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Today’s Practice

via Ansar Khan tweet,

practice today, injured players Bertuzzi and Stecher not skating. Wings host Nashville Tuesday and Thursday.

added 11:16am, Khan...

lines at practice:
Mantha-Larkin-Helm
Ryan-Fabbri-Zadina
Filppula-Namestnikov-Nielsen/Gagner rotating
Brome-Glendening-Erne
Svechnikov extra
D pairs:
DeKeyser-Hronek
Staal-Merrill
Nemeth-Djoos
Biega

added 11:43am, Khan...

power-play units:
1. Larkin (net front), Brome (bumper), Mantha-Ryan (flanks), Djoos (point).
2. Erne (net front), Filppula (bumper), Fabbri-Zadina (flanks), Hronek (point).
Power play is 0 for 35 over past 12 games.

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Glad Svech is getting some practice time in as an extra after Nielsen got waived. Will he have to go through waivers again to play in GR after wasting a couple days on the taxi squad or can he just be sent back if he doesn’t actually get into a game?

Posted by MZ2215 on 02/22/21 at 11:53 AM ET

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In case you had any doubts, Frans Nielsen is still a member of the Detroit Red Wings.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/22/21 at 12:02 PM ET

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Nice to see that Brome’s punishment for producing wasn’t as severe as Smith’s.

Posted by PresidentJoeByzerman on 02/22/21 at 12:13 PM ET

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Max Bultman of The Athletic on Detroit’s goalie pipeline.

Here’s where the Red Wings’ uncertain situation in net really gets underscored, because the answer to who’s “coming soon” to Detroit may in fact be … no one.

Don’t get it twisted, the Red Wings have goalie prospects. But the only one playing as high as the American Hockey League right now is Kaden Fulcher, who hasn’t actually played in the AHL yet. Ever. In fact, Fulcher has played a total of two games since the end of the 2018-19 season, the same season he was thrust into action for one game in Detroit. That lack of track record, and that he hasn’t had a save percentage above .900 over a full season (as a pro or in junior), make him a long shot to become an NHLer.

Filip Larsson, not long ago, was supposed to be the netminder fast tracking toward the NHL, but his fortunes have turned significantly following a stellar freshman season at the University of Denver in 2018-19. In that season, Larsson was dominant, turning in a .932 save percentage and then turning pro as a 21-year-old last season. But he got shelled in Grand Rapids, ultimately playing more games in the ECHL, and is now playing in Denmark, where he has a .888 save percentage in four games.

more ($$$)

 

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/22/21 at 12:13 PM ET

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...injured players Bertuzzi and Stecher not skating….

Has it been explained exactly the issue with Bert??  I remember a few seasons ago he was sidelined with concussion issues. I fear he is dealing with similar issue now. Hopefully it’s something else, but don’t recall a clear explanation.

Posted by Down River Dan on 02/22/21 at 12:44 PM ET

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Posted by Down River Dan on 02/22/21 at 12:44 PM ET

I thought that he played or tried to play with the injury, or at least continued the game, so I hope that rules out the concussion, but its a great question.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 02/22/21 at 01:07 PM ET

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Glad Svech is getting some practice time in as an extra after Nielsen got waived. Will he have to go through waivers again to play in GR after wasting a couple days on the taxi squad or can he just be sent back if he doesn’t actually get into a game?

Posted by MZ2215 on 02/22/21 at 11:53 AM ET

I said the same when he was called up, and I wonder if this is more about removing him from GR to give other guys time down there, but who knows.

I would like to see him vs. Erne on our PP to be honest. For whatever reason, Blash can not get someone on this team to stand in front of their goalie, to me Schevy fits that role in spades, that’s what he’s good at, big body tight spaces, can get to the bounds and the low cycle, much more offensive potential out of him vs. Adam (why are you even on this team) Erne.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 02/22/21 at 01:10 PM ET

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Just strolling down the memory lane of our PP.  Haven’t had a player score over 20points since blashills first year.  Every year since then, it’s a steady 15 to 18 PP points to lead the team.  Lots of players individual stats fluctuated quite a bit as well.  I’m at a loss how our PP can be so dead nosed consistently bad regardless of switching out players and coaches. 

Found this gem of an article trying to figure out the regression of our two breakout players under first year coach blashill.  This is from May 2016.

Talks about why did the same players babs had produce more with him than blashill.  They point to the PP as the biggest difference and noted they have zone entry issues preventing them from taking more shots.  Sound familiar?

https://www.mlive.com/redwings/2016/05/analyzing_red_wings_forwards_t.html

Posted by ThatGuy on 02/22/21 at 01:36 PM ET

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Posted by ThatGuy on 02/22/21 at 01:36 PM ET

I think this one really speaks to what happened….
Pavel Dastuk retiresKey Inflection Point

 

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 02/22/21 at 01:54 PM ET

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I said the same when he was called up, and I wonder if this is more about removing him from GR to give other guys time down there, but who knows.

I’ve stopped trying to make any sense out of these decisions. I don’t know what the logic is behind sneaking him through waivers at the beginning of the season, then calling him up to sit for two (going on three) games while also waiving Nielsen but keeping him in the lineup. I don’t know who’s making the decisions or why. It’s annoying and frustrating and i can only assume he’ll be up for another week before being sent back through waivers the day before the wings play Carolina.

Posted by MZ2215 on 02/22/21 at 02:06 PM ET

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Another gem I found

“Most impressive is the fact the Wings are so well-rounded behind stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg that they shouldn’t miss a beat when the older vets start to slow down. Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan have bright futures”

Talk about getting it wrong

Posted by ThatGuy on 02/22/21 at 02:10 PM ET

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Strange how both units used to be productive then none.

Posted by ThatGuy on 02/22/21 at 02:16 PM ET

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Back when the Wings had a good PP, Dylan Larkin would’ve at-best been the fourth best player on the first unit.

Personnel. That’s why the PP sucks.

No amount of coaching is going to turn around this team’s power play until the Wings’ roster vastly, VASTLY improves.

Posted by PresidentJoeByzerman on 02/22/21 at 02:59 PM ET

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Strange how both units used to be productive then none.

The PP used to have Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Nyquist, Tatar, Lidstrom.

Now it has Larkin, Adam Erne and Christian Djoos.

Posted by PresidentJoeByzerman on 02/22/21 at 03:00 PM ET

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Glad Svech is getting some practice time in as an extra after Nielsen got waived. Will he have to go through waivers again to play in GR after wasting a couple days on the taxi squad or can he just be sent back if he doesn’t actually get into a game?

It’s my understanding that if he remains on the taxi squad, he doesn’t have to clear waivers to return to GR. That might explain why he hasn’t played yet but really doesn’t explain why he was added to the taxi squad.

Posted by evileye on 02/23/21 at 10:02 AM ET

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