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Video- Contract Extension “Expected” For Jeff Blashill

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via TSN's YouTube page,

TSN Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger, Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun joined host Glenn Schiiler to discuss whether or not Connor McDavid’s patience is running thin in Edmonton, the prospects of Taylor Hall returning this season and the future of Jeff Blashill with the Red Wings sitting near the bottom of the league.

Note: the video scrolls to the start of the Blashill talk with Bob McKenzie.

 

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Settle In

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit

All that's left to do for all 19 of us is to settle in, kick back, drink up, and watch the season come to an end.

Try to enjoy some aspects of the young core while hoping for some show of effort, even if the Wings don't win. Your participation is welcomed, and, much appreciated.

It's a Live Blog!

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Thoughts Go Out To Evander Kane And His Family

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An Earlier NHL Draft Lottery This Year

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The NHL did not have the scouts in mind when it set this year’s date for the draft lottery, but the hardest-working unsung heroes in the hockey industry were the ones cheering the loudest when the league announced this year’s event will take place on the eve of the playoffs the night of April 9.

That’s three weeks prior to when it has been held the past three years and that may not seem like much of change to the casual fan, but for the people who beat the bushes looking for talent, it makes all the difference in the world. The last couple of years the league had held the lottery toward the end of April, which put it early in the second round of the playoffs. The problem with that for scouts is that by the time they knew exactly where their teams were picking, most of the players had already finished their seasons, with the World Under-18 Championship finished and many players finished their junior and college playoffs.

As rich as a lot of NHL teams are, there are a finite number of dollars and resources devoted to scouting. So being able to spend those dollars wisely and focus on the players you know will be available is a huge boon to the scouts.

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Videos- Focus On The Youngsters

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from Steven Ellis of The Hockey News,

In terms of young prospects with a chance to make an impact, Filip Zadina is the man tabbed with leading the way. Zadina, the Red Wings’ 2018 first-round pick (sixth overall), has had a season full of ups and downs. He had just one point for a Czech team that had high expectations at the World Junior Championships. He struggled to find his footing in the AHL out of the gate. But when he finally scored for Detroit against the Colorado Avalanche March 5, Zadina offered hope to a fan base that has been left without much optimism.

At this point, there’s nothing to suggest Zadina isn’t going to be a major factor in Detroit’s future, but he’s going to need a lot of help. The raw tools are there, and Zadina is a dynamic scoring forward who is very tough to slow down when he has the puck and has proven himself to be one of the best under-20 forwards in the AHL. He should be able to earn a spot in the top six full-time next year, even if they elect to start him in the AHL.

But if the Red Wings are going to make the rebuild work, they need to build a stronger base. The reliance can’t simply be on Zadina. Much of Detroit’s core – Darren Helm, Frans Nielsen, Thomas Vanek, Niklas Kronwall and Mike Green – is over 30, and the team is still without a promising young goalie for the future. It’s not like nobody saw this coming, either.

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Below, Zadina, Kuffner and Blashill after today's skate.

added 5:50pm, Tonight's projected lineup for Detroit is below.

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Ryan Kuffner’s Game

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“Everybody’s been so welcoming here, all the guys and staff,” Kuffner said. “It’s just awesome, an incredible organization and obviously it’s an honor to be a part of it. I’m just trying to take it all in and learn as much as I can.”...

Kuffner produced 22 goals and 22 assists in 31 games this season. In four years at Princeton, the left-shooting Kuffner collected 75 goals and 152 points in 132 games.

“I think I try to be the most competitive guy out there,” Kuffner, who’ll wear No. 56, said. “I think that’s the biggest thing, just working as hard as you can to get in the spots that you try to be in. After that, try to execute. I want to use my shot as much as possible, just know where the guys are on the ice. I think that’s the biggest thing when you get into space.”...

“If he’s going to make us better, he’s going to be a scoring winger,” Blashill said. “He scored lots of goals in college. I had a chance to watch some of his shifts, I had a chance to talk to him before he made his decision. The one thing that impressed me was I asked what was most important to him, he said timing. When you get an answer like that, that means you’re a smart hockey player and you understand time and space and finding ways to get open and then when you get open you can use your assets.

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Video- View From The Other Side

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

via the Tampa Bay Lightning,

Caley Chelios and Brian Engblom preview the Lightning's road matchup versus the Detroit Red Wings

Detroit talk starts at the 2:15 mark.

 

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Video- Chris Kreider Fined For An Elbow

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Watch the elbow on Pettesson below.

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Video- Saves Of The Week

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A little over 6 minutes to watch.

 

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Petr Mrazek’s Year In Carolina

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from Steven Ellis of The Hockey News,

The Carolina Hurricanes have been a fun team this year, even if they are all just a bunch of jerks. And nobody is having as much fun as Petr Mrazek, who simply can’t be beat right now.

With his 38-save shutout against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, Mrazek has won his past six starts, a streak that began midway through February. His fourth shutout of the year was nothing short of incredible. These are the types of game-stealing victories he has been capable of in his career, and in a season full of ups and down, Mrazek has given the Hurricanes some life between the pipes.

Mrazek was seen as a reclamation project of sorts when he joined the Hurricanes last summer. Once regarded as a top young goaltending prospect with the Detroit Red Wings, Mrazek wasn’t able to steal the starting job away from Jimmy Howard and was traded to Philadelphia last season for two conditional draft picks, where he went on to finish with a 6-6-3 record in 17 games. As a result, he wasn’t tendered a qualifying offer by the Flyers (who, of course, have used eight goalies this season).

But on a low-risk, high-reward deal with Carolina, Mrazek has played some of his best hockey to date, sporting an 18-12-3 record and doing a nice job of taking over the starting role for the Hurricanes, likely playing well enough to have set a new career high for wins had he not missed time due to injury.

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