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Videos- Game Highlights And Post-Game Talk

Highlights first, below in one video are Dylan Larkin, Jimmy Howard, Filip Zadina and Jeff Blashill.

added 10:53pm, just Blashill below.


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Quick Recap- Wings/Penguins

Final score Pittsburgh 2 Detroit 1 OT

An entertaining game to watch and good goaltending from both sides.

Crosby Penguins wins it in OT on a power play goal from Crosby.

Detroit goal and stats below.

Next game is tomorrow night with the Wings hosting the Florida Panthers at 7pm ET.

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Man Up

Will the Wings man up, play the game, and respond to the utter humiliation of the debacle on the Island? Pittsburgh is on a three games in four days schedule, tonight being game three, and, the second of a back to back. Normally, this should provide an opportunity for some semblance of a response from the Wings. No one expects miracles, just some kind of effort. Man up.....

It's a Live Blog!

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Black Hockey History Tour Visiting Detroit

from Ryan Patrick Hooper of WDET,

The NHL’s “Black Hockey History Tour” will visit 14 cities in total including two stops locally at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History and the Little Caesars Arena for the annual Hockeytown Winterfest. You can find a full schedule of events here.

African-Americans have a history with hockey that dates back to the late-19th century with the Coloured Hockey League — an all-black ice hockey league founded in Nova Scotia in 1895.

But less than 5% of the NHL is made up of players of color — that’s 43 players out of more than 700 in the league.

Three of those players — Givani Smith, Trevor Daley and Madison Bowey — currently play for the Detroit Red Wings. That’s a first in the history of the franchise.

“That’s a real milestone for the Red Wings and that organization,” says Kim Davis, the executive vice president of social impact, growth initiatives and legislative affairs at the NHL.


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Next Coach To Be Fired

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

in a year that has been among the most coach-unfriendly in NHL history, here are five candidates to be next in the firing line:

Jeff Blashill, Detroit Red Wings

Blashill has the remainder of this season and the entirety of next on his contract, but it’s almost impossible to imagine a scenario in which he’s back behind Detroit’s bench to finish out his pact. The truth is that there’s not much about this season that is solely Blashill’s fault. His roster is among the worst in the league, the Red Wings lack depth at all positions, the veteran players they do possess are on the back-nine of their respective careers…the list goes on. Those are all the failings of past management, areas that current GM Steve Yzerman has been tasked with addressing.

That said, it’s impossible to believe any coach, particularly one who’s not a first-year bench boss with the organization, is going to be able to survive a season that has been this abysmal. The Red Wings are on pace for the lowest point total of any team in an 82-game season in the post-lockout era. Detroit only recently scored its 100th goal of the season. The Red Wings have a minus-81 goal differential. If we wanted to keep piling on here, we definitely could.

Let’s just leave it at this: Blashill appears to be a sitting duck and it’ll be legitimately surprising if he’s coaching the Red Wings next season.

four more coaches...

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Videos- Before The Puck Drops Tonight Against The Pittsburgh Penguins

Trevory Daley first, Jeff Blashill below.


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Video- Dylan Larkin With A Special Friend

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Wings Held An Optional Skate Today

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Topic Of The Day Is Jeff Blashill

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Coaches generally bear the brunt of the blame in bad times, so it’s no surprise many fans are calling for Jeff Blashill’s ouster with the Detroit Red Wings on pace for their worst season in 34 years.

Media has speculated whether he might be replaced by former Red Wing Gerard Gallant, who on Wednesday became the seventh coach fired this season when Vegas replaced him with Peter DeBoer.

Blashill is blocking it out and continuing to search for solutions to improve this team.

“I learned right away, in this league especially, not to pay any attention -- especially when it’s not going well, to any of that stuff,” Blashill said. “Certainly, I appreciate the passion of our fanbase 100 percent. I think our fanbase overall has an idea of where we’re at in the building process, more so than when I probably first got the job. I think they understand if you have a salary cap and a draft, then the nature of pro sports is cyclical, and they understand where we’re at in the cycle.”


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Replacing Blashill with former Wings’ player and Yzerman teammate, Gerard Gallant, who was fired Wednesday as Vegas’ coach, is a popular notion right now.

But Larkin, who has had no other NHL coach other than Blashill, fully backed Blashill after Thursday’s practice and highlighted Blashill's strengths.

“We’ve grown together in this league and I have a lot of respect for him,” Larkin said. “He’s a great guy, a great dad, and great coach and he’s well respected in the room.

“He’s my coach, and I’m his player, and that’s about as far as it goes.”


added 3:41pm, Post practice talk can be watched below.

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Practice Time For The Detroit Red Wings

via Ansar Khan tweet,

lines at practice:
In goal:

added 11:48am, Khan...

power play units:
1. Larkin (net front), Bertuzzi (slot), Hronek-Fabbri (half walls), Green (point).
2. Smith (net front), Filppula (slot), Nielsen-Zadina (half walls), Daley (point).

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