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Videos- No Comeback Last Night

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

This time there was no third-period rally, as there has been often during the recent winning streak.

And the Red Wings paid for it, losing 2-1 to the Ottawa Senators.

The loss ended a 4-game winning streak for the Red Wings, who have won seven of their last nine.

“We weren’t good enough to win tonight,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “We had opportunities we could have done more with, and that’s why we lost.”...

“We played good hockey overall,” Blashill said. “I talked about being relentless and not taking your foot off the gas, we can be better. We had chances to be better. We have to make sure we’re better.”


Below, the missed penalty shots, post-game interviews and game highlights.

added 8:37am, video of Blashill's press conference below.

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Quick Recap- Wings/Senators

Final- Ottawa 2 Detroit 1

Wings certainly were not as sharp as their last game but this is expected with a lineup scattered with youngsters.

They didn't quit, they just couldn't click.

They had their chances, especially in the third period (2 stopped penalty shots), but the Sens hung on.

Goals and stats below.

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Don’t Stop The Run Tonight

Put another W in the left column before heading to New Jersey for a Saturday matinee.

Let the Goose loose again.



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The Latest On Filip Zadina

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The night he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings, Filip Zadina spoke of how he’d “fill the nets” of teams who passed on him.

One of the teams that did so was the Ottawa Senators, who drafted Brady Tkachuk at fourth overall, two spots before the Wings nabbed Zadina at six. Zadina had been projected to go as high as third, but Montreal picked Jesperi Kotkaniemi at that spot, and Arizona selected Barrett Hayton at fifth.

Zadina has yet to have a chance to make the Senators pay, but he is filling opponents’ nets at the AHL level. He just recorded this third two-goal game of the season, his second in four games, to help the Grand Rapids Griffins win for the fourth time in five games Wednesday.

Wings general manager Ken Holland was at the matinee in Grand Rapids, and passed some encouraging information onto Wings coach Jeff Blashill.

“I talked to Ken Holland this morning, he thought it was the best game Zadina had played, so it’s a good sign in the right direction,” Blashill said Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre, where the Wings have an evening game scheduled against the Senators. 


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Video- Talk Before Tonight’s Game In Ottawa

Hear from Kronwall, Helm, Abdelkader and Blashill before the puck drops tonight.


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Game Day Preview- Detroit/Ottawa

from Callum Fraser at NHL.com,

Players to watch

Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou has six points (three goals, three assists) during a three-game, multi-point streak.

Senators forward Mark Stone has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his past seven games.

They said it

"[The Senators] are fifth in the league in scoring. I think they lead the league in [defensemen] scoring. [Thomas] Chabot looks like he's playing at a really, really high level. [Maxime] Lajoie, I don't know great, but offensively he looks really good. They're a team that has done a good job at getting pucks to the slot area and lots of goals in the net front, so we're going to have to do a great job with our slot coverage, a great job getting out of our end and do everything we can to make them defend as much as we can." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

more, Howard starts plus expected line combos included...

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Breaking Down Detroit’s Winning Ways

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

So in examining the win streak, let’s start there:

1. If you were to hand-pick a couple key necessities going into this season that would make the Red Wings’ rebuilding progress tangible, developing a legitimate top-four defenseman from their prospect group would be high up on the list. Yes, there were likable players in the pool, but no locks to emerge. That Dennis Cholowski remains on that trajectory is more important than any winning streak.

During the Red Wings’ eight-game run of success, Cholowski is averaging close to 19 minutes of ice time and has three points. That’s down slightly from his season totals but it’s probably not realistic to think he’s going to continue scoring at rate of 0.56 points per game. Still, he’s providing more offense than advertised and it’s coming from him mixing poise and smart timing on when to push for it....

2. Confidence is a heck of a drug in the NHL. Those Red Wings fans concerned about the success hurting their lottery chances need to weigh that against the positives this uptick provides for the young players, especially at forward. If this season continued down the early path and really went sideways, it surely would have come at a cost to the development of a player like Anthony Mantha. He started slowly and it was even fair to reassess exactly where he fit into the future in Detroit....

more (paid subscription) on the above points plus 3 others...

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Detroit’s Skate In Ottawa

The Wings are skating in Ottawa now, but no other details at this point.

Below, line rushes for Ottawa at their morning skate.

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The Improving Detroit Red Wings

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

People who looked away from the Red Wings around Halloween, deciding that losing hockey did not fit on their busy, mid-autumn calendars, have missed some developments.

After a miserable first 10 games, the Wings are flying.

And, before the same people, and others, get too disappointed about their plans for the Wings to draft prime NHL prospect Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick in June, consider that the team’s seven wins in the past eight games are the product of critically important development.

A half-dozen potential stars — Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha, Dennis Cholowski, Tyler Bertuzzi and Michael Rasmussen — have played significant roles in the victories.

Hoping the Red Wings lose, as their prospective stars play better and shape their careers, is fraught with peril.


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Don’t Say Not A Shot For Jack Hughes Now

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Lose a shot at Jack Hughes? Not likely.

The Detroit Red Wings have engineered a nice little surge in the NHL standings after bottoming out at 31st three weeks into the season. On Oct. 27 they were 1-7-2, tied for a league-worst 40 goals allowed and tied for 30th with 21 goals scored.

Now they’ve won four straight games and seven of their last eight to reach 8-8-2, have scored 32 goals during those eight games while allowing 20. They’ve taken advantage of being at Little Caesars Arena, where they have won five of their last six games. ...

October’s schedule featured one top opponent after another in Columbus, Toronto, Boston, Montreal, Winnipeg and Dallas, while November has featured New Jersey, the Rangers, Carolina and Arizona — and now comes games at Ottawa and the Devils. These are, and have been, winnable games.

“The schedule has a way of evening out,” Blashill said. “Early on it was a tough schedule for a multitude of reasons. Now we’ve been on more of a home stand for a bit. Regardless of how we started, we felt we had to take advantage of this home schedule.


added 5:35pm, Adding videos below as they become available, right now Mantha after today's practice.

added 5:59pm, Athanasiou added below.

added 6:29pm, 7 minutes of Blashill below.

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