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Losing To Win

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Used to prolonged success, this feels epochal.

It is.

But it is also hockey, not the American Revolution. And, it all argues for staying the course.

The leaders of the ground-swelling “Lose for Hughes” campaign cannot complain if the Wings' losses pile high.

Losing is required, if a goal is to improve lottery odds enough for the Red Wings to have the best shot at Jack Hughes, who skates with some brilliance in Plymouth for the National Team Development Program (NTDP) of USA Hockey.

A lot of losing.

Well, they are off to a pretty good start. And, management should let it go.

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Videos- After Today’s Practice In Montreal

Jeff Blashill up first, below Joe Hicketts and Niklas Kronwall.


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Wings Need To Start Winning Battles

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“I showed 19 clips today,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Not one of them were clips where we didn’t have enough talent to win. That’s not the case. We have good enough players to win, without a shadow of a doubt. We have to make sure that we are doing the work and winning the battles that it takes to win.”

Frans Nielsen called it a “good meeting. We talked about how we have to be harder on the puck and make better decisions with the puck. It starts with us veterans – we have to play the right way and hopefully the younger guys are going to follow that.”

Blashill called out the team’s forwards for “not being good enough” in Boston. He is making at least one lineup change up front against Montreal as Martin Frk will make his season debut; his dimension is that he shoots right and shoots hard. Frk practiced with Justin Abdelkader and Christoffer Ehn. 


added 5:26pm, from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

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Tweets Of Note On The Wings

via Helene St. James tweets,

Dennis Cholowski practicing, should get word later if he's OK to play at Montreal.

Martin Frk playing at Montreal

Danny DeKeyser (hand) to see specialist Tuesday, timeline unknown.  Dennis Cholowski likely Monday

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Not Good Enough

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“The issue was we got to the second period,” coach Jeff Blashill said, “and we refuse to hold onto the puck and help our five defensemen that are dressed, and there were a bunch of young guys in that mix. Instead of making it easier on them, we made it harder on them by turning pucks over and having to face rushes. Doesn’t make any sense.

“We regressed. That game is not even close to good enough in any stretch. That was a bad effort. Bad execution, bad effort, unacceptable. We better find a way to dig in and get better.”


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“We have to find ways to just win games,” forward Dylan Larkin told reporters afterward. “Desperation level has to be higher and as a leader here, I have to come out next game, we all have to come out and play with some desperation.

“Find a way. We have to find a way. We’ve played five games and we have a lot of games to go, so we have to find a way to turn this around or it’s not going to be a fun year if it keeps going like this. We all know that.”

Larkin felt if he’d accept a fight from Boston’s Noel Acciari late in the first period, maybe the momentum would have changed.

“I don’t even know who it was, (who) wanted to fight and I didn’t answer the bell and if I did, it could have changed some momentum in the game and maybe got some momentum back on our side and showed them that we were ready to battle, we were here,” Larkin said.


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Videos- Post-Game Talk And Game Highlights

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press with a video from the Wings' dressing room after their 8-2 loss to the Bruins.



Below catch the game highlights and I will add more videos if they become available.

added 7:40pm, another post-game video from the dressing room is below.

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Detroit Red Wings/Boston Bruins Game Recap

If you watched the game, you know it was not pretty.

If you did not watch, you are proably lucky.

Boston defeats Detroit 8-2 and the Wings are 0-3-2 for the season.

Danny DeKeyser left the game with an upper-body injury after 1:31 of ice time.



Goals are below along with Detroit team stats.

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Taking On Water

Let's not get crazy.  The main hatchway has not given in. Yet.

But the gales of November may, indeed, be coming early.

The crew is good, but our well seasoned captain is gone. 

What used to be the pride of the American side could very well be again when another, legendary, exceptionally seasoned Captain, climbs aboard.

Four games does not a disaster spell but I'll be damned if that drunk-ass cook isn't getting ready to warn the rest of us. 

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Video- Before The Puck Drops We Have The Thoughts Of Jeff Blashill

Puck drops just after 3:00pm ET and is on FSD.

Jeff Blashill met with the media before today's game, watch below.

added 1:40pm, Detroit's projected lineup is below.

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Videos- Filip Zadina Had 2 Goals In Grand Rapids Griffins Win

from Steve Kaminski of Mlive,

It didn't take Filip Zadina long to win over the hometown fans Friday night when the Grand Rapids Griffins hosted Hershey.

The Detroit Red Wings' No. 1 draft choice scored his first two goals as a Griffin, sparking Grand Rapids to a 6-3 victory at Van Andel Arena before 10,834 fans....

"It was an awesome feeling, especially for us because we won the game," Zadina said. "It was our home opener, and we wanted to win this game so badly, and we did it. It was good for us.

"I am getting better every single game, and I'm way more comfortable than I was when I played the first game. (The goals) helped me a lot mentally, and I am more confident with the puck. It was such a good game, but we have to continue it (Saturday) in Chicago. I just wanted to help the team win. That's why I'm here."

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Watch the game highligths below along with post-game interviews (Zadina is first)...

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