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Video- Post-Game Interviews

via the Wings' YouTube page,

Henrik Zetterberg, Nick Jensen, Jared Coreau, Justin Abdelkader, and Jeff Blashill speak with the media following Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Avalanche in Colorado.



added 8:31pm, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

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Wings/Avs Recap

That's 10 games without a win.

Colorado 5 Detroit 1

Discuss if you wish.

Goals and Detroit stats are below.

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Trees Falling In Denver And No One Is Noticing

The "fans" in Denver don't care about their hockey team and the 19 just want this to be over.  Denver is tied with Dallas and Anaheim, with the Blues close for the two wild cards. 

The Wings are 19 points out of a spot and plummeting.

I'm not sure if I spelled that last verb correctly.

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Impressed By The LCA

from Jamie Moses of ArtVoice,

The first glance you take at the seating bowl of Detroit’s spanking new Little Caesars Arena is one of intimidation. A steep, vertical seat pitch. Many of the seats in the lower bowl and close to the action. And a sea of Red Wings red, not only amongst the fans clad in the home jerseys but ambient red lighting emanating from the steel support structures radiating from the ceiling. Olympia Sports and Entertainment CEO Tom Wilson said it best. “We wanted to make this the most intimidating place you would ever play in.”

But the first time visitor to downtown Detroit’s newest entertainment and sports mecca will be dazzled and impressed long, long before setting foot into the bowl and taking a seat for a game.

Forget about any preconceived notions you might have about Detroit being dead, a bombed out and vacant downtown, neighborhoods and city dwellers emptying the city for other locales. A visit to downtown today will find just about every structure in the central core either renovated, undergoing rehabilitation, or plans for future reuse. Cranes are in the air everywhere on what were once vacant, rubble-strewn empty lots. And in the middle of all this are Detroit’s now three gleaming sports venues – Ford Field, home of the NFL Detroit Lions, Comerica Park, baseball home for the Tigers, and Little Caesars Arena, host to the NHL Detroit Red Wings and NBA Detroit Pistons. All three venues are in close proximity to each other, and anchor the city’s theatre district and close to the Greektown entertainment district.


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Video- Your Game Day Preview

Featuring Blashill, Zetterberg and Booth.

Puck drops in Denver just after 3:00pm ET.



added 1:48pm, projected lineup is below...

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Care To Read Between The Lines?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Holland, 62, has been the Wings’ general manager since taking over in 1997 for Jim Devellano, who was hired to run the team in 1982 by new owner Mike Ilitch. Holland is in the last year of his contract, and his future is uncertain. The expectation is Holland will meet with current owner Christopher Ilitch soon after the season ends. Maybe Holland is renewed for two or three years, with Kris Draper continuing as an understudy. Maybe Holland joins another organization. Holland wants to keep working, and said he is not concerned about the uncertainty of whether he’ll be staying in Detroit or looking for a new job.

“It’s not odd for me because I’ve been here for a long time,” he said. “The Red Wings have been a big part of my life, my family’s life. It’s like somebody who went to the University of Michigan — you’re a Michigan alumni and you want Michigan to do good even when you leave. Right now, I’m a Red Wing and I want the Red Wings to be successful. The work we are doing right now is going to pay dividends down the road. I can’t tell you how far down the road. It depends on how many of those kids become players and then what other things happen. But this is an important stretch for the team in order to compete for a Stanley Cup down the road.”

much more, St. James talked with a few other general mamagers about rebuilds.

IMO, Holland won't be back as the GM.

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“The Big Guy With The Beard” And Game Talk

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“It was fun to play a little battle hockey,” captain Henrik Zetterberg told FSD. “You don’t see that very often anymore. That was nice. The guys stood up for teammates and themselves and it was good to see.”

The Red Wings stood up physically, not backing down.

But take away the fights, and the Red Wings played a typical, of late, game.

Too many defensive breakdowns, not tough enough in front of goalie Jimmy Howard, and let another Western Conference team grind them most of the evening.

The Ducks outshot the Red Wings 36-30, with Howard coming up with several big saves as Anaheim was able to get close to the net early and often.

“We have to be better in our detail,” coach Jeff Blashill told FSD.


from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Seven minutes after scoring, Ritchie and Detroit’s Luke Witkowski engaged in a fight presumably to stick up for teammate Cam Fowler after the defenseman received a hard, clean check from Witkowski earlier. The fight ended with Witkowski on top of Ritchie, jawing at him while prone on the ice.

But the Ducks’ bench erupted, with several smiling players fervently banging their sticks against the boards.

“That’s what teammates do,” Perry said. “They stick up for each other. That guy hit Cam pretty hard. It’s not like we went right after him. We took a number and Ritch did a great job.”

Said Kesler: “I think the big guy with the beard – I don’t know his name – he hit Cam and that kind of started it. And then it just kind of snowballed.”


Watch the game highlights and post-game interviews from the Detroit side below...

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Recap- Wings/Ducks

No words from me, thinking about my pillow at the moment.

Goals and Detroit stats are below...

Ducks 4 Wings 2

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Failure To Communicate

Not the Wings, but could be.

Tonight it was between your two, long serving bloggers.

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Jared Coreau’s Audition And Wings’ Close To Elimination

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Coach Jeff Blashill said after Thursday’s game he was pleased with Coreau’s game against the Kings, saying Coreau kept the Red Wings in position to win with several key saves.

That will be one of the key assessments going forward for the Red Wings in relation to the goaltending position — can Coreau be an adequate NHL backup to Howard next season and give the team a chance to win when in the lineup?...

The Red Wings haven’t been totally mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but it’s getting there.

By virtue of Toronto winning Thursday and the Red Wings losing — the loss extended the Red Wings’ winless streak to eight games (0-7-1) — the Red Wings can’t catch the Maple Leafs and will not be able to claim one of the three automatic playoff spots in the Atlantic Division.

The only way the Red Wings could make the playoffs is by earning a wild card spot but, obviously, those chances are becoming increasingly slim.

The Red Wings entered Friday’s games trailing New Jersey by 17 points with only 12 games left. Any combination of eight points earned by New Jersey or lost by the Red Wings, will eliminate the Red Wings from the playoffs for a second consecutive season.

To their credit, the Red Wings continue to play with passion and commitment....

more on each of the above topics...

Below is Detroit's projected lineup for tonight...

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