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Videos- The Talk After Today’s Skate

Dennis Cholowski first, Jeff Blashill below.


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Today’s Morning Skate

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Dennis Cholowski Recalled

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Dennis Cholowski from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Cholowski, 21, has split his second professional campaign between the Red Wings and Griffins, showing eight points (2-6-8) and four penalty minutes in 29 games with the Red Wings, including five points (1-4-5) on the power play to rank second among the team's defenseman in addition to his first overtime-winning goal in the NHL (Nov. 12 at Anaheim). Since joining the Griffins last month, Cholowski has notched five points (2-3-5) in 17 contests, including goals in two of his last four games with the team. Dating back to his pro debut at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, Cholowski has 17 points (2-15-17) and 14 penalty minutes in 43 regular-season games with the Griffins and two points (0-2-2) and two penalty minutes in six Calder Cup Playoff games. In his two NHL seasons, the 6-foot-2, 197-pound defenseman has recorded 24 points (9-15-24) and 20 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Red Wings.

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Yzerman Pleased With Givani Smith And Blashill Trying To Make A Point

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Givani Smith has scored two goals in 14 games with the Detroit Red Wings but hasn’t celebrated either, since they came late in one-sided losses.

There will be more goals and many more games for the big, abrasive forward.

Smith has made a good impression since being recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins on Dec. 30. He forechecks hard, grinds down low, plays physical and doesn’t back down.

General manager Steve Yzerman likes what he’s seen, telling people in the organization he’s pleased that Smith goes to the net aggressively.


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

A little after noon Tuesday, a pair of goaltenders wanted to know where their Detroit Red Wings teammates were. Practice was supposed to be underway, but the only players on the ice were Jonathan Bernier and Calvin Pickard, who went through skating and shooting drills with goaltending coach Jeff Salajko.

The question came up because they wanted to face shots.

The answer: Detention.

Practice was delayed about half an hour because coach Jeff Blashill was adamant players stick around until they understood the assignment regarding systematic play. The Wings, who lost to the Colorado Avalanche, 6-3, on Monday, take a five-game losing streak into Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

“It was a meeting that I wasn’t going to leave until we had it straight,” Blashill said after an optional practice at Xcel Energy Center. “We have to get better at our d-zone coverage. So until everybody had a chance to make sure everybody understood, we weren’t leaving that meeting, and if it went a little long, it went a little long.”


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A Meeting And Injury Updates

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Although only 11 players took part in the optional on-ice practice, every player was part of a lengthy meeting beforehand.

"It was a meeting that I wasn't going to leave until we had it straight," Blashill said. "We gotta get better. I talked about it last night. We gotta get better in our D zone coverage. So until everybody had a chance to make sure everyone understood, we weren't leaving that meeting. If we went a little long, it went a little long."

Bowey said he thought everyone got a lot out of the meeting.

"Just right now I think it comes down to structure for us, supporting each other all around the ice," Bowey said. "I think in the D-zone especially, we got to close quicker, make sure it's harder for other teams to get their top players rolling around in our defensive zone and I think just focus on that. I think we have a really good structure put in place by the coaching staff and if we just follow that, do that to the best of our abilities, it puts us in good spots to come away with wins. I think that's certainly a focus now, focusing on doing the little things right, supporting each other all around the ice and knowing who we have to cover and knowing when to shut down plays."

more and other topics including an injury update on Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou,

"(Mantha's) still a ways away, a month maybe," Blashill said. "It's not a progress thing. I don't know if I gave you a bad timeline to start. I don't remember the timeline I gave you, to be honest with you. It just is what it is. It's gonna be a long process before he's healed."

Unlike Mantha, Athanasiou had started skating before the team left.

"His is a healable thing that will be healed. It just depends on when," Blashill said.

Below, Blashill after today's optional practice.

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An Optional Skate

via Dana Wakiji tweet,

Erne, Ehn, Smith and Ericsson on ice for optional practice at Xcel Energy Center. Larkin just joined as well.

Anything noteworthy from the optional I will post it here.

added 1:59pm, Wakiji,

Blashill says Green and Nielsen out for tomorrow.

added 2:32pm, Ted Kulfan tweets,

Blashill also would not rule out Mantha missing rest of season, but likely still returning

Green out for few weeks, says Blashill

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KK/A2Y- 10,000 Comments. How About You?

I recently received an email from a KK member which included the following.

I have had many milestones in my 63 years. College, 29 years of marriage, 30 years as an attorney and Judge, scaled mountains, sailed seas, flown airplanes, raced my Porsche, and now........ (drum roll please)  I just moved above 10,000 posts on your site!


Thank you for the hosting the platform for all the shenanigans through the years!


All the best,

I emailed the member back to receive an okay to use this, with the name of the member not included.  How about you, does anyone else reach some rare air?

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Dylan Larkin Says It Will Be A Rivalry With The Avs Again

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings noticed fans still remember the rivalry, and the competitiveness of the Colorado Avalanche stoked hopes it soon might be revived.

The Wings head into Wednesday's game at Minnesota, their last before the break, on a five-game losing skid after dropping a 6-3 Monday matinee at Pepsi Center. There were enough partisan fans to start a few "Go Wings" chants, but many more voiced their disapproval of the Wings, whose rivalry with the Avalanche two decades ago was one of the best in sports.

“This rivalry, with the fans, most definitely it’s still there,” Dylan Larkin said. “Next year or year after and in the years following, with the players they have and the players that we have, it’s going to be an exciting rivalry again.”

The Wings don’t stack up against opponents most nights, their lineup weakened by injuries (top defenseman Danny DeKeyser is out for the season and top-line winger Anthony Mantha’s return is uncertain) and patched with minor-league call-ups. At 12-34-4, the Wings are on pace to finish with 46 points.


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Another ‘Wearing’ loss

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings mustered three goals Monday — they’ve only scored eight goals in the last five games, all losses — but didn’t do enough defensively to quiet the Avalanche.

“A lot of chances and goals were from us not coming back into our zone, it’s not good enough,” forward Dylan Larkin said. “We knew coming in, a team like this, we were going to have to defend a lot. But we didn’t come back (defensively) and sort it out enough.”...

“The second period, we couldn’t get out of our end and all of a sudden you’re spending a whole bunch of time defending,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We lost (Nielsen, Green) … and it just taxed our guys a lot.

“There’s a whole bunch of defending and suddenly we didn’t have our skating legs — and that’s a hard team not to have your skating legs against.”...

Losses wear on you, and it starts to hurt your energy a little bit,” Blashill said. “We have to be real careful of that, we have to find a way to have great energy in our last game before the break and get ourselves rejuvenated coming back out of the break.”


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Videos- Jeff Blashill After Today’s Game And Highlights

Coach first, highlights below.

added 6:32pm, Larkin below. added 6:58pm, group video below.


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