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Video- Off Day Notes And Coach Blashill After Practice Today

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

At some point Thursday, Wings coach Jeff Blashill planned to pull defenseman Nick Jensen aside.

Jensen, along with goaltender Jimmy Howard and forward Gustav Nyquist, is one of the players in the middle of trade rumors as Monday's 3 p.m. deadline approaches.

"I've talked to Jense a little bit but I'm going to grab Jense today and see how he's doing and just make sure from a mental state that he's focusing on what he can control and that's his play," Blashill said.

Jensen, 28, would be an inexpensive option in terms of the salary cap for a team looking to add some depth on the blueline.

Jensen is in the final year of a two-year, $1.625 million contract.

"Obviously there's a little bit of that distraction in the back of your head but it's nothing that you can really control and anything that's out of my control, I tend not to focus on really," Jensen said. "I'm just focusing on playing hockey and one game at a time, one day at a time. That's the main focus for me right now."

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Below, watch Jeff Blashill after today's practice.

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How Nick Jensen Can Help Another Team

from Andrew Berkshire of Sportsnet,

Most teams at this stage aren’t looking for a power-play quarterback, so the focus for available defencemen comes in two areas: moving the puck up the ice and defending.

Today, we’ll look at which available defencemen are the most proficient puck movers...

Nick Jensen is a player who has been quietly efficient for a couple of years now, with his name starting to appear on the lists of underrated players in the NHL. He’s right up there with Tanev in overall transition ability except he opts for the stretch pass more often, which can be a bit less successful and a bit riskier, but carries with it a bit more reward as well. Curiously, Jensen finished right beside Tanev in a quick ranking of the best defensive defencemen in the league this season, and they’re both right handed. If Tanev isn’t available, Jensen is the player teams should focus in on.

more defensemen...

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Practice Time For Detroit

via Ansar Khan tweets,

power-play units in practice:
1. Vanek (net front), Larkin (slot), Athanasiou, Mantha (half walls), Hronek (point).
2. Rasmussen (net front), Nyquist (slot), Nielsen, Bertuzzi (half walls), Green (point).

defense pairs the same:
Ericsson rotating in.

lines at practice:
De la Rose-Rasmussen-Witkowski
The Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha line was by far the best last night, earning Blashill’s praise, so it’ll be interesting to hear why he changed.

Khan also notes Abdelkader and Helm are not at practice.

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There’s Always Hope

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Fans have seen a lot of losing by a Detroit Red Wings team destined to miss the playoffs for the third year in a row.

But there is hope. It was on display Wednesday. Young forwards who have grown the past few years form a solid nucleus, with the promise of better days ahead.

The Red Wings fell behind in the first period and were lousy in the second before rallying with three unanswered goals to tie the Chicago Blackhawks in the third. They lost 5-4 on red-hot Patrick Kane’s goal at 2:42 of overtime at Little Caesars Arena.

But there was much to like with their young forwards.

Dylan Larkin scored two goals and assisted on another. Anthony Mantha assisted on all four goals. Tyler Bertuzzi had no points but his tenacious forechecking created space and opportunities for his linemates. The trio combined for 21 of the team’s 35 shots.

And then there’s Andreas Athanasiou. He scored twice in the third period, including his 22nd goal of the season to tie it with 1:26 remaining.

“Part of what we’re trying to do here is (have) the young guys continue to grow,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “I think our arc is headed in the right direction, but a huge part of it is their continued growth.

“I thought Lark, Bert and Mantha was the best line on the ice. AA heated up as the game went along. Twenty-two goals for Dubs, that’s a big number.”


Below, watch Larkin, Mantha, Athanasiou and Blashill post-game.

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Videos- Trade Talk, Congrats Jimmy And Game Highlights

Tonight the NHL Network took a look at the Wings leading up to trade deadline day.



Below, the Wings paid tribute to Jimmy Howard after playing in game #500 and the game highlights from Detroit's OT loss to Chicago.

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Quick Recap -Detroit Red Wings/Chicago Blackhawks

If you missed the game, start your replay on the DVR at the 3rd period.

For the first two periods, Chicago capitalized on their chances, Detroit did not.

Really hard to find many positives after 40 minutes of this game except for the Larkin, Mantha, Bertuzzi line.

The Blackhawks lead 4-1 after the 2nd period.

Detroit scored goals 1:04 apart early in the 3rd to make it 4-3 then Athanasiou scored with Bernier (he replaced Howard earlier) pulled for an extra attacker.

On to OT again and P. Kane scores.

Final score Chicago 5 Detroit 4 OT

Goals and Detroit stats are below.

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Bob McKenzie On The Wings At The Trade Deadline

Bob McKenzie after the 1st period of Detroit/Chicago on NBCSN talked about the Wings at the trade deadline.

Nyquist is on the secondary level for trades but Nyquist has a full NMC so up to him if he wants to move on.  McKenzie also says Jensen is more likely to move than stay, a lot of interest in him.

added 9:10pm, Video of the segment below.

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I'm only a fan. Just a fan. I'm going to tell you what I want from a deckplate perspective, a fan's point of view.  I'm going to tell you and it's going to offend a few of you and that's ok.

So...Here is what the Red Wings need to do, in order of relevance, timeliness and importance:

Lose tonight, Friday and Sunday.  Every period. Every game. 

That's important. 

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Before The Puck Drops Tonight

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

The Chicago Blackhawks come to town as one of the hottest teams in the league, having won nine of their last 11 games.

One of the main drivers of their run is Patrick Kane, who is in the midst of an 18-game point streak, the longest by any player this season.

Kane, 30, has 14 goals and 26 assists in that span.

"He's a dynamic player," Wings center Dylan Larkin said. "If he's not the best, he's top-two ever American-born players. I grew up watching him a lot and have a lot of respect for him. You give him space, he's going to make you pay, so we have to try to take away his time and space and watch him every second he's on the ice."

Larkin got an up-close view of Kane last spring when the two played for Team USA in the world championships in Denmark.

"Even in the World Championships, when we were playing teams we should beat, he still wants more for himself and more for the team and has a killer instinct," Larkin said. "We saw that last time we played these guys. He had a chance late in the game and he put us away, so he has that ability to finish games and win games for his team."

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Expect To See Filip Zadina In Detroit This Season

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press the Wings will call up Filip Zadina “and give him an opportunity to play some games.”

Holland wouldn’t disclose when Zadina will be called up, but after Monday's trade deadline, teams can carry more than 23 players, though salary cap compliance is still in effect. There could be an opening anyway if the Wings opt to send rookie Michael Rasmussen back to his junior club, Tri-City, because doing so is the only way to make Rasmussen eligible for the AHL playoffs. Rasmussen, 19, would have been a healthy scratch Sunday but for Gustav Nyquist being ill, and is slated to be a healthy scratch when the Wings host Chicago Wednesday....

“My understanding on Zadina is he’s played better,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I think him and Marty Frk, their first game back together, they were excellent. The next night the team wasn’t very good at all until the very end and they had a huge comeback. That was the night Zadina scored the game winner. It was a real shot. Good for him on that. I think having Marty there, now you have a chance to play with a guy that’s an elite American-league player — he’s not a center, but he’s an elite American-league player. Hopefully they can have great chemistry and Zadina can continue to build his offensive game.

“When I’ve watched him, he’s been pretty good defensively. He’s got a pretty mature game for a young kid. He just needs to continue to work on being dangerous. I’d love to see him be ultra dangerous down there.”

When he is called up to Detroit — and it might not be until the Wings are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs — Zadina will play a maximum of nine games. If he goes beyond that, it triggers his entry-level contract.


added 1:17pm, Wings' projected lineup is below.

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