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It’s Official

It's official. The Wings are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention even before the trade deadline. A low point for sure, but really, they never had a chance to begin with. We as fans can now just sit back, and, finish watching these last nineteen games, as only 19 hardcore Wingaholics can.  

It's a Live Blog!

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Athanasiou And Green Not Playing Tonight


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Video- Jeff Blashill Before The Puck Drops At 7pm Tonight

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Your Turn

Who will the Wings move by 3pm ET on Monday?

Candidates are Mike Green, Trevor Daley, Andreas Athanasiou (which I doubt will happen) or maybe a sleeper or two..

Your turn, make the decision with your brain and not your heart.

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Athanasiou And Green Will Be Mentioned In Trade Talks

Rory Boylen of Sportsnet lists 25 names we will hear about tomorrow...

Andreas Athanasiou, Detroit Red Wings
Contract: $3 million through 2019-20

An RFA at season’s end, Athanasiou is a complex case. After it looked like he broke through last year with a 30-goal season, he’s struggled again in this one with just 10 goals and 24 points in 46 games. But he’s got that upside and is one of the fastest skaters in the league.

Mike Green, Detroit Red Wings
Contract: $5.375 million through 2019-20

Green has a modified no-trade clause so there’s some control on his part. With just 11 points in 48 games, he is one of many Red Wings having a disaster of a season, but greener pastures could bring better production. He’s still a strong puck-mover who could thrive in a support role on a good team where he’d be surrounded by better talent. At the very least, he’d be an upgrade to many second PP units.

more names...

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The Calgary Flames Expect The Wings To Come Out Hard

from Kristen Anderson of the Calgary Herald,

So the fact that the Red Wings now have nothing to sacrifice except for their jobs and pride make them a dangerous unit in Sunday’s game against the Calgary Flames.

“I know what it’s like to play at the end of the season (with no playoff hopes),” said Flames forward Mikael Backlund. “Everyone is trying to play hard and doing the best they can on the ice, playing for something. Whether it’s a new contract or to stay on the team or for each other.

“They’re going to come out hard, and we know that.”...

“Sometimes those are the hardest teams to play — they’re playing with nothing to lose,” said Flames winger Milan Lucic. “They’re playing loose. That’s when they tend to make plays and take chances. We can’t look at Boston, Nashville, Tampa and Florida without focusing on Detroit. We have to make sure we’re ready for that one.”

more from and on the Flames...

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Just How Bad Are The Detroit Red Wings?

from Ryan Ford of the Detroit Free Press,

If they fall off that 44-point pace, they risk finishing behind the century’s worst team so far, the 1999-2000 Atlanta Thrashers, who went 14-57-7-4 (back when teams got a point for ties or OT losses) en route to 39 points in their inaugural season.

Let’s take a look at how this year’s Wings squad compares to those '99-00 Thrashers (who are now in their ninth season as the reborn Winnipeg Jets) and judge which team was worse.

The record

So the Wings have 15 wins through 63 games. Two of those — Jan. 10 vs. the Senators and Feb. 6 vs. the Sabres — have come in shootouts, however. Under the no-shootout point system of the 1999-2000 season, then, their record would actually be 13-44-2-4 and they’d have 32 points, two less than this season. (Yes, the Wings are bad enough to be virtually immune to Gary Bettman’s charity.) That’s worse than the Thrashers were through 63 games; Atlanta had 34 points, with a 12-41-6-4 record.

The worst? Wings.

The scoring

How did Atlanta get there? Well, posting a minus-100 goal differential didn’t help; that was minus-22 behind the next closestmore team and on pace for a minus-130.

The 2019-20 Wings, meanwhile, are already at minus-108 and on pace for a minus-141 goal differential.


added 8:20am, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press on Lane Lambert,

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Why Jeff Blashill Remains Behind The Bench

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Jeff Blashill is doing what Steve Yzerman expects, and that is why the Detroit Red Wings have not made a change behind the bench even as they have descended to the bottom of the NHL standings....

“The one thing with Steve is, Steve does whatever Steve thinks is right,” Blashill said Friday. “When we talked last summer, he was clear to me to make sure that we keep holding our players accountable and we make our young players, specifically, better, but really the whole team. That was the message. It wasn’t necessarily going to be judged on wins and losses, it was going to be judged on those things.

“Steve is real clear about what he expects and I get good feedback from him in terms of where we stand.”

read on

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Detroit Players Trying To Stay Focused

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

For the veteran Green, it's not his first rodeo so he just goes about his business as normal.

"After being through it many times, it's obviously an odd experience but if you play for a long time, you get used to it," Green said after Saturday's practice at the BELFOR Training Center. "It's part of the business. Obviously with the relationships, it makes it difficult.

"For me, no, it's not a distraction. I mean, you worry about day to day in this league. Obviously, anything can happen but it's not something I stew over too much."

Forward Luke Glendening says focusing on the immediate task at hand -- Sunday's game against Calgary -- is the only thing to do.

"You can only control what you can control, so you just got o show up and keep doing your job to the best of your ability," Glendening said. "You're here until they tell you something different, so that's the way you got to approach it."

For Wings coach Jeff Blashill, he knows this time of year can be tricky.

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The Wings Practiced Today

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