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Preview Of Wings/Golden Knights

from Danny Webster at NHL.com,

Vegas goalie Malcolm Subban will make his fourth consecutive start in place of Marc-Andre Fleury, who is out with a lower body injury. He is 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.00 and a .923 save percentage in his past three starts, including his first NHL shutout in a 5-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty will not play after sustaining a lower-body injury against the Jets. He is day-to-day.

The Red Wings have lost 13 of their past 16 games (3-10-3) and are playing the third game of a five-game road trip. Jimmy Howard will start in goal.

 Players to watch

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has no points in his past four games after scoring 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in his previous 14. 

Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault has seven points (four goals, three assists) in the past three games, and is one point from 200 in the NHL.

They said it

"They got a very good hockey team. They're probably as deep a scoring threats as there is in the league in terms of goal scorers." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

"It doesn't matter this time of the year. Obviously home-ice advantage is a big thing in the playoffs. … We just want to play the right way right now. It doesn't matter who we face." -- Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault


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The Wings Had An Optional Skate Today


Howard will be in the net for Detroit.

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Video- Hirose The Topic Of The Day Plus Blashill With A Health Update

Well, I hit the couch for the night in 5 minutes so one last update.

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It’s far too early to make any bold predictions about new Red Wings forward Taro Hirose. The undrafted free agent out from Michigan State has played in just two NHL games.

But he has already made a nice impression on teammates and Detroit’s coaching staff.

Hirose earned an assist in both games, saw time on the power play, and didn’t look out of place on a line with veterans Thomas Vanek and Frans Nielsen.

“Poise, vision, it looks like he wants to make a play every time he has the puck,” coach Jeff Blashill told reporters after Thursday’s 5-2 loss in St. Louis. “We made a comment to him about spreading the zone and right away the next shift, he goes out and he spreads the zone.”


Below, Blashill after today's practice.

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A Few Players On The Ice For Practice

via Dana Wakiji tweet,

Houda gives the instructions to the group taking part in optional practice. The rest are doing off-ice workouts.

In other news, I am going to take it easy for the day/night in about an hour or so.

Burned out a bit, need a little down time until tomorrow morning.

If anything big breaks, I will post it while putting whatever I am watching on pause.


added 3:37pm, If interested, and update from the Vegas side is below.

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Videos- Post-Game Talk After Last Night’s Loss To St. Louis

Kronwall, Vanek, Hirose and Blashill.



Below, just Blashill and also the game highlights.

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Quick Recap -Wings/Blues

Ted Kulfan is not with the team tonight, so I will toss it over to him.

via his tweets,

Vanek with his 15th goal early, with Hirose getting his 2nd NHL assist....Vanek putting in rebound of Hirose shot...1-0 #RedWings at 2:05 1st period

Sundqvist ties it 1-1 for STL at 11:46 1st period

Barbashev makes it 2-1 Blues at 3:22 2nd period scramble in front of Bernier

Barbashev with his 11th, 2nd tonight, puts Blues up 3-1 over #RedWings....8:16 2nd period

RedWings trail St. Louis 3-1 after 2 periods

Vanek with his 2nd of the night, 16th this season, cuts Blues lead to 3-2 at 8:46 3rd period...Bertuzzi great job battling in front of goalie Binnington

Maroon with his 9th goal, nice little pass off Thomas' skate set him up, and Blues have a 2-goal lead again,,4-2 lead over #RedWings

Barbashev ended the scoring with an empty net goal, Blues win 5-2.

Stats and goals are below and I will do the post-game in the morning.

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The Irony Of It All

I am really trying to rationalize watching some of the remaining games, and this one is going to be tough on us all.

Tonight the Blues are singing a very different tune whilst, the Wings are singing the blues. Oh the irony of it all.

It's a Live Blog!

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Video- Jeff Blashill Before Tonight’s Game


added 7:13pm, Projected lineup is below.

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Get Your Season Tickets

What do you think of this?


added 3:05pm,


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“Start Losing Again”

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

A depleted lineup is a positive for the Wings. Goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Bernier, who is slated to start against the Blues, have put the Wings on a two-game winning streak, but it’s better for the organization’s draft lottery odds if they start losing again, and the next three opponents — St. Louis, Vegas and San Jose — are all jockeying for playoff positioning.

More: Detroit Red Wings extend Jimmy Howard, hope to pay him playoff bonus

De la Rose is in Detroit undergoing testing, which means both college free-agent signings Taro Hirose and Ryan Kuffner are penned in to play at St. Louis. So is defenseman Brian Lashoff, who has crafted himself a decade-long career with the Wings by being a consummate professional in the AHL and occasional fill-in in the NHL. He was called March 15 and was supposed to make his first appearance of the season Tuesday at Madison Square Garden (Lashoff, 28, is a New York native), but he drew into the lineup the next day because Daley couldn’t finish the morning skate.

Now Lashoff is slated to make a third straight NHL appearance this season (126th of his career). The Wings called Lashoff up over prospect Dennis Cholowski because they believe Cholowski is best off in his development right now playing with the Griffins, and to reward Lashoff.


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