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The Detroit Red Wings Are Practicing On The West Coast

via Dana Wakiji tweets,

Zetterberg not on the ice today so Booth taking his spot for practice.

Nielsen skating with Athanasiou and Abdelkader.

Bertuzzi-Booth (Zetterberg spot)-Nyquist
Mantha-Larkin-Helm
Athanasiou-Nielsen-Abdelkader
Svechnikov-Glendening-Frk

Ericsson-Daley
DeKeyser-Green
Kronwall-Jensen
Ouellet-Witkowski

added 4:49pm, Wakiji..

Nielsen working on first power-play unit today.

Wings face the Kings tomorrow night with a 10pm puckd drop.

added 7:13pm, Below, watch Jeff Blashill after today's practice.

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SwedeLundin83's avatar

I… I just can’t with Helm playing on the second line for several games now. Why are you wasting Svechnikov on the 4th line? There is literally nothing to lose at this point. Give the kid some solid minutes and see if he sinks or swims and teach him some lessons about this level of play. You can’t judge him off playing 5 or 6 minutes. This coach needs to go, he is the absolute worst.

Posted by SwedeLundin83 on 03/14/18 at 04:37 PM ET

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FIRE BLASHILL NOW.

This team needs to be in the mindset of developing players and evaluating their talent. Earlier in the year, whatever, team was trying to make the playoffs. I at least understand that.

This?

This is horse poop.

Darren Helm shouldn’t even be on the team, let alone in the top 6.

Screw you.

I NOW consider myself totally pissed off.

Posted by ilovehomers on 03/14/18 at 04:43 PM ET

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This is almost as bad as Mikael Samulesson, on his last legs, rotating in the top 6.

Posted by ilovehomers on 03/14/18 at 04:44 PM ET

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Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News on the race to last…

Now, the worst record doesn’t guarantee a team the first pick. But it does give that team the best chance of winning the draft lottery — and even as finishing or low as possible in the standings, obviously, increases the chances.

The NHL revamped its draft format for the 2016 Entry Draft, going away from awarding the top pick to the team with the worst record to a lottery format.

The team with the worst record can now pick no worse than fourth in the lottery format, which is exactly what happened to Colorado last year.

What makes this particular draft somewhat unique is the fact there’s one clear-cut, consensus best player in the litter — Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin.

more

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/14/18 at 04:48 PM ET

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But he’s got to grab his opportunity for more in those six minutes!

Some guys can add instant, if streaky offense in a small role.

But that’s not really how you develop one of the few prospects you have at forward.

Helm and Abdelkader play roles commensurate with their salaries and years in the league,
not their ability.

Posted by Lefty30 on 03/14/18 at 04:50 PM ET

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Frk on the 4th line? I’m okay with that. Sheltered 5v5 minutes with regular PP time is a good look for him.
Svech on the 4th line? Now I’m confused. You want to keep him up the rest of the year to get a better look at him yet play him limited time, 7 minutes last game I believe.
This mindset of making prospects play absolutely perfect shifts every time with limited time to earn ice time does not make sense to me. Seems they would be constantly worried about making a mistake rather than just playing. Is there really a downside to playing him 13 - 16 minutes with the directive “Don’t worry about your mistakes, just play your game.”? Especially now with 13 games left and trending the right lottery direction.

Posted by Manthanasiou87 on 03/14/18 at 05:01 PM ET

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Blashill tells media Nielsen cleared to play.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/14/18 at 05:10 PM ET

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I’m genuinely starting to wonder if the whole Vet Favoritism thing is less a Babcock/Blashill thing, and more a Direct Order From Above thing.

Posted by Primis on 03/14/18 at 05:12 PM ET

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This is almost as bad as Mikael Samulesson, on his last legs, rotating in the top 6.

Posted by ilovehomers on 03/14/18 at 04:44 PM ET

Hey now, Samuelsson could miss the net as well as anyone in the league, if not better.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/14/18 at 05:49 PM ET

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Hey now, Samuelsson could miss the net as well as anyone in the league, if not better.

He couldn’t miss the net on breakaways like Helm, though.

Posted by godblender on 03/14/18 at 06:31 PM ET

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These last two comments make me feel better.

Posted by ilovehomers on 03/14/18 at 06:56 PM ET

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Added video of Blashill talking after practice to the post.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/14/18 at 07:16 PM ET

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Hey now, Samuelsson could miss the net as well as anyone in the league, if not better.

He was a master of it. LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 03/14/18 at 07:39 PM ET

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from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

One curious thing about this trip is that the Wings will face, in almost perfect order, the top three penalty-killing teams in the league.

It started Monday in San Jose with the top-ranked Sharks, who are at 84.9 percent, Thursday in Los Angeles it’ll be the second-ranked Kings at 84.1 percent and Sunday in Colorado, the third-ranked Avalanche sit at 83.7 percent.

The Wings face the Anaheim Ducks on Friday and they’re no slouch in the penalty-killing department either, ranking eighth at 82.6 percent.

read on, Nielsen related…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/14/18 at 08:29 PM ET

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What’s the chances our young prospects are in, let’s call it collusion figuring they’re going to have long mediocre careers unless some major corrections are made to this club real quick, like being in position to win the draft lottery. I’ll argue that whether you’re playing your fanny off or not this team doesn’t score. Look at Z’s line, even with Mantha they didn’t set the world on fire, and don’t think that doesn’t influence young players. Khan mentioned Green might return, not more than
3.5 -4.0 mil.

Posted by stateofmifan on 03/15/18 at 02:02 AM ET

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This franchise is a rudderless ship.  I’m getting to the point where I don’t care.

Posted by Steve1306 on 03/15/18 at 08:07 AM ET

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I’m literally just rooting for losses now. I really want Dahlin! smile We need at least two or 3 top 5 picks and some good luck in our 2nd and 3rd rnd drafts and we’ll be in the mix in 5 years. Let’s go LA! lmao

Oh. and fire blashill

Posted by Pasha1277 on 03/15/18 at 08:18 AM ET

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This is horse poop.

Darren Helm shouldn’t even be on the team, let alone in the top 6.

Screw you.

I NOW consider myself totally pissed off.

Posted by ilovehomers on 03/14/18 at 04:43 PM ET

Amen

I’m genuinely starting to wonder if the whole Vet Favoritism thing is less a Babcock/Blashill thing, and more a Direct Order From Above thing.

Posted by Primis on 03/14/18 at 05:12 PM ET

I’m starting to think the same thing. Time for Chris Ilitch to start being a hands on owner and put a boot up Holland’s arse.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/15/18 at 08:18 AM ET

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I’m genuinely starting to wonder if the whole Vet Favoritism thing is less a Babcock/Blashill thing, and more a Direct Order From Above thing.

Ya think?

What took you so long?

For curiosity’s sake, why is it now?

Why is it now, not when Ken Holland re-signed Samuelsson?
Why is it now, not when Ken Holland called the NHL a man’s league?
Why is it now, not when Ken Holland scoffed and called Anthony Mantha a spare part?
Why is it now, not when Ken Holland refused to make a roster spot for Jensen or Ouellet years ago?
Why is it now, not when Ken Holland re-signed a completely redundant third-line and a 32-year old second-line centre to a long term deal while already having one top-line centre a month after the highest-end prospect they’d had in years -a centre who projected to be a top liner- decided to turn pro?
Why is it now, not when he started his idiotic version of a “rebuild” by signing a 33-year old veteran defensemen and a 27-year old who shouldn’t even be in the NHL instead of leaving any openings for a homegrown prospects? Not to mention that one is shitty at both forward AND defense, so he was able to block the path of TWO prospects!
Why is it now, not when he signed a 32-year old who’d already washed out of the NHL once rather than giving a spot to a prospect?

Seriously. Why now?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 03/15/18 at 08:31 AM ET

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Chardee, are you referring to Weiss somewhere in there?

Posted by Pasha1277 on 03/15/18 at 08:37 AM ET

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This is almost as bad as Mikael Samulesson, on his last legs, rotating in the top 6.
Posted by ilovehomers on 03/14/18 at 04:44 PM ET

Nothing was that bad. When Sammy was resigned it was the one time I, with all my heart, questioned WTF is Kenny doing.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 03/15/18 at 02:04 PM ET

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Why is it now, not when Ken Holland refused to make a roster spot for Jensen or Ouellet years ago?

Ahhh….these guys are barely NHL capable now. Years ago they were even worse players. Jensen was so bad last season he was pushed over on top of Jimmy and injured him.

I still don’t understand why any of us think those two players in particular are not replaceable?

.....and a 27-year old who shouldn’t even be in the NHL….

oh wait, you are talking about Jensen. My bad.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 03/15/18 at 02:13 PM ET

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