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Jeff Blashill On Filip Zadina

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“He’s played really, really good hockey,” Blashill said “Last game he took a step backwards, and this game he took a major step forward. Overall, I think he’s played good hockey. It’s a hard league to score in and you can’t get frustrated and you’ve got to stay with it, and he’s done a pretty good job of that.”

Zadina, the sixth pick in the 2018 draft, figures as a key component in the rebuild. He has matured nicely over the past year, showing a willingness to chase down the puck instead of waiting for someone to put it on his stick. But he's still only 21; he needs the boost a night like Thursday can provide.

“When you are a guy who scores, confidence is a critical thing,” Blashill said. “For those pucks to go in is important for him. Both were really good goals and hopefully he can continue to build on that. I think he’s played really hard most of the season. I think he’s done it the right way. I think he tries to play from the defensive side of the puck, he tries to check for his chances, and he’s done a really good job of that.”

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Videos- Post Game Talk After A Loss In Carolina

Game highlights first, below find Filip Zadina and coach Blashill in one video.  added 3:37am, individual and longer videos of Zadina and Blashill added below.


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Quick Recap- Wings/Hurricanes

Through 40 minutes, the Wings came to play. No floaters, no lackadaisical play.  After two periods, Zadina 2 Carolina 2.

Bam!   2:50 into the third period, the Canes lead 4-2 and Blashill calls a timeout.

Carolina added an empty-net goal making the final 5-2.

Detroit goals and the slew foot on Fabbri are below.

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A Short Break

Watching the Wings this season has been nothing short of exhausting, so, I'm sure the team as well as the 19 are looking forward to a few days off. No guessing who's in the lineup. No lame excuses for playing badly. Oh, and all the losing. This short break will a nice breather for us all.

It's a Live Blog!

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All Evgeny and Andrei Svechnikov

from Max Bultman and Sara Civian of The Athletic,

Early in the 2019-20 season, mere days before the brothers seemed destined to square off for the first time, Evgeny answered a set of 11 questions about his brother for The Athletic. This week, Andrei answered the same 11 about Evgeny.

Their responses are a window into their two personalities, their childhood and why the chance to face each other in the NHL would mean so much to them both.

What’s his best hockey skill?

Evgeny: I would say that his separating with other players is probably skating, but I think also hockey IQ, he’s really smart and he knows how to play in give-and-go and little areas, and cycle the puck, and skill game, but also he has a weapon as a shot and his speed … he takes pucks to the net with his ability to skate, and just … cut to the net. It’s unreal. But also huge competitor, wants to win every single day, wants to be better every day. Crazy, crazy work (ethic). I can go on, but skating can separate him with other players.

Andrei: I think he’s got a really good shot, and he can control the puck all game. He can play physical. I feel like we’re kind of similar players, actually.

What’s his best quality as a person?

Evgeny: Humble. Humble, shyness, respectful. There’s not just one word. But one thing (that) comes in my head, humble and respect(ful), of anything: parents, people around, polite. Just a good kid, man. He’s just a good kid.

Andrei: I feel like he’s just a kind person — he’s always going to care about you, he’s always going to ask you if something’s wrong. He’s a culture guy. But obviously he gets a little emotional sometimes (laughter) … He’s gotta work on that a little bit, probably.

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The Svechnikov Brothers Could Finally Play Against Each Other On Thursday

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

They came close last season, but Evgeny was sent down to Grand Rapids the day before. Then, in the season opener in January, Evgeny was injured and again headed to the Griffins.

“I was hoping both of those times,” Evgeny Svechnikov said after Wednesday’s practice of facing his brother. “It was disappointing for sure. But you can’t control it, and it’s in the past. But it’s very exciting right now and it’ll happen one day.

“Tomorrow (Thursday), hopefully.”...

“When we got here, to North America, we started realizing it could be reality,” said Evgeny, who talks to his brother after every game, and basically every day. “I came here because I was getting (potentially getting) drafted by the NHL and obviously my brother was following in my footsteps.

“We started realizing one day it was going to come.”...

The Svechnikovs' parents are back in Russia, and Evgeny talked with his father earlier in the week.

“They’re pretty excited, it’s going to be a special day,” Evgeny said. “I told my dad, ‘Can you imagine, it’s been almost 20 years since we have been counting to this day’.

“I’m just very proud of my parents, and how much they put it in for us to be in this position, to be trained. I’m very happy for them and how much they’re going to be happy.

"They're in Russia (currently) and they watch every game. They'll watch this one for sure."...

“I’m human, but I also have a job to do and my job is to put out the 20 guys who give us the best chance to win,” Blashill said. “Evgeny is an awesome person, one of the very best I’ve been around. He’s a great person, and I’m certainly aware of how much that would mean to him (playing against his brother).

“But I have to put the 20 best out there.”


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Videos- Post Practice Talk With Jeff Blashill And Evgeny Svechnikov

added 5:20pm, below at the very bottom, the brothers on eah other.


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Video- Nick Cotsonika Of NHL.com Talks Wings And The League On The Word On Woodward

Jimmy Howard also joined the show, scroll to the 22 minute mark.


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Waiver Action Today

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Detroit’s Top 7 Defensemen Next Season

With the help of CapFriendly, it is time for you to list the top 7 defenseman for the Detroit Red Wings at the start of next season.

If you choose not to list a player who will still be under contract for the Wings next year, you need to include why he won't be back with the Wings.

I'll do the forwards in the coming days.

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