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The Morning Skate For The Wings Before Facing The New York Islanders

via Dana Wakiji tweets,

Bernier in starter’s net, Detroit hosting #NYI tonight.

Daley skating this morning.

 

added 11:38am, Bernier in the ready for holiday...

added 12:18pm, Detroit's projected lineup is below.

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The Turnaround

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answered a few questions from the fans like this on what has clicked with the Wings...

Getting healthier helped. The Wings began the season with four rookies on the blue line, and that would take a toll on any team. Look at the impact veteran defenseman Mike Green has had since Oct. 26 — they were 12-6-2 with him in the lineup entering Saturday’s game. He had 16 points after 20 games, leading all team defensemen.

Coach Jeff Blashill often talks about the importance of feeling confident — the Wings gave themselves a booster shot when they beat Dallas Oct. 28, and then followed up with victories against Columbus and New Jersey. That injected confidence into the lineup, which in turn led to more victories. As Dylan Larkin put it, the Wings stopped sagging on the bench when an opponent scored, stopped signaling defeat with their body language. They were up 3-0 in Columbus and didn’t get rattled when the Blue Jackets tied the game, instead finding a way to score two more goals and win. Now, they really look like they are building an identity of playing for one another and standing up for one another. Last season after 29 games they were 11-13-5 with 27 points; this season they were 13-12-4 with 30 points, but to me, they look like a much more cohesive team this season, they play with much more conviction. 

two more questions, on the playoffs and Tyler Bertuzzi...

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Confident Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Since Oct. 26, the end point on a brutal month of hockey for the Wings, they have a 12-5-2 record and look nothing like the mess of the opening weeks.

Heading into Friday’s games the Wings had 30 points were only two points from an Eastern Conference wild-card spot.

“We collectively figured out what our game is and how we are going to give ourselves a chance to win every night,” defenseman Mike Green said.

What the Wings have accomplished in this particular week has begun to raise eyebrows.

Facing Boston, Colorado, Tampa and Toronto – four of the better teams in the NHL, and four teams that have defeated the Wings often in recent seasons – the Wings went 2-1-1, earning five of a possible eight points.

For large parts of each game, the Wings were the better team.

Instead of losing these games, and falling back in the standings, the Wings are winning and moving upward.

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Video- Larkin’s Night

The hero from last night.

 

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Videos- The Talk From The Wings Today

Vanek up first, Nyquist and Blashill below.

 

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Impressive Or Not

Coming off a win in Toronto, probably a good time to ask you any Detroit players who have surprised you this season?

My list would include Jensen, Bernier, Athanasiou and Larkin has been more impressive than I thought he would be.

On the negative side, Abdelkader and Vanek, but I will wait a few more game before passing additional judgment.

Kronwall, we know his issues and deserves a pass in my mind because he keeps giving his all just as most of the Wings have.

You?

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Wrapping Up The Wings OT Win Over The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings have faced Boston, Colorado, Tampa Bay and Toronto in this particular stretch of the schedule — a week that was supposed to begin another plunge in the standings for the Wings.

Instead, the Wings have two of those games, earned five of eight points, and for what it’s worth are two points within a wild-card spot in early December.

Thursday’s 5-4 overtime victory over Toronto, although not a work of art, was the latest positive reinforcement for these gritty Wings.

“We battle and we play for each other,” said forward Dylan Larkin, who won it at 2:48 of overtime on a breakaway goal. “We’re playing good hockey right now. We just played two games against the top teams in the Eastern Conference (the Wings lost 6-5 in a shootout to Tampa) and for the most part, we were the better team both nights.”

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Defenseman Mike Green, whose goal followed ones from Gustav Nyquist, Luke Glendening and Jonathan Ericsson, described how different the Wings are from earlier in the season.

“We collectively figured out what our game is, and how we are going to give ourselves a chance to win every night,” Green said.

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Below, watch the extended game highlights and a collection of post-game interviews.

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Videos- Post-Game Talk And Game Highlights After The OT Win In Toronto

First up, Dylan Larkin,Gustav Nyquist is below  along with the game highlights and Jeff Blashill.

added 10:49pm, last one for the night, Mike Babock post-game is below too.

 

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Quick Recap- Detroit Red Wings/Toronto Maple Leafs

A very good first period saw the Wings score three unanswered goals and up 3-1.

A good second period with the Wings scoring the only goal.

The third period a different story.  Leafs with 3 goals in the first 11 1/2 minute and the score was tied at 4-4.  The Wings stopped forechecking, instead they sat back waiting for the Leafs, it didn't work.

No more scoring in the third so off to OT.

Larkin scores in OT!  Detroit 5 Toronto 4.

Goals, stats and Kronwall hit below.

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