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Wrapping Up A Shootout Win In Pittsburgh

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The Pittsburgh Penguins were 17-2-1 in their past 20 games. The Detroit Red Wings had only won five times in their past 18 games. The Penguins play well at home and the Red Wings perform poorly on the road. Every statistical analysis screamed that the Red Wings would be in trouble against the Penguins.

But goaltender Calvin Pickard turned in a memorable performance and Detroit’s bottom six forwards created two goals to allow the Red Wings to post a 3-2 shootout win against the Penguins. The takeaways:

The Pickard 36-save performance illustrates the importance of goaltending depth in this COVID-19 season. Alex Nedelljkovic needed a day off after seven consecutive starts. He will play Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Thomas Greiss is still unavailable because he is just out of COVID-19 protocols. Enter Pickard to pick up his first win since the 2020-21 season.

He played a strong game against a Pittsburgh Penguins team that has been averaging four goals per game for the past 20 games. He stopped Jake Guentzel, Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang in the shootout.


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

This was a different Red Wings team Friday in Pittsburgh.

After a poor defensive game Wednesday against Chicago, the Wings shut down a powerful Penguins team, and defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout.

The Wings won the shootout 1-0, with Lucas Raymond scoring the lone goal.

Goals from unexpected sources, Givani Smith and Filip Zadina (power play), sparked the Wings, who also received a fine goaltending effort from Calvin Pickard who stopped 36 shots in his first start since May 8, 2011.


Below, watch the extended game highlights.

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Videos- The Talk After A Shootout Win In Pittsburgh

First up is Calvin Pickard, below find the game highights, Seider/Crosby tussle, Mickey Redmond and Jeff Blashill.


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Quick Recap- Wings/Penguins

The Wings looked pretty good in the first period while the Penguins looked a bit slow.  1-0 Detroit after twenty minutes.

Pittsburgh scored a power play goal early in the second period, Detroit added a goal late in the period  2-1 Detroit after forty minutes.

The Penguins scored very early in the third to tie the game 2-2 and that was the only goal of the period.

In overtime there were some chances by both teams but no scoring.

Detroit wins the shootout and thus the game 3-2..

Next game is tomorrow night with Toronto in town at 7pm ET.

Detroit goals and a few other videos are below.

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It Is What It Is

There's not much to say about the high scoring affair the other night. It wasn't really all bad. Lots of goals were scored by the Wings so at least there's that. It just really sucks any time this team loses to the Cawks.  

Next up is Pittsburgh, and, it's another team that Wings fans everywhere dislike immensely. The Wings had better be up to the task at hand, or......who am I kidding? We're told it's a "process."

 It is what it is...

It's a Live Blog!

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Not Much Of An Update This Morning

Not sure if the Wings held a morning skate this morning, but this is the only Detroit related news I saw.

I'll post video of Blashill here if it becomes available.


added 12:33pm, Jeff Blashill this morning,


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Expect A Pittsburgh Win Tonight

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The Red Wings play the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7 p.m. in Pittsburgh (Bally Sports). Here are six reasons why the Penguins  (-1.5, -108 ) should beat the Red Wings at PPG Paints Arena:

Surging Pens
The Pittsburgh Penguins are 17-2-1 in their last 20 games. They have been strong offensively, defensively and in net.  Their 2.53 goals-against average ranks second in the NHL. Their offense also ranks in the Top 10 and coach Mike Sullivan always seems to get the best out of this group.

Red Wings’ road struggles
Coach Jeff Blashill’s group is 5-12-3 on the road. Detroit has won one road game since Dec. 1. The team has struggled on the road all season,  unable to generate the same level of confidence it possesses at home.  Pittsburgh is not an easy place to play. Only one of Detroit’s five road wins has come against a winning team. They won 2-1 against the Boston Bruins on Nov. 30.


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Video- Introducing The MoJoe Show

via the YouTube page of the Detroit Red Wings,

Mo Seider and Joe Veleno chat about Mo’s favorite roommate, Joe’s best dish and more in episode one of The MoJoe Show!


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Videos- The Talk After Today’s Practice


Below, find Jeff Blashill and Michael Rasmussen after practice.  added 2:41pm, The Word on Woodward interviewed Sam Gagner, watch it below.

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New Faces At Detroit’s Practice

Ansar Khan tweets,

Jakub Vrana and Troy Stecher on the ice for the start of #RedWings practice in blue non-contact jerseys. Neither due back for at least a few weeks. Stecher out since Nov. 4 (wrist surgery), Vrana all season (shoulder surgery).

Vrana has progressed to doing some shooting and stuck-handling while skating with the fourth line.

Thomas Greiss back in practice after being out 10 days in COVID protocol but he’s been a spectator so far, so doesn’t look like he’ll be ready this weekend.

added 12:26pm, Khan...

Smith-Veleno-Gagner (Vrana)

added 12:42pm, Khan...

power play:
1. Bertuzzi (net front), Fabbri (bumper), Larkin-Raymond (flanks), Seider (point).
2. Rasmussen (net front), Erne (bumper), Hronek-Zadina (flanks), Leddy (point).

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Videos- The Talk After An 8-5 Loss To Chicago

DeKeyser and Blashill in one video is first, game highlights are below.


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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com


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