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Videos- Post Practice Talk

Larkin first, Mantha below.

I will add to this collection if more videos become available.

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Detroit’s Practice At The Training Center

via Ansar Khan tweets,

practice today. Everyone who played Saturday is skating. Injured players de la Rose, Ericsson, Vanek not practicing.

lines at practice same as Saturday's game:
Witkowski (extra)
Howard  expected to start Tuesday vs. #Coyotes at LCA.

added 11:36am, Khan,

“Our biggest issue is we can’t get out of our zone, so do it right,” #RedWings Jeff Blashill says during drills.

added 11:44pm, Khan,

power play units:
Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha (net front), Frk-Green
Nyquist-Nielsen-Rasmussen (net front), Cholowski-Athanasiou

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It’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night Tuesday At Little Caesars Arena

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings, through the team’s Hockeytown Cares platform, have joined forces with the American Cancer Society to host the club’s annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night, presented by Comerica Bank, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, when the Red Wings square off against the Arizona Coyotes at 7:30 p.m. at the award-winning Little Caesars Arena (FOX Sports Detroit & 97.1 The Ticket). Red Wings fans attending Tuesday’s game are encouraged to wear lavender to help support cancer awareness.

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The Wings This Week

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

They have won six of their past seven to inch toward .500 (7-8-2). They have won three in a row, all decided after regulation (two in shootouts, one in overtime) and each after erasing a two-goal deficit in the third period. That is the first time they have done that in club history.

Here are some trends and things to watch for this week:

Third period dominance

The Red Wings need to start stronger. They have scored an NHL-low 21 goals in the first two periods combined. But if they're within two goals in the third period, they have confidence in their comeback ability. They have 22 goals in the third period, tied for fourth in the league.

The Red Wings also have been money in shootouts, winning 17 of their past 19, a run that began late in the 2015-16 season.

Can Mantha heat up?

Anthony Mantha entered the season with high expectations after leading the Red Wings with 24 goals in 2017-18. He got off to a rough start, with three goals and five points in 16 games.

He acknowledged the main issue -- the need to move his feet on a consistent basis, compete harder for the puck and be engaged physically.

He scored twice in the third period Saturday in Carolina, leading the comeback that resulted in a 4-3 shootout victory. Now he needs to build on that performance.

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The Wings Are Making Plays At The Right Time

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The entire “Lose for Hughes” movement is losing steam.

For the first few weeks of the season the Red Wings were losing games – a lot of them – and fans who wanted them to tank so they could draft Jack Hughes first in the NHL draft were thrilled.

It seemed like a safe bet, given the way the Wings were losing.

Not so fast.

The Wings have taken an advantage of their home-heavy schedule here in early November, and Saturday in Carolina, continued to show resilience.

They won their third consecutive game after falling behind two goals, this time 4-3 in a shootout, and now have also won six of seven games overall.

“We’ve made big plays at big moments of the games,” said coach Jeff Blashill of the hot streak. “They haven’t been all much different aside from the two games in Boston and Montreal (blowout losses). Every game we’ve played has been a one-goal game. So now it comes down to: Make a play.


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Videos- Post Game Talk And Highlights

Anthony Mantha up first.

Below, Jonathan Bernier, Frans Nielsen, Jeff Blashill, the shootout and game highlights.


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Quick Recap- Detroit/Carolina

We've seen this type of game before.

Wings spending too much time chasing instead of trying to control the game.

Then the 3rd period rolls around and the Wings wakeup.

Down 3-1 as the 3rd starts, boom-boom, tie game thanks to Anthony Mantha.

On to OT and Detroit had some great chances but could not put the puck behind Scott Darling.

Up next, the shootout.

Frans Nielsen with the only goal, Wings win 4-3

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Steve? They’re Coming Around

Red Wing Captain Dylan Larkin, as yet unnamed as it's clearly in Steve Yzerman's as yet unsigned but very present contract to make the coronation himself upon assuming responsibilites as Detroit Red Wing General Manager, a position unfilled for nearly a decade...Dylan Larkin won another game last night. 

And not unlike Yzerman's role as personal motivator and ass kicker of one Sergei Federov? It would appear Larkin has taken on a similar role (probably at Steve Yzerman's direction, since he'll soon be officially named GM) in regards to Andreas Athanasiou

"I think with experience, now he's a gamer and he's showing up in big moments and he's winning battles for us. He's a key player here." 

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Video- Jeff Blashill Before The Puck Drops Tonight

Just south of 3 minutes to watch.

Below, Detroit's projected lineup.


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Wrapping Up The Wings’ Win Over The New York Rangers

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Andreas Athanasiou scored the game-tying goal on an electrifying play with two minutes remaining in regulation. Then he made a slick pass to Dylan Larkin for the winning goal with 5.1 seconds to play in overtime.

Those are the plays difference-makers make. Athanasiou has what it takes to be a difference-maker - elite speed and finishing ability.

So far this season, he's also shown something that has been lacking during his career - consistent competitiveness. That's good for the Red Wings moving forward.

"From the first day of camp I think he's been engaged and done the things that it takes to be a real good hockey player," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said following Friday's 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers at Little Caesars Arena. "His habits have been real good in practice and he's done a real good job for us."


from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

For long stretches against the Rangers Friday, the Red Wings faced their continuing challenge of difficulty just getting the puck out of their own end.

Eventually, though, with Jimmy Howard staving off defeat yet again, the Wings managed.

Then, their young guns startedfiring. And now, the Wings have won five of their last six.

The high-flying Andreas Athanasiou, returning from four games lost to injury, tied the game with 2:02 left in regulation.

And then, in overtime, Athanasiou deftly fed Dylan Larkin who sped into the Rangers’ zone to beat Henrik Lundqvist for his seventh goal of the season.


Below, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press and watch the extended game highlights.

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