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Videos- Another Win For The Detroit Red Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

No need for the Red Wings to rally Tuesday and earn a dramatic come-from-behind victory.

They never had to, in the least.

The Wings had one of the best starts of the season and never let Arizona back in the game, cruising to 6-1 victory at Little Caesars Arena.

Don’t look now, but with the victory, the Wings moved to the .500 mark (8-8-2, 18 points). They’ve now won four consecutive games, and seven of their last eight to erase those memories of an ugly 1-7-2 start.


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Their 6-1 shellacking of the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena was the Wings’ seventh victory in their last eight games, and improved them to .500. Are they a playoff team? Hardly. Will a December that features nine road games including at Boston, Toronto and Pittsburgh bring them back down? Probably. But right now the Wings are a team taking advantage of playing at home, and they are a team that has figured out how to score.

“Oddly enough I think that’s how the league works at times,” Mike Green said after contributing a goal and two assists as the Wings won their fourth straight game. “You put in the work and you stay consistent with it, and down the road, it does pay off.”

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Below, Ansar Khan of Mlive, post-game videos and extended game highlights.

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Quick Recap- Wings/Coyotes

What the heck?  Detroit up 3-0 after the first period and outshot Arizona 11-5.

The youngsters leading the charge.

The lone goal in the second period goes to the Wings, shots through 40 minutes favor Detroit 16-13.

Wings scored twice in the final 20, Coyotes once.

Final score- 6-1.

Goals and Detroit team stats are below and that is it for me tonight.

Will catch up with post-game talk in the morning.

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You Can’t Have It All


You haven't looked? Not once? Oh there are a few of you...sage, high brow. Experts.  A few of you who like to lecture us in the comments about the things we just can't see, the organizational vision, the subtleties. 

But they've looked too. 

At the standings. Liar.  You have. And you have at least once in the last 24 hours.

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Remember The ‘Trade’ Of Pavel Datsyuk To The Arizona Coyotes?

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

With the Arizona Coyotes in town it seemed like a good time to revisit The Trade.

OK, maybe it doesn’t necessarily deserve capital letters. But it was a noteworthy deal, indeed.

On the evening of the NHL Entry Draft in 2016, the Wings were able to unload the last year of Pavel Datsyuk’s contract after he had retired, eliminating the salary cap charge, to the Arizona Coyotes.

The Wings sent the final year of Datsyuk’s contract and their first-round pick (No. 16 overall) to the Coyotes for Arizona’s first-round pick (No. 20) and second-round pick (No. 53), along with forward Joe Vitale (who never dressed for the Wings).

The Wings drafted defneseman Dennis Cholowski with their first-round pick, and defenseman Filip Hronek with the second-round pick.

Arizona chose defenseman Jakob Chychrun at No. 16 overall.

For many hockey fans in Detroit, the trade will always be monitored because Chychrun was a highly-regarded prospect that fell in the draft that evening.


added 3:49pm, Below, watch Mantha, Abdelkader, Frk and Blashill before the puck drops tonight.

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Jeff Blashill Before Tonight’s Game Against The Arizona Coyotes

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings' gradually improving offense and power play face challenges tonight against the Arizona Coyotes at Little Caesars Arena (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit)

Arizona is third in the NHL in goals-against per game (2.44) and first on the penalty kill at 91.8 percent, four percentage points better than any other team.

"They work," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "They do a good job with their forwards creating enough puck pressure that they don't have to invest their D as much. So, their D aren't nearly as aggressive as let's say Carolina's D were coming down the walls in the O-zone on the forecheck because their forwards have allowed them enough puck pressure to not have to do it.

"They've gotten good goaltending (from Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper). I would say with OEL (Oliver Ekman-Larsson), with (Niklas) Hjalmarsson, with (Alex) Goligoski, with (Jason) Demers, they've got a number of real good defensemen. They're a sneaky -- and I say sneaky because they probably don't get the respect they deserve -- really good D corps in the league. I think when you take those players and you combine them, you'd probably say it's one of the better D corps in the league. Hjalmarsson's one of the best defensive players in the league, OEL is one of the best D-men in the league."


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An Optional Morning Skate For The Wings

per Dana Wakiji tweets,

de la Rose, Ericsson and Vanek are skating at the optional.

added 10:53am, Wakiji tweets saying Howard in starter's net.

added 10:49am, A look at the Coyotes below...

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Detroit’s Prospect Tournament Adds The Toronto Maple Leafs

DETROIT - Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the Red Wings will host their annual NHL Prospect Tournament at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., in September 2019. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been added to the eight-team pool, joining the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Red Wings.

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Notes After Detroit’s Practice Today

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

After the second period in Carolina Saturday, Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier was probably looking for some fluids and a long nap.

At that point, Bernier had already faced 37 shots and Detroit was down, 3-1.

But Bernier and his teammates regrouped and rallied for a 4-3 shootout victory over the Hurricanes in the second of back-to-back games.

It marked the third straight game in which the Wings had come back from a two-goal deficit to get the win. This is the first time in the history of the franchise for that accomplishment.

"Probably the most important thing in these recent comebacks is our goaltender has allowed us to hang in the game enough to be able to come back," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "You can't rely on that forever, so we better get that fixed here real fast, where we're not in those spots. But the reality is if any of those games go to a three-goal lead it's a way harder comeback. I would probably pin it on our goaltenders as much as anything."

Bernier said the comebacks are largely a result of increasing confidence.

"I think once you do it once in the season, you feel that you can come back in a game," Bernier said. "Obviously it's not the best recipe to overcome two goals in that many games, but we're finding ways and we'll take all the points that we can right now. But we know as a group that we should and we got to be better starting tomorrow night."


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Videos- Post Practice Talk

Larkin first, Mantha below.

I will add to this collection if more videos become available.

added 2:05pm, Blashill below too.


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Detroit’s Practice At The Training Center

via Ansar Khan tweets,

practice today. Everyone who played Saturday is skating. Injured players de la Rose, Ericsson, Vanek not practicing.

lines at practice same as Saturday's game:
Witkowski (extra)
Howard  expected to start Tuesday vs. #Coyotes at LCA.

added 11:36am, Khan,

“Our biggest issue is we can’t get out of our zone, so do it right,” #RedWings Jeff Blashill says during drills.

added 11:44pm, Khan,

power play units:
Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha (net front), Frk-Green
Nyquist-Nielsen-Rasmussen (net front), Cholowski-Athanasiou

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