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Video- Post-Game Talk

via the Wings Twitter account,

Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader, Evgeny Svechnikov, and Jeff Blashill speaks to the media following Thursday's 4-0 to the Golden Knights.


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This team has no structure.

This team has no motivation.

This team has an owner who remains silent.

This team...

Vegas 4 Detroit 0

Goals and Detroit stats are below...

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Fun With Standings

With 16 games remaining and a hermit's ass chance of making the playoffs, I thought we'd take a little ditty around the playoff standings and see just how pathetic Ken Holland truly is. 

Steve Yzerman, the man who should be GM if not for the ego of Tick Tock? Oh we know he's in.  He's way in.  Not just in, but buried.  Like plan a parade in. 

Mike Babcock, the man Holland drove out of town because he mismanaged a roster, a cap and refused to leverage the best years of Hank Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and the last four good years of Nick Lidstrom? He's in.

Pittsburgh? The team Jim Rutherford and before him, Ray Shero, continued to stock despite a cap, the men who actually make trades, a talent Ken Holland has never had? In. Again. And again and again. 

Columbus? The team the Wings used to absolutely own? In. No real comparison to Holland here but anything good happening in that city is a disgrace and if I have to blame someone for anything I'll blame Holland for this too. 

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Evgeny Svechnikov Knows This Is A Chance To Prove Himself

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Evgeny Svechnikov hopes the adversity he faced the first half of the season in Grand Rapids makes him a stronger player for the remainder of the season and into the future with the Detroit Red Wings.

Svechnikov, the team's top pick in 2015 (19th overall), will make his Red Wings season debut tonight against the Vegas Golden Knights at Little Caesars Arena. The 6-3, 212-pound forward start on a line with Andreas Athanasiou at center and Justin Abdelkader at left wing.

"A lot of emotion right now for myself, full of energy and I'm very excited for the opportunity," Svechnikov said after the morning skate.

"I want to prove everything I can. I think I got a good chance."


added 2:48pm, Ansar Khan of Mlive on Tatar...

added 4:40pm, Watch the game day preview below...

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Video- Tomas Tatar After Today’s Morning Skate

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Detroit’s Morning Skate At The LCA

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Evgeny Svechnikov joins #RedWings morning skate after recall from @griffinshockey. Looks like he changed from No. 37 last season in 2 games here to 77.

lines at skate:

added 10:37am, Khan...

Jimmy Howard in starter’s net, as you’d expect.

added 10:43am, Khan again,

power play units:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader (net front), Athanasiou-Kronwall
Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha (net front), Frk-Green

added 1:45pm, video of Evgeny Svechnikov after the morning skate is below...

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Video- Evgeny Svechnikov’s Road To The NHL

via Mlive's YouTube page,

MLive goes beyond the game for an inside look at the life of top Detroit Red Wings prospect Evgeny Svechnikov and his journey to the NHL.


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Video- All The Goals Of Tomas Tatar In A Detroit Sweater

Yes, Tatar is gone but if you want to reminisce a bit and note, it is 47 minutes long.

via awood 40's YouTube page,

Every goal, best assists, and some other highlights.


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Video- David Backes Suspended Three Games For Interference

Here is the explanation on the hit to Frans Nielsen.



added 3:38pm on 3/8/18, Watch Backes on the suspension below...

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Hard To Compare VGK To DRW

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The first-year team is competing for the best record in the NHL and is a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. The 92-year-old franchise is virtually eliminated from playoff contention and will be hoping for some luck in the draft lottery.

The surprising expansion Vegas Golden Knights make their first appearance in Detroit Thursday to face the rebuilding Red Wings (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

Vegas (42-19-5) is fourth overall with 89 points. The Red Wings (26-29-11) are 25th overall with 63 points.

How is Vegas so much better than the Red Wings? It's an apples to oranges comparison.

The Red Wings' demise, following an amazing 25-year playoff run that included four Cup titles and two other finals appearances, was inevitable.


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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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