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Quick Recap- Detroit/Dallas

Wings compete level was much improved over the two games in Chicago but the offense was still lacking.

Detroit should be happy with their effort in a 2-1 OT loss to Dallas.

Detroit's goal is below.

I'll have the post game talk in the morning, time to get some rest.

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Game 7

Really, the only thing I have to say is, after tonight's game there will be forty-nine games left in this season to stumble through. As far as what we've all been witness to, there is plenty of blame to go around, so, I'll just leave it at that. 

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Videos- The Talk After The Morning Skate In Dallas

Jeff Blashill first, Patrik Nemeth below.


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Your Morning Skate Update

The Wings need to be better than this, especially when they are on the road without any beat writers.


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Ken Kal Knows

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Anthony Mantha Critique’s His Play

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Wings have had six games this season. How many of those games has Mantha felt, coming off the ice, he’s had a good game?

Detroit Red Wings right wing Anthony Mantha has one goals and two assists while being a minus-5 in six games.
“One,” said Mantha, during Monday’s Zoom chat with the media. “The afternoon game against Columbus (Jan. 18), the one we won in overtime.”

He has a power-play goal in the 3-2 OT win at Little Caesars Arena. That, in itself, goes a long way to show how much of a frustrating start to this season it’s been for Mantha.

“Oh yeah,” Mantha said. “It’s not something that I like, to not be involved and help the team. I’m someone that’s hard on myself and I want to get better and that’s the mentality I’m going in with.

“Today was a good day at practice and it’s fun when we play every other night, so I can redeem myself as quick as (Tuesday) night.”

In a sluggish start to this season, Sunday’s loss in Chicago was a personal low point for Mantha.

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Talk After Today’s Practice

The Wings did pratice today but there was no media coverage.

Tweets from Max Bultman from Zoom media conference.

Jeff Blashill says Namestnikov practiced at center today. Doesn't mean he'll play there tomorrow, but at least sets up the possibility for it in the near future

Anthony Mantha says he's watched film and talked with Blashill in recent days, and that he'll do everything in his power to not have to sit again, as he did for much of the third period yesterday

Anthony Mantha says the only game he came off the ice feeling like he played well so far this season was the OT win over Columbus. It's pretty clear the slow start has bothered him as much as anybody

I will post videos if they become available.

added 4:42pm, Blashill and Mantha videos are below.

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“A Noticeable Difference In The Red Wings This Season”

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

In August, Larkin said a handful of players returned to Detroit for optional practices, and by September, there were even more. Then came free agency in October, and Yzerman signed five veteran players -- goalie Thomas Greiss, forwards Vladislav Namestnikov and Bobby Ryan, defensemen Jon Merrill and Troy Stecher -- then traded for longtime New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal.

Larkin was on a text chain with his two linemates, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi. "It was just like, another great player, another great player," Larkin says. "And then Ty texted: Are the Red Wings a wagon now?"

Detroit is probably a bit away from wagon status, but there's a noticeable difference in the Red Wings this season. They split their first four games, but saw momentum halted with five players on the COVID-19 protocol list, and held out of action this weekend in Chicago (where they lost both games). Even still, there's a new swagger to the Red Wings. Detroit's goaltending is far improved (Jonathan Bernier and Greiss have combined for a .904 save percentage, a huge improvement on last season's .886 as a team) and there's more resolve (after being shut out in their opener, Detroit stormed back for a 4-2 win over a talented Hurricanes team in Game 2).

"The blue line -- those guys are always screaming for the puck, they want the puck," Larkin says. "They come to the bench, and they're letting me know, and they're letting guys know that we gotta talk. It makes everyone's life easier and I think that's something we were really missing last year. Those veteran guys who came from other teams have just been emphasizing talking and wanting the puck, and it's made a huge difference."


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Videos- Post Game After A 6-2 Loss To The Chicago Blackhawks

We have Larkin, Bertuzzi and Blashill in the first video, below find the game highlights.


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Quick Recap- Detroit/Chicago

Pius Suter hat trick for the Blackhawks plus they added three more while Detroit's Tyler Bertuzzi had two goals.

Final- Chicago 6 Detroit 2.

Lack of talent was exposed today and if the Wings continue to play like this, mark it down as another long season.

The older veterans are not adding anything to the game, they just seem to be there.

Detroit goals are below.

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