Thursday’s Thoughts

Every Thursday I’ll give you my quick $0.02 worth.

Tonight’s tilt with the Dallas Stars at JLA kicks off an important four-game home stand for the Red Wings.

Not only is it four straight home games, but home wasn’t very cozy the last time the Red Wings appeared before their Hockeytown faithful.

In fact, the Red Wings are winless at home since October 15. The last three games on JLA ice have resulted in a tough 1-0 shootout loss to San Jose, a 6-1 hammering by the Ottawa Senators, and a much-ballyhooed 3-2 OT loss to the Rangers.

It was the Rangers loss, in which goalie Jimmy Howard was peppered for 40 shots, that got coach Mike Babcock’s dander up. The Red Wings then went on the road and had a very back-to-basics, successful 3-1 trip to Western Canada.

So here they are, back at home, and seeking to make some hay at JLA. We’ll see if the commitment to puck control, forechecking and attention to detail that we saw on the last road trip materializes at home, starting tonight against Dallas (7-6-2).

Tonight’s game marks the first in a stretch where the Red Wings play seven of eight at home, so this is a crucial point in a young season.

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