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Both teams try to finish their pre-Christmas schedule on a positive note. The Red Wings, who've won their past two, are playing their last game in Detroit before the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
The specter of an 11-game winless streak in shootouts was hanging over the Red Wings like Marley's ghost until Saturday night. After a back-and-forth game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre, the Red Wings got the extra point when Pavel Datsyuk and Daniel Alfredsson scored in the tiebreaker.
"It's huge," Alfredsson said when asked about ending the shootout drought. "It becomes a mental thing. Winning in overtimeagainst Calgary Thursday and then winning in a shootout I think lessens the grip on the stick the next time around."
Tonight, the Wings will look to keep rolling when the reeling New York Islanders visit Hockeytown.
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