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Quite the odd coincidence yesterday. If you think Ted Kulfan, Ansar Khan(!) and Helene St. James don't read KK, you're crazy.  They do. Do they specifically read A2Y? I'd bet they do not. But on the rare occasions something pops up on the main page (I say rare because I rarely write anymore), it's inevitable they see it.

Well, they saw it yesterday. 

It's looking like it might be a good idea to fire Jeff Blashill. 

That's us, yesterday at around 0800

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At This Point, Firing Jeff Blashill Will Not Help

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Sure enough, the emails came in full force, offering suggestions, opinions, and sure-fire trade proposals that will cure the Red Wings in no time flat.

That sort of deluge usually occurs after a bad loss. Funny how that works.

And the way these last two losses occurred, well, plenty of Wings fans had ways for their team to get better....

Blashill is in the final year of his contract. Firing Blashill and moving assistant Dan Bylsma into the head coach’s spot isn’t going to turn this team around. And, really, in terms of this season, Blashill hasn’t had close to a full roster, particularly on defense, where injuries have completely ravaged the position, forcing Blashill to use four rookies.

Opposing teams, as expected, have figured out their weaknesses, and are exposing those defensemen fast and furiously.

But here’s where it gets dicey for Blashill: More of these lopsided losses, maybe setting the record for season-opening losses, young players not getting particularly better  — those are things the organization may not look the other way on, even in a rebuild.

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Evgeny Svechnikov Had Knee Surgery Today, Out 5-6 Months

Detroit, MI…Detroit Red Wings forward Evgeny Svechnikov underwent successful surgery on his right knee today.  The surgery was performed by Dr. Kyle Anderson.  Svechnikov required anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and is expected to miss 5-6 months.

Svechnikov, 21, was placed on non-roster injured reserve on Oct. 1 after suffering the knee injury in Detroit’s preseason finale, a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sept. 29 at Little Caesars Arena.  In 16 career regular season appearances with the Red Wings, Svechnikov has tallied four points (2-2-4), 19 shots on goal and averaged 9:22 of ice time per game.
 

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Are The Wings Meeting Your Expectations?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

They are expected to compete, work hard, show progress. They did the first four games, two of which went to overtime and the other two sealed with empty-net goals in the final minute of regulation.

But they were embarrassed the past two games on the road, losing 8-2 to Boston and 7-3 to Montreal. The Red Wings seemed to lose what confidence they gained from playing well in back-to-back games in Southern California. They didn't handle adversity well, allowing things to snowball out of control.

Offense was the main issue early on and still is a problem. Too many forwards aren't producing. Anthony Mantha has one goal and three points and an alarmingly bad minus-10 rating. Thomas Vanek, signed specifically to provide offense, has one point (a goal). Frans Nielsen has two points (both assists). Justin Abdelkader has no points while playing in a top-six role....

Blashill, in the fourth and final year of his contract, wasn't going to be judged as much on the team's record as he will be on the growth of individual players, particularly the young ones.

His job isn't in jeopardy, in all likelihood, since expectations to win were low and injuries have contributed to the poor start. It would probably take a prolonged run of non-competitive games before the club considered a coaching change.

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The Status Of Jeff Blashill

My sense is management/ownership is not looking to fire Blashill. They recognize the Wings lack talent, that the team is paying for all those years of making the playoffs and thus not drafting a high-end player (when the Wings selected Michael Rasmussen at ninth overall in 2017, that was their first time picking in the top 10 since 1991). They don’t have an elite defenseman, and they don’t have a superstar forward. Their best player, Dylan Larkin, only just turned 22....

When Dan Bylsma, formerly a head coach in Pittsburgh and Buffalo, was hired as an assistant in June, it spurred speculation there's a successor in place. Blashill is in the last year of his contract, while Bylsma received a three-year contract.

But the organization knew this would be another tough season, that it would be another losing season. And in the long term the Wings are better off missing the playoffs again and entering in the draft lottery. The lower they finish in the standings, the better their odds of winning the right to draft Jack Hughes. I think Blashill’s job is only in jeopardy if these lopsided losses pile up, and there’s some leeway with that until some of the veteran defensemen return. 

That is Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press where you can read more on Blashill.

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“Let’s Get Better”

"I think confidence matters. We don't have enough of it with our team but certainly for those individuals (Athanasiou and Vanek), it will help. Listen, I'll be able to show tons of clips where we did it right and we were really good. This isn't a talent thing, it's not about not being good enough. It's about doing it right. When we do it right, we're good. I can show those clips and when we don't do it right, I've already showed a number of them in between periods. You're not going to win that way. You're not going to win when teams are coming at you in droves with rushes the way they did. Let's get better Wednesday."

-Jeff Blashill after the 7-3 beating by the Montreal Canadiens last night.

Art Regner of the Wings' website has more post-game coverage.

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

As bad as Saturday’s loss in Boston was, this was — incredibly — just as bad.

The Red Wings are looking for their first victory and they’re not going to get it playing like this.

Monday, it was an ugly 7-3 loss in Montreal, as the Red Wings fell to six consecutive winless games (0-4-2).

If you thought Saturday’s 8-2 loss in Boston was difficult to stomach, all you had to was wait another 48 hours.

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Enough

It's looking like it might be a good idea to fire Jeff Blashill. 

Rebuilding is one thing, ask Ron Gardenhire.

By all accounts, the Tigers had a losing season but played the right way. 

By the same accounts, the Red Wings are going to have a losing season of epic proportions and seem to be completely disorganized and disheveled. 

It's one thing to bring up the youngsters and teach them to play hard, and play the right way, and lose. 

It's another to ice an apathetic team, throw combinations together that put Darren Helm on the top line, then stare at the ceiling as you get your ass handed to you. 

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Video- Reaction After The Wings 7-3 Loss To The Montreal Canadiens

Kronwall, Nyquist and Blashill after tonight's game.

via the Detroit Free Press,

 

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Recap Of Wings/Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens 7 Detroit Red Wings 3

Not much to say on this one except you folks give your views.

On to Florida- Lightning on Thursday, Panthers on Saturday.

Goals and Detroit team stats are below.

added 11:08pm, Game highlights are below the team stats.

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Youth Best Served Cold

Well, the two young stud forwards we expected to lead the parade down Woodward in 30 Tuesdays or so? 

Well, let's just hold off on that for a quick minute. 

Flip Zabina is improving in Grand Rapids, and seeing him start the year down (across) there isn't a tremendous surprise. 

Michael Rasmussen scratched after five games? 

Not really a surprise either, but still...disappointing. 

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