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Mantha And Athanasiou On Last Night’s Criticism

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Friday morning saw Anthony Mantha admit just how bad he’d been the night before, when, after a 4-0 loss to Vegas, captain Henrik Zetterberg said there was too much poke-and-hope in some teammates, that they need to learn to play the right way. Zetterberg didn’t name names but the criticism fit Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou in particular, and Mantha owned it immediately.

“Oh for sure,” he said after an optional skate at Nationwide Arena Friday. “It wasn’t a good game for me. I made two big mistakes and it’s in the back of our net. I need to be sharper....

Athanasiou, who was on for the first and fourth goals, acknowledged a need to heed Zetterberg’s criticism.

“He’s talking to us as a group,” Athanasiou said. “Any time you have someone like that speaking out, it’s a little bit of a message to make sure you’re ready for the next one. If there’s one play where you can bear down a little more, it’s going to make a huge difference.”


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Jared Coreau Is Your Starter Tonight

The Wings did hold a morning skate today in Columbus but no news came out if it.

Helene St. James reports Jared Coreau starts tonight.

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Would An Experienced NHL Coach Help The Wings?

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

...in the last quarter of what looks like a second consecutive losing season out of the playoffs, the Wings will decide whether Blashill deserves the fourth season of his contract.

If he comes back next season, the organization will likely face another similar decision on whether to offer him a new contract.

Given the state of the roster, with development likely to remain the focus for seasons to come, it is hard to see how the Wings performance improves markedly next season, at this rate.

Especially with the possibility Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall, could well be retired by after next season, one wonders if a veteran NHL presence might help.

A coach more like Gallant, with his deep experience behind the bench in the NHL and at developmental levels of the game and well as out on the ice might be the ticket for a group of comparatively inexperienced Red Wings, with more likely on the way.

more on Gallant who is the topic of the article...

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Reality Sets In

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

An ugly performance at home prompted a rare outburst from Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg....

“There’s too much poke-and-hope on a lot of players,” he said. “If you want to be a solid good player in this league, and if you want to win something, you have to learn to play the right way.

“Poke-and-hope might get you 25-30 goals, but you will never win anything.”

Zetterberg didn’t name teammates, but based on the game - and the season - the criticism fits especially Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou. It’s tough to see for a guy like Zetterberg, who has exemplified two-way hockey since he entered the NHL in 2002....

The growth of the young players is central to the Wings regaining competitiveness. The plan at the start of the season was to put them in bigger roles in hopes they’d embrace their importance. Consistency is an issue.

“This is the pain you endure at times when you’re asking some young guys to start to take over,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “This is the reality of it.”



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Video- Post-Game Talk

via the Wings Twitter account,

Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader, Evgeny Svechnikov, and Jeff Blashill speaks to the media following Thursday's 4-0 to the Golden Knights.


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This team has no structure.

This team has no motivation.

This team has an owner who remains silent.

This team...

Vegas 4 Detroit 0

Goals and Detroit stats are below...

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Fun With Standings

With 16 games remaining and a hermit's ass chance of making the playoffs, I thought we'd take a little ditty around the playoff standings and see just how pathetic Ken Holland truly is. 

Steve Yzerman, the man who should be GM if not for the ego of Tick Tock? Oh we know he's in.  He's way in.  Not just in, but buried.  Like plan a parade in. 

Mike Babcock, the man Holland drove out of town because he mismanaged a roster, a cap and refused to leverage the best years of Hank Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and the last four good years of Nick Lidstrom? He's in.

Pittsburgh? The team Jim Rutherford and before him, Ray Shero, continued to stock despite a cap, the men who actually make trades, a talent Ken Holland has never had? In. Again. And again and again. 

Columbus? The team the Wings used to absolutely own? In. No real comparison to Holland here but anything good happening in that city is a disgrace and if I have to blame someone for anything I'll blame Holland for this too. 

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Evgeny Svechnikov Knows This Is A Chance To Prove Himself

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Evgeny Svechnikov hopes the adversity he faced the first half of the season in Grand Rapids makes him a stronger player for the remainder of the season and into the future with the Detroit Red Wings.

Svechnikov, the team's top pick in 2015 (19th overall), will make his Red Wings season debut tonight against the Vegas Golden Knights at Little Caesars Arena. The 6-3, 212-pound forward start on a line with Andreas Athanasiou at center and Justin Abdelkader at left wing.

"A lot of emotion right now for myself, full of energy and I'm very excited for the opportunity," Svechnikov said after the morning skate.

"I want to prove everything I can. I think I got a good chance."


added 2:48pm, Ansar Khan of Mlive on Tatar...

added 4:40pm, Watch the game day preview below...

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Video- Tomas Tatar After Today’s Morning Skate

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Detroit’s Morning Skate At The LCA

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Evgeny Svechnikov joins #RedWings morning skate after recall from @griffinshockey. Looks like he changed from No. 37 last season in 2 games here to 77.

lines at skate:

added 10:37am, Khan...

Jimmy Howard in starter’s net, as you’d expect.

added 10:43am, Khan again,

power play units:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader (net front), Athanasiou-Kronwall
Bertuzzi-Larkin-Mantha (net front), Frk-Green

added 1:45pm, video of Evgeny Svechnikov after the morning skate is below...

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