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Pistons Weekly Recap: February 5-10

Wednesday night, the Detroit Pistons finished their two-game Florida road trip against the Orlando Magic.

The Magic had no trouble scoring against the Pistons’ defense, scoring more than 30 points in the second and third quarters. It was another lackluster performance from the Pistons as they lost 112-98.

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Free Agency Options for Detroit Lions

Like every team during the offseason, the Detroit Lions should be scrambling to find free agents to sign. Last year’s offseason saw productive signings like running back Reggie Bush, which worked wonders for the team despite a poor finish overall.

So far, the Lions have already brought on a new head coach and a new offensive coordinator. They have also began work on fixing the holes in the team’s secondary by signing defensive back Isa Abdul-Quddus. When coupled with smart signings, new head coach Jim Caldwell’s prediction for a ring could come true.

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The Pact – #17 – 2/10/14

Hot off National Signing Day, The Pact jumps right into the Michigan State football recruiting pool.

Fino, Austin and Lou speak with Sean Scherer of 247Sports.com about MSU’s 2014 recruiting class, highlighted by the Malik McDowell situation. Scherer shares his thoughts on where the 5-star recruit will end up. Incoming defensive end, Enoch Smith Jr., calls in to the show and says his first hello to Spartan Nation.

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Lighting Strikes Wings Late

The Detroit Red Wings would have liked to accumulate two more points before they wrapped up play for the 2014 Winter Olympic break, but they couldn’t Saturday night. Ten Wings will go to Sochi after the loss to Tampa Bay and the rest will take a two week vacation.

The veterans gave the Red Wings a boost late in the first period when Daniel Alfredsson picked the corner of Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop off of a pass from behind the net from the magic man. Pavel Datsyuk collected his 800th career point in 816 career games on the first period goal.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #2 – 2/5/14

So far, it has been interesting.

The Detroit Red Wings are fifth in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference with 62 points in 56 games. They are currently in the last playoff spot of the regular season if the season were to end today. Austin talks about the Wings’ solid play that has helped them wind up in a spot where they can still compete to keep their playoff streak alive.

They go into their last two games before Sochi starting Thursday, against the Florida Panthers, and finishing up Friday against Tampa Bay. Austin Goodman breaks down past week’s play against Philadelphia, Washington and Vancouver.

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NBA Trade Deadline Targets: Jeff Green

With just two weeks until the All-Star break, the Pistons find themselves a half game out of the playoffs in an embarrassingly weak Eastern Conference. With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, Joe Dumars will almost certainly make a move that could make or break the season.

Jeff Green was a standout at Georgetown before being drafted No. 5 overall in 2007 by the Boston Celtics. He was traded to Seattle on draft night and spent three years with the SuperSonics and the Thunder. Green was traded back to the Celtics in 2011 at the trade deadline, but missed the entire 2011-2012 season with a heart complication

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Opinion: Was Josh Smith Worth It?

After being absent from the playoffs for nearly four consecutive seasons, the Detroit Pistons finally have a chance of returning to the NBA postseason. As the all-star break approaches, the team vies with the Charlotte Bobcats and New York Knicks for that coveted eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. A playoff berth would provide a second wind to the teams’ tiring fan base.

To whom do the Pistons owe this honor? Perhaps to Josh Smith, the new addition to the team, or perhaps not.

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Strong Goaltending and Canucks’ Lack of Offense Helps Wings

The Vancouver Canucks have struggled as of late.

Its goal scoring and behind the bench presence has been far from exemplary this year. Head coach for the Canucks, John Tortorella, returned for his first game behind the bench in 15 games, after threatening and attacking another team’s players and staff in the locker room back in January.

Vancouver could not quite get a hold on the speedy Red Wings offense, giving the team many chances. Luckily for Tortorella’s team, Eddie Lack was not lacking any sort of confidence between the pipes. The backup goaltender stopped 29 of 30 shots from the Wings and did not give them much space to shoot into.

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Penalty Kill Struggles, Goal Scoring Frenzy in Capital

Alexander Ovechkin is one of the league’s most deadly shooters that the NHL has to offer, notching his 39th goal of the season in overtime on Sunday against the Red Wings.

The game was back and forth on Sunday. The first goal of the day was recorded just under five minutes into the game from Jason Chimera past Jimmy Howard, which was quickly followed by a power play goal from Washington’s Joel Ward. The first period ended with three power play goals, two for the Capitals and one for the Wings. Gustav Nyquist got the goal for the Wings, which went on to be his first of three goals and four points in 19:03 of ice time.

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Pistons Weekly Recap: January 28- February 1

The Detroit Pistons looked to end their four-game losing streak Tuesday night when they hosted the Orlando Magic.

Detroit completely outplayed the Magic, outscoring them by 12 points in the second quarter and eight points in the third.

Andre Drummond led the Pistons, scoring 13 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Brandon Jennings also had a solid game for Detroit, scoring 20 points and dishing out eight assists. Read More…

Avila Re-Signs with Detroit, Avoids Arbitration

Dave Dombrowski stays perfect on arbitrator-less talks with his team.

On Friday, Alex Avila agreed to a one-year, $4.35 million deal with the Tigers. The hometown talent is the last of six Tigers who called for an arbitrator back in mid-January. General Manager Dombrowski continues his perfect seven year streak of not needing a third party to settle salary disputes with players.

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Howard and Hank Return in First of Home-and-Home with Washington

Shootouts have plagued Jimmy Howard and the Red Wings shooters this season. The team has lost eight of 12 shootouts along with three overtime losses.

Sitting three slots out of the wild card slot in the Eastern Conference, the team was looking for an answer from two essential elements returning to the lineup.

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NBA Trade Deadline Targets: Arron Afflalo

The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching, and the Detroit Pistons are right in the middle of trade discussions. Who would look good in the Pistons’ red and blue?  Who could be packing their bags to a new hometown?

There are four weeks until the deadline, and each week until then, Horsepower will be informing you on potential deals the Pistons could make.

This week features a former Piston and one of the most under appreciated players in the entire league.

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Wings Fall 5-0 in Philly

As the Red Wings walked off the ice at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday evening, they had their heads hung low weighed down by defeat. The Philadelphia Flyers came out with their top lines coming to take a win on home ice. Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell led the Flyers to a demolition style defeat over the Wings as they alone had a combined six points on the night.

Solid goaltending is key in the National Hockey League. Steven Mason had a great representation of what it takes to stand tall against a Red Wing team thriving off of momentum.

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Pistons Weekly Recap: January 22-26

Wednesday night, the Pistons traveled to Wisconsin to challenge the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks came into the game with the worst record in the NBA at 8-32.

The Pistons led by six points at halftime, but could never break away. Detroit’s second half struggles continued and the Pistons lost the game, 104-101.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #1 – 1/27/14

The Detroit Red Wings had a solid week (3-1-1) through a five-game homestand that was long awaited after two four-game road spurts. The team has struggled with injuries and are still dealing with the inconsistencies of playing time due to multiple injuries. Every game is a new team with a new dynamic when it comes to the Wings this season. There is no consistency in net or in the goal-scoring column.

With help from up-and-coming all-stars: Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist, the Red Wings have maintained a spot in the standings that leaves them in full contention for a 23rd straight playoff appearance.

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Opinion: State of the Pistons

While their history may be legendary, the past few years for the Detroit Pistons’ basketball organization have been the complete opposite.

The Pistons have not made the playoffs since 2009 and these past four years have been brutal on the organization. They have finished No. 12 (2010), No. 11 (2011), No. 10 (2012) and No. 11 (2013) in the Eastern Conference over the past four years and just have not been able to pull themselves out of their slump. Read More…

Alfredsson Returns, Gustavsson Stands Tall, Wings Beat Habs

The Red Wings took on the Montreal Canadiens at Joe Louis Arena on Friday evening. With a good showing from young Riley Sheahan and a strong return from veteran Daniel Alfredsson, the Wings put a solid hold on a declining Canadiens team.

Sheahan had family and friends in the stands during Friday night’s game, giving him a bit more motivation to score because the Sheahans are Habs faithful. He scored the second goal of the game, rocketing a wrist shot over the glove hand of Carey Price with 8:12 remaining in the second period.

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