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An Optional Skate For Detroit

The Detroit Red Wings host the Vancouver Canucks at 7:30pm ET tonight.

Detroit is holding an optional morning skate and I will add to this post if needed.

Let's take a look at some team stats on the Wings.

Detroit ranks 26 in hits with 151.  Leader is Pittsburgh with 303.

Blocked shots the Wings are 5th with 143, the NYI lead with 156.

They are 9th in giveways with 100, the Dallas Stars have 134.

29th in takeaways with 40, the VGK have 111.

Detroit is 27th in faceoffs won percentage at 46.5, the Flyer have won 56.7.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced the following suspension:

Grand Rapids Griffins forward Givani Smith has been suspended for one (1) game as a consequence of a clipping incident in a game at Texas on Oct. 19.

Smith will miss Grand Rapids’ game Oct. 23 vs. Milwaukee.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/22/19 at 11:08 AM ET

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Dana Wakiji tweets Cholowski is on the ice and Howard in starter’s net.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/22/19 at 11:10 AM ET

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Wakiji tweet,

Blashill indicated they are waiting on a few things before making final lineup decisions as it pertains to Cholowski and Erne. Cholowski skated in the optional but Erne did not.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/22/19 at 11:27 AM ET

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Brad Galli tweet,

Looking back at the 2018 Draft (Hughes or Zadina), Jeff Blashill said an NHL head coach’s job on draft night is to pick a good suit.

He believes he’s done a solid job over the years.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/22/19 at 11:52 AM ET

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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