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A “Uniquely Bad” Team

from Travis Yost of TSN,

There was no misconception about the many obstacles facing the Detroit Red Wings at the start of the 2019-20 season: an aging lineup in perilous need of transition, a new general manager for the first time in more than 20 years, and a coaching staff trying to introduce swaths of developmental level talent while simultaneously remaining competitive.

The only hope in Detroit – same as it is in Ottawa or Los Angeles for that matter – is that the team would play well enough to properly evaluate the developmental talent on the active roster.

But at the end of the day, the primary goal is to secure as high a first-round pick as possible at the 2020 NHL Draft. Whether it’s Rimouski’s Alexis Lafreniere or any of the other impact players inside of the top five, Detroit knows they have a real shot to replenish their prospect pool come June.

But even with the appropriate context, it’s hard to imagine that Detroit is happy in any capacity with the first two months of the season. They’ve surely set themselves up to contend for the best odds come draft lottery time by being utterly futile on the ice.

Through 31 games (38 per cent of the regular season), Detroit’s record is 7-21-3. The average game this season – thanks to a -58 goal differential – has seen them losing by just under two goals. And they are uniquely bad, to be sure.


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Leaning On The Veterans

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Dylan Larkin looked to Henrik Zetterberg. Darren Helm looked to Kris Draper.

Mired in a bleak season, there isn’t much for the Detroit Red Wings to rally around. They struggle to score, struggle to keep the puck out of their own net, and spend most games playing from behind. The next opportunity to stop what has grown to an 11-game losing streak comes Tuesday at Winnipeg.

The unifying force in the locker room is to not surrender, to not allow a 31st-place ranking to seep into the culture veterans learned when they were young.

Helm provided an example in Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, delivering a big shift that culminated with him setting up a goal. It’s the kind of performance he remembers seeing from older teammates.


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Filip Hronek Is Having A Good Year For The Detroit Red Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

If you look at the Red Wings’ individual statistics today — and some of them are ghastly, so don’t for long — there is a rather surprising player with the fifth-most points on the team.

It’s not a forward. It’s defenseman Filip Hronek, who continues to put together an admirable first full season in the NHL, while playing a ton of minutes and basically learning on the job.

With Danny DeKeyser hurt for the majority of the season thus far, and Trevor Daley and Mike Green missing portions of the schedule, Hronek has had to play more minutes than probably is ideal for a developing 22-year-old pro.

But Hronek has been up to the task, with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 29 games, with a minus-13 rating, while playing a competitive, 23 minutes a game (leading the team) — the brand of hockey that this roster needs.


added 5:47pm, Post-practce video is below.

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The Only Report From Today’s Practice

via Helene St. James tweet,

Tyler Bertuzzi practicing today. Blocked shot yesterday. Red Wings next game is Tuesday at Winnipeg.

If there are post-practice interviews, I will add them to this post.

added 5:46pm, Putting a post practice video in the Hronek post from today.

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Video- The Wings Score, The LCA Goes Dark

Not sure if this is new, but I believe it is.  When the Wings scored last night, the rink lights went out at the LCA except for a spotlight on the goal scorer along with some flashing lights.

My idea is just the opposite.  Keep the lights off during play, then turn them on when the Wings score.  Imagine the saved energy!

Please LCA, don't do this again.


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Detroit’s Offense Perks Up And Larkin Looking Good Again

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

When a team is as fragile as the Detroit Red Wings are, anything positive helps.

Their losing streak has grown to 11 games, but at least they came away from Saturday’s game with a little more confidence in their ability to score. After scoring just five goals the previous six games, the Wings scored twice in the third period in the 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“We have to do a better job of trying to keep four out, or five, but I thought we competed right till the end and that’s a good sign for this team,” Luke Glendening said. “We had a tough first getting down 2-0, but we battled till the last minute.”



from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

It was another night where the Detroit Red Wings answered more questions about the many things that have gone wrong during the team’s worst stretch in years.

But if there is anything positive to be gleaned from Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Little Caesars Arena, it was Dylan Larkin looking like his usual self, following an extended slump.

Larkin picked up a goal and an assist, giving him four points in three games (two goals, two assists) after seven games without a point. He led the comeback efforts and had chances to score the tying goal in the final minute before John Marino’s empty-net goal with nine seconds remaining sealed it.

“His drive’s great,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.


Below, watch 5 1/2 minutes of Blashill after the game.

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Videos- Detroit Talk After A Loss To Pittsburgh

Highlights first, below Glendening, Biega, Larkin and Blashill.


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Quick Recap- Wings/Penguins

Wings played hard, played desperate in the third period but feel short, losing 5-3 to Pittsburgh.

Detroit goals, team stats and a thumbs up or down for you are below.

Next game on Tuesday at 9:00pm ET in Winnipeg.

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A Much Needed Break

It's nice to be back after a much needed break from all the negativity that has surrounded the Wings since the big decline. A chance to refocus, and, see how it goes between now and the All Star break. Of course, there is more controversy in the news regarding the former coach, but, we don't care about that on a game night. We're here to enjoy whatever happens on the ice. Good or bad.

Tonight is Grateful Dead night at the Pizzarena, so with that in mind, a Dead lyric.....

"Lately, it occurs to me
 What a long, strange trip it's been."

 It's a Live Blog!

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The Talk Before Tonight’s Game Against The Pittsburgh Penguins

Blashill first, Ericsson below.

added 2:24pm, Bertuzzie, Zadina, Abdelkader and Blashill below.


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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com


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