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A Tough Practice For The Wings

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

The calendar may have read Feb. 14 but the Red Wings didn't seem to be in the mood to celebrate Valentine's Day or any other holiday for that matter.

The bitter taste of allowing four goals in a four-minute span in the third period in Thursday's 4-1 loss at New Jersey lingered during practice Friday at Boston's TD Garden.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill put the team through their paces as they did some extensive battle drills for most of the brief but intense practice.

 

"We just gotta make sure we understand it's not okay," Blashill said. "We walked out of Buffalo, we played a good game, we didn't win. Sometimes you don't win, you play a good game and you don't win. You look at the process, you're all right with that. I wasn't all right with it last night.

"So I want to make sure our guys understand that it's not okay and we're not just clicking off games here. We're going to do everything we can to win hockey games and what we did last night wasn't good enough."

Although the Wings are not fighting for a playoff spot, that doesn't mean there aren't important things to play for right now.

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added 3:39pm, Watch Perlini below after today's practice.

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WingedRider's avatar

Maybe the Coach should be pointing his big finger at “The Vets” .  I am sure some players played well but very few Vets were included in that group!

CALL OUT THE VETS!!!!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 02/14/20 at 03:41 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

The bitter taste of allowing four goals in a four-minute span in the third period in Thursday’s 4-1 loss a

The coach should accept some of the blame for this collapse. Most solid coaches would of called a time out after the second or third goal to TRY and help the team recollect and reset themselves. Not once during these types of collapses has Blashill called a timeout. He still is an amateur. Bowman and Babcock were great at doing this.

Gallant please!

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 02/14/20 at 04:50 PM ET

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Simmons has made his living scoring those kinds of goals
in close. Even as he’s clearly slowed due to age and injuries,
he can still play that role effectively. It shows again how much
the Wings need players capable of being intensely focused on
protecting their crease. You can’t lose focus or be shy. We need
at least one more player with the size and snarl to knock over opponents
in front of their goal crease.

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/14/20 at 05:51 PM ET

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Most solid coaches would of called a time out after the second or third goal to TRY and help the team recollect and reset themselves. Not once during these types of collapses has Blashill called a timeout.

https://www.espn.com/nhl/playbyplay/_/gameId/401145868 @8:29 of the third period

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/14/20 at 05:56 PM ET

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And for good measure:

https://www.espn.com/nhl/playbyplay/_/gameId/401145263

@6:34 of the 2nd period

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/14/20 at 06:13 PM ET

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Good job Homer I stand corrected. Lol

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 02/14/20 at 08:03 PM ET

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