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Quick Recap- Wings/Lightning

Th Detroit Red Wings are on a pace for a 23.5 point season after their loss 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Probably the type of game many of us expected from this team.

First period was just okay, the second period was better with the Wings outplaying the Bolts but down 2-1 heading to the third.

A so-so third with Tampa Bay icing the game with an empty net goal.

On to south Florida to meet th Panthers on Saturday night.

Goals and Detroit team stats are below.

added 10:45pm, game highlights are beow....

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All Is Well

We have a coach some of you feel needs to stay right where he is. 

We have media afraid to point out the fact that those who think the coach should stay are dumb.

And we have a GM who, thankfully, isn't looking over his shoulder...

THN: Does the Steve Yzerman situation affect you at all?

KH: Not me, no.

THN: So you’re not looking over your shoulder, so to speak?

KH: I’ve been a manager in the league for 23 years. I’ve won three Stanley Cups, five Presidents’ Trophies. I don’t look over my shoulder.

Well, Kenny.  You might want to glance now and again, because you've got about nine months left.

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Notes Before Tonight’s Game

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

"Do things the right way, whatever it is. Limit mistakes, limit bad habit stuff," Daley said. "When that stuff creeps in, it's kind of contagious, it's hard to get out. The quicker we get to playing the game the right way and consistently -- consistency is a tough thing in this league -- once we do it consistently, I think we'll be fine."

Daley will be paired with Cholowski against Tampa Bay.

SULAK IN GRAND RAPIDS: With Daley returning to the lineup, the Wings sent Sulak to Grand Rapids on Wednesday.

"I would say Hicketts is a little bit better penalty kill," Blashill said. "I would say the biggest thing though, to be honest with you, is I think Libor Sulak has lots of potential. I want him to go down and he still needs to learn how to play the North American league game, learn the space, learn what's going to make him special and that's defending more than anything else. I want him to go down and learn some of those lessons in the American League where they're easier to learn there than they are here where every time you make a mistake, you're under so much scrutiny.

"My thought on that and I know Ken's thought on that is let's see if we can't, a month from now, two months from now, have them calling us saying, 'Boy, you got to get him back up, he's really become an elite NHL defenseman.'"

more from Daley plus other topics...

added 3:12pm, Below, watch a few of the Wings and Jeff Blashill before the puck drops tonight.

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Mike Green Skating, No Date Of Return Yet

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Slowly, Green is feeling normal again.

“It’s a combination of everything,” said Green, of how he felt early on when the virus hit. “You just don’t feel right, basically, especially when you do any sort of activity where you’re pushing yourself. Then, you really feel it.

"You can’t really do anything but rest.”

Green has begun to skate, but said there’s no timeline for a return to a Wings lineup that could use his puck-moving skills and veteran presence.

“There’s a fine balance of staying on the ice and not doing too much,” said Green of the rehabilitation. “We’ve done a good job of monitoring and slowly increasing each time (on the ice) without pushing too hard.

“It’s unfortunate it takes time. I wish there were a time frame or an answer with these sort of things. You really have to listen how you’re feeling. We’ve been doing tests every week. We’re doing everything we can.”

The virus, which at one point was attacking Green’s liver, hit hard right after training camp in Traverse City, although Green was beginning to feel sluggish heading into camp.

“A little bit before, and camp really sort of pushed me to the limits. That’s when we sort of knew something was wrong," he said.


added 2:47pm, Watch Jon Cooper after the morning skate, Detroit talks starts at the 5:10 mark.

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All Ken Holland

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The Hockey News: How are you holding up?

Ken Holland: Fine. We’re off to a hard start, but we’ve been hit hard on the back end by injuries. It’s been a great opportunity for some of our young defenseman. (Mike) Green has been out the whole time, I think (Jonathan) Ericsson played one pre-season game. The four kids on defense have had a chance to get a feel for what the NHL is all about.

THN: You’ve been on the other side for a long time. How does it feel to be on the rebuilding side?

KH: Well, I’ve done it before. I was with the Red Wings in 1985 when we picked Joe Murphy first overall. That was my first year as a scout with the Red Wings. It’s not like I haven’t been through it before. We were 25 years in the playoffs, four Stanley Cups, six Presidents’ Trophies and numerous Red Wing players going to the Hall of Fame and at some point in time, you pay the price and spend some time rebuilding.

THN: Does the Steve Yzerman situation affect you at all?

KH: Not me, no.

THN: So you’re not looking over your shoulder, so to speak?

KH: I’ve been a manager in the league for 23 years. I’ve won three Stanley Cups, five Presidents’ Trophies. I don’t look over my shoulder.

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Detroit’s Skate In Tampa

via Dana Wakiji tweets,

Green skating with the team today.

skate this morning an optional one.

added 12:08pm, Wakiji...

Blashill said Ericsson won’t play tonight, likely Saturday.

Below, how Braydon Coburn of the Lightning looks at the Wings.

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The Grand Rapids Griffins Are Off To A Rough Start

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

The Grand Rapids Griffins, like the Detroit Red Wings. continue to give up too many goals and on Wednesday they also couldn't stay out of the penalty box.

One problem led to the other as the Texas Stars took advantage with three power play goals to beat the Griffins, 6-3.

At 1-4, they have allowed at least three goals each game and 11 the past two after a 5-1 loss at Chicago on Saturday.

Two of the final three goals by Texas came with a man advantage.


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Detroit Veterans Need To Lead The Way

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

One of the things that captain Henrik Zetterberg was best at was just being patient on the ice, not worrying if anything major happened during his shift.

That often would help stem the tide and prevent the other team from increasing their momentum after scoring.

"It's a hugely important thing and that doesn't come natural to young people who want to win so bad that they try to make up the score in one shift and you can't do that," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said after Wednesday's practice at the BELFOR Training Center. "The good thing for us is I can refer back to the way Hank would treat those shifts and most of our guys that were around here understand that, they can recognize that and say, OK, I get it.

"It doesn't make it any easier always in the moment but again, to me, that's just a maturity thing and over time you mature and you gain perspective and understand that's all you have to do sometimes is just be OK with a shift where nothing happens. That's OK, especially when momentum's going the wrong way. How do you gain that experience? Through action and our guys are getting chances to gain it but we got to learn it fast."

Veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall said the onus is on the veteran players to show the way when things start to go against them.

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Libor Sulak Sent To Grand Rapids


added 2:48pm, from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings are off to their worst start, at 0-4-2, since they opened the 1985-86 season at 0-8-1.

Through five games, they have the worst goal differential in the NHL by more than 100 percent, at minus-16, compared to minus-7 for the Coyotes.

Including the playoffs, they have lost 11 straight to Steve Yzerman’s Lightning, and have no points on the road against Tampa since December 2013.

“We need to pick ourselves back up as quick as possible and don’t let it affect or mental state,” Blashill said. “That’s just the decision that each one of us has to make.

“We’ve all been kicked in life and it’s all about getting up. It’s not about getting kicked.

“So, if we get scored on, who cares? Just keep playing.”

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Wings Claim Jacob de La Rose From Montreal


Information on him.

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