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Rivalry Please

The only way games between these two teams turns into a real rivalry?

The real rivalry starts when we steal their GM.

The real rivalry starts when Chris Ilitch opens up the wallet, buys out the remainder of Steve Yzerman's contract and brings him back to Detroit where he belongs and has belonged.

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“The Russian Five” Documentary Will Premier At The Freep Film Fesitval

from the Detroit Free Press,

The dramatic story of the five Russian hockey stars who helped propel the Detroit Red Wings to two Stanley Cup championships is the focus of Freep Film Festival's opening night film.

The world premiere of "The Russian Five" documentary will open the fifth annual Freep Film Festival on April 11 at the Fillmore Detroit.

The movie, directed by Port Huron native Joshua Riehl, includes new interviews with Russian Five stars Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov, Vyacheslav Kozlov and Viacheslav Fetisov, along with other Red Wing and NHL greats, including Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Darren McCarty and Wayne Gretzky. Top brass like Jim Devellano, Scotty Bowman and Tom Wilson also appear, as does actor and super fan Jeff Daniels.


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Video- Game Day Preview From The Tampa Bay Lightning Perspective


added 3:15pm, Projected lineup for the Wings added below, AA listed in it.

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Report- AA Ill, Booth In

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The Wings Are In Tampa Tonight

So far no information on the Wings having a morning skate.

If they do skate, I will follow it and post accordingly.

At this point we have this...



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A Tough One - Who Said This?

“I’m working the phones, I’m trying to see what the other teams in the league are thinking. We are obviously not a buyer, we are not spending future assets to try to get in.

“We’ll see here over the next week what direction we are going, but I am aware we are eight points out and games are running out.”

-Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press has more.

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Another Opportunity For Athanasiou And Bertuzzi

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Andreas Athanasiou will be given a chance to make up minutes in his next assignment. Tyler Bertuzzi could also see his time expand.

As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to play at Tampa Bay Thursday, coach Jeff Blashill has Athanasiou back playing with Dylan Larkin, and is mulling a bigger role for Bertuzzi on the power play.

Athanasiou played just one shift in the third period of Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Anaheim, the result of the Ducks opting to play just three lines and Athanasiou not generating enough offensively through 40 minutes. Blashill made sure Wednesday that Athanasiou knew it was a short benching.

“I talked to him real quick, just said I didn’t think he was going last night, and he’s going to get a chance to go in Tampa,” Blashills said. “I told him get right back on the horse against Tampa. We need him to be a real good player so hopefully he comes out and he’s flying against Tampa.


added 2:43pm, Watch coach Blashill after today's practice.

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Do You Expect A First Round Pick And More If Mike Green Is Traded?

from Rob Vollman at NHL.com,

For teams looking to add a defenseman before the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 26, Mike Green of the Detroit Red Wings has earned top consideration.

Given their similarities, Green is drawing comparisons to Kevin Shattenkirk, the headliner of the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline class. Shattenkirk was acquired from the St. Louis Blues by the Washington Capitals on Feb. 27, 2017....

Shattenkirk's trade also provides a clue as to what Detroit may be expecting in return for Green. St. Louis received Zach Sanford, a first-round pick, plus two conditional picks for Shattenkirk.

That package isn't without precedent; it's almost exactly what the Toronto Maple Leafs obtained from the Boston Bruins for Tomas Kaberle at the 2011 NHL Trade Deadline.

The Red Wings may not be expecting much less to part with Green, who can be an unrestricted free agent July 1.

more with Vollman taking a deeper look at Green...

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Detroit’s Practice Today

Ansar Khan tweets,

Howard in starter’s net at #RedWings practice. Face @TBLightning tomorrow at 7:30.

Zetterberg only player not skating today, which has been the norm on off-days for #RedWings

lines and D pairs in practice:
Nyquist-Booth (subbing for Zetterberg)-Mantha
Ouellet-Witkowski (extras)

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

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Wings Continue To Work Hard

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Consecutive victories moved the Detroit Red Wings up a bit in the Eastern Conference standings, but realistically, it doesn't get them any closer to a playoff spot.

It would still take an epic run over the final one-third of the season for this team to qualify.

That's why the front office is prepared to move some players by the trade deadline, if it is able. And whatever happens in the seven games leading up to Feb. 26 isn't likely to change that decision.

But some players, following Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at Little Caesars Arena, said they hope they can play well enough over the next 12 days to keep the band together.

"As long as we keep working hard, doing things the right way and getting results, maybe we can force management's hand because, honestly, we do have a great group of guys in here and we all really enjoy going out there and competing for ourselves," Jimmy Howard said. "So, we kind of want to flip the switch here."


Below, watch the game highlights and Jeff Blashill's post-game press conference.

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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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