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Faith In The Penalty Kill

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The results have been alarming, but Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill isn’t losing confidence in his team’s penalty kill.

What has been troubling has been the unit’s lack of effectiveness in weekend games against the New York Islanders and Washington, where the opposition scored six goals on 10 power-play attempts.

Included in that span, obviously, is Friday’s four goals by the Islanders on a late-game five-minute penalty that turned the game in New York’s favor.

But Blashill feels the unit will regain its balance and get back to the level it did the five games previous to the weekend, when it killed 10 of 11 power plays.

“That’s the important part, we had a good penalty kill for a long time, and we have real good penalty killers,” Blashill said.

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Game day notes from Art Regner and Dana Wakiji of the Wings’ website,

Trevor Daley was on the ice for the morning skate along with the rest of the Red Wings Tuesday morning.

That doesn’t sound that impressive until you remember that Daley blocked the shot of Washington’s Alex Ovechkin - hardest shot winner at the All-Star Game - Sunday afternoon.

Although Daley needed a little ice on his hand after the game, he said he felt “pretty good” today after going through all the regular drills.

“It’s the way our game has gone now,” Daley said. “You’ve got to get some pucks. That guy can shoot it and he scores from a lot from that area, so anytime that it hits you, you’re just happy that it didn’t go in the net.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/13/18 at 03:51 PM ET

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Good news on Daley. Regarding PK, I think last couple of games were exception, not the norm. I am more worried about the PP that has been just horrendous for couple of months now?

Posted by VPalmer on 02/13/18 at 05:15 PM ET

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In other news, Ryan Sproul will make his debut with the NYR tonight.

He talks about it.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/13/18 at 01:51 PM ET

They waived Smitty and moving Sprout into the lineup?

Posted by RWBill on 02/13/18 at 06:33 PM ET

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They waived Smitty and moving Sprout into the lineup?
Posted by RWBill on 02/13/18 at 05:33 PM ET

Oh boy. Lucky Rangers. wink

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 02/13/18 at 07:01 PM ET

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The Rangers are only one point out of a playoff spot, but they’re doing what Ken Holland (who’s Wings are 8 points out) is reluctant to do. They’re moving out a non-productive vet and replacing him with a prospect who has some degree of potential.

The bottom line is the Rangers are looking at next year and beyond. Holland, on the other hand, can’t see the future because he lives every day in the past.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/13/18 at 07:17 PM ET

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Holland, on the other hand, can’t see the future because he lives every day in the past.

Didn’t you get the memo? They won last night. They’ve practically clinched a playoff spot. The past? Ken Holland is planning on winning the Stanley Cup this year.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 02/14/18 at 10:06 AM ET

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