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The Wings Are Practicing In Philadelphia

The only news via Dana Wakiji tweet,

RedWings goalies first on the ice before practice at Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia on the other hand has had a busy day.  They called up goaltender Carter Hart, placed goaltender Anthony Stolarz on IR, fired head coach Dave Haxstol and named Scott Gordon interim head coach.

Plus there is this and he is expected to start tomorrow night....


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Who’s Running The Wings Next Season?

Ansar Khan of Mlive answers a few questions from the fans.

You can assume the question by Khan's answer...

The Yzerman-to-Detroit rumors and speculation heated up after he stepped down as Tampa Bay's GM before training camp, saying he wanted to spend more time with family, which has remained in Detroit. Yzerman has one year remaining on his Lightning contract, which he is fulfilling as a consultant.

Holland signed a two-year extension in April. I highly doubt he would step aside for another role in the organization. He wants to continue being a GM, whether here or elsewhere (he could become a candidate for Seattle).

I don't know what Red Wings ownership has in mind, but, technically, they're not allowed to speak with Yzerman since he's under contract with another organization.

My guess is Holland will continue as Red Wings GM in 2019-20. The club made a commitment to him and I think it will be honored.

It wouldn't surprise me if Yzerman returned to the Red Wings after this season in some sort of consultant capacity, with the understanding that he's Holland's heir apparent.

I think Jeff Blashill will get a contract extension if the team continues to be competitive, stay reasonably close to a playoff spot or at least .500, and more importantly, young players show progress.

If they opt to change, I believe assistant coach Dan Bylsma would be the leading candidate.

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Jonathan Bernier Has Been Solid This Season

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Jonathan Bernier is used to it. At this point in his career, there aren’t any surprises.

Being a backup goalie in the NHL, life isn’t always fair. You wait for the coach to say you’re going to play, though you never know exactly when that might be and, when you do play, it’s usually not ideal situations.

Bernier has been through this situation often in his NHL career. He’s been very good at it.

And though Bernier’s statistics might not look all that inspiring currently, occasionally it’s wise to examine them more closely, such as Saturday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Islanders.

The loss was disappointing, sure. But Bernier did all he could, and more.

Bernier made 45 saves against the Islanders, including a staggering 21 in the third period when the Wings appeared to be stuck in their zone the entire 20 minutes.


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“One Of Those Nights”

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Most hockey teams aren’t going to win hockey games when they have to kill as many power plays — six — as the Red Wings did Saturday.

Sure enough, it was asking too much, as the Wings managed to get one point in a 4-3 shootout loss.

Thomas Vanek tied the game 3-3, after the Wings had pulled goaltender Jonathan Bernier, with 1:03 left in regulation.

But after a scoreless overtime, the Islanders netted the lone goal in the shootout, thanks to Mathew Barzal, and secured a victory.

The Wings (14-15-5) were frustrated with the penalty differential. While the Islanders were enjoying six power plays — they only converted one to a goal — the Wings had one power play, which Gustav Nyquist scored on.

“It was unfortunate for us,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “There were calls that could have been made the other way. It was one of those nights where it certainly didn’t go our way that way.”


Below, watch post-game talk from Bernier, Vanek, Nyquist and Blashill.

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Videos- Post-Game Talk

Thomas Vanek up first, Jeff Blashill below.

added 10:52pm, game highlights below too.


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Quick Recap- DRW/NYI

Well just when you thought it was over, it wasn't.

After being badly outplayed, six Detroit penalties helped, the Wings tied the game at 3-3 with 63 ticks left in the third period.

The Wings actually lead 2-1 after 40 minutes but the Islanders scored two quick goals and many probably thought the game was over.

In OT nada.

On to the shootout... no goals from Detroit and the NYI win 4-3.

Stats and goals are below.

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Big 5-0 Means a Very Brief LB

It's been a bit of a 48 hour celebration of my 50th and I promised I'd never post when drinking (commenting? That's fine).


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Preview Of Tonight’s Game Against The New York Islanders

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

Players to watch

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has nine points (four goals, five assists) in a six-game point streak.

Islanders center Mathew Barzal has four assists during a three-game point streak.

They said it

"They're right there. They've still got a lot of talent, they still have a lot of guys that can put the puck in the net. It looks like they're getting some structure, they're not letting up too many goals. I haven't watched too many games with them, but they're going to be fine and they're going to be right there until the end. With or without [John Tavares], it's still a really good hockey team." -- Red Wings center Frans Nielsen

"It's big. I think we've given away points a couple of times lately. Heading on the road playing some good teams, we just need to win the game tonight." -- Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck

Status report

Neither Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill or Islanders coach Barry Trotz was willing to divulge any lineup information. … Howard, Frk and Megan participated in an optional morning skate after the Red Wings lost 4-2 to the Ottawa Senators in Detroit on Friday. … Kuhnhackl and Sbisa stayed on the ice after the Islanders morning skate, a sign they won't play. … Ho-Sang, a first-round pick (No. 28) at the 2014 NHL Draft, is expected to make his season debut.


added 2:04pm, Below, watch Frans Nielsen before the puck drops tonight.

added 2:37pm, Over 4 minutes of Blashill after the skate is below.

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It Was A Very Optional Skate For The Wings

Puck drop is just after 7:00pm ET in Long Island.


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Wrapping Up Detroit’s Loss To The Ottawa Senators On Friday Night

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Michael Rasmussen’s first NHL fight provided a bit of a spark during a strong second period, but it didn’t give his team enough push to complete the comeback in a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators at Little Caesars Arena.

The key moment happened when four Red Wings forming a box around Jimmy Howard when they should have boxed out Mark Stone.

Stone snuck in, spotted a loose puck under Howard and swept it into the net at 7:08 of the third period to snap a 2-2 tie.

“That’s a tough one,” Dylan Larkin said. “Little bit of a broken play. We think Howie has it and Stone doesn’t give up on the play, so they get the goal.”

Said Niklas Kronwall: “I got to do a better job there of boxing out. I think everyone thought he had it, but obviously he didn’t. If we just do our job and box out, that doesn’t happen.”

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Below, watch the game highlights, Detroit players after the game and Blashill's press conference.

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