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Jeff Blashill On Filip Zadina

from Dana Wakiji and Arthur J. Regner of the Wings website,

In Sunday night's game in Cleveland against the Monsters, Zadina scored twice, his first two goals since scoring two in the team's home opener Oct. 12.

"I was real happy to see him on the scoresheet," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I think confidence is one of the biggest factors because of how close everyone is in success. For him to score can only feed that confidence. So I think it's a great thing. I haven't talked to Ben (Simon, Griffins coach) this morning but hopefully he did it with playing a real good game, so you can point to a correlation of playing real good hockey and scoring. But certainly scoring can help confidence."

Zadina has four goals, three assists and is minus-6 in 11 games with the Griffins.

"Honestly, he's got a long way to go, the maturity part in the game to make sure when he's not scoring that he's still a real complete player," Blashill said. "I think what happens … he hasn't scored tons down there and when you don't score all the sudden you probably start cheating for offense, similar to what happened to us through that stretch in Montreal and Boston. The player has to realize he's got to play the right way and the points will come from playing good defense. I just think it's a maturation process and we're certainly not in any rush as an organization, we want to do what's best for him in his development and right now that's to let him stay down there and keep working."

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

If you met Tyler Bertuzzi on the street, it wouldn’t be difficult to figure out what he does for a living.

“He just looks like a hockey player, with the missing teeth and the long hair,” Luke Witkowski said of his Detroit Red Wings teammate.

Bertuzzi is a bit of a throwback, in appearance and style of play. In a league that has gravitated toward speed and finesse, Bertuzzi crashes and bangs like a grinder but has the skill and hockey sense to play on a top line.

“That’s what I like the most about him, he’s got the rare combination of grit and smarts,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “A lot of gritty players aren’t the smartest cats, and he is. You add that with a set of hands, the only thing he’s missing is increased skating. If he could get his skating just a little bit better, he’d be an elite player in this league. It’s something he’s going to keep working on. But I think the combination of grit, smarts and hands is special.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/05/18 at 04:35 PM ET

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Besides Zadina talk, here is Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Frans Nielsen practiced Monday, and though Blashill said Nielsen hadn’t received clearance yet, the feeling was Nielsen would return to the lineup Tuesday against Vancouver. Nielsen had missed the last three games.

Conversely, Andreas Athanasiou only skated on his own before practice, and Blashill was hoping an Athanasiou return later in the week.

…Nyquist was a linemate of Vancouver star rookie Elias Pettersson at the world championships, so he got an up-close look at the odds-on favorite for Rookie of the Year.

“Smart player, a lot of skill, he’s had a great start,” said Nyquist of Pettersson, who has 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in nine games this season. “He had a good resume, with the way he played in Sweden (MVP of the Swedish pro league), there are still a lot of good players over there, and if you can dominate that league … but it’s impressive what he’s done here so far.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/05/18 at 04:40 PM ET

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from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

Wearing a new —​ albeit​ familiar —​ logo on​ his​ chest​ and​ hat,​ Joe​ Hicketts​​ walks away from the whiteboard and toward the locker room bench.

It’s a Friday night, and Hicketts has just wrapped up a post-game media session at Van Andel Arena. His team has just lost in a shootout, and, if he wanted to quickly duck out of the room, it would be hard to blame him. Instead, he sits down.

“We’ve got a couple days to catch up,” he says.

Earlier in the week, Hicketts had agreed to give The Athletic day-by-day insights into the life of an NHL player. At the time, it’s fair to say neither of us knew how the week would play out. It started in Detroit, detoured through Columbus, and is now winding down here in Grand Rapids.

continued ($$$)

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/05/18 at 09:00 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

“we like to use the words ‘look like you don’t belong’ Blashill from Ted K’s article.

Hmmmmm, lol.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 11/06/18 at 10:16 AM ET

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