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Videos- Talk After A Blowout Loss In Montreal

Mickey Redmond first, Marc Staal below along with coach Blashill.  added 10:53pm, if you really want them, game highlights are below.


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Quick Recap- Detroit/Montreal

Back to square one.  You watched it, explain.

Wings lose 6-1 to the Habs.  Larkin goal below along with team stats.

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A Classic Matchup

Ah yes. Tonight's game features a classic matchup between two Original Six teams. Detroit vs Montreal. It's always exciting whenever these two storied franchises face off against each other.

I'm expecting the winless Habs to throw everything they have and more at this young Wings team. We had better be far more prepared than we were the other night. Just sayin......

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Videos- The Talk After The Morning Skate

Jeff Blashill up first, Mr. Seider is below.


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After The Skate

With Bertuzzi not playing tonight there was some talk of the Wings going with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen, but Blashill said after the morning skate he will go with 12/6.

No mention of who is in and who starts in net.

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The Matchup Tonight

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Here are five things you should know about the Canadiens-Red Wings game at the Bell Centre Saturday...

The matchup:  The last time these teams met was in the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season and things did not go well for the Canadiens. Detroit had the worst record, by far, in the NHL, but they swept the four-game season series against the Canadiens, outscoring Montreal 14-9. The Canadiens dropped a 4-1 decision to Carolina on Thursday and are the only team without a point in the standings after starting the season with five consecutive losses. The Red Wings, who have gone five seasons without earning a playoff berth, are 2-1-1 after losing 3-0 to Calgary on Thursday.

Turnaround for Larkin:  Tyler Bertuzzi is off to a fast start for the Red Wings, with five goals and an assist in four games, but Detroit is hoping this is a turnaround season for homegrown talent Dylan Larkin. Larkin had a breakthrough season in 2018-19, when he had 32 goals and 73 points, but his past two seasons have been disappointing. He had 19 goals in 2019-20 and scored only nine goals in 44 games last season as he struggled with injuries. He’s healthy again and he has a goal and two assists in three games. But the most encouraging sign is that he’s paying more attention to defence. He has a plus-4 rating after going a combined minus-78 during his first six seasons.


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The Detroit Red Wings Must Rebound From The Loss Last Night

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Captain Dylan Larkin was citing their performance as unemotional.

“Calgary, they were way more desperate than we were,” Larkin said.

Coach Jeff Blashill opted to be describing it as lacking in energy.

Here’s another adjective that’s certainly applicable – unacceptable. And it better end right here, right now.

This an all-too-familiar scenario with the Red Wings under Blashill. They begin decently, offering hope that there’s a corner about to be turned. However, it all turns out to be nothing more than an illusion.

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Why Moritz Seider Is A Calder Candidate And Scotty Bowman On NHL Gambling

from Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic,

- There is always considerable interest in the NHL’s rookie race, and a question was posed about the chances of the Red Wings’ fine prospect, Moritz Seider, actually challenging for the Calder. My answer is yes, for a couple of reasons. One: Voters are more willing than ever to look at defencemen in rookie of the year balloting. For a long time, it was a black hole. From 1990, when Sergei Makarov won the Calder, until 2014, when it went to Nathan MacKinnon, only three defencemen won the award: Bryan Berard in 1997, Barret Jackman in 2003 and Tyler Myers in 2010.

Since then, we’ve seen Aaron Ekblad (2015) and Cale Makar (2020) win the Calder and in Makar’s year, two other defencemen were in contention for the award (Quinn Hughes and Adam Fox). This year’s race could be interesting, because the two odds-on favorites up front, Zegras and Montreal’s Cole Caufield, have been slow off the mark offensively. In theory, you could see three defencemen in the running again: Seider, Colorado’s Bowen Byram and Anaheim’s Drysdale. One thing Jason Robertson’s unexpected Calder challenge last year taught us: There’s always going to be one candidate that comes from a little off the grid to make it a race. Maybe Seider is that candidate this season.

- I was calling Bowman for a historical perspective on refereeing for a story on the state of NHL officiating. But as in any conversation with Bowman, you often veer to any number of fascinating asides. One of the things Scotty mentioned in passing was how an acquaintance of his, who liked to bet on sports, was still wary of placing wagers on the NHL — and it was because of empty-net goals and how they can distort a result at the end.

The problem has been exacerbated, he said, since teams starting pulling their goalies early. The result is, sometimes a team might surrender two empty-net goals in a single game, and once, on opening night in the Tampa Bay-Pittsburgh game, three empty-net goals were scored, the first by Teddy Blueger with a whopping 5:07 to go in regulation.

many more topics, a must read for all things NHL...

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Videos- No Legs Last Night And Montreal Up Next

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The energy the Detroit Red Wings displayed their first three games was missing Thursday, and so was their offense as a result.

After averaging 4.33 goals per game while gaining five of a possible six points, the Red Wings took a step back in a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames at Little Caesars Arena.

“The first three games were emotional, and we practiced hard (Wednesday), and we didn’t have our legs today,” Dylan Larkin said. “We didn’t have that emotion that we played with. You’re not going to have it every night in the National Hockey League. It’s 82 games. It’s hard. But when we don’t have our legs, our emotion, we got to find a way to simplify and play a better hockey game.”


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Call it desperation, as their captain did, or urgency, as the coach prefers: The Detroit Red Wings need to pack it when they go to Canada for the first time in nearly 20 months.

They face a winless team Saturday in the Canadiens, and travel to Montreal smarting after flunking their assignment against a winless team, lacking emotion and execution in a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames.

“They hadn’t won yet,” Dylan Larkin said. “They were desperate. They were way more desperate than we were. Montreal is the same way. Chicago is the same way. We’ve got these two games this weekend coming up. We can’t look past Montreal, but we have to be ready to go.”

The Wings won’t have their top scorer because Tyler Bertuzzi, who refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccine, cannot travel to Canada under current border regulations. The plan is for him to take a car service and join his team Sunday for the game against the Blackhawks.


Below watch Dylan Larkin, Jeff Blashill, Mickey Redmond post game and the game highlights.

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Quick Recap- Detroit Red Wings/Calgary Flames

One of those games you'd like to see the Wings win, but it didn't happen tonight.  Calgary wins 3-0.

Raymond and Seider continue to impress so that's something to be happy about.

Below two videos, a pre-game interview with Alex Nedeljkovic and the Smith/Lucic fight.  Team stats too.

Next game is Saturday night in Montreal.

I am making it an early night and will post the talk after the game either in the middle of the night or in the morning.

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