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A Look At The Wings’ Special Teams

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The aggressiveness at times can wear on the coaching staff, but the overriding feeling is one of confidence.

The Detroit Red Wings have two functional special teams, their power play and penalty kill both ensconced in the top 10 in the NHL. That’s gratifying, especially after both finished in the bottom third last season, and it’s come even as a rash of injuries have impacted both units....

The Wings are looking to win for what would be the fourth time in five games when they host the New York Rangers, Friday at Little Caesars Arena. Entering Thursday’s games, the Wings had the league’s ninth best power play (26.1 percent) and 10th best penalty kill (82.1 percent. The PK was instrumental in Tuesday’s rally over the Vancouver Canucks, delivering a big kill after the Wings unsuccessfully challenged a goal.

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

When the Detroit Red Wings coaching staff was implementing power play strategy in the off-season, pondering possible units and assessing personnel, Dennis Cholowski's name didn't surface.

"He's a better offensive player that I would have given him credit for coming into the year," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Part of that is the work he put in this summer. Part of that is his ability is better than I realized."

Cholowski has been better than anyone could have projected. The 20-year-old defenseman earned a job in training camp in a competition that wasn't close. Early in his rookie season, he is second on the team in average ice time (20:41), first among defensemen in points (eight) and leads all Red Wings in power-play points (six).

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damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

I would say both special teams are the dan bylsma affect. Just think if he wasn’t here.  The PP hasn’t been this good since I don’t know when. 2013-14 season?

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 11/08/18 at 03:49 PM ET

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Regner and Wakiji at the Wings’ website write about, what else, special teams.

Plus this on Howard and other topics too…

When asked how his contract talks were going, Howard was somewhat dumbfounded.

“This is the first I’ve heard of it,” he said.

So, the Red Wings haven’t approached you about an extension?

“Nothing, no.”

But you must be happy they want to extend you?

“Yeah, if they’re thinking it. There hasn’t been any communication or anything like that, so I can’t really comment on it,” Howard said. “I’ve been through it before a couple of times, so I’m just going about my business really. If talks happen, it’s great.

“Obviously, my wife and I want to stay here, this is home, but until then just keep playing (laughs). It would be an honor to finish up my career here and I want to stay here. If it happens, it happens. Like I said nothing has been brought to myself or my agent, so I really don’t want to say too much to jinx the process, I guess.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/08/18 at 03:53 PM ET

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I would say both special teams are the dan bylsma affect. Just think if he wasn’t here.  The PP hasn’t been this good since I don’t know when. 2013-14 season?

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 11/08/18 at 03:49 PM ET

I don’t think Bylsma is in charge of the PK

Posted by George0211 on 11/08/18 at 04:19 PM ET

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