1. Detroit Red Wings: 5 Questions After Being Shut Out in St. Louis

    What can be taken away from a 6-0 thrashing? Aside from the tongue lashing that the Detroit Red Wings no doubt incurred from coach Mike Babcock, the loss to the St. Louis Blues revealed some issues in a rather glaring and blunt fashion...

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  2. Jordan Staal Traded: What This Means for Pittsburgh Going Forward

    When it is “Stanley Cup or bust,” bowing out in the first round will bring consequences. After winning 18 of their final 23 games and finally having a completely healthy ...

    Jim Balint Written by Jim Balint about 2 years ago 1,270 reads 8 comments

  3. 2012 NHL Playoffs: Detroit Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators Preview

    If I told you six months ago that one of these teams struggle on the road, has one of the worst penalty kills in the league and won’t have home-ice advantage in the playoffs, there’s no question we’d all have said Nashville ...

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  4. Detroit Red Wings: Can They Win No. 22 Tonight?

    No Zetterberg, no Howard. No Problem? Tonight’s tilt against the Nashville Predators will be Detroit ’s toughest test at home since the record-setting win streak started...

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  5. Detroit Red Wings: What Does the Home Winning Streak Mean?

    With chants of “ TWEN -TY ONE” raining down, the Wings saluted those in attendance after beating the Dallas Stars 3-1 Tuesday night. It was a record-setting night, and one that fans won’t soon forget...

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  6. What the Detroit Red Wings Lack and Who Needs to Be Signed

    Being ousted by San Jose in the conference semi-finals two years in a row does not sit well with GM Ken Holland...

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  7. Nashville Predators: Grading the 2011-12 Offseason

    It’s always encouraging to see a team forge ahead and accomplish things that have never been done in its history. Just last season, the Nashville Predators scratched a couple things off their franchise to-do list...

    Jim Balint Written by Jim Balint about almost 3 years ago 273 reads 4 comments

  8. Detroit Red Wings: Grading the 2011-12 Offseason

    Every year, the expectation is the same in Detroit: Stanley Cup or the season is considered a failure. It's not exactly easy, even with a fully healthy squad of superstars...

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  9. Columbus Blue Jackets: Grading the 2011-2012 Offseason

    Finishing 16 points back of the final playoff spot would sound like a bad season to most. But, for a team that has only played four postseason games, it’s progress...

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  10. Chicago Blackhawks: Grading the 2011-2012 Offseason

    After last offseason’s fire sale, not hearing players leave town every other day must have been a relief to ‘Hawks fans...

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  11. Detroit Red Wings Chris Osgood: Behind the Music

    Sometimes an opportunity comes along that is just too good to pass up; even if it comes at the expense of one of your dreams. Chris Osgood officially announced his retirement on July 19th, ending a 16-year career spent mostly with the Red Wings...

    Jim Balint Written by Jim Balint about 3 years ago 1,022 reads 4 comments

  12. Detroit Red Wings' All-Time Enforcers

    Love it or hate it, fighting is as much a part of hockey as Zambonis and shaking hands at the end of a playoff series. In the past, the only way to make sure your star player received fair treatment was the threat of retribution...

    Jim Balint Written by Jim Balint about almost 4 years ago 1,511 reads 1 comments

  13. Five Moves the Pittsburgh Penguins Need To Make

    12:01 p.m. on July 1st signals the beginning of the free agent flurry, where names and numbers will be thrown around like confetti at a carnival. When free agency opens, it is truly a magical time of year...

    Jim Balint Written by Jim Balint about 4 years ago 1,268 reads 11 comments

  14. NHL Free Agents 2010: Top 10 Free Agents and Where They'll Land

    With the start of free agency just days away, GMs are scrutinizing their own rosters and figuring out which players to bring back, while poring over the list of players set to hit the market on Thursday...

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  15. Jim Joyce Might Be a Blessing in Disguise for Detroit Tigers and Galarraga

    With one out away from the third perfect game in a month, a blown call by first base umpire Jim Joyce robbed Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga of his shot at immortality...

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  16. Could the Detroit Red Wings Be on the Move?

    The Detroit Red Wings are the crown jewel of Detroit sports, and a model of success for all of professional athletics...

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  17. Have Dark Home Jerseys Killed the Whiteout?

    Come playoff time, it’s not unheard of for the home arena to host a “whiteout.” In fact, it’s almost mandatory. Fans are encouraged to wear white, or don whatever free t-shirt is being handed out at the entrance...

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  18. Red Wings Capology: What If Nicklas Lidstrom Returns?

    Though the playoff run is over, the Wings’ personnel struggles are about to begin. If they hope to make another run at the Stanley Cup next season, GM Ken Holland’s next foe will be much more formidable than the San Jose Sharks ...

    Jim Balint Written by Jim Balint about 4 years ago 498 reads 8 comments

  19. Detroit Red Wings-Phoenix Coyotes: Lessons Learned in Game One

    Heading into Game One in Glendale, Ariz., there were plenty of questions begging to be answered. When Thursday morning broke, many of them were addressed and the favored, albeit lower-seeded, Red Wings are facing a 1-0 deficit...

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  20. Detroit Red Wings Head To the Desert to Begin Playoff Run

    Hear those sighs of relief? That’s all of Hockeytown exhaling after the most stressful regular season in over a decade...

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  21. Tiger Woods Still Unable to Change His Stripes

    Tiger Woods is officially back, but is he any different? He’s set to compete in a PGA event for the first time since his now-infamous Thanksgiving incident...

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  22. Detroit Red Wings Show Vulnerabilities in Back to Back Losses

    After finally securing a playoff berth in their most chaotic regular season in over a decade, could the Wings actually consider dropping games for a more favorable playoff matchup? ...

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  23. Post-Olympic Schedule Could Spell Doom For Red Wings

    The NHL’s regular season fires back up tonight. With anywhere from 19 to 22 games to go, many teams have the opportunity to play their way in, or out, of the postseason. The biggest team on that precipice is the Detroit Red Wings...

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  24. Women's Hockey Deserves a Stay of Execution

    With the women’s gold medal decided, and the Canadians celebrating a little too vigorously, talk is moving toward the validity of the sport itself...

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  25. Olympic Hockey Injury Update

    The men’s ice hockey tournament opened Tuesday as the U.S. beating Switzerland 3-1. With the NHL season just recently coming to a pause, injuries have left national teams with rosters that ...

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