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The Good In A Very Bad Season

Jared Clinton of The Hockey News points out the bad, the very bad but I an concentrating on the good...

...in the interest of looking on the bright side and attempting not to pile on during what has already been an incredibly difficult season for the Red Wings faithful, we feel the need to point out that there have been a few positives. Here are five silver linings:

Not since 1986 have the Red Wings had the first-overall pick in the draft and the last time Detroit picked in the top three was at the 1990 draft. That could change this season. While the draft lottery doesn’t promise the league’s last-place team anything, the Red Wings would have a nearly 50-percent chance at finishing with a top-three selection and an 18.5-percent chance of landing the first-overall pick if they finished dead-last. But there’s good news here just about any way you slice it. If the Red Wings fail to secure the first-overall pick, they’re doing so ahead of a draft that is considered one of the deepest in recent memory with a uber-skilled projected one-two of Alexis Lafreniere and Quinton Byfield.

The lack of pressure, and lack of expectation, has opened up plenty of opportunity for younger players to come into the lineup and prove their worth. No player has done more with the chances they’ve been afforded than Filip Hronek. Drafted 53rd overall in 2016, he wasn’t considered one of Detroit’s blue-chippers, but there looks to be plenty of potential and upside in the 22-year-old rearguard. He’s been productive offensively – his 13 points put him fifth in team scoring – and he’s averaging 23 minutes per game, more than any other blueliner.

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Strickland Chimes In…Of Course

Yeah. I've been watching.  And it's been tough.  I'm not talking about the losing. We expected that and I have like 5000 percent confidence in the Rightful GM and what he will do for us and our famililes. 

No. I'm not talking about the losing. I'm talking about our Uncle Mike and some revelations that aren't really all that revelatory.  None of us are incredibly surprised that Babcock is, was and probably always been an a-hole of the highest order.

If memory serves, it's why we dug him for as long as we did...or at least one of the reasons.

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Not A Good Look For The Detroit Red Wings

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Jeff Blashill faces a massive challenge as coach of the Detroit Red Wings, and we aren't talking about winning.

"It's hard when you lose to keep a calm …"

His voice trailed off as he searched for a better word.

"Not calm," he said. "To keep clear eyes, where you see things as they are, because frustration can build."

Blashill knows it doesn't look good.

The Red Wings have gone winless in 10 games (0-8-2) and lost eight straight in regulation. They're last in the NHL with 17 points even though they have played 30 games, most in the League. They're five points behind the 30th-place team, the New Jersey Devils, who have four games in hand.

Their point percentage is .283, putting them on pace for about 46 points. Since the NHL salary cap arrived in 2005-06, ushering in an era of parity, the lowest point total in a full 82 games has been 48, by the Colorado Avalanche in 2016-17.

"This is the toughest year I've been a part of," said forward Darren Helm, who has played for the Red Wings since 2007-08, the last time they won the Stanley Cup.


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There’s Always Next Year

The Wings are off until Saturday night when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins so we have some time to talk.

We all could probably use a breather to regroup and look forward to the future.

Below you will find Detroit's current roster which you can use as a reference to this question.

Who on the roster as of today, including players on IR, will be on the 2020-21 opening night roster?

Consider a player being traded, not re-signed, a possible buyout, retired or whatever else you can think of.

Just tell me who returns. and if you'd like, you can add players currently in Grand Rapids.

No strict rules and you can freelance too.

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Video- Staying Positive And A Mickey Redmond Story

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The standings are an eyesore and the team statistics are ugly across the board for the Detroit Red Wings 30 games into the season.

They are the worst team in the NHL by virtually every measure, starting with the primary indicator – their league-low 17 points.

It’s a number they’ve been stuck on for some time, due to eight consecutive regulation losses -- 10 games without a win overall (0-8-2).

Coach Jeff Blashill, however, put a positive spin on much of this recent stretch.

“From the coaching staff perspective, I don’t have to walk around here and be mad at everybody and be dark and gloomy,” Blashill said. “We’ve played pretty well the last number of games, with the exception of a terrible game against Toronto (6-0 loss on Wednesday), and we got no results to show for it. The scoresheet looks terrible. I get all that. But I’m just telling you our guys have done lots of good stuff, so let’s just keep building on those things.”


Maybe the hightlight of the night could be Mickey Redmond's story of  getting his tongue stuck to a metal post, watch below.

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Videos- Post Game Wrap NYI 4 DRW 1

Game highlights and after the game talk from Helm, Larkin, Beruzzi and Blashill in one video.


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Quick Recap- Wings/Islanders

The Detroit Red Wings lost tonight to the New York Islanders 4-1, the losing streak hits 10.

If only the Wings had a power play. Six chances on the pp, one goal by Dylan Larkin.

Detroit goal and game stats are below.

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Tough Times Ahead

Yeah, we're back with another game to play tonight against a solid Islanders team. What can I say? It's tough being a Detroit Red Wings fan right now. It doesn't look to get any better in the near future with some tough times ahead. Even mediocrity would be a huge improvement. Something's gotta give....

It's a Live Blog!

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Ken Holland On Babcock/Franzen

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Asked if a player ever came to him and accused Babcock of abusive behavior, former Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press, “no. The answer is no.”...

Holland told the Free Press he talked to Chelios on Monday afternoon, and that Chelios admitted the incident he describes with Holland did not happen after the Nashville game. Chelios said he was in the locker room when Holland told players that if they had a problem with Babcock, they were welcome to address it with Holland in his office....

In a text message to the Free Press, Chelios said he made his comments about Babcock and wanted to leave it at that. Babcock did not return a message requesting comment.

more, basically a recap of what was said in the Swedesh newspaper and the audio from Chelios this morning...

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Videos- After The Morning Skate

Jeff Blashill after today's skate, Eric Comrie and Frans Nielsen below.


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