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Jared Coreau’s Audition And Wings’ Close To Elimination

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Coach Jeff Blashill said after Thursday’s game he was pleased with Coreau’s game against the Kings, saying Coreau kept the Red Wings in position to win with several key saves.

That will be one of the key assessments going forward for the Red Wings in relation to the goaltending position — can Coreau be an adequate NHL backup to Howard next season and give the team a chance to win when in the lineup?...

The Red Wings haven’t been totally mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but it’s getting there.

By virtue of Toronto winning Thursday and the Red Wings losing — the loss extended the Red Wings’ winless streak to eight games (0-7-1) — the Red Wings can’t catch the Maple Leafs and will not be able to claim one of the three automatic playoff spots in the Atlantic Division.

The only way the Red Wings could make the playoffs is by earning a wild card spot but, obviously, those chances are becoming increasingly slim.

The Red Wings entered Friday’s games trailing New Jersey by 17 points with only 12 games left. Any combination of eight points earned by New Jersey or lost by the Red Wings, will eliminate the Red Wings from the playoffs for a second consecutive season.

To their credit, the Red Wings continue to play with passion and commitment....

more on each of the above topics...

Below is Detroit's projected lineup for tonight...

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Winless In March

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It’s not March Madness around the Red Wings these days — more like March Sadness.

The march toward the bottom of the NHL — and better odds to land the first overall pick — continued in earnest Thursday with a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

The loss extended the Red Wings’ winless streak to eight games (0-7-1), with difficult road games in Anaheim (Friday) and Colorado (Sunday) left to conclude the weekend.

How is this March going?...

“There wasn’t a lot of offense out there, it was tough to come by,” coach Jeff Blashill told FSD. “We competed real hard. Obviously it’s not a 4-1 game, it was a one-goal game.”


Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press with this...

Coreau is unrestricted this summer. He does not appear to fit into the Wings’ plans, but he may fit on the farm.

“I try not to think about that too much,” Coreau said. “Just go out and play for the Detroit Red Wings and if it works out well, then maybe stay here. Who knows?”

more on the game...

Below, watch the game highlights and post-game interviews.

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Lose, And Lose Often

Apparently, there's only one clear cut number 1 pick.  He's Swedish. He's a defenseman.  We had one of those.

Kenny kind of wasted the last few years of his career, almost like he wasted 13 and 40's.

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In The Spotlight- Tyler Bertuzzi

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Playing on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist Monday in San Jose, Bertuzzi continued his recent hot streak with assists on all three goals in the Red Wings’ 5-3 loss.

That gave Bertuzzi seven points in the last seven games – not counting Thursday’s late game in Los Angeles – and was just the latest in a string of impressive games.

“Tyler was excellent,” coach Jeff Blashill told reporters afterward. “He’s a real bright spot for us. He’s got a real bright future. He can be a heck of a player.

“He needs to become a little stronger and a little faster. That’s going to happen this offseason. I believe he has the determination.

“He’s been hurt the last couple of summers, but he’s got poise, he’s got hockey sense. He’s real good with the puck. There’s a real bright future there.”

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added 4:48pm, Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website with the game day notes below...

added 6:07pm, Game day preview added below too.

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Twitter Talk From Detroit’s Skate At The Staples Center

Dana Wakiji reports via Twitter Henrik Zetterberg is on the ice.

She also says it is an optional skate but the only player not there is Coreau.

Helene St. James on Twitter says looks like Coreau will start tonight against the LAK.

If any more news, i will update.  

Wings play the Ducks tomorrow then head to Denver for a 3pm ET game on Sunday.

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Interested In Detroit Prospects?

Also included are Jack Adams and Joe Hicketts.


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The Detroit Red Wings Are Practicing On The West Coast

via Dana Wakiji tweets,

Zetterberg not on the ice today so Booth taking his spot for practice.

Nielsen skating with Athanasiou and Abdelkader.

Bertuzzi-Booth (Zetterberg spot)-Nyquist


added 4:49pm, Wakiji..

Nielsen working on first power-play unit today.

Wings face the Kings tomorrow night with a 10pm puckd drop.

added 7:13pm, Below, watch Jeff Blashill after today's practice.

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Video- Detroit/Vegas Mic’d Up

via NHL.com,

Listen in as Dylan Larkin, Shea Theodore and NHL ref Francis Charron wear the wireless mics in a battle between Vegas and Detroit from Motown.


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Lottery Chances Improving

fom William Burchfield of CBS Detroit,

The NHL won’t release its draft lottery odds for another month or two, but Detroit has helped itself out of late. Prior to its current skid, which has yielded one point in seven games, the team ranked 23rd overall. Last year, that would have earned the Red Wings a 5.4 percent chance of landing the first overall pick.

As things stand today, the Wings rank 26th overall. That came with a 7.6 percent chance of picking first last year.

The NHL changed its lottery format ahead of the 2016 draft to try to dissuade teams from tanking. Where the last-place team used to be guaranteed at least the second overall pick, that club can now fall as low as fourth. That exact nightmare struck the Avalanche last year, who watched three teams jump ahead of them despite finishing dead last in the standings.

Still, the lottery favors the frail. In the interest of securing the best pick possible in this summer’s draft, it behooves the Red Wings to lose, lose, lose down the stretch.


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