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Detroit Players Trying To Stay Focused

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

For the veteran Green, it's not his first rodeo so he just goes about his business as normal.

"After being through it many times, it's obviously an odd experience but if you play for a long time, you get used to it," Green said after Saturday's practice at the BELFOR Training Center. "It's part of the business. Obviously with the relationships, it makes it difficult.

"For me, no, it's not a distraction. I mean, you worry about day to day in this league. Obviously, anything can happen but it's not something I stew over too much."

Forward Luke Glendening says focusing on the immediate task at hand -- Sunday's game against Calgary -- is the only thing to do.

"You can only control what you can control, so you just got o show up and keep doing your job to the best of your ability," Glendening said. "You're here until they tell you something different, so that's the way you got to approach it."

For Wings coach Jeff Blashill, he knows this time of year can be tricky.

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The Wings Practiced Today

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Trade Deadline Approaching

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings’ top trade chip is forward Andreas Athanasiou, whose explosive speed and soft hands would be a positive addition to any forward corps. Athanasiou scored 30 goals last season, but he has only 10 goals among 24 points in 46 games this season, and his trade value is also tarnished by an NHL-worst minus-45 rating. Yzerman may be better off holding onto Athanasiou for now.

On defense, veterans Mike Green and Trevor Daley are both pending unrestricted free agents. Neither would fetch much – think conditional mid-round pick – but neither fits into the Wings’ plans beyond this season, so if an offer materializes, Yzerman may accept. Green, 34, has been productive on good teams and Daley, 36, is a mobile puck carrier and two-time Stanley champion.

Goaltender Jonathan Bernier has been outstanding since mid-December, posting a .927 save percentage and 2.38 goals-against average in his last 19 appearances, but if the Wings trade him, they would have to sign two NHL-tested goaltenders in the offseason.


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Video- Jeff Blashill After a 4-1 Loss To The New York Islanders

Two minutes to watch.



added 11:29pm, Game highlights are below.  added 11:42pm, group video below.

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Quick Recap- DRW/NYI

The Islanders scored a goal in the first period and another in the second period to lead 2-0 after 40 minutes.

In the third, Mantha (could be changed to Bertuzzi) scored to make it a one goal game and then Jordan Eberle scored his 3rd of the game.

The Islanders added an ENG to make the final score Islanders 4 Wings 1.

Detroit goal and stats are below, next game is at home at 7pm against the Calgary Flames.

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The Good News

Including tonight, the Wings have only twenty games left to play this season. Yes, that's the good news. 

It's a Live Blog!

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It’s An Elimination Game

addd 6:50pm,


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Without A Goal

from Jonathan Willis of The Athletic,

There have been 5,613 goals scored in the NHL this season. The league’s players have shot the puck at the net 106,246 and succeeded in putting it on goal 58,951 times. On average, it takes 19 attempts or 10.5 actual shots, to create a single goal....

While there’s still time for anyone on this list to crack their personal goose egg on the scoresheet this season, don’t expect them to magically start lighting the lamp on a regular basis.

Justin Abdelkader, Red Wings – 69 shot attempts, 3.38 expected goals

In his prime, Abdelkader owned the area at the top of the crease. At no point in his career has he ever been regarded as an especially talented offensive player by NHL standards, but he willed himself to 19- and 23-goal seasons by scoring from point-blank range.

He isn’t able to do that these days. Even last season, when he scored just six goals, his lowest number since his rookie year, many of his shots came from the top edge of the crease, with much of the remainder coming from the outer scoring chance region. This year, there are a lot of perimeter tries, the kinds of shots hockey watchers quickly learn to associate with older wingers no longer able to gain the slot with the puck.

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Detroit Claims Defenseman Cody Goloubef


His HockeyDB profile.

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The Routine Of Detroit’s Equipment Staff

from BarDown,

One job that requires a lot of hard work and dedication in all sports is the equipment manager. The department usually consists of two to three people who responsible for making sure all of the players’ equipment is good to go whenever they need it and that everything is in place for them by the time they arrive for a game or practice.

The Detroit Red Wings recently arrived in New York for their upcoming tilt with the Islanders, and their social media team decided to give fans behind-the-scenes access and showed them what it takes to be part of the equipment staff on a daily basis.

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