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Video- The Wings Score, The LCA Goes Dark

Not sure if this is new, but I believe it is.  When the Wings scored last night, the rink lights went out at the LCA except for a spotlight on the goal scorer along with some flashing lights.

My idea is just the opposite.  Keep the lights off during play, then turn them on when the Wings score.  Imagine the saved energy!

Please LCA, don't do this again.


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Detroit’s Offense Perks Up And Larkin Looking Good Again

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

When a team is as fragile as the Detroit Red Wings are, anything positive helps.

Their losing streak has grown to 11 games, but at least they came away from Saturday’s game with a little more confidence in their ability to score. After scoring just five goals the previous six games, the Wings scored twice in the third period in the 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“We have to do a better job of trying to keep four out, or five, but I thought we competed right till the end and that’s a good sign for this team,” Luke Glendening said. “We had a tough first getting down 2-0, but we battled till the last minute.”



from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

It was another night where the Detroit Red Wings answered more questions about the many things that have gone wrong during the team’s worst stretch in years.

But if there is anything positive to be gleaned from Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Little Caesars Arena, it was Dylan Larkin looking like his usual self, following an extended slump.

Larkin picked up a goal and an assist, giving him four points in three games (two goals, two assists) after seven games without a point. He led the comeback efforts and had chances to score the tying goal in the final minute before John Marino’s empty-net goal with nine seconds remaining sealed it.

“His drive’s great,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.


Below, watch 5 1/2 minutes of Blashill after the game.

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Videos- Detroit Talk After A Loss To Pittsburgh

Highlights first, below Glendening, Biega, Larkin and Blashill.


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Quick Recap- Wings/Penguins

Wings played hard, played desperate in the third period but feel short, losing 5-3 to Pittsburgh.

Detroit goals, team stats and a thumbs up or down for you are below.

Next game on Tuesday at 9:00pm ET in Winnipeg.

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A Much Needed Break

It's nice to be back after a much needed break from all the negativity that has surrounded the Wings since the big decline. A chance to refocus, and, see how it goes between now and the All Star break. Of course, there is more controversy in the news regarding the former coach, but, we don't care about that on a game night. We're here to enjoy whatever happens on the ice. Good or bad.

Tonight is Grateful Dead night at the Pizzarena, so with that in mind, a Dead lyric.....

"Lately, it occurs to me
 What a long, strange trip it's been."

 It's a Live Blog!

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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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Want To Follow In The Footsteps Of Pavel Datsyuk?

It will cost you $4.5M.

from Judy Rose at the Detroit Free Press,

Pavel Datsyuk,the former Red Wing superstar fans called "The Magic Man," built this stunning lakeside house during the 14 years he played hockey in Detroit.

On the outside, it is a limestone castle, even to the tall, skinny turret where a vertical slit forms the front window — a spot where hidden archers could repel an enemy.

But step inside and the home turns super sleek — curving walls, curving glass, white marble, granite, porcelain tile, lacquered zebra wood. Fine woods glow on accent walls.

Spaces are defined by curves, including the three-story curving stairs. It’s a unique house, designed by architect Alexander Bogaerts.

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The Future Of Detroit’s RFAs

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

At present, the Red Wings are at 47 of the maximum 50 contracts, according to CapFriendly. That shouldn’t pose an issue since a handful of those contracts (including those of Trevor Daley, Mike Green, Jonathan Ericsson and Jimmy Howard) expire as unrestricted free agents after the season. Of the prospects on Detroit’s reserve list, whom Yzerman must either sign or relinquish the right to do so by this summer, only goalie prospect Victor Brattstrom looks like a solid bet to do so. There are prospects Detroit could choose to sign earlier than it has to (in order to bring them over from Europe or lure them from college, for example) but still, even if the Red Wings wanted to sign a couple of outside free agents, they could, in theory, bring all their RFAs back.

But that doesn’t seem likely. Whether because of prospect development, planning for future moves, or simply an evaluation that certain pieces don’t fit, at least some of the Red Wings’ pending restricted free-agent forwards are likely going to have to head elsewhere after this season....

With one caveat: I won’t get into the big three of Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou and Tyler Bertuzzi in this piece. They’re all obvious locks to bring back (barring a trade of some kind) and I’ll go more in-depth on their situations and potential contracts later on....

On the inside track
Robby Fabbri: Let’s start with the most immediately successful of the Red Wings’ in-season trades because he’s the most obvious candidate to be back next season. 

many more (paid subscription) names including those in Grand Rapids...

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Wings Should Have One More Cup

from Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press,

Retired Detroit Red Wings forward Darren McCarty said Friday there was a strong current of disrespect from former Wings coach Mike Babcock that spared almost no one and cost the team the Stanley Cup in 2009.

McCarty played for coaches Scotty Bowman and Dave Lewis from 1993 to 2004. He returned for the 2008-09 and ’08-’09 seasons, when Babcock was the coach. The Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Cup finals in ’08 and lost to the Pens in the finals the next season.

“And our (dressing) room worked in different ways and when I came back you could tell that things were different,” McCarty told the Free Press, “but the thing that didn’t change was that guys played for each other.

“That’s the key. In spite of him, right? In spite of him. And I learned that more getting into ’09 because we won in ’08 in spite of him and lost in ’09 because of him. That’s exactly the thing because he misused (Pavel) Datsyuk, (Henrik) Zetterberg and just because he’s stubborn and that was his way.”


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Video- A Sit Down With Filip Hronek

Lsrry Murphy sits down with Filip Hronek.

Fox SportsDetroit with their Wingspan features, watch four more here.


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