• The Red Wings return home from their three game road trip to face the former Jets, followed by the current Jets. The Phoenix Coyotes are tonight’s visitors with Winnipeg visiting on Saturday.

    Valtteri Filppula returns to the Detroit lineup tonight, bumping Cory Emmerton back out. That’s the only lineup change for the Wings, with Mike Commodore remaining a healthy scratch and Jimmy Howard getting the start.

    Phoenix PR guy Tim Bulmer tweeted, “The #Coyotes went unbeaten against the Red Wings in ’10-11 (2-0-2); first time since the 1991-92 season.” earlier today, conveniently ignoring the other four games the teams played last year. This is the first meeting between the Red Wings and Coyotes since Detroit swept Phoenix out of the first round of the playoffs.

    Game time is 7:30 on FSD. I’ll miss most of this one with a 7:50 soccer game but will catch what I can and comment later.

    Clark Rasmussen December 8, 2011 11:18 AM
  • Ian White is fitting in nicely.

    Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 December 9, 2011 1:04 AM
  • 4-0 now. Phoenix isn’t happy.

    Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 December 9, 2011 1:07 AM
  • Just tuned in. Am I missing a clinnic or what ?

    DetroitRiver December 9, 2011 1:09 AM
  • What is going on in this game? hahahaha Oh lawdy.

    “There’s been more giveaways here than the Salvation Army” – Mickey Redmond

    Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 December 9, 2011 1:13 AM
  • Holy sheiza! 5-0!

    And they’re playin the Hawaii Five Oh song! lol

    DetroitRiver December 9, 2011 1:14 AM
  • Well, the Coyotes somewhat got themselves together as there have not been any goals this period.

    Motherf*ck, I jinxed it. :cursing:

    Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 December 9, 2011 1:55 AM
  • Not sure if Howard had any chance on that heat.

    DetroitRiver December 9, 2011 1:58 AM
  • OK. That’s enough. Don’t let them crawl back into this…

    DetroitRiver December 9, 2011 2:43 AM
  • Is Datsyuk out? Nooooooo

    Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 December 9, 2011 2:54 AM
  • Lower body injury. NFI.

    DetroitRiver December 9, 2011 3:01 AM
  • I caught most of this one on the radio but it sounds like a familiar story taken to extremes.

    Wings jump out to an early lead, get a little sloppy/lazy, opposition outplays them to end the game. Of course, taken to an extreme like it was tonight, that doesn’t give you the usual downer outcome.

    Five goals in the first period is the kind of lead the Wings are allowed to sit on. Want to see them keep the pressure on but it’s pretty much inevitable that they’re going to start to coast. So they did coast, and Phoenix started playing better, but it’s not like Detroit ever looked bad tonight, even at that point.

    The Red Wings needed the kind of opening they got tonight after two consecutive lazy losses. Not just a lot of goals but scoring that was spread out. Bertuzzi and Helm have been playing well as of late and pick up a goal each. Filppula comes back from injury to get one. Conner, the hometown kid who’s been great on the third line during his call-up, gets an assist in his first game at home.

    A good rebound win, something the team can build on.

    And hopefully Pavel Datsyuk was just a little dinged up, with no reason for him to risk anything. That’s what both the radio and FSD made it sound like so I’m not going to worry about it yet. Mike Babcock says he’s fine so we’ll have to trust that for now.

    Clark Rasmussen December 9, 2011 3:49 AM
  • Nothing like turning the tv on to witness two goals!

    Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 December 9, 2011 12:42 PM