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Priorities

I'm only a fan. Just a fan. I'm going to tell you what I want from a deckplate perspective, a fan's point of view.  I'm going to tell you and it's going to offend a few of you and that's ok.

So...Here is what the Red Wings need to do, in order of relevance, timeliness and importance:

Lose tonight, Friday and Sunday.  Every period. Every game. 

That's important. 

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Before The Puck Drops Tonight

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

The Chicago Blackhawks come to town as one of the hottest teams in the league, having won nine of their last 11 games.

One of the main drivers of their run is Patrick Kane, who is in the midst of an 18-game point streak, the longest by any player this season.

Kane, 30, has 14 goals and 26 assists in that span.

"He's a dynamic player," Wings center Dylan Larkin said. "If he's not the best, he's top-two ever American-born players. I grew up watching him a lot and have a lot of respect for him. You give him space, he's going to make you pay, so we have to try to take away his time and space and watch him every second he's on the ice."

Larkin got an up-close view of Kane last spring when the two played for Team USA in the world championships in Denmark.

"Even in the World Championships, when we were playing teams we should beat, he still wants more for himself and more for the team and has a killer instinct," Larkin said. "We saw that last time we played these guys. He had a chance late in the game and he put us away, so he has that ability to finish games and win games for his team."

continued plus more topics including Evgeny Svechnikov participating in the skate today...

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Expect To See Filip Zadina In Detroit This Season

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press the Wings will call up Filip Zadina “and give him an opportunity to play some games.”

Holland wouldn’t disclose when Zadina will be called up, but after Monday's trade deadline, teams can carry more than 23 players, though salary cap compliance is still in effect. There could be an opening anyway if the Wings opt to send rookie Michael Rasmussen back to his junior club, Tri-City, because doing so is the only way to make Rasmussen eligible for the AHL playoffs. Rasmussen, 19, would have been a healthy scratch Sunday but for Gustav Nyquist being ill, and is slated to be a healthy scratch when the Wings host Chicago Wednesday....

“My understanding on Zadina is he’s played better,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I think him and Marty Frk, their first game back together, they were excellent. The next night the team wasn’t very good at all until the very end and they had a huge comeback. That was the night Zadina scored the game winner. It was a real shot. Good for him on that. I think having Marty there, now you have a chance to play with a guy that’s an elite American-league player — he’s not a center, but he’s an elite American-league player. Hopefully they can have great chemistry and Zadina can continue to build his offensive game.

“When I’ve watched him, he’s been pretty good defensively. He’s got a pretty mature game for a young kid. He just needs to continue to work on being dangerous. I’d love to see him be ultra dangerous down there.”

When he is called up to Detroit — and it might not be until the Wings are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs — Zadina will play a maximum of nine games. If he goes beyond that, it triggers his entry-level contract.

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added 1:17pm, Wings' projected lineup is below.

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Detroit’s Morning Skate

Dana Wakiji reports it is an optional skate and Howard is in the starter's net.

Wings face the Blackhawks with puck drop just after 7:30pm ET in Detroit.

The game is on NBCSN and Mike Tirico will do the play-by-play, joined by Eddie Olczyk and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Brian Boucher.

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Handling And Addressing The Trade Talk

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

On Saturday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston said on Hockey Night in Canada that the Wings had asked Nyquist if he had a list of teams for which he would consider waiving his no-trade clause.

"Maybe the deadlines you've been through, but this is a little different for me with this being the last year of my contract, going into unrestricted free agency," Nyquist said. "So it's a little different for me this year but it's part of the business. It happens to everyone."

Nyquist declined to say if he had offered the Wings any teams he'd be willing to go to.

When Nyquist missed Sunday's game against Philadelphia due to illness, some people believed that a trade was in the works. But Nyquist was, in fact, ill, missing his first game of the season and first since the 2016-17 season.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill is cognizant that this issue could be weighing on players like Nyquist as Monday's 3 p.m. deadline looms.

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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Video- Jeff Blashill After Practice Today

5:25 to watch.

 

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Sell If You Can

from Pat Caputo of The Oakland Press,

The NHL trade deadline points directly at the Red Wings’ problems.

They are near the bottom of the standings, rebuilding and have plenty of veteran players.

Theoretically, it should be time to sell by Monday.

But aging veterans on indisputably overvalued contracts are impossible to move.

Justin Abdelkader, for example, has four seasons remaining on his contact after this season. The Red Wings will reportedly take a $4.25 million cap hit annually because of it. He will be 35 when the term expires. Abdelkader has five goals, 10 assists and is minus 11 in 60 games. His Corsi puck possession stat at even strength is 46.7 (50 is the breakeven point).

Frans Nielsen has nine goals in 55 games. His cap hit reportedly is $5.25 million the next three years. He is 34.

Oh, then there’s Jonathan Ericsson and Darren Helm. They only have one year left after this one. So a bargain, right? Ah, no.

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Interest In Nick Jensen Growing

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Detroit’s Practice Today

added 11:37am, Khan...

Looks like #RedWings defense pairs will stay the same as previous game:
Kronwall-Green
DeKeyser-Jensen
Daley-Hronek
Ericsson/Witkowski (extras)

added 11:04am, Khan again...

ines at practice:
Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha
Vanek-Nielsen-Nyquist
Athanasiou-Glendening-Ehn
Helm-de la Rose-Abdelkader (Rasmussen rotating in)
Team considering sending Rasmussen to junior club Tri-City, which would make him eligible for AHL playoffs with @griffinshockey

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Video- All Evgeny Svechnikov

via the YouTube page of the Detroit Red Wings,

Red Wings TV Host, Carley Johnston, catches up with Evgeny Svechnikov.

 

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