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A Meeting And Injury Updates

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Although only 11 players took part in the optional on-ice practice, every player was part of a lengthy meeting beforehand.

"It was a meeting that I wasn't going to leave until we had it straight," Blashill said. "We gotta get better. I talked about it last night. We gotta get better in our D zone coverage. So until everybody had a chance to make sure everyone understood, we weren't leaving that meeting. If we went a little long, it went a little long."

Bowey said he thought everyone got a lot out of the meeting.

"Just right now I think it comes down to structure for us, supporting each other all around the ice," Bowey said. "I think in the D-zone especially, we got to close quicker, make sure it's harder for other teams to get their top players rolling around in our defensive zone and I think just focus on that. I think we have a really good structure put in place by the coaching staff and if we just follow that, do that to the best of our abilities, it puts us in good spots to come away with wins. I think that's certainly a focus now, focusing on doing the little things right, supporting each other all around the ice and knowing who we have to cover and knowing when to shut down plays."

more and other topics including an injury update on Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou,

"(Mantha's) still a ways away, a month maybe," Blashill said. "It's not a progress thing. I don't know if I gave you a bad timeline to start. I don't remember the timeline I gave you, to be honest with you. It just is what it is. It's gonna be a long process before he's healed."

Unlike Mantha, Athanasiou had started skating before the team left.

"His is a healable thing that will be healed. It just depends on when," Blashill said.

Below, Blashill after today's optional practice.

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Paul's avatar

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The big hole is that of top-line winger Anthony Mantha, who suffered a rib cage/shoulder injury Dec. 21 at Toronto.

“He’s still a ways away,” Blashill said Tuesday after an optional practice at Xcel Energy Center. “A month maybe.”

Pressed for more, Blashill said: “it’s going to be a long process before he’s healed,” and said that while he doesn’t anticipate it, there is a chance Mantha may miss the remainder of the season.

read on

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/21/20 at 05:14 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

If Mantha is “...still a ways away…..a month maybe…” from playing, then why even risk further injury?

Give Mantha a plane ticket to Hawaii and tell him you’ll see him in August….Same with AA..

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/21/20 at 05:21 PM ET


Same with AA.

Helene can’t trade AA if he’s in HI.

Posted by Unhealthy Scratch on 01/21/20 at 08:00 PM ET


Green with his patented trade deadline injury

Posted by VPalmer on 01/21/20 at 09:54 PM ET


If this “injury” keeps the wings from trading green for a bag of pucks, they sure as hell better not re-sign him this summer angry

Posted by akwingsfan on 01/22/20 at 01:07 AM ET


If this “injury” keeps the wings from trading green for a bag of pucks, they sure as hell better not re-sign him this summer

Ken Holland isn’t GM of Detroit anymore.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 01/22/20 at 09:00 AM ET

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