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Stepping Up

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

They were separate incidents, although similar in nature, and both showed a positive development regarding this Red Wings team.

There is a bond, a tightness, a willingness to stick up for a teammate.

And in the world of professional hockey, that is something important.

The first incident occurred against the Florida Panthers on April 1. In that game, Panthers defenseman Riley Stillman leveled Dylan Larkin with a hard hit, there was no call, and Stillman escaped unscathed the final few remaining minutes of the second period.

But beginning the third, Givani Smith sought out Stillman and challenged Stillman to a fight, drawing universal praise among the Wings afterward.

“It’s a testament to who Smitty is,” forward Luke Glendening said. “To be step in there, after he (Smith) had already fought (earlier in the game), and stand up for Larks, stand up for a teammate, it’s a testament to who Smitty is.

Said coach Jeff Blashill: “That’s stepping up big time, sticking up for your teammate.”


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Video- Jeff Blashill After The Skate


You can watch Jeff Blashill after the morning skate below.

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Stream- The Morning Skate

You can watch the stream of the Morning Skate below, it is scheduled to be at 10:30am,

Maenwhile, if any news comes out of the skate, it will be added here.

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The Wings Could Be Quiet On Monday

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

So, Monday’s trade deadline could be fairly quiet for the Red Wings and largely uneventful throughout the NHL.

“It doesn’t feel like there will be much action this year,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “Listening to a number of reports and knowing the flat salary cap -- I know when I talked to other teams how tight everybody is -- it’s going to be really difficult for people to make moves.

“The economics of the whole thing, there’s no fans in the stands at most places and it’s hard to just bring in money just to bring in money. You throw on top of that, the whole aspect with the coronavirus and the quarantines that can be required, certainly if you’re going into Canada, I don’t know that the trade deadline this year is as big a deal as it’s been in past years at all.”

General manager Steve Yzerman will continue looking to move impending UFAs for picks and there should at least be some interest in players with low salaries, like forwards Bobby Ryan ($1 million cap hit) and Sam Gagner ($850,000) and defenseman Jon Merrill ($925,000).


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Videos- Post Practice Talk

Jeff Blashill first, Sam Gagner below.


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Practice Underway

Ansar Khan tweets,

practice lines:
Nielsen (extra)

practicing today. Ryan, Gagner and Bernier all practicing. Hronek, Nemeth and Staal not practicing.

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April Draft Rankings

from Sam Cosentino of Sportsnet,

1. Owen Power, D, U of Michigan (NCAA): An abrupt end to an otherwise brilliant freshman season where ice-time and special teams play was earned and deserved.

2. Matthew Beniers, C, U of Michigan (NCAA): Work ethic, smarts and a Mercedes Benz engine all but guarantee he will play. It’s simply a matter of how high in the lineup can he go?

3. Luke Hughes, D, USNTDP: Similar path taken to the top five by Jake Sanderson last year. Size, skating and smarts were complemented by a season full of production, that saw nearly point per game numbers.

4. Dylan Guenther, RW, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL): Came out of the gates hot and has not cooled. Likely to challenge the goal a game mark, but has impressed more this season with his playmaking.

5. Kent Johnson, C, U of Michigan (NCAA): Highlight reel waiting to happen. Dynamic offensive player whose confidence allows him to maximize his creativity.

27 more names...

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Thomas Greiss Is Giving Te Wings A Chance To Win

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Thomas Greiss is playing his best hockey of the season, just in time for the Detroit Red Wings.

The trade deadline is Monday, and the Wings have multiple players, including goaltender Jonathan Bernier, who should draw interest. Bernier has been the team's MVP, while Greiss struggled through February and March, especially.

But Greiss has strung together his best stretch, posting a .940 save percentage and 1.86 goals-against average his last five games.

“He’s been calm, kept everything right in front of him, and swallowed up a lot,” Dylan Larkin said. “When he’s out there he has a calming effect, just like Jonathan Bernier does. He makes key saves. He keeps us in the game. He’s done a great job.

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Greiss has his game in order after being pulled in the first period of that blowout loss at Nashville. He has been solid in five appearances since, including the past four starts.

He gave the Red Wings a chance to win by making 29 saves in regulation and overtime, before Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi scored on Nashville’s first two attempts in the shootout.

“I think over this stretch since Florida (on March 30), he’s been solid, and we’ve played solid defensively in front of him,” Blashill said. “Those two things usually go hand in hand.”

Greiss has a 1.86 goals-against average and .940 save percentage over his past five appearances, after struggling most of the season.

“He’s been through lots in his pro career, he knows how to handle it,” Blashill said. “That’s part of the advantage of having a guy like that. Obviously, everybody’s confidence is shaken at times but he’s able to stay with it and just work and he’s done that, and he’s put himself in a better spot.”

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Below watch Mckey Remond after the game last night.

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Quick Recap- Detroit/Nashville

added 10:59pm, Post game media is below... First are the game highlights followed by a bad line change which lead to Nashville's first goal, Dylan Larkin and Jeff Blashill.

It's too early to say the Wings have turned the corner but many of you may be thinking just that even with an OT loss tonight.

Once again, the Wings need to play like this every night and everything else will fall into place.

Keep playing hard and working as a team and success will follow.

Nashville wins 3-2 in a shootout.

Detroit goals are below.

Team Stats

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Still Feeling Good

There are 19 Wings fans still feeling good since Sunday's game against the Lightning. That win, the score, and the way the guys played, certainly wasn't anything that we saw coming at all. As long as we can see the same effort, and intensity tonight, it will suffice.
A win, on the other hand, is not necessarily expected, but sure would be nice.

It's a Live Blog!

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