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Trade Deadline Approaching

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings’ top trade chip is forward Andreas Athanasiou, whose explosive speed and soft hands would be a positive addition to any forward corps. Athanasiou scored 30 goals last season, but he has only 10 goals among 24 points in 46 games this season, and his trade value is also tarnished by an NHL-worst minus-45 rating. Yzerman may be better off holding onto Athanasiou for now.

On defense, veterans Mike Green and Trevor Daley are both pending unrestricted free agents. Neither would fetch much – think conditional mid-round pick – but neither fits into the Wings’ plans beyond this season, so if an offer materializes, Yzerman may accept. Green, 34, has been productive on good teams and Daley, 36, is a mobile puck carrier and two-time Stanley champion.

Goaltender Jonathan Bernier has been outstanding since mid-December, posting a .927 save percentage and 2.38 goals-against average in his last 19 appearances, but if the Wings trade him, they would have to sign two NHL-tested goaltenders in the offseason.


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Video- Jeff Blashill After a 4-1 Loss To The New York Islanders

Two minutes to watch.



added 11:29pm, Game highlights are below.  added 11:42pm, group video below.

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Quick Recap- DRW/NYI

The Islanders scored a goal in the first period and another in the second period to lead 2-0 after 40 minutes.

In the third, Mantha (could be changed to Bertuzzi) scored to make it a one goal game and then Jordan Eberle scored his 3rd of the game.

The Islanders added an ENG to make the final score Islanders 4 Wings 1.

Detroit goal and stats are below, next game is at home at 7pm against the Calgary Flames.

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The Good News

Including tonight, the Wings have only twenty games left to play this season. Yes, that's the good news. 

It's a Live Blog!

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It’s An Elimination Game

addd 6:50pm,


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Without A Goal

from Jonathan Willis of The Athletic,

There have been 5,613 goals scored in the NHL this season. The league’s players have shot the puck at the net 106,246 and succeeded in putting it on goal 58,951 times. On average, it takes 19 attempts or 10.5 actual shots, to create a single goal....

While there’s still time for anyone on this list to crack their personal goose egg on the scoresheet this season, don’t expect them to magically start lighting the lamp on a regular basis.

Justin Abdelkader, Red Wings – 69 shot attempts, 3.38 expected goals

In his prime, Abdelkader owned the area at the top of the crease. At no point in his career has he ever been regarded as an especially talented offensive player by NHL standards, but he willed himself to 19- and 23-goal seasons by scoring from point-blank range.

He isn’t able to do that these days. Even last season, when he scored just six goals, his lowest number since his rookie year, many of his shots came from the top edge of the crease, with much of the remainder coming from the outer scoring chance region. This year, there are a lot of perimeter tries, the kinds of shots hockey watchers quickly learn to associate with older wingers no longer able to gain the slot with the puck.

more ($$$) plus four more players...

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Detroit Claims Defenseman Cody Goloubef


His HockeyDB profile.

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The Routine Of Detroit’s Equipment Staff

from BarDown,

One job that requires a lot of hard work and dedication in all sports is the equipment manager. The department usually consists of two to three people who responsible for making sure all of the players’ equipment is good to go whenever they need it and that everything is in place for them by the time they arrive for a game or practice.

The Detroit Red Wings recently arrived in New York for their upcoming tilt with the Islanders, and their social media team decided to give fans behind-the-scenes access and showed them what it takes to be part of the equipment staff on a daily basis.

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When Will Mortiz Seider See Some NHL Action?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings are in a bit of a quandary with top prospect Moritz Seider. They would like to get a brief look at the 18-year-old defenseman this season, but they don’t want to weaken the Grand Rapids Griffins as they push for an AHL playoff spot.

General manager Steve Yzerman continues deliberating what to do.

“There’s factors in play -- where Grand Rapids is at, what’s best for his development,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “It would be hard-pressed for me to see them totally secure a playoff spot; it usually comes down to the end. Steve and I have had conversations about the possibility (of recalling Seider), but we’ve made no definitive decisions on whether or not that will happen.”

“My understanding is he’s done a really good job,” Blashill said. “I’m a big fan. I think he’s going to be a really good player. How good? We’ll see. I think he’s still learning the give and take of offensive risk management. It’s something that he didn’t get a chance to do a whole bunch last year because of the level he was playing at (with Adler Manheim in Germany). He might not be getting that here either. Sometimes when you play at the highest level you end up playing over-safe. I think he’s got some offense to give and it’s just understanding that risk management and it’s a learned process. But I think he’s getting better at it and my understanding is he’s having a good, solid year.”

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Defensemen Still Available At The Trade Deadline

Andrew Berkshire of Sportsnet takes a look at a few defensemen who may be available at the trade deadline.

Defencemen as a whole are tougher to evaluate than a specific targeted skill set like goal scoring, but a general overview of the impact defencemen can have is a good place to start, and we’ll go into some specifics on each player.

Mike Green

Every year I think this is the one where Green falls off, but credit to him, he just keeps on being a very good player. On the car crash of a team that is the Red Wings, Green is one the only players who is treading close to even in inner slot shots and slot pass differentials. He completes carry outs at an obscene rate, and is the only player on the list above who is significantly above average in all styles of controlled exits.

Green is also surprisingly good at defending his own blue line, by far the best on the Red Wings, and he recovers loose pucks at a higher rate than any other defenceman available.

The decline for Green as he’s entered his mid-30s has come pretty much exclusively in his offence, where he’s now below league average at even strength, but he’s always been better in other areas of the game than many wanted to give him credit for.

If you’re looking for the offensive dynamo Green once was, look elsewhere, but he is still a very strong top-four option.

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