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Quick Recap- DRW/CBJ

I was getting a bit nervous after 40 minutes of play, thinking the only video I had was the Nick Lidstrom interview.

In the 3rd period, Tyler Bertuzzi scored, follow by the first NHL goal from Lucas Raymond.  Columbus scored on the power play to make it 2-1.

Namestnikov and Erne added an empty net goals to give the Wings a 4-1 win.

Lidstrom interview and Detroit goals are below and team stats too.

Next game is Thursday with the Wings hosting Cal-Gary.

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Enjoy The Moment

If there's one thing to be said about the Wings this season, it's that they're fun to watch again. Not boring, not slow and old, and not the inevitable feeling of dread that we've all come to know in the last few seasons. These games are actually entertaining, and exciting. 

Larkin is back in the lineup tonight, T-Bert is on fire, and, the youngsters are really putting on a good showing so far.

Yes, there is plenty of room for improvement, and that will come in time, but for right now let's just enjoy the moment, and have a good time. I do realize it's only game three in a long season, but, bring it on! 

It's a Live Blog!

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Stream- Game Preview

via the YouTube page of the Detroit Red Wings,

Ken Kal and Daniella Bruce preview Tuesday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jacket at Little Caesars Arena.

Scheduled to start at 4pm, watch below.

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Moritz Seider Still Learning

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Seider’s start

Rookie defenseman Moritz Seider has three assists in his first two games and is averaging 21:38 in ice time, second on the team to Filip Hronek (24:16).

“He’s earned some trust coming in here with his game at the different levels he’s played at,” Blashill said. “I just thought he did a real good job (Saturday). He’s a gamer. He’s a guy wo wants those types of minutes. He’s big, he can defend, and he can play offense.

“He’s going to have his growing pains; he’s got learning to do. But in the meantime, we’re going to keep putting him out there, let him learn and keep going through the trials and tribulations that young players go through.”

Electric atmosphere

Blashill noted that the atmosphere at LCA the first two games has been as charged as it has been since the building opened four years ago.

“I think the atmosphere has been great. Both games were highly emotional, which is a positive,” Blashill said. “We want to play with lots of compete, lots of emotion. The crowds have been awesome. It’s a loud building. It’s been a while since we had that (due to COVID restrictions last season). The first game in this building (in 2017), we didn’t have enough people in the seats. There were lots of people here, but they were either in the club level eating or checking out how beautiful the arena is. Now everybody is in the seats, and it just seems really, really loud.”

more plus other topics Jeff Blashill discussed today...

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The Talk After The Morning Skate

I'll post videos when available to this post, in the meantime...


added 11:42am, Blashill and Suter videos are below.

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Morning Skate Lines

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A Problem For The NHL

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Here’s the problem – by not punishing the offenders of the initial foul, the NHL is leaving the victims with no alternative but to take the law into their own hands.

When it comes to biblical phrases, an eye for an eye is much more popular at the rink than turn the other cheek.

The league does have to mete out discipline to combat vigilante justice. However, they look foolish doing so while allowing the original offender to continue to skate free.

“When I talked to my son . . . when he was asking me questions like ‘Why is the punch with a glove on more dangerous than the other one?’ I had to explain to him that it’s not,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said....

The outside view is that the NHL looks to be moving in a direction where they are rolling out the welcome mat and accommodating the return of on-ice violence. And that means that they’ll be forcing more players to make like Larkin and take the law into their own hands.


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Talking After Practice




added 1:36pm, Jeff Blashill is below.  added 1:39pm, Larkin below too.

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Practice Today

per Ansar Khan tweet Dylan Larkin is on the ice.

added 11:08am, Khan...

practices lines/D pairs:
Smith-Stephens-Gagner (Rowney)
Staal is not practicing.

added 11:44am, Khan again...

power play units:
1. Fabbri (net front), Bertuzzi (bumper), Larkin-Raymond (flanks), Leddy (point).
2. Rasmussen (net front), Erne (bumper), Hronek-Zadina (flanks), Seider (point).

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Wings Won’t Back Down

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"When you really care about each other and see something happen to one of your teammates, you get over emotional,” Blashill said. “I’d rather have that than have guys that don’t like each other. We got a whole bunch of guys that care about each other."

Blashill has liked the way the Wings have stood up to the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Canucks in consecutive games.

"We want to be a unit that comes every single day and fights together and wins together," Blashill said. " I mean fighting to find ways to win hockey games. We’ve done a good job over two games so far in terms of competitiveness.”

Both Tampa and Vancouver appeared to want to get into chippy, physical games against the Wings. If more teams want to do that, the Wings are ready.

“It’s reactionary when you see one of your teammates get hurt,” Staal said.

more (paid sub.)

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