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Rhyming titles make me twitch.  Anyways, here’s a snippet from cbc.ca in regards to tonight’s big game:

“The way I look at it, Detroit’s in a dogfight for the eighth spot.  They come in here and play the 30th-place team and lose, imagine how good we’d feel. You take little victories like that as a sign you want to be here, you want to be playing. This is our chance to be in a playoff game. I think you have to look at it like that.”–Ryan Whitney

Earlier in the season, the Red Wings played slump-buster with almost pride-like proficiency.  Well, they’re going to get a chance to do so again tonight…


Detroit is likely to face Edmonton rookie goalie Devan Dubnyk, who fell to 0-8-2 with a loss to Minnesota this week.

Upsetting the Wings would be quite a first win for the 23-year-old netminder.

Oh, you had to go there, didn’t you CBC?  This already had the making of a “oh god, don’t you lose this one” game.  But you know what?  Dubnyk will be third different goalie Detroit has seen against the Oilers, and both Khabibulan and Deslauriers have beaten the Wings.  That’s right…Detroit is 0-1-1 against the last place team in the league this year.  You want to bust a slump, Detroit?  Bust that one.

You’ve all said that you’re taking this game seriously.  You’ve all said that you need to play with play-off like desperation.  Now go out there and do it.