Close out 2014 with a bang - This means find ways to score. Detroit is averaging 1.9 goal per game in their last 9 games and that included 6 goals vs Buffalo on Dec 23rd.
Play with the lead - Detroit had to play catch-up hockey in their last 3 games. Teams lose energy when this happens. Score early. Get the crowd into celebration mode early.
Win - Need to keep pace with Montreal and Tampa Bay. Nothing better than closing out 2014 with a "W". Plus the bubbly always tastes better too.
Happy New Year Red Wings Fans! Cheers!
On December 31st
(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)
"It's like anything, if you're humbled and embarrassed by the way you play, you do something about it. I can tell you I am, because that's ridiculous."
The Red Wings will look to end 2014 on a high note, as New Jersey comes to town. Detroit is 2-0 on the year against New Jersey with Kronwall and Zetterberg leading the way with three points each. Defenseman Jakub Kindl, who sprained his elbow in practice Sunday, was placed on short-term IR Tuesday. Xavier Ouellet was recalled from Grand Rapids of the AHL to take Kindl's roster spot and will play against the Devils. Jimmy Howard is expected to start in goal.
Welcome to the Detroit Red Wings Game Day Blog, where you can get behind-the-scenes information, thoughts from players and staff, and up-to-date news on anything and everything Red Wings on game day.
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Tatar whips a low shot behind a screened Rask
Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar snaps a low shot past screened Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask on the power play to cut the Boston lead in half.
Tonight's Stars of the Game Powered by Ram Trucks are...
1. Carl Soderberg (1 Goal, 2 Assists)
2. Reilly Smtih (1 Goal)
3. Tomas Tatar (1 Power-Play Goal)
(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)
Thank you for tuning into our GameDay Blog, we'll see you New Years Eve when we take on New Jersey!
|LEFT WING||CENTER||RIGHT WING|
|Henrik Zetterberg||Pavel Datsyuk||Justin Abdelkader|
|Tomas Tatar||Riley Sheahan||Tomas Jurco|
|Johan Franzen||Darren Helm||Gustav Nyquist|
|Drew Miller||Luke Glendening||Stephen Weiss|
|LEFT DEFENSE||RIGHT DEFENSE|
|Niklas Kronwall||Jonathan Ericsson|
|Kyle Quincey||Danny DeKeyser|
|Brendan Smith||Brian Lashoff|