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The Talk Before Tonight’s Game Against The Pittsburgh Penguins

Blashill first, Ericsson below.

added 2:24pm, Bertuzzie, Zadina, Abdelkader and Blashill below.




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from Arthur J. Regner of the Wings website,

Even with Crosby on IR, the Pens are firmly entrenched in the wild-card race and are competing to finish in one of the top three slots in the Metropolitan Division.

“I watched their game last night (a 2-0 home victory against Arizona). They’re definitely playing good defensively,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said after Saturday’s optional morning skate. “Obviously when (Evgeni) Malkin’s line’s on the ice, they’re super dynamic. Those three players (Malkin, Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust) are really, really good players. Then the rest of them are buying into a team game up front and they’re not giving a whole bunch up but creating offense.

“We’ve had a week here to really worry about ourselves. We’re way more worried about ourselves than anybody else. There’s some areas that we felt we needed to get way better at and kind of rebuild our foundation that we had built coming out of camp and hopefully we’ve done that.”

It’s easy to see why Blashill’s attention is completely zoned in on his team. Detroit is winless in its last 10 games (0-8-2), but with an almost unprecedented four days off in today’s NHL, the Red Wings were able to practice and reinforce many of the good habits they established during the preseason and the early part of the regular season.

Whether it translates into a string of victories remains to be seen, yet during this recent slide, the Wings for the most part have stuck together and remain confident in themselves and their structure.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/07/19 at 05:20 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Pens seem to do alright with either Crosby or Malkin out of the lineup odd but it works for some reason.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 12/07/19 at 06:10 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Nobody can inject confidence in you…

Actually, Mr. Magoo, I think that’s exactly what a competent head coach can do for his team. But I completely understand why that idea would seem foreign to you.

It’s easy to see why Blashill’s attention is completely zoned in on his team.

Sure, because his job is on the line. Nothing gets an employee more focused than the possibility of losing his/her job.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 12/07/19 at 07:48 PM ET

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