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Quick Recap- Detroit Red Wings/Winnipeg Jets

Detroit played well for the first 10 minutes of period one, then the Jets scored a shorthanded goal with about 8 minutes left. The Wings were held without a shot after the goal.

The Wings played well for the first 17 minutes of the second period, even tying the game at 1-1, then.... Winnipeg scored 3 goals in 2 minutes late in the period to go up 4-1.

Wings lose 5-1.

Detroit goal and team stats below.

Losing streak hits 12 and and Winnipeg is in town Thursday.  Also, the last game of the season is at home against Toronto on April 2nd.

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Baptism By Fire

There's nothing much to be said about the worst team in the league. I did read something about the Wings being "uniquely bad" whatever that means. Tonight's lineup will include the newest member of the Wings. Eric Comrie, a much needed goaltender and very nice person from what I've read about him. I wish him the very best and success tonight in his first full game with his new team, and, in the future if it all works out. With the current lineup, I'm thinking it will be a baptism by fire....

It's a Live Blog!

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Videos- The Talk After Today’s Optional Skate

First up Eric Comrie, below is Justin Abdelkader and Jeff Blashill.

added 4:45pm, Detroit's projected lineup is below.

One question, has Comrie turned 18 yet?  I am getting old.


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Why Was Madison Bowey Sent To Grand Rapids?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings demoted Madison Bowey to send a message.

He was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday after no NHL team claimed him off waivers. Bowey, 24, was described as a “reclamation project” when he joined the Wings last February as part of a trade package, and his lack of growth made him expendable.

“At the end of the day, he had gotten into a spot where he was out of the lineup,” coach Jeff Blashill said Tuesday before the game against the Jets. “It had stagnated a little bit. It was a spot where he had some tough games in a row and so we took him out of the lineup. If he is going to be out of the lineup, he should play hockey.

“This doesn’t need to be the end for him by any means. As I said to him, go down and play like you don’t belong down there. Then people will be pounding on my door to have him come back up. His play will dictate his opportunities.


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The Detroit Red Wings Are In Winnipeg

If the Wings do have a skate today, it will be added here.  added 12:34pm, It is an optional skate for the Wings.

Game time is 9:00pm 8:00pm ET tonight.

Madison Bowey cleared waivers today, Blashill said yesterday he would head to Grand Rapids if he cleared.

Also this..


added 12:36pm,


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Detroit’s Top Trio

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

It’s a concept that was coined by former Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi when the Kings were at the peak of their power during the middle of the last decade. He called the trio of Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick the Kings’ microcore. The theory was pretty simple: Teams that build around high-end players at those three positions – No. 1 center, No. 1 defenseman and goaltender – should be in pretty darn good position to challenge for a Stanley Cup....

To get a sense of how each NHL team’s microcore stacks up, each team’s microcore was identified and presented to a panel from inside the hockey world to rate each one on a scale of 1-100. To provide an analytics balance, we added in ratings from The Athletic‘s Dom Luszczyszyn as part of the average.

Here was the breakdown of the panel: Two NHL executives, two NHL scouts and an NHL coach, plus Dom....

Tampa is rated first with Brayden Point, Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy with an average rating of 90.9.

Detroit is ranked 30th with Dylan Larkin, Filip Hronek and Jimmy Howard and their rating is 63.9

It’s been a tough season in Detroit but this exercise is another example of just how badly the franchise needs high-end talent at key positions. The pain right now is necessary for a team that needs a couple more top picks in the system. “I like (Dylan) Larkin. He’d be a really good No. 2 center. Maybe a No. 1 winger,” suggested one executive. “(Filip) Hronek is more of a prospect. And you wouldn’t want to be a goalie in Detroit right now.”

“Hronek is their No. 1 D?” Asked one panelist. “That’s a tough depth chart. But I have always liked Hronek because of his compete.”

the rest of the teams ($$$)...

added 9:14am, Yesterday The Hockey News wanted to know if the Wings are the worst NHL of the salary cap era.  Watch below.

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It’s Early December So Let’s Talk Possible Draft Picks

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

 ...here are my top 10 prospects, as things currently stand, for the 2020 NHL Draft.

1. Alexis Lafreniere, left wing, 6-foot-1, 192 pounds (Rimouski, Quebec junior league): Lafreniere generally has been regarded as the best player in this draft class for several years. He’s an elite stickhandler who can make the hockey highlights with his wizardy with the puck. Scouts like his competitive edge, but there are some reservations about Lafreniere’s skating and speed.

“Lafreniere can finish the plays or he can make the plays,” said Craig Button, TSN director of scouting, last month. “He’s the best player at this point, but there are five or six guys who could force their way into the discussion.”

2. Quinton Byfield, center, 6-foot-4, 214 pounds (Sudbury, OHL): Some scouts, in the early projections, are comparing Byfield to a young Evgeni Malkin. Byfield is a towering, big center who has elite skill and is an outstanding skater for his size. This type of center, with his skills, could anchor an organization for a decade.

8 more names...

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Madison Bowey On Waivers

added 12:18pm, from practice today via Khan tweet,

RedWings practicing prior to tomorrow’s game at @NHLJets
Athanasiou not skating for second day in row after getting injured late in Saturday’s game.

RedWings have waived D Madison Bowey. If he clears at noon tomorrow, he can be assigned to@griffinshockey
Bowey is practicing today. He has struggled defensively but this team is so bad offensively, too, that Bowey ranks 8th in points with 8.

added 12:30pm, practice lines below...

added 12:36pm, Khan with the pp units below...

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A “Uniquely Bad” Team

from Travis Yost of TSN,

There was no misconception about the many obstacles facing the Detroit Red Wings at the start of the 2019-20 season: an aging lineup in perilous need of transition, a new general manager for the first time in more than 20 years, and a coaching staff trying to introduce swaths of developmental level talent while simultaneously remaining competitive.

The only hope in Detroit – same as it is in Ottawa or Los Angeles for that matter – is that the team would play well enough to properly evaluate the developmental talent on the active roster.

But at the end of the day, the primary goal is to secure as high a first-round pick as possible at the 2020 NHL Draft. Whether it’s Rimouski’s Alexis Lafreniere or any of the other impact players inside of the top five, Detroit knows they have a real shot to replenish their prospect pool come June.

But even with the appropriate context, it’s hard to imagine that Detroit is happy in any capacity with the first two months of the season. They’ve surely set themselves up to contend for the best odds come draft lottery time by being utterly futile on the ice.

Through 31 games (38 per cent of the regular season), Detroit’s record is 7-21-3. The average game this season – thanks to a -58 goal differential – has seen them losing by just under two goals. And they are uniquely bad, to be sure.


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Leaning On The Veterans

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Dylan Larkin looked to Henrik Zetterberg. Darren Helm looked to Kris Draper.

Mired in a bleak season, there isn’t much for the Detroit Red Wings to rally around. They struggle to score, struggle to keep the puck out of their own net, and spend most games playing from behind. The next opportunity to stop what has grown to an 11-game losing streak comes Tuesday at Winnipeg.

The unifying force in the locker room is to not surrender, to not allow a 31st-place ranking to seep into the culture veterans learned when they were young.

Helm provided an example in Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, delivering a big shift that culminated with him setting up a goal. It’s the kind of performance he remembers seeing from older teammates.


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