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Videos- The Talk Before Facing Off Against The San Jose Sharks

Below you will find Bowey and McIlrath.

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Notes Before Puck Drop

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Thomas Vanek was about to go on the ice for the morning skate but returned to the dressing room.

Blashill said Vanek would miss the Sharks game with a mid-body injury.

He also said rookie Michael Rasmussen remains out tonight.

However, veteran defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will return to the lineup after missing five games with a lower-body injury.

"Johnny feels pretty good," Blashill said. "I think his wind is the only thing that's not quite there, but his legs have felt pretty good, he's been able to skate a decent amount, he feels like he's totally ready to go. There was a chance we maybe would push him for Saturday, but he wasn't quite ready. Had a little setback on Friday but he feels much better here the last few days. So hopefully he's ready to go and when he's at his best he's strong in his own end, he's physical, he plays against big men, defends well, moves his feet and passes the puck."

The Wings called up defenseman Dylan McIlrath Sunday to take the place of Libor Sulak, who was not able to play due to illness.

Blashill said McIlrath will play. During the morning skate, he and Ericsson were a pair.

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Gustav Nyquist On Playing Against The Wings

from Chelena Goldman of NBCSports BayArea,

It was just a month ago that Gustav Nyquist traded in his Red Wings’ sweater and flew to Boston to join the Sharks on their East Coast road trip. So naturally, it’s going to be a little weird Monday night when his former team makes their one and only visit of the season to SAP Center and he plays against them for the first time.

“It’ll be a little different seeing that jersey out there and not passing the puck to those guys. I’ll try not to do that,” Nyquist told NBC Sports California, stifling a chuckle. “But I’m excited. It will be a lot of fun, too.”...

“I met up with a few of the guys,” he said. “Fun to see their faces again. I stay in touch with quite a few of them. When you play with those guys for such a long time, you build relationships that last for a lifetime. It’s good to see them again.”


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Today’s Skate In San Jose

Puck drop tonight is 10:30pm ET.

Dana Wakiji tweets,

Dylan McIlrath in morning skate.

I will add to this if needed.

Below, from the other side...

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Anthony Mantha On His Season

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

This hasn’t been the season Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha envisioned.

You can bet Mantha was looking forward to a 30-goal season, reaching that milestone for the first time, and launching himself toward a new level in the NHL.

But he had a horrible start to this season, then injured his hand in a fight Dec. 2 – which kept Mantha out of 15 games just as he was turning his season around – severely denting any hopes for a breakthrough season.

On Saturday night, Mantha was able to put a positive spin on these dwindling days of the Wings’ season, scoring the tying and winning goals in a 3-2 overtime win over Vegas.

That gives Mantha 19 goals, with seven games remaining. While it’s very unlikely he’ll reach 30 goals, 20 is certainly attainable.

Mantha was asked if 20 goals is a satisfying plateau.

“No, it’s not,” Mantha told reporters after Saturday night’s game. “I’ve had ups and down this year, but I had to focus a little more on the downs and try to build off of that for next year – and try to be an even better player next year.”

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Dylan McIlrath Recalled On Emergency Basis, Libor Sulak Back To Grand Rapids

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Dylan McIlrath from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions and assigned defenseman Libor Sulak to the Griffins.

McIlrath, 26, is a veteran of 350 AHL games, totaling 73 points (21-52-73), a plus-27 rating and 756 penalty minutes with the Connecticut Whale, Hartford Wolf Pack, Springfield Thunderbirds and Griffins since 2010-11. In 49 games for Grand Rapids this season, McIlrath has nine points (1-8-9) and ranks among team leaders with a plus-12 rating (T3rd) and 94 penalty minutes (1st). The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native was originally acquired by Detroit from Florida on March 1, 2017 along with a third-round draft pick in exchange for Thomas Vanek and has totaled 30 points (8-22-30) and 255 penalty minutes in 146 games with the Griffins since joining the organization. He was also a member of the team’s 2017 Calder Cup championship team and has notched seven points (0-7-7), a plus-12 rating and 61 penalty minutes in 44 career AHL playoff games.

A former first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, McIlrath has totaled five points (3-2-5) and 94 penalty minutes in 43 career NHL games between New York (2013-17) and Florida (2016-17). Prior to turning professional, McIlrath skated in 232 Western Hockey League games for the Moose Jaw Warriors, posting 74 points (16-58-74) and 551 penalty minutes from 2008-12, adding seven assists and 48 penalty minutes in 27 postseason contests.

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A Good Win

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings put on a performance that resonated.

Feeding off the festive, fun atmosphere at T-Mobile Arena Saturday, the Wings looked like they belonged, even as their patchy lineup took on the Golden Knights, one of the best teams in the NHL and last season’s Stanley Cup finalist. It was a testament to the Wings character that they played as well as they did even as two weeks stand between them and another long offseason. This game was what the Wings mean when they talk about their culture.

“You get the leadership that we have with our veteran guys,” Dylan Larkin said after setting up the overtime goal in the 3-2 victory. “It could have went the other way where we didn’t show up but that wasn’t the case at all. We were fired up to play. We did some serious preparation for this game and it feels good to get two points.”


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Videos- All About The OT Win Over The Golden Knights By The Wings

Up first we have the extended game highlights of Detroit's 3-2 OT win over the Vegas Golden Knights.

Below, all the post-game talk.


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Losing Is Winning

Since the Wings are playing in Vegas tonight, I'd like to have a little fun here and show a few similarities between hockey and craps.

Both games are played on a similar shaped table or rink. Both have a surface, ice/felt, with lines and circles, dots, and I swear a trapezoid too. Both games have shooters and a Pass line and, the Don't Pass line. Craps is played in rounds, hockey is in periods. Also, there is a stickman, and, four people that watch the table, hockey has four officials that ref the game.

One more thing, 19 of us are hoping the Wings Crap out tonight because at this point in the season, losing is winning. Right?

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Video- The Talk Before Tonight’s Game In Vegas

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

added 5:09pm, Below, Larkin and Blashill.


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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com


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