Hockey is BACK in Hockeytown

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Apr 1

Hawks Clip Wings

No wonder why the Chicago Blackhawks are in first place in the West and had an unbelievable point streak this season - they score 7 goals a game!

Yesterday afternoon was the last game between the two clubs for this regular season, and Detroit was looking to come back and redeem themselves after losing 2-1 twice already; overtime then shootout. 

However, they did not come to play at 12:30pm on Easter Sunday, and there was much more bad news to go along with it. It’s hard to describe how badly they played, but losing 7-1 is just a straight up embarrassment and disaster. Jeremy Morin, Brandon Saad (2), David Bolland (2), Jonathan Toews, and Nick Leddy scored 7 straight goals against Detroit on only 26 shots. Cory Emmerton scored the lone, miserable goal for the Wings late in the third; literally the last minute of play. 

Detroit outshot Chicago 34-36, outhit them 29-11, won more faceoffs and blocked more shots, despite getting their butts kicked extremely hard. They put some effort into the game, and it looks like the competed on the stats board, but they didn’t come to play - just out to lunch.

Detroit falls to 7th in the West with only 2 points ahead of Columbus in the 8th. They play the Colorado Avalanche tonight at home, hoping to defeat the last place team and earn a couple of key points towards making the playoffs. It was also disappointing for the fans and Gordie “Mr. Hockey” Howe as it was Howe’s 85th birthday. Howe, a hockey hall of famer and former Detroit Red Wing, has his number 9 retired by Detroit and attends most of the team’s home games and playoff games.

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The boys warming up with #9 jersey’s on, honoring Gordie Howe’s 85th birthday. 

Trades, to me, can’t be forced. Trades happen because two sides each get something they want. Even if you think you have a need and want to do it, there has to be a fit. Somebody else has to have a need.

- Red Wings’ GM Ken Holland

Shark Bites

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The San Jose Sharks and the Detroit Red Wings have a small, but memorable history over the past few season. After the Sharks have beaten the Wings out of the playoffs twice in the past three seasons, the brewing rivalry has started to commence between the two clubs.

Last night Detroit was finishing a 4-game, 9-day road trip in the Western United States by trying to go perfect with a win over the San Jose Sharks. San Jose and Detroit were coming into this game both with similar positions - Detroit just beat the Anaheim Ducks twice over the past weekend and San Jose did the same thing earlier this week, both sitting at 6th and 7th in the West, respectively. 

Taking into considering how evenly matched and close these teams are in the standings, it obviously meant a nice tight, close game. With only one power play opporuntity given all night, for Detroit, and the final shots being 27-24 Detroit, one could see how it was very narrow without even looking at the final score. However, the final score always comes into play with regards to getting points in the playoff race. Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns both scored for San Jose, allowing Antti Niemi to earn his second straight shutout.

if you look at the stats of the game, hits, giveaways, and takeaways were all even, with blocked shots and faceoffs fairly close as well. I have a good feeling if both of these teams make playoffs and make a run, we could see this rivalry heat up even more! 

Getting Involved in Communities

Hey Red Wing and hockey fans! If you haven’t noticed already, the Detroit Red Wings organization has many different ways where they get involved in the Detroit community and give back to others. They continue to do this so loyal fans like myself always cheer and respect them on and off the ice. As I’ve learnt in my sport communication class, players and coaches are representing the face of the organization, and therefore must contribute some time and effort into the city where the team resides. It shows commitment, social responsible, and professionalism. For the Red Wings in the community, there are:

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Night
  • Budd Lynch Veterans Suite
  • High School Journalists Day
  • Making Dreams Come True
  • Military Appreciation Night
  • MI Wings Community Tour
  • Mittens for Detroit
  • Motor City Mitten Madness
  • Player Involvement
  • Red Wings for Reading Program
  • Red Wings for Red Kettles
  • Red Wings Wish Club
  • School Supply Collection
  • Smoke Detector Collection
  • Support Our Troops
  • Toys for Tots

They also have The Red Wings Foundation, 50/50 Raffle Program, School Assembly Program, S.H.O.T.S Program and other donation requests and inquires. For more information and updates on all of these events, go to the teams’ official website at http://redwings.nhl.com/index.html#, under Community. 

Injury Bug Starting to Die?

Some good news is coming out of the Detroit locker room tonight, in addition to their 3-game winning streak and 5-game road winning streak. With the season winding down to only 15 regular season games remaining, it’s important for everyone to contribute on and off the ice. Those boys off the ice, however, are returning to the ice with skating drills and exercises of their own to regain that energy and muscle they’ve lost when sustaining injuries. 

Kyle Quincey was ahead of the talks today regarding his cheekbone injury he received when a puck deflected off his stick and into the side of his cheek, shattering and fracturing some bones back in Edmonton on March 15th. Although, the silver lining part of his injury is that he doesn’t require surgery anymore and will be expected to play within the next 2-3 weeks, which is perfect timing for playoff runs. 

Carlo Colaiacovo, who’s been out with his shoulder injury since the second game of the season, claims he isn’t 100% ready yet. However, he stated “I can tell you my conditioning is not going to be an issue. I’ve been skating real hard and training real hard both on and off the ice. I’ll be pretty close to where I need to be. I’m confident in my abilities that when I get out there the rust will settle pretty quick and I’ll be back to where I need to be.” This positiveness ensures us fans that it’s possible for him to return to Detroit’s lineup within a week; maybe even less depending on how he feels after coming back from that long road trip. 

As for our dedicated forwards, who are working hard towards making their own personal comebacks for the team, it’s coming along better than expected. Mikael Samuelsson fractured/broke his left index finger in practice on February 19th when Ian White’s slap shot caught him in the hand. He is expected to play this Sunday against the dangerous Chicago Blackhawks when the team returns home, after being out for well over a month.

Darren Helm and Todd Bertuzzi are our two back boys; get it - because of their back injuries. Even though this is no laughing matter, the boys are skating and Helm is currently off the IR list. Could this mean he’s close to returning? No. Both forward stars are unlikely for a week-away return, but more like a few weeks, if not possibly playoff action. Bertuzzi may be out indefinitely. 

HEY HEY HOCKEYTOWN!

Here is the Detroit Red Wings’ goal horn and song for the 2012-13 season aka this season! It’s the same as always but none the less every time the boys in red and white score on home ice, it fires me up!

GO WINGS GO!

Hockeytown Hockey Songs

Every time one goes to a hockey game, at every stoppage there is a some sort of hockey song or music tune that catches their attention and makes them want to sing along with the rest of the packed house crowd. This happens to me every time I go to the Joe Louis Arena to watch the Detroit Red Wings play. 

Here is a list of 100 hockey songs, most of which are Hockeytown favourites. Feel free to enjoy listening to some of these good tunes!

  1. Levels - Avicii
  2. Danzel - Your Hands Up In The Air
  3. (Clear The Track) Here Comes Shack
  4. 50 Mission Cap – The Tragically Hip
  5. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
  6. Ballroom Blitz – Sweet
  7. Beat It – Michael Jackson
  8. Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fergie
  9. Black Pearl – Dave Darell Remix
  10. Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones
  11. Can’t be Touched – Roy Jones
  12. Cotton Eyed Joe – Remix of “Rednex” original
  13. Dynamite – Taio
  14. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  15. Fire – The Cult
  16. Get This Party Started – Pink
  17. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cindy Lauper
  18. Hey Hey Hockeytown
  19. Hard Road – Sam Roberts
  20. Hells Bells – ACDC
  21. Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
  22. Hockey Mom – Stompin’ Tom Connors
  23. I Like It – Enrique Iglesias
  24. Jump – Van Halen
  25. Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
  26. Ladies and Gentlemen – Saliva
  27. Let the Bodies Hit the Floor – Drowning Pool
  28. Let’s Get it Started – Black Eyed Peas
  29. Mustang Sa
  30. Not Ready to Go – The Trews
  31. Paralyzer – Finger Eleven
  32. Roxy Roller – Sweeney Todd
  33. Sandman – Metallica
  34. Slow Ride – Foghat
  35. Song 2 – Blur
  36. Start Me Up – Rolilng Stones
  37. The Secrets
     Avalanche – The Zambonis
  38. Thriller – Michael Jackson
  39. Thunderstruck – ACDC
  40. TNT – ACDC
  41. Under Pressure – Queen
  42. We are the Champions – Queen
  43. We Like to Party – Venga Boys
  44. We Will Rock You – Queen
  45. We’re Gonna Win – Bryan Adams
  46. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N Roses
  47. Who Let the Dogs Out – Baha Men
  48. The Hockey Song - Stompin’ Tom Connors
  49. The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy
  50. Jump - Van Halen
  51. Sandstorm - Darude
  52. Takin’ Care of Business – Bachman Turner Overdrive
  53. Burn It To the Ground – Nickelback
  54. Big and Rich – Save a horse ride a cowboy
  55. Celebration - Kool & the Gang
  56. Another One Bites The Dust by Queen
  57. Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
  58. Rock and Roll All Nite – Kiss
  59. Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard
  60. Run to the Hills – Iron Maiden
  61. Enter Sandman - Metallica
  62. The Star Spangled Banner 
  63. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
  64. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns n Roses
  65. Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue
  66. We’re Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
  67. Rock and Roll, Part 2 - Gary Glitter
  68. Gonna Fly Now - Bill Conti
  69. Eye Of The Tiger -  Survivor
  70. 50 Mission Cap - The Tragically Hip
  71. Famous – Puddle of Mudd
  72. Devour – Shinedown
  73. Livin’ The Life – Steel Dragon
  74. Let’s Get Rocked – Def Leppard
  75. Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
  76. Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
  77. Ice Hockey Stadium Organ Theme – Traditional
  78. Running Back to Saskatoon – The Guess Who
  79. Ballroom Blitz – Sweet
  80. Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
  81. Slow Ride – Foghat
  82. Aaron Pritchett – Hold My Beer
  83. The Zambonis, I Want To Drive The Zamboni
  84. Big League - Tom Cochrane
  85. Welcome Back – John Sebastian
  86. Twilight Zone - 2 Unlimited
  87. Where The Streets Have No Name - U2
  88. Stranglehold - Ted Nugent
  89. Hey Yah - Outkast
  90. Takeover Control - Afrojack
  91. Bring The Noise - Benny Benassi
  92. Howlin’ For You - The Black Keys
  93. Barbra Streisand - Ducksauce
  94. Welcome To Detroit City - Trick Trick
  95. Don’t Stop Believing - Journey
  96. Tom Sawyer - Rush
  97. Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
  98. Don’t Your Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia
  99. Rock This Party - Bob Sinclare
  100. Move Along - All American Rejects

Hotter Than The Desert

If the Detroit Red Wings continue to listen to my posts on what they need to do in order to win, we might make a serious push towards the playoffs, possibly even in the playoffs.

Entering last night’s tilt with the Phoenix Coyotes, the back-up goaltenders were getting the start, with the Yotes’ on a 5-game losing streak and with the Red Wings on a 2-game winning streak. Obviously Phoenix, who is struggling with injuries and losses, was looking to end this brutal streak which could possibly end their run towards the post-season. 

Scoring early in the game is what Detroit’s been looking at accomplishing every night, and it’s continuing for them. Ian White scored from the point four minutes into the opening frame. It was looking pretty good for the Wings until the Coyotes made it 2-1 with a power play goal by Martin Hanzel and an even strength goal by Rob Klinkhammer to end the first period. 

But, you can never count out the Detroit Red Wings skill of Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Niklas Kronwall. Datsyuk and Kronwall had a nice passing play going to setup Johan Franzen for his 7th on the power play, then Datsyuk finished off Kronwall and Zetterberg’s pretty play to catching a pass off the defensemen’s skate to his forehand, putting it up past Jason Labarbera. To make the came even more interesting, Jonas Gustavsson stopped a penalty shot on Lauri Korpikoski with less than 5 minutes remaining. That made it 3-2 and the final score in favour of Detroit, extending their winning streak to 3 games and road streak to 5. 

Outshooting the desert dogs 35-30, blocking 10 shots, and going 2/5 on the power play are just some of the many reasons why Detroit is playing like Detroit from the 90’s - hard and crafty work. They didn’t have to many takeaways but they did minimize their giveaways by allowing only 2. They only department that needs some encouragement is the faceoff dot. The boys continue to struggle in the faceoff zone’s and it would be beneficial to them to grab the puck off the drops instead of waiting for their opponents to make a mistake. 

Carrying this effort into Thursday night’s tuneup with the Sharks would be outstanding, wrapping up this long road trip. San Jose has been run over the past couple of weeks after such a great start to the season, so it’ll be interesting to see these two playoff rivals go at it again. 

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I thought I’d post this 26 second video about Gordon Bombay quacking to his boss in The Mighty Ducks. Pretty sure the Detroit Red Wings stopped the Ducks from quacking after they dusted them twice this past weekend.

GO WINGS GO!