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The Hot Goalie Is Alex Nedeljkovic

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The win ended a four-game winless streak, against a Stanley Cup contender, and may have given Nedeljkovic a slight edge in the goaltending tandem the Wings employ with Thomas Greiss.

Coach Jeff Blashill has alternated starts between Nedeljkovic and Greiss all season, but Wednesday gave Nedeljkovic a second consecutive start. The decision was rewarded, with Nedeljkovic starring in the victory.

“Especially in the third (period), he was unbelievable, made huge, huge saves,” Blashill said. “We gave up way too many chances in the third. We have to get better. But you like to get better when you’re winning, and the goalie gives you a chance to do that.

"He was great."

One of the traits teammates, and Blashill, have talked about with Nedeljkovic is his competitiveness in net — and that was apparent throughout key moments against the Blues.


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Video- Game Thoughts And Highlights

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Alex Nedeljkovic received his first back-to-back starts with the Detroit Red Wings and responded with a brilliant performance in a 3-2 win against the St. Louis Blues. The Red Wings are 9-9-3 overall, but 6-2-2 at Little Caesars Arena

Staking a Claim
The Red Wings said from the beginning they would use a tandem approach in net unless either Alex Nedeljkovic or Thomas Greiss showed they deserved to be the starter. This one game isn’t enough to change Detroit’s plans.

But his 35-save performance might further establish Nedeljkovic as the favorite to emerge as the No. 1. He is the first to play two consecutive games.

This game will stick with fans and coaches because Nedeljkovic was sometimes spectacular, particularly in the third period. His athleticism allowed him to stretch post to post to make big saves. In his back-to-back outings, he stopped 62 of 66 shots.

Larkin Carrying the Flag
Dylan Larkin scored his 10th goal of the season, one more than he scored last season in 44 games. He now has 18 points in 17 games.  More importantly, Larkin is playing with authority.


Below catch the extended game highlights.

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Videos- The Talk After A 4-2 Win Over The Blues

First up is Robby Fabbri, below find Alex Nedeljkovic, game highlights and Jeff Blashill.


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Quick Recap- Wings/Blues

The Wings started off slow, picked up the pace and lead 2-1 after 40 minutes.

St. Louis tied the game early in the third but the Wings went up 3-2 three minutes later.

Detroit added a empty net goal to make the final 4-2.

Below, all kinds of videos including the Detroit goals and team stats.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

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It’s Thanksgiving Eve

It's Thanksgiving Eve y'all, and, I'm sure we all have so much we are thankful for. Our families, our friends, all the things that matter. We've managed to stay alive over the course of the past two years, and, we're all still here having fun, watching games together. Win or lose.

We're thankful for Paul Kukla, for giving us a place to gather for fun, no holds barred.

We're thankful for our Chief, Bill Houlihan, for this wonderful place called A2Y, and we miss him so very much. And of course, I'm thankful for all 19 of the best, die hard, Wingaholics on the planet, and a stick tap for Hockeytown Todd, aka, "Gramps", wherever you are....

And now, just for fun, some kind of a prayer;

Dear 8-pound 6-oz Baby Jesus, 19 of us ask for a win tonight against the Bitter, Brittle, Blues.

It's a Live Blog!

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Stream- Preview Of Tonight’s Detroit/St. Louis Game

Ken Kal and Daniella Bruce preview tonight's game against the Blues.

Stream starts at 4pm and watch it below.

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Videos- The Talk After The Morning Skate

The Wings tweeted a video of players skating on the ice, other than that, no other report or news from the skate.

So let's turn to the video, Lucas Raymond first, Jeff Blashill is below.


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Red Wings Recall Defenseman Dan Renouf

added 10:13am, Detroit press release is below.

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Video- A Look At Prospect Chase Pearson

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More Offense Needed From The Wings’ Second Line

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Robby Fabbri are Filip Zadina are getting pucks on net, but not many behind the goaltender.

The Detroit Red Wings’ second line hasn’t produced much offense over the past several weeks despite ample opportunities.

“It starts with burying your chances,” Fabbri said. “The top line has done a great job for us, keeping us in games, winning us games. It’s up to the other 9-10 forwards that get in to help out. I put a lot of pressure on myself to be part of that secondary scoring. It hasn’t been going in right now. but the line has been confident with the chances we’ve been getting, with what we’ve been creating. We just got to stick with it and eventually it will go in.”

Fabbri has just one goal and two assists in the past 12 games, but he has registered 36 shots during that time. His overall 5.8 percent shooting percentage is well below his rate from his first two seasons in Detroit (13.5 percent and 17.2 percent).

Zadina has one goal and one assist in his past 11 games, with 21 shots during that stretch.

Pius Suter, the center on the line, has no points in four games after a stretch with five points (three goals, two assists) in five games.


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