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Top 64 NHL Draft Prospects At The Midseason Point

from Scott Wheeler of The Athletic,

1. Owen Power — LHD, University of Michigan, 6-foot-5
Power’s merits as the No. 1 pick are real. I understand some of the reservations some have with him in this slot. There are worthwhile questions to be asked of the role his size and age (November 2002 in a mostly 2003 age group) have played in his career, from his minor hockey dominance in the GTHL through his two years in the USHL, and to a lesser extent his strong play as a college freshman. There are worthwhile questions to be asked of his decision-making at times and of the work that still needs to be done on his pivots so that he can maximize his length to funnel opposing carriers to the outside a little better. But there’s also so much about Powers’ game that excites that I continue to settle on him as my slight favorite for first in this draft class. In a top group filled with question marks, Power is a towering, mobile, gifted-with-the-puck-laterally, excellent east-west passer with legitimate all-situations upside. Everyone who has worked with him, whether that be skills coaches or staff with the Steel and Wolverines, believes firmly in his first-pairing upside as a tough-matchups defender with real offensive skill. And while his age is noteworthy, he has also played above his age group for each of the last three seasons (his play last year with the Steel would have warranted a top-15 selection). I see a player who is further along today than, say, Moritz Seider was at the same age. Though where a player is going to be picked has no bearing on my evaluations, it’s worth noting that Power is also the most likely of the top draft picks in this class to be picked inside the top three.

2. Kent Johnson — C, University of Michigan, 6-foot-1

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More Of This Mantha, Blame The Sweater And This Has To Stop

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Jeff Blashill said something Tuesday that he has not had an opportunity to express after many of his team’s 25 games this season.

“I was real happy with Anthony’s game tonight,” Blashill said.

By his coach’s estimation, Mantha was one of the few bright spots for the Detroit Red Wings in a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Go ahead and blame Tuesday's Red Wings' loss on the retro alternate jerseys.

Might as well find something to blame for the 4-1 loss in Columbus.

The white jersey, which looked too much like a bland practice jersey to many on social media (and did not go over well), still looked better than the Wings did during long stretches in this game....

"We lost too many individual battles, our puck management was very poor and we got beat up the ice way too much," coach Jeff Blashill said. "As the momentum shifted away from us, we allowed it to let shift away. We didn't have any pushback shifts, and that happens when you turn pucks over and you end up defending.

"We were defending the whole time in the second (period) and chasing them and that's no way to play hockey."

read on

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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Videos- The Talk After A 4-1 Loss In Columbus

Luke Glendening up first and the game highlights are below.  added 10:03pm, below find Mickey Redmond (not game related) and Jeff Blashill.  added 10:13pm, below in one video are Glendening and Blashill.


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Quick Recap- DRW/CBJ

If you thought Detroit's Reverse Retro Jersey was going to take the team back to the glory years, well you were wrong.

Although the Wings had a so-so first period, the score was tied at 1-1.

A whole different story in the middle 20.  The Blue Jackets added 3 goals while the Wings only had 4 shots compared to 17 by Columbus.

At the start of the third period, Thomas Greiss replaced Jonathan Bernier and did not allow a goal but Detroit failed to score too.

Final- Columbus Blue Jackets 4 Detroit Red Wings 1

Detroit goal is below.

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Wingaholics, No Known Cure

I'll keep it simple. The Wings really blew it against the Cawks the other night. To give up five goals in the third period is as bad as it gets. Don't expect much to change, because it's been happening for three plus years now.

I know that this isn't exactly the best way to convince 19 stalwart, die hard fans to hangout and watch another game together, but, I cannot tell a lie.

I guess we're just a bunch of Wingaholics. No known cure...

It's a Live Blog!

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Video- Jeff Blashill Before Puck Drop

Injury updates, Larkin hopefuly back next week, Fabbri a game time decision and more.


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Video- Joe Veleno In Action

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Player Movement Today For The Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Michael Rasmussen from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings reassigned defenseman Gustav Lindstrom to the team’s taxi squad from Grand Rapids and reassigned goaltender Kaden Fulcher to the Griffins from the taxi squad.

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Youth On The Rise, At Least This Week

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press with here weekly stock up/down submission.

Stock up
Evgeny Svechnikov

It’s nice when good things happen to deserving people. Svechnikov, the Wings’ first-round pick in 2015, has endured testing times at the pro level, including sitting out 2018-19 recovering from knee surgery. He was waived in January, on the taxi squad since mid-February and didn’t get into the lineup until an injury to Dylan Larkin created an opening. Svechnikov, 24, came through with a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 5-3 victory at Chicago, and a second goal in Sunday’s 7-2 loss. He would seem to have earned the right to stay in the lineup, which puts him on course to realize his dream of playing against his brother, Andrei, when the Wings are at Carolina Thursday.

Filip Zadina
Zadina posted two assists and a plus-two rating in four games. His competition level has been top-notch, his work ethic on display nearly every shift. Injuries to Larkin and Robby Fabbri forced tweaks to the lines, and Zadina has looked very good playing with Gagner and Vladislav Namestnikov. Zadina, 21, probably isn’t happy with only six points in 17 games (he missed two weeks in COVID-19 protocol) but the lack of production isn’t worrisome given how hard he’s working. The points will come.

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Remaining Games Left For Fox Sports Detroit Broadcasts

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and FOX Sports Detroit today announced the Red Wings local television schedule for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

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