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Practice Time For The Detroit Red Wings

via Ansar Khan tweet,

lines at practice:
Bertuzzi-Larkin-Fabbri
Glendening-Filppula-Zadina
Erne-Nielsen-Helm
Abdelkader-Ehn-Smith
Perlini
D-pairs:
Nemeth-Green
Daley-Hronek
Biega/Ericsson-Bowey
In goal:
Howard
Pickard

added 11:48am, Khan...

power play units:
1. Larkin (net front), Bertuzzi (slot), Hronek-Fabbri (half walls), Green (point).
2. Smith (net front), Filppula (slot), Nielsen-Zadina (half walls), Daley (point).

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Primis's avatar

It really is amazing how removing AA and Mantha from the lineup makes DET’s forwards painfully thin.  WIth Mantha and AA, DET can make a case as having 2 solid top lines.  With them out, they barely have one decent one.  Icing a second line of Glendening-Filppula-$anyoneelse is absolutely horrific.  Imagine what Zadina could do with actual good linemates…

Really disappointing how Perlini has gone though.  An argument was made for him as a Top Six forward eventually when he came over, and right now he’s odd man out entirely. There’s still time for him to do something, but it’s running out quickly.

Posted by Primis on 01/16/20 at 12:10 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I immediately had the same thought when I looked at that second line.  It’s a very thin stable of forwards.

Posted by RWBill on 01/16/20 at 12:25 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

An argument was made for him as a Top Six forward eventually when he came over, and right now he’s odd man out entirely.
Posted by Primis on 01/16/20 at 12:10 PM ET

Who was making that argument?  Maybe some puffing smoke up YzerGod’s arse?  He was moved to a bottom 6 if not 3 in his previous stops, and Stevie gave up an asset for what is now the 13th forward on the worst team in the league, the sort of player you hope to get on waivers.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 01/16/20 at 12:57 PM ET

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Perlini seems like the classic case of a guy who can/did produce some
offense in short bursts. But who is wildly inconsistent and doesn’t offer much else.
So a guy with some speed and a shot who can’t create for himself and is one-dimensional even when he’s producing. When he’s not producing, do you give him the PP mins and top linemates (such as we have) to try and get him going?
Not really, because he’s not an outstanding point producer by top-six standards even when he’s at his best.

The hope was probably that he’d click with someone
in the bottom six and provide some extra offense against less
difficult checking. Given how hard it is for this team to score goals
and how unbalanced the lineup is, it was a minor gamble. Maybe Regula
becomes a solid bottom pairing NHL player someday.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/16/20 at 04:16 PM ET

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I think Perlini looked a lot better than Abby, Erne and about 3-4 forwards look out there. Nobody is scoring anyway, but Perlini at least was getting/creating scoring chances.

Posted by VPalmer on 01/16/20 at 04:40 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I think Perlini looked a lot better than Abby, Erne and about 3-4 forwards look out there. Nobody is scoring anyway, but Perlini at least was getting/creating scoring chances.

Posted by VPalmer on 01/16/20 at 04:40 PM ET

I’m not a big Erne fan, but even had potted two in a game.

Perlini can’t even get one, once.  And he’s not assisting either.

But at some point DET needs to weed out these players.  You can’t be 40 games in with a bunch of guys with less than 5 points on the season, and most with 0 Goals.

Posted by Primis on 01/17/20 at 07:57 AM ET

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