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Detroit’s Compete Level Raised In Win Over Carolina

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 shots to earn the win, as the Wings salvaged a split in the season-opening two-game series.

"We competed extremely hard, that's the level of compete you need in order to have a chance to win in this league," coach Jeff Blashill said. "That was the biggest thing that stood out for me. Between our work ethic and compete, I was real happy.

"The other thing is, we were deeper as a team. We had four lines going pretty hard, not everybody gets as much ice time as they'd like, but all four lines were going and all six defensemen went well. Ultimately, we'll have to win that way."

The Wings’ last victory? March 8, 2020, when they defeated eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa 5-4 in a shootout — a few days before the pandemic closed most every sport.

And considering the sluggish way the Wings opened the season against Carolina, Saturday's victory was needed and felt good.

"We got timely goals and we outplayed a great team," Larkin said.

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Videos- Post Game Talk

Bobby Ryan first, more coming.

added 10:01pm, Mickey Redmond is below.  added 10:04pm, Dylan Larkin now below... added 10:11pm, Jeff Blashill is below.

Game highlights added below at 10:15pm.

added 10:46pm, Larkin, Zadina and Blashill in one video bekow.

 

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Quick Recap- Detroit/Carolina

The Wings played better tomight with a 4-2 win.

Two points out of first boys!

Discuss

Detroit goals are below.

See you at 12:00pm ET on Monday (MLK Day).  They'll be playing in Columbus.

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Still The Same

I know, I know. It’s been 310 days, give or take, since the last time the Wings took to the ice. So what. It's still the same. Instead of the slightest improvement, it looked at times as if there had been a regression in all areas of play, with the exception being goaltending. There have been a few changes in the on ice personnel, but, the one constant is the Coaching.

Bad habits are hard to break, and, the more you lose the easier it becomes. Get it together. Otherwise, this shortened season will be another long, long, bad season for Wings fans.

It’s a Live Blog!

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Videos- After Today’s Morning Skate Before Facing The Carolina Hurricanes Tonight

Marc Staal, then Jeff Blashill below.

 

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Stream- The Morning Skate

I will update here with any news from the skate.

Below, watch the Morning Skate.

added 10:54am, Bernier first off the ice per Max Bultman tweet and he also says Darren Helm is on the ice.

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A History Lesson

from Stan Fischler at The Hockey News,

James Norris was not fooling around that April morning in 1935.

The 56-year-old Montreal commerce czar had just bought Detroit’s NHL club – then called the Falcons – and phoned Jack ‘Jolly Jawn’ Adams, the coach-manager he had acquired in the franchise purchase. “I’ll give you a year on the job,” Norris warned him. “You’re now on probation.”

Those who knew Norris best translated the “probation” part to mean win a Stanley Cup, pronto, or else. If that wasn’t intimidating enough, there was the new owner’s physical presence: very scary. “I remember the afternoon we met,” said Adams during an interview in 1961 when he was 67. “Norris was bald and he had heavy black eyebrows and a round face. His nose was broad and flat, like somebody had hit it.”

While he was at it, the new boss laid a few other things on the line with his new employee. “We’ll call the team the Wings. In fact, we’ll call it Red Wings. Our emblem will be a winged wheel which ought to sit good with Henry Ford and the car people,” Adams recalled.

The habitually argumentative Adams instantly realized he should never quarrel with his new boss – just do what the millionaire said and quickly go about the business of making him happy. The results were amazing, to say the least. He gifted Norris with back-to-back championships, while earning a second nickname, ‘Trader Jack.’ 

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Red Wings Involved In Schedule Changes

NEW YORK (Jan. 15, 2021) – The National Hockey League today announced updates to the 2020-21 regular-season schedule. The Dallas Stars will now open their regular season on Friday, Jan. 22 at home against the Nashville Predators. All updates are listed below. The complete 2020-21 NHL regular-season schedule can be found at NHL.com/schedule.

 The following games have been re-scheduled:

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Videos- After Practice Today

Bobby Ryan first, Jeff Blashill below.

 

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A Noon Practice For The Wings

via Ansar Khan tweet,

Bobby Ryan no longer in orange non-contact jersey, so might be ready to play tomorrow vs. Carolina.

added 12:21pm, Khan,

Working the power play:
1. Ryan (net front), Bertuzzi (bumper), Larkin-Mantha (flanks), DeKeyser (point).
2. Fabbri (net front), Gagner (bumper), Hronek-Zadina (flanks), Merrill (point).

added 12:44pm, Khan...

RedWings wrapped up practice with a breakaway competition. Spent most of it working the power play. No line rushes but looks like Ryan in for Nielsen tomorrow. Probably on line with Fabbri and Zadina.

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