history (185)
N. Lidstrom is 2 goals back of D. Potvin for 2nd-most in NHL playoff history amongst defensemen (56)
N. Lidstrom is 7GP back of C. Chelios for most in NHL playoff history (266)
N. Lidstrom's next point will tie him with B. Trottier for 10th place in NHL playoff history:
DET's All-Time Playoff Record When P. Datsyuk Plays and:
Has 0 Points: 26-32 (.448)
Has 1+ Point: 43-20 (.683)
Has 1+ Goal: 17-9 (.654)
Has 2+ Points: 16-4 (.800)
Game 2 Motivational Speech:
I’m over it. I’ve dwelled on the Weber hit and the Wings’ bad luck in game one since Wed. night and I put it behind me. What happened, happened, and even tho it was complete and utter BS, it’s over with and it’s time to move on. This is the playoffs, and this is what we sign up for every time we watch our boys take the ice in the spring.
Weber is a goon. We all see that now. There was a time where I, like many of you, wanted to see Weber in a Wings jersey. Not anymore. I hope that he never gets the honor and privilege of wearing the Winged Wheel on his chest. There is no place for goons on this team, and even tho he did not get suspended, I would like to believe that having to play for Nashville is punishment enough.
Tonight is a new night. A new game, filled with new chances. This is why the NHL playoffs are so great. A best of 7 series allows the team that can grind, endure, and outlast the longest to advance towards the ultimate goal. Every series has a turning point. I’m actually somewhat glad that Nashville had the luck for game 1. Because luck changes; and when it does, it will be coming over to our side.
Good news is the series just started and we already have extra motivation to whip the Preds. I like it. Babcock will have the boys prepared tonight. The reffing situation is nothing new to us, we never get decent officiating in the playoffs anyways, so I’m just not gonna dwell on that.
If you can’t tell, I’m PUMPED for this game and the anticipation is building as we get closer to 7:30. Play hard, play tough, play smart, and lets make our own luck. LGRW!!!!
oh, Brad Watson. Nice. It adds to my take on the series outcome. He has a long anti-Detroit history.
"Watch those starting lines, it may tell a story."Honestly, given the lack of discipline from the league, I wouldn't be surprised if this one gets ugly really quick. LGRW!
@thebiglachovsky Yes, the league abdicated there responsibility, leaving Abdelkader to take it. There had better not be any supplemental discipline against Detroit unless Bertuzzi actually does show up with a 44 mag...
I think the best coarse of action for the wings is to stick it to them on the scoreboard.... Don't let them win another game... Make them lose their series on their ice... And tonight, for christsake... I want zetterberg to look at the camera after the game and say, LET THEM EAT CURLY FRIES! LGRW!!!!!