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Detroit Red Wings And The Week Ahead
Here we are, headed into week three of the season. The last six games have been great, good, and ugly. Starting out with two wins, against Buffalo and Carolina. Both of these games were exciting but too many turnovers and mistakes made for too close of games. The Phoenix loss was a huge wake up call for the Wings and showed that games like that were not exceptable. The next game vs Philly was a huge win and a huge turnaround for the boys. The Wings had a very disappointing loss to Boston in the first week but earlier today came back with another huge win that hopefully will give the team motivation for tomorrows game.
COLUMBUS AT DETROIT – TUESDAY @ 8:00pm
The Columbus Blue Jackets are 2-2-0 so far in this early season. Last year Detroit and Columbus were both in the Western Conference, so the Blue Jackets are a team the Wings know fairly well. The 2013 season was 1-3-1 vs the Jackets and that could be a good or bad thing for tomorrow’s game. The Wings had a hard time getting goals because of the amazing play the net minder, Sergei Bobrovsky, had throughout the whole season. At the moment, the lines that are playing have been playing well so, I expect Coach Babcock to keep them the same for tomorrow’s game.
DETROIT AT COLORADO – THURDAY @9:00pm
The Colorado Avalanche are 5-0-0 for the season. Colorado has not lost a game yet, to everyone’s surprise because this was the year with a new coach and coming off of a very bad season last year. With so many young and skillful players on their team (like the #1 draft pick of 2013 Nathan MacKinnon), the Wings might have a hard time with Colorado’s speed. Darren Helm, one of the fastest skaters in the NHL, is still out with injury and he could have been a big help against this fresh batch of Avalanchers. Will the Detroit Red Wings still be the biggest thorn in Patrick Roy’s side? We will wait and see!
DETROIT AT PHOENIX – SATURDAY @9:00pm
The Phoenix Coyotes are 4-2-0 for the season. This will be the game where the Red Wings need to bring it 100%. The Wings were especially not happy with their game last Thursday against the Coyotes. The team was unmotivated, sluggish at times, and Mike Babcock himself said, it was one of the worst home games he has ever seen. The new line changes will definitely give the Wings a better offensive chance this time and as long as defense holds their ground, it will be a game worth watching.
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