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Video- The Talk After The Morning Skate

Jimmy Howard, Danny DeKeyser, Michael Rasmussen and Jeff Blashill, all in under three minutes.


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Jeff Blashill On Andreas Athanasiou’s Play This Season

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Athanasiou has scored four goals in his past six games.

"I think he's done a good job from day one of training camp playing at a consistent level and being engaged in the game at a consistent level, and when he's engaged and skating and stopping on pucks and competing he's a really good player," coach Jeff Blashill said. "I think he's done a really good job of that through the course of the first part of the year and then obviously got hurt and that's the way life goes. I hope he can come back and play at that level."

more, after today's skate...

added 1:18pm, Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com with the game day notes below.

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An Optional Morning Skate For Detroit

per Dana Wakiji tweets, an optional morning skate.

Jimmy Howard in starter net and Larkin on the ice.

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Video- A New Buzz At The LCA?

Are you feeling it?


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Everything You Want To Know About Tonight’s Opponent

The PR department for the New York Rangers put together a great package of information for the media...

The Rangers play their 16th game of the 2018-19 season and begin a back-to-back set tonight, Nov. 9, against the Detroit Red Wings in an Original Six matchup at Little Caesars Arena (7:30 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a season-high four-game winning/point streak. The Rangers have also earned at least one point in seven of the last 10 games (6-3-1 record) and in eight of the last 12 games (7-4-1 record).



The Rangers will not have a morning skate prior to tonight's contest. Rangers Head Coach David Quinn will be available to the media at 5:50 p.m.

*Schedule and availability subject to change

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Checking In On The Grand Rapids Griffins

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - With a 4-1 win over the Manitoba Moose at Bell MTS Place on Thursday night, the Grand Rapids Griffins recorded their third straight win — both overall and on the road — and pushed their point streak to five games (4-0-0-1).

Grand Rapids is now 6-5-0-1 and has six straight wins against Manitoba (6-6-0-0) in regular season games. The win was propelled by three third-period goals and a one-timer from Filip Hronek in the second frame that ended the Griffins’ four-game power play drought.

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Why Would The Detroit Red Wings Re-sign Jimmy Howard?

from James O'Brien of NBC Sports,

Every time I start to feel some doubt about questioning if the Detroit Red Wings are truly committed to rebuilding, something silly surfaces.

Wednesday provided the latest head-scratcher, as MLive.com’s Ansar Khan reports that the Red Wings are “committed” to keeping Jimmy Howard, and are likely to hand the 34-year-old goalie a multiyear extension.

Considering the circumstances, such a decision would be downright baffling....

My guess is that Howard would receive a lower AAV than his current $5.29 million cap hit in an extension, yet I’d also wager that he’d be be paid far more handsomely with a proactive extension – with a team that sure seems more smitten with him than virtually any other front office in the league – than what he’d get on the free agent market.

The Red Wings would essentially be negotiating against themselves here.

If such a move came to fruition, it could be a prime example of a team falling too deeply in love with their own players, and Detroit is in this mess, in part, because GM Ken Holland’s had his blinders on when it comes to overpaying supporting cast members like Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm.

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A Look At The Wings’ Special Teams

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The aggressiveness at times can wear on the coaching staff, but the overriding feeling is one of confidence.

The Detroit Red Wings have two functional special teams, their power play and penalty kill both ensconced in the top 10 in the NHL. That’s gratifying, especially after both finished in the bottom third last season, and it’s come even as a rash of injuries have impacted both units....

The Wings are looking to win for what would be the fourth time in five games when they host the New York Rangers, Friday at Little Caesars Arena. Entering Thursday’s games, the Wings had the league’s ninth best power play (26.1 percent) and 10th best penalty kill (82.1 percent. The PK was instrumental in Tuesday’s rally over the Vancouver Canucks, delivering a big kill after the Wings unsuccessfully challenged a goal.


from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

When the Detroit Red Wings coaching staff was implementing power play strategy in the off-season, pondering possible units and assessing personnel, Dennis Cholowski's name didn't surface.

"He's a better offensive player that I would have given him credit for coming into the year," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Part of that is the work he put in this summer. Part of that is his ability is better than I realized."

Cholowski has been better than anyone could have projected. The 20-year-old defenseman earned a job in training camp in a competition that wasn't close. Early in his rookie season, he is second on the team in average ice time (20:41), first among defensemen in points (eight) and leads all Red Wings in power-play points (six).


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Videos- After Today’s Practice

But before the videos (Larkin and Blashill) below, Ken Daniels has a story to tell.


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Thursday Practice For The Wings

At this point the only thing coming from the MSM is Larkin, Nielsen and Athanasiou are on the ice.

I will update if need be.

added 11:30am, Ansar Khan tweet,

power-play units in practice:
Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha (net front), Frk-Green
Athanasiou-Nielsen-Rasmussen (net front), Nyquist-Cholowski

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