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One Frustrated Team

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

At least they didn’t lose by a single goal.

This time the Red Wings made sure it wasn’t by one goal, as the Minnesota Wild’s Jason Zucker scored twice late in the third period to defeat the Red Wings, 4-1.

That’s six of eight losses for the Red Wings (2-5-1), with five of the defeats by a single goal — then Sunday’s loss.

“It’s an easy time for frustration to build up,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “You should be, if you’re not you’re probably not a competitor. But, then, we have to regroup and understand there’s not one thing we can do about it but learn from it and be better on Tuesday and find a way to win.”

This script was familiar.


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Wings/Wild Recp

Final Score

The Wings came out pretty strong, faded a bit, then had a decent stretch during the last part of the 2nd period.

The third period was kind of blah and late in the period, the Wild scored two goals, the last one into an empty net and the ending was written.

Goals, Witkowski fight and Detroit team stats are below...

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We’re Still Here

Yep. After all is said and done, we're still here. In spite of everything that has gone wrong, we're still here. I think we all know by now just what to expect, so, that doesn't necessarily make all 19 of us insane for hanging around. Does it?

Win or lose? Well, you get it............

It's a Live Blog! Bitches!

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Wings Concerned About Lack Of Net Front Presence

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

Having lost the last two games, the Red Wings are shaking things up a little bit...

Tyler Bertuzzi-Henrik Zetterberg-Gustav Nyquist

Justin Abdelkader-Dylan Larkin-Anthony Mantha

Andreas Athanasiou-Frans Nielsen-Darren Helm

Luke Witkowski-Luke Glendening-David Booth (Martin Frk extra)

"Z's line's been real good, but we need more lines going," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We're hoping to get a little bit more net presence on each line and we'll see if it will give us a spark."

"I think that looking at how the lines are set up, we have net front guys on each line that go to the net," Abdelkader said. "We gotta continue to get pucks around the nets and make it hard on the goalie. I thought we did a better job last game, but we need to continue if you want to score goals in this league. Get pucks there and get bodies to the net.

more with other topics...

added 3:38pm, Watch the game day preview below...

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Detroit’s Morning Skate In Minnesota

Puck drop is just after 7:00pm ET and is on NBCSN.

via Dana Wakiji tweets,

Ericsson in morning skate at Xcel Energy.

in morning skate:
Witkowski-Glendening-Booth (Frk working in)


Howard in starter’s net.

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One Goal Matters

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings have lost five of their last seven games — and sure enough, all five of those losses have been by a goal.

The latest excruciating loss was Friday’s 4-3 loss to Winnipeg. And that was 48 hours after they lost 3-2 in St. Louis....

When asked if he senses his team is getting frustrated by the recent tough defeats, coach Jeff Blashill said there’s no time for that.

Blashill feels the Red Wings’ resiliency and ability to get back up after a difficult loss has been a strength.

But, without question, there’s a need to clean up the overall game.

“We had too many unforced errors (Friday), mistakes on goals where we didn’t need to,” Blashill said. “They had a lot to do with it, they’re a good team. But in the first (period) we were playing good, scored the first goal, then we gave away two goals.

more plus other topics including Blashil says more is needed from Mantha...

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Hmmm, Jim Nill?

via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

If you’re crazy enough to pay $650 million for an NHL expansion franchise in Seattle, does that make you crazy enough to consider hiring John Ferguson Jr. as your general manager? Fergie is pushing hard to get back in the big chair somewhere and rehabilitate his reputation post-Leafs. Detroit’s Ken Holland and Vegas assistant Kelly McCrimmon are morning line favourites for the Seattle job. Should Holland leave the Red Wings, some expect GM Jim Nill to leave the Dallas Stars for the opening in Detroit.

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The Goalie Picture And Summer Signings

Helene St. James answered some questions from the Detroit fans.

Questions are pretty obvious by her response so I will make it short and sweet.

On the goalie situation...

Jimmy Howard is under contract through next season. My sense is the organization is not sold on Coreau as a viable NHL backup, though that could change if he gets an opportunity to play some games down the stretch. More likely, the Wings look to add someone via free agency. The interesting aspect is, the free agent market likely will include Petr Mrazek. The Philadelphia Flyers have both Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth under contract through next season. Are they going to qualify Mrazek at $4 million? Seems doubtful, in which case Mrazek becomes an unrestricted free agent. 

On the Wings signing a big name UFA,

My sense is they’re likelier to look for a patch player again, like they did last summer. Trevor Daley was someone they could add at a reasonable price and term who has improved their defense. They might look to add a forward this summer – I wouldn’t be surprised to see them sign Thomas Vanek, a guy who can be had for around $2 million and who’ll contribute in the 20-goal range. I know there is interest in re-signing defenseman Mike Green. At the same time, general manager Ken Holland wants there to be spots for prospects to make a grab at, such as forwards Svechnikov and Rasmussen and defenseman Dennis Cholowski. Xavier Ouellet doesn’t seem to fit into plans any longer (he has a year left on his contract, but if he’s waived most of his $1.25 million salary hit would come off the books), so there’s one potential opening. 

more Q & A...

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Wings “Not Consistent Enough”

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Give the Red Wings credit for one thing lately — they're perfecting the one-goal loss.

They did it again Friday, their fifth loss in seven games, all the losses by one goal, dropping a 4-3 game to Winnipeg....

"Another one-goal loss here," captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "We can say we're close and we battled hard in the third (period), but there's no reason for us to be in that situation."

What does Zetterberg believe is the reason for all the close losses lately?

"We're not consistent enough," Zetterberg said.

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Wings/Jets Recap

Final score- Winnipeg Jets 4 Detroit Red Wings 3

The Wings with an honest effort but the talented Winnipeg Jets were just too much.

18 games left.

Goals and Detroit team stats are below...

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