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Jared Coreau’s Audition And Wings’ Close To Elimination

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Coach Jeff Blashill said after Thursday’s game he was pleased with Coreau’s game against the Kings, saying Coreau kept the Red Wings in position to win with several key saves.

That will be one of the key assessments going forward for the Red Wings in relation to the goaltending position — can Coreau be an adequate NHL backup to Howard next season and give the team a chance to win when in the lineup?...

The Red Wings haven’t been totally mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but it’s getting there.

By virtue of Toronto winning Thursday and the Red Wings losing — the loss extended the Red Wings’ winless streak to eight games (0-7-1) — the Red Wings can’t catch the Maple Leafs and will not be able to claim one of the three automatic playoff spots in the Atlantic Division.

The only way the Red Wings could make the playoffs is by earning a wild card spot but, obviously, those chances are becoming increasingly slim.

The Red Wings entered Friday’s games trailing New Jersey by 17 points with only 12 games left. Any combination of eight points earned by New Jersey or lost by the Red Wings, will eliminate the Red Wings from the playoffs for a second consecutive season.

To their credit, the Red Wings continue to play with passion and commitment....

more on each of the above topics...

Below is Detroit's projected lineup for tonight...

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SwedeLundin83's avatar

I, personally, do not believe the tandem of Howard/Coreau will perform very well… Howard, as always, is very dependent on if he can stay healthy. Coreau is just not an NHL goalie, in my opinion. I would rather go out and spend 2 million on a fringe starter/backup. Bernier comes to mind.

Posted by SwedeLundin83 on 03/16/18 at 06:10 PM ET

SwedeLundin83's avatar

Another day and another wasted opportunity for Svechnikov playing on the 4th line, while Helm flies high on the 2nd line where HE DOES NOT BELONG! Svech should be playing that right wing spot, drop Helm down to line 3 and Abdelkader to line 4. Give Frk every PP opportunity as he can shoot and score.

Posted by SwedeLundin83 on 03/16/18 at 06:11 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

The Goalie of the Future.  Czech Premier League, probably.

“Mrazek, 26, who isn’t likely to re-sign in Philadelphia after a shoddy performance with the Flyers since arriving there (4-5-1, 3.15 GAA, .887 SVS).

Mrazek’s price wouldn’t be anywhere close the $4 million he earned this season. “

Posted by RWBill on 03/16/18 at 08:32 PM ET

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