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Good Game For Zadina Tonight

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlve,

Filip Zadina made the most of the first game in his very short farewell tour with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Zadina scored twice and assisted on Matthew Ford’s overtime goal in a 4-3 win Friday against San Diego as he picked up where he left off in Detroit.

“With the boys, it’s great to be together with them and having fun,” he said.

Zadina tied the game, 2-2, with a blast just above the right circle 10 seconds into a power play at 8:45 of the second period and tied it again at 3-3 with a tip-in off Brian Lashoff’s shot from the point at 9:45 in the third period....

Ford, the team captain, could see the difference in Zadina.

“Everybody tonight is going to remember his goals but the thing I’m going to appreciate the most is he came down here to work hard for us,” he said. "That’s what we expect when they come down to help us for a little bit.”


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More Bye Now, More Work Later

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

With their bye week tacked on to the end of the All-Star break, the Wings don’t gather for practice again until Thursday, when they’ll hit the ice at Madison Square Garden.

This is the second year the NHL has attached the bye week to the All-Star break — one half going before the break, the other half afterward.

Before, the bye would be at different parts of the schedule....

But don’t count coach Jeff Blashill as a huge fan of the extended bye week.

The way the schedule is devised these days, because of the bye week, there’s precious little time for quality practices and travel is much more intense.

“The season has been so condensed,” Blashill said. “You get no practice time and play every other day. The travel is crazy, you go back and forth and back and forth, especially in the East.”

Blashill would rather have the bye week days sprinkled in during the regular season, to alleviate the logjams that were prevalent in November’s schedule, and upcoming in February.


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The Detroit Red Wings Before The Trade Deadline

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

After speaking to sources around the NHL this week, we take a look at all 31 teams one month before the trade deadline:

One thing to keep in mind with Steve Yzerman in his first year as GM in Detroit, we are far from seeing even the middle point of where this rebuild is headed, in my mind. If you look at Yzerman’s work in Tampa Bay and the massive overhaul there years ago, I think you can bank on something similar with the Wings. There is lots of work to be done. And I don’t know how much of it can be done at the trade deadline, to be quite honest. Sure Yzerman’s got pending UFAs he can flip for picks but goalie Jimmy Howard ($5.1 million cap hit) has struggled this season, veteran blueliner Mike Green ($5.375 million cap hit) has eight points in 41 games, and I don’t know how much Trevor Daley ($3.16 million cap hit) has left in the tank.

So I’m really not convinced those UFAs, who carry sizeable cap hits, are going to generate much unless Howard gets going after the break and convinces contending teams looking for goalie insurance he’s back to form. The real question is whether other teams entice Yzerman in the type of hockey deal he might examine come the offseason. Can Yzerman more forcibly start re-shaping the roster in February instead of waiting until June? Would he listen on RFAs such as Andreas Athanasiou? I don’t have the answer to that. But Yzerman has got eight RFAs on his NHL roster right now and you have to ask the question whether it makes sense that all eight are back next year given how things have gone. Let’s not kid ourselves here, the best way to kickstart a rebuild is to finally pick in top three. They haven’t drafted top 3 since 1990 when they took Keith Primeau third overall; they haven’t picked first overall since Joe Murphy in 1986. It’s a franchise in need of it.

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Video- Tyler Bertuzzi Speaks With NHL Network Radio In St. Louis

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Wings Assign Four Players To Grand Rapids

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wings Givani Smith and Filip Zadina, defenseman Dennis Cholowski and goaltender Calvin Pickard to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings recalled goaltender Kaden Fulcher from the ECHL's Toledo Walleye under emergency conditions.

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One Ugly Stat

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Praise For Filip Zadina From Dylan Larkin

To celebrate the All-Star break, I slept in so a little late with this...

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings played stupid hockey, but Filip Zadina played to win.

Zadina left XCel Energy Center on Wednesday with his first career two-goal game, tallying both markers in the first period, before the Wings caved and collected a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild. For a team as weary as the Wings – they enter the nine-day NHL All-Star break a league-worst 12-35-4 – witnessing a player vital to the rebuild turn in a such a good performance is a balm.

“He had a great game,” Dylan Larkin said. “He got a good bounce on his first goal. We needed that as a team. He was one of very few bright spots and showed up to play.”...

He works,” Larkin said. “I think as a centerman, he’s a guy you want to play with because he works on the forecheck and when he gets the puck, he’s not looking for the quickest way to get it out of his hands. He’s not holding on to it too long, he’s looking to play give-and-gos and find me and then get to spots and find Bert and get to his spot where he can shoot it.

“He’s a smart player and that’s the one thing playing with him that I enjoy playing with him. That’s going to help our team a lot if he keeps developing.”

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Video- Game Highlights

Another loss by the Wngs, losing 4-2 to the Wild.

Not sure if there will be post-game videos but if they show up soon, I will post them below.  added 11:41pm, below, group post-game video is below.



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Quick Recap- Wings/Wild

In the first period, Zadina 2, Wild 1.  Nice to see the Wings get the bounces.

In the second period, Wild 3, Wings 0.  After 40 minutes, Minnesota 4, Detroit 2.  Not the best period for the Wings but we have seen it before.

No scoring in the third.  Final 4-2 Minnesota.

Below find the Zadina goals and Detroit stats.

Now it is break time for the Wings, next game is Friday, January 31 at MSG to face the Rangers.

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There’s A Game Tonight, Right?

It’s gotten to the point of actually dreading Wings game's lately. They manage to get worse with each passing game. I understand injuries, lack of elite talent, no D, and yes, bad goaltending. That still doesn't get the coaches off the hook either.  Many of us have watched all of the worst of the Wings teams of the past, and this group has some better players than on previous bad Wings teams, but, this is some of the worst hockey in forty years. Bar none.....  

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