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Wings/Blue Jackets Recap

The Wings had a 3-1 lead after the 1st period, 4-2 after two and in the third Columbus tied it up 4-4.

On to OT and the Blue Jackets win 5-4.

Goals and Detroit stats are below...

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Last Road Game Of The Season

We are getting close to then end, book your tee times for Sunday.

Until then we watch 3 more games so you might as well comment on them too.

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Justin Abdelkader Recalls His First NHL Game

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

It was 10 years ago today that Justin Abdelkader played in his first NHL game, coincidentally against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"I didn't know that. Gosh, crazy. I can't believe how fast time has gone," Abdelkader said. "It's one of those things guys always tell you to enjoy it because it goes so quick. Ten years, it feels like yesterday. I don't feel like it's been that long. Yeah, it was against the Blue Jackets, I remember it like it was yesterday actually. I couldn't get my contract signed so I played on a tryout the first game, which was different, but I got to sign a contract the next game because everything happened so quick, I think they had a few injuries. I think (Kirk) Maltby actually had gotten hurt, they played St. Louis the night before and he got hurt and I got the call the night before. They said, 'Hey, we got an opportunity for you to come in and play.' Obviously I jumped at it and never looked back."

Abdelkader said he was nervous for every shift, playing on a team with so many future Hall of Famers, but one guy helped him get through the game.

"Aaron Downey was on my line," Abdelkader said. "Before my first shift, he's like, 'Hey, kid, just play the way you play. Be physical, be hard, don't worry about anyone touching you on the ice. No one's going to touch you out there.' I was like, fair enough.

more plus other topics, mostly Zetterberg on Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

added 5:47pm, Game Day preview is below...

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Jimmy Howard Starts, Jared Coreau Out With The Flu


Below, game setup from the Columbus side...

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Detroit’s Draft Lottery Scenario

from Arpon Basu of The Athletic,

The other significant game is also Thursday when the Canadiens visit Detroit. If the Red Wings manage to win at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, this game will lose much significance for them because they’ll essentially be locked in to the 26th spot and might even risk moving higher in the standings with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders not too far ahead of them. That would also make Detroit’s season finale against the Islanders very interesting. But if they lose in Columbus, the Red Wings would have some interest in losing to the Canadiens as well because that would leave the teams one point apart in the standings, assuming Montreal loses to the Winnipeg Jets at home on Tuesday. If the Canadiens win against the Jets, playing a back-to-back, that game Thursday in Detroit becomes even more important.

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Is Henrik Zetterberg Headed To The Hockey Hall Of Fame?

With the Sedins's retiring at the end of the season, Kevin Allen of USA TODAY wrote about active players 36 and over with a shot at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Henrik Zetterberg, 37, Detroit Red Wings: He is 46 points away from 1,000, but his points per game average (.88) is higher than the Sedins. He is a member of the Triple Crown Club, meaning he has won a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold and a world championship. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2008 and the King Clancy Award for leadership in 2015. He has 120 points in 137 postseason games and could be helped by advanced statistics because he has a career 55.1% Corsi percentage, according to hockey-reference.com. A defensive-minded player, Zetterberg always plays against the best opponents. He will make the Hall of Fame.

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“Playing To Win”

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings are in the final week of the season, have three games left — and not thinking about “tanking” and missing out of better odds in the NHL Entry Draft.

“I understand the importance of trying to get that first pick, I’m not naïve to that,” Blashill said. “But would you want an athlete that didn’t play to win, that would be crazy. We’re going to play to win and we’ll see what the result is.

“I get it, I understand, but you just have to understand from our perspective we’re playing to win.”

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NHL Draft Options

Ansar Khan of Mlive answers a few questions from the fans,

Regarding the draft....

If they win the lottery, they will take Dahlin, guaranteed. They need a franchise defenseman and Dahlin (Frolunda, Sweden League) is considered by many analysts to be the best blue line prospect in ages. Most expect him to go No. 1 regardless of who gets the pick.

The Red Wings have employed the “best player available (in their opinion)” strategy with their top pick, forward or defenseman, for as long as I can recall.  As a result, they’ve taken a defenseman only once in the past 10 seasons with their first selection (Dennis Cholowski in 2016).

If they wind up with the second or third pick, I think they’ll take one of two wingers – Andrei Svechnikov, the brother of their 2015 first pick, Evgeny, of Barrie (OHL) or Brady Tkachuk of Boston University.

If they select fourth or lower and Svechnikov and Tkachuk are off the board, I could see them taking a defenseman. Several, after Dahlin, are projected to go in the top 10, including Quinn Hughes of Michigan, Adam Boqvist of Brynas Juniors (Sweden), Evan Bouchard of London (OHL) and Noah Dobson of Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL).

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Winning May Mean Losing Out On Rasmus Dahlin

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Nicklas Lidstrom, the Detroit Red Wings' seven-time Norris Trophy winner and one of the game's all-time greats, made an appearance at Saturday's game.

Lidstrom told reporters that Rasmus Dahlin, the Swedish phenom expected to be selected first overall in this year's draft, is better that he was at that age (17).

Dahlin is a generational talent, the best defense prospect in decades, analysts say. The team that wins the April 28 draft lottery will feel like it hit the jackpot....

While many fans and, privately, some in management, would prefer losing to increase the lottery odds, that's just not how players and coaches operate.

"We don't pay any attention to that," Howard said. "As players, we want to go out there and perform, especially at home for our fans.

"Every single guy in here is a pretty good professional. ... We still want to play our best, we still want to win games."


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Recap- Wings/Senators

Detroit 2 Ottawa 0

The best thing to say about today's game is that it's over.

3 more to go.

Goals and Detroit stats are below.

added 5:15pm, Game highlights now below...

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