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Anthony Mantha Is Growing Into His Role

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

He was given an opportunity on the power play, and has turned that into a team-best eight power play goals by using his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame as a goalie screen. He’s fit nicely onto a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist, and also has looked good playing next to Dylan Larkin.

Mantha’s average ice time of 17:04 is up from last season’s 15:54 average. Fellow young players Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou have seen bigger increases in their minutes, but that’s because they play both power play and penalty kill.

Mantha has the ability to stand out with his size and skill, be it tipping pucks down low or finishing a feed from Zetterberg like he did on Sunday. As he learns it takes hard work to do so regularly, Mantha could push for 25, even 30 goals this season.


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The Detroit Red Wings Continue To Work Hard

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

During what’s been a struggle of a regular season, the Red Wings showed some character Sunday against the Capitals....

“We showed unreal work ethic and fight,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “There’s pushes back and forth. They’re a good hockey team. From the middle of the first period to the end of the second, we were excellent. They pushed hard in the third but we even had moments of good push back.

“You don’t want to give up the lead, obviously, but it’s something we’ll keep working on. You want to learn those lessons when you win.”

Blashill has stressed about the need for his team to embrace being a hard-working, grinding team and they largely were in these two strange road games.

“We have to be a work ethic team and we did a good job of that throughout the game,” said Blashill, who also liked the “character” and “mental toughness” the team showed. “We have to keep working here and getting better in areas and make sure we have to same work ethic every night.”

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Below, watch extended highlights from yesterday's win over the Capitals.

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Videos- Post-Game Reaction Wings/Caps

Henrik Zetterberg is up first.



More below including coach Trotz and coach Blashill..

added 7:12pm, More videos added below including game highlight package...

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Quick Recap Of Today’s Detroit Red Wings/Washington Capitals Game

Well the first two periods went well with the Wings up 4-1 going into the third period.

I did not read the comments in the live blog today but imagine a few of you mentioned or thought oh no, the dreaded three goal lead.

The third period was all Washington. 4-2, 4-3, tie game late in the 3rd period with their goalie pulled and the Wings one man down due to a penalty.

OT they went...

Tatar wins it!  Just imagine if the Wings were actually in a playoff race, the nail biting, the sweaty palms, etc....

Goals below. and Detroit team stats...

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Full Circle

Well, here we are. Looking forward and looking back. By that I mean back to the days when it was a given that the Wings would not make the Playoffs. Many of you that frequent A2Y remember what that was like. On the other hand, many of you have only known good Red Wings Teams.

For those of us that have been through both the good and the bad, we have come full circle, so to speak. We know how it feels to be bottom feeders, Darkness with Harkness, the entire 1970s.

Some of those bad teams had players like Mickey Redmond, who scored 50 plus goals back to back, and, Marcel Dione. Reed Larson who could blast a puck past any goalie.

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Video- Your Game Day Preview

Abdelkader and Blashill speak.



added 1:26pm, Below, watch coach Blashiil today...

added 1:32pm, Watch coach Trotz below too with his pre-game with the media...

added 1:50pm, Detroit's procjected lineup is below too...

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Forget About Last Night

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

The Red Wings have no choice but to move on from Friday night's unbelievable 7-6 overtime defeat to the New York Islanders at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

With Tyler Bertuzzi in the dressing room after receiving a match penalty for slashing Cal Clutterbuck, the Islanders scored four times in a span of 3:37 during the five-minute power play.

The Wings managed to tie the game - on a goal that was reviewed for goaltender interference - with 29 seconds left but lost in overtime as Brock Nelson completed his hat trick.

"There's not one thing you can about it, except for learn," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "You can't go get yesterday back in life. All you can do is learn from it and move forward. So we have to move forward. The lesson there, we got to make sure we're disciplined and we gotta be ultra committed like playoff hockey to blocking shots. And then we've got to do lots of things we did. We played fast, we were one top of them.

"We played great hockey for certainly 40 minutes if not 55 minutes, even though they pushed a little bit in the beginning of the third. We've got to do the same thing tomorrow. That's the hockey that makes us successful. I think our guys understand that. We gotta go tomorrow and play the same way."

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A Q & A With Kris Draper

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press does and Q & A with Kris Draper,

HSJ: Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is the consensus no. 1 pick in June, but who has impressed you beyond Dahlin?

KD: “Adam Boqvist I saw at the Ivan Hlinka. He is going to be coming over for the Five Nations so I’ll be seeing him play again. And I’m putting a trip together to go to Sweden and scout some players with Haks. I’ve been out east to watch Filip Zadina play in Halifax. Brady Tkachuk, saw him play at World Juniors and at Boston University. Isac Lundestrom, a Swedish centerman that I saw at World Juniors. Evan Bouchard in London. This is a great draft, with a franchise d-man, high-end D and high-scoring wingers.

“I try to look at probably the top 100 eligibles. When it’s all said and done, I want to have seen most of them with multiple viewings. I want to really help our draft in the first three rounds. If it’s a player that I think is going to be important in our draft and if it’s a top 15 pick, I try to see him six-to-eight times. Some players you kind of gravitate to a little bit more just because you watch him and he kind of keeps bringing you back.”

HSJ: Some people dream about what they’d do if they win the lottery. Do you allow yourself to dream about winning the right to draft Dahlin?

KD: “He’d change us overnight. Obviously you don’t want to put so much pressure on this kid, but when you’re looking at the Auston Matthews and the Connor McDavids — he’s the defenseman of those guys. Some of the stuff he’s been able to do — he’s unbelievable. The interesting thing is, his posture is very similar to to Nick Lidstrom — he looks bigger on the ice than off the ice. I see the similarities in that. Now we’re throwing around a name whose jersey is hanging from our rafters, so you have to be very careful with comparisons and expectations, but this kid has an opportunity to be very special and whoever wins the lottery, they’re changing their franchise overnight with this kid.”



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The Wings Are Practicing Today



If any news comes out of practice, I will update.

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Media Recap Of The Wings 7-6 OT Loss To The New York Islanders

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

You’re rarely going to see a more bizarre game as this one.

The Red Wings let a potential key victory slip away in strange fashion, 7-6, Friday in overtime to the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center.

But the way they got there was as unusual as you’re going to see.

The Red Wings had compete control and led 5-2, then saw forward Tyler Bertuzzi take a match penalty for slashing at 13 minutes, 27 seconds of the third period.

Amazingly, the Islanders scored four times on Bertuzzi’s five-minute penalty, and took an improbable 6-5 lead with 1:49 left in regulation.

Still reeling, the Red Wings recovered and tied it on Mike Green’s goal with 29 seconds left.


Below, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press on the slash from Bertuzzi plus game highlights,

added 7:19am, watch Doug Weight post-game below...

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