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Hopes, Dreams and Hate

Hope: that this disaster ends. Tonight. Not a real hope, just thankful it's done. 

Dreams: that Ken Holland announces at 5:45 that he's moving up to an executive position, like President for Ineptitude and Assholery Operations. That's a pipe dream because Chris Ilitich doesn't have the nuts to let him go. 

Hate: I wish I could pick a team that I want to lose, and lose out, more. I wish there was a way Denver AND St. Louis could miss and heartbreak could envelop two cities instead of one.  Instead...I'll be satisfied with the pain of Blues fans. Go Denver. 

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There It Is - Wings Press Conference At 5:45pm Today

 

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Detroit’s Final Morning Skate

Ansar Khan tweet,

Coreau first goalie off the ice, so he’s starting for second game in row

Helene St. James tweet,

Luke Glendening partaking in morning skate. Had been ruled out with upper-body symptoms, but maybe not.

 

added 12:33pm, Below, watch coach Blashill on the tragedy for the Humboldt Broncos.

added 2:27pm, Game day preiew added below...

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The Growth Of Dylan Larkin

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Others are taking lots of positives from Larkin, and his third season.

“His goal there,” Henrik Zetterberg said. “You don’t see too many players do that.

“He’s strong on the puck and fast, and it’s a nice move to finish it off, too.

“I think Dylan has taken a lot of steps this year, and not just offensively, but defensively, too.

“So, that’s good for our club.”

Larkin is not sitting next to Zetterberg, at this juncture, in the dressing room, as young Zetterberg once sat next to Steve Yzerman. But, he might as well be.

Larkin is already part of the leadership group of the Red Wings, though it may not yet have been publicly declared.

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So Is Saturday The Day?

Elliotte Friedman hinted at it first, then the Detroit media had a 'source' tell them a few days later Ken Holland will be staying with the Detroit Red Wings.

Since then, nothing.

Is Saturday the day, does Chris Ilitch have a media scrum before the game, does Ken Holland announce it himself, after all, nothing has really changed? 

Maybe they just carry on as usual?

Or does something else happen?  Tomorrow should be the day one way or another.

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A Solid Season For Darren Helm

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

"Definitely taken a different approach to the way I gotta do off-ice preparation," Helm said. "Even on ice, I listen to my body more, better. Last year was kind of a freak thing, to take a check like that and land awkwardly on my arm. I'm happy with the way my body's been holding up. It is a grind every year, but it is a fun grind. Definitely wouldn't be doing it if I didn't enjoy it."

Since the trip to California and Colorado, Helm has been on a line with Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha.

"I think Helm's actually really helped that line," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "If you really look at when that line started to go, Helmer's just got that relentless approach on the forecheck. It gives them a little energy on that line. Obviously Larks is a big forechecker too, so it gives you two real good forecheckers there. He's a net presence guy. I think he's played real good hockey overall through the course of the year so he's been a good match on that line."

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Detroit’s Last Practice Is An Optional One

Gregg Krupa tweets saying it is an optional for the Wings today.

I will update if anything newsworthy comes about.

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Video- E:60 Preview- Story On The Drug Scandal Regarding Ken Daniels’ Late Son

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“He’s a Bertuzzi…”

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Tyler Bertuzzi is on a three-goal roll as the Wings head into Saturday’s season finale. He and Dylan Larkin were the highlights of Thursday’s 4-3 loss to Montreal, a result that disappointed within the locker room but was best for the organization’s draft lottery odds and overall draft positioning.

Bertuzzi has three goals the last two games. Since joining Henrik Zetterberg’s line with Gustav Nyquist after Tomas Tatar was traded Feb. 26, Bertuzzi ranks as the team’s second-leading scorer in that span, with 13 point sin 19 games.

Asked what he first thought when a 23-year-old rookie would be joining his line, Zetterberg didn’t hesitate.

“He’s a Bertuzzi and I like Bertuzzis, so I knew kind of quick that he will be a good fit with me and Gus,” Zetterberg said. “We kind of need a player that is a little gritty and wins the puck battles for us and goes to the net or to an open spot.”

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Videos- Game Highlights And Post Game Talk

 

Below, Larkin and Bertuzzi after the game.

added 11:08pm, Group video is below...

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