Wings Can’t Complete Opening Day Sweep

Did it seem to anyone else like the Red Wings spent their afternoon watching the Tigers beat the Royals, while consuming an unhealthy number of hot dogs? That’s the only logical explanation I can think of for their sluggish start against a team that they should have been ready to play. This isn’t a February game against the Islanders. It’s early April against the Blackhawks. There are no excuses for that kind of start, and if that continues for another week or so….well I don’t even want to finish that sentence.

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Breaking Down the Marian Hossa Goal

Last night, the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues played in a game that mattered to more than just the two teams involved. The win by the Blackhawks ultimately eliminated the Calgary Flames from playoff contention, and puts them potentially out of reach for the Dallas Stars. The Hawks were losing 2-0 to the Blues, when a controversial goal by forward Marian Hossa brought them to within one, and eventually led to them winning in overtime. After the break, I’ll offer my analysis of both the goal and the state of the NHL’s review system in a somewhat unique way for this blog.

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Desperate ‘Canes Stave off Playoff Elimination

The Wings couldn’t match the desperation level of a hungry Hurricanes team tonight, who got strong efforts from team leaders and NHL All-Stars Eric Staal and Cam Ward. They live to fight another day with the victory, as they must win out and get help from the teams ahead of them in order to make the playoffs.

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Plenty to Play for in Season’s Final Week

The Wings may have wrapped up a playoff spot with a huge overtime victory against the Predators on Saturday. And yes, they may have clinched the Central division title for the 9th time in 10 years the next day with a 4-2 win over Minnesota. And while they may be locked into either the second or third seed in the Western Conference, they still have plenty to play for in the last week of the 2010-2011 NHL regular season.

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Big Red Machine gathering steam

The Wings stormed out to a two goal lead and never looked back, winning their second straight and dispatching the visiting Minnesota Wild. Though it lacked the same passion and intensity of yesterday’s game against a Nashville squad that is quickly climbing the ranks among the Red Wings top rivals, it was a similar gritty effort that got the job done for the Wings. The win clinched the Central division for the Wings, as the Chicago Blackhawks can now only tie them in points, but would lose out on the tie-breaker.

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Huge Win for Red Wings Could Set the Tone

The last time the Red Wings took the ice, they were shellacked by a team that will be drafting in the first ten picks of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft to the tune of 10-3. Tonight, they found themselves down 3-0 to a team they had lost four straight to, and hadn’t beaten since October. Nothing was going right for them. They could have packed it in and started thinking ahead to tomorrow’s match-up with the Wild. But boy am I glad they didn’t!

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The Weeknd – House of Balloons

Less than two months ago, few of us had ever heard of the Weeknd. Then, as soon as the creepy R&B tracks from this free mixtape began to circulate, the hype engine revved up. There was the Drake cosign, the album art that looked like Spiritualiz…

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Hawks Take First of Three

There are very few secrets between the Red Wings and Blackhawks. They play each other 6 times a year. They met in the Conference Finals in 2008. Both teams feature players that formerly played for the other side. They will only become more familiar with each other over the next couple of weeks. The Wings wrap up their season with a home and home against Chicago on April 8th and 10th, and as it stands right now would be facing them in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

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