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Videos- The Talk After Today’s Practice

Dylan Larkin up first, below are Taro Hirose and Ryan Kuffner.

added 4:25pm, Blashill below too.


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Thoughts On Yzerman

Listen to the podcast.

Doug MacLean and Elliotte Friedman start the Yzerman talk at the 1:49:00 mark.

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The Detroit Red Wings Are Practicing Today

via Ansar Khan tweets,

lines at practice:
Kuffner (for Abdelkader?)-Nielsen-Vanek
Rasmussen-de la Rose-Ehn
Abdelkader not skating.
Hirose, Svechnikov (IR) not taking part in line rushes.

Looks like #RedWings Larkin is ready to return tomorrow vs. @NYIslanders at @LCArena_Detroit  (1 p.m.) He's missed five games with a sore neck.

Newly signed winger Taro Hirose joins #RedWings for practice today. He and Ryan Kuffner not expected to play until next week on road trip.

added 12:19pm, Khan...

defense pairs in practice:

added 12:20pm, Khan again...

Maybe Kuffner will make his #RedWings debut tomorrow. He's practicing on the power play. Units:
1. Vanek (net front), Larkin (slot), Athanasiou, Mantha (half walls), Hronek (point).
2. Rasmussen (net front), Bertuzzi (slot), Nielsen, Kuffner (half walls), Kronwall (point).

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After Nine NHL Games, Filip Zadina Returned To Grand Rapids

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Filip Zadina to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Zadina made his NHL debut on Feb. 24 vs. San Jose, scored his first NHL goal on March 5 at Colorado and totaled three points (1-2-3) in nine games with the Red Wings. The 19-year-old became the third-youngest Red Wings player to score his first NHL goal as one of just six teenagers to score a goal for the franchise in the last 30 seasons. Zadina has also played in 45 games with the Griffins this season, registering 31 points (15-16-31) to rank among the team’s leaders with 14 goals (T3rd), 31 points (T4th), four power-play goals (T2nd), 109 shots (4th) and two game-winning goals (6th). He returns to Grand Rapids riding a seven-game point streak (4-5-9 from Feb. 6-22), with points in nine of his last 10 games with the team overall.

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Videos- The Better Team Won

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Tampa Bay is a cut above the rest of the NHL, and the gap between the Lightning and the Detroit Red Wings is enormous.

The Lightning boasts a collection of stars. The rebuilding Red Wings lack elite-level talent, which is magnified with the absence of their best player, Dylan Larkin.

Even when games between the teams are close, the Lightning find a way to win.

Tampa Bay overcame a three-goal deficit Thursday to defeat Detroit 5-4 at Little Caesars Arena.


Below, watch the post-game talk and game highlights...

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Quick Recap -Wings/Lightning

Ted Kulfan is up again.



In the 3rd period, the Lightning scored 3 goals in 7:04 to take a 4-3 and scored again with a little more than three minutes left to make it 5-3.

Rasmussen scored with Jimmy Howard pulled but the Wings could not fine a way to tie the game.

Final- Tampa 5 Detroit 4

Goals and stats below.

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Video- Contract Extension “Expected” For Jeff Blashill

via TSN's YouTube page,

TSN Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger, Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun joined host Glenn Schiiler to discuss whether or not Connor McDavid’s patience is running thin in Edmonton, the prospects of Taylor Hall returning this season and the future of Jeff Blashill with the Red Wings sitting near the bottom of the league.

Note: the video scrolls to the start of the Blashill talk with Bob McKenzie.


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Settle In

All that's left to do for all 19 of us is to settle in, kick back, drink up, and watch the season come to an end.

Try to enjoy some aspects of the young core while hoping for some show of effort, even if the Wings don't win. Your participation is welcomed, and, much appreciated.

It's a Live Blog!

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Videos- Focus On The Youngsters

from Steven Ellis of The Hockey News,

In terms of young prospects with a chance to make an impact, Filip Zadina is the man tabbed with leading the way. Zadina, the Red Wings’ 2018 first-round pick (sixth overall), has had a season full of ups and downs. He had just one point for a Czech team that had high expectations at the World Junior Championships. He struggled to find his footing in the AHL out of the gate. But when he finally scored for Detroit against the Colorado Avalanche March 5, Zadina offered hope to a fan base that has been left without much optimism.

At this point, there’s nothing to suggest Zadina isn’t going to be a major factor in Detroit’s future, but he’s going to need a lot of help. The raw tools are there, and Zadina is a dynamic scoring forward who is very tough to slow down when he has the puck and has proven himself to be one of the best under-20 forwards in the AHL. He should be able to earn a spot in the top six full-time next year, even if they elect to start him in the AHL.

But if the Red Wings are going to make the rebuild work, they need to build a stronger base. The reliance can’t simply be on Zadina. Much of Detroit’s core – Darren Helm, Frans Nielsen, Thomas Vanek, Niklas Kronwall and Mike Green – is over 30, and the team is still without a promising young goalie for the future. It’s not like nobody saw this coming, either.


Below, Zadina, Kuffner and Blashill after today's skate.

added 5:50pm, Tonight's projected lineup for Detroit is below.

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Ryan Kuffner’s Game

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“Everybody’s been so welcoming here, all the guys and staff,” Kuffner said. “It’s just awesome, an incredible organization and obviously it’s an honor to be a part of it. I’m just trying to take it all in and learn as much as I can.”...

Kuffner produced 22 goals and 22 assists in 31 games this season. In four years at Princeton, the left-shooting Kuffner collected 75 goals and 152 points in 132 games.

“I think I try to be the most competitive guy out there,” Kuffner, who’ll wear No. 56, said. “I think that’s the biggest thing, just working as hard as you can to get in the spots that you try to be in. After that, try to execute. I want to use my shot as much as possible, just know where the guys are on the ice. I think that’s the biggest thing when you get into space.”...

“If he’s going to make us better, he’s going to be a scoring winger,” Blashill said. “He scored lots of goals in college. I had a chance to watch some of his shifts, I had a chance to talk to him before he made his decision. The one thing that impressed me was I asked what was most important to him, he said timing. When you get an answer like that, that means you’re a smart hockey player and you understand time and space and finding ways to get open and then when you get open you can use your assets.


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