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Video- Jeff Blashill After Today’s Practice In Detroit

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from Dan Gauruder at the Detroit Free Press,

Dylan Larkin’s journey to career goal No. 100 took a little longer than expected.

Goals came on a regular basis last season, when the fifth-year Detroit Red Wings center scored a career-high 32 in 76 games. His milestone goal, which he delivered in a 4-1 loss to Florida on Saturday, was just his 12th this season and seventh in even-strength situations.

“When you first start out, you just want to score one,” he said after Sunday’s practice at Little Caesars Arena. “Every one is memorable. You never really think about that (100 goals) as an individual stat but it is an honor and something that I hope to keep going.”

The general malaise surrounding the team has enveloped their star player, who has yet to have a multi-goal game this season.

“There’s been moments where he’s played equally as well as he did a year ago,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “When your team is not scoring, your numbers are going to be down. In some years, the pucks are going to go in easier than others. That’s the reality of it.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/19/20 at 03:05 PM ET

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from Arthur J. Regner of the Wings website,

“We weren’t happy with how the score ended up in the Islanders game,” said Wings alternate captain Justin Abdelkader, after Sunday’s practice at the BELFOR Training Center inside Little Caesars Arena. “You can say there’s bad bounces, bad breaks those type of things happen. But we try to learn from each and every game. We try to go out and continue to do better on a daily basis and, hopefully that will start carrying over into some games.

“We want to make sure that, we’re competing on a nightly basis, that’s the most important thing. It’s been a tough stretch, but we got to make sure we’re going out and working hard, (being physical) and playing for each other.”

In their last two games, a 2-1 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Friday where they doled out a season high 33 hits and in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Florida, where they amassed their season high in penalty minutes with 27, the Wings were disappointed with the outcomes, but they were encouraged with brand of hockey they played.

“I think we’re trying to put a little more emphasis on finishing checks and playing a little bit harder,” Darren Helm said. “I don’t think we’re going out there and trying to run guys left and right but getting in front of bodies, finishing your checks is a big part of the game that gets kind of overlooked sometimes.

“(Saturday) did get a little chippier but it’s kind of the way we … I think it would be nice if we could play like that a little bit more, a little bit more physical and aggressive. If we continue to do that and be a harder team to play against, we’ll set ourselves up to get a few more wins.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/19/20 at 05:55 PM ET

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