Two big wins on the weekend against two of the NHL's top teams have the Detroit Red Wings in a much better frame of mind as they head into Tuesday's crucial home date with the New York Islanders.
On Sunday, the Red Wings whipped defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh 5-2, handing the Penguins just their fourth regulation loss at home this season. That came on the heels of Saturday's 3-2, home-ice shootout win over the Washington Capitals, the top team in the NHL standings.
"It certainly feels good," Detroit forward Thomas Vanek said. "Like I've said before, the big picture is not pretty, so I think the message is just play game by game."
The big picture that Vanek speaks of still sees the Red Wings seven points out of the final wild card playoff position in the Eastern Conference, but there was an upbeat buzz in the Detroit dressing room following the weekend success story.
"I think there's a sense of confidence that's risen in the last little bit," said Detroit defenseman Mike Green, who missed the weekend wins due to illness but is good to go Tuesday. "We're really playing a patient game and it's cause for some chaos and confusion in the other team's zone and we've gotten a lot of chances.
"If we continue that, we'll be good." << Read more...
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