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A Saturday Morning Skate

I will add to this post if needed and also post any videos after the skate right here.

added 11:23am,


added 11:24am, Blashill after the skate is below.  added 11:30am, Nick Leddy is below too.

added 11:58am, The video of Blashill is from yesterday even though it is dated today.  Not sure if there is a video today, I will post if it appears.




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First off, the Wings media presentations have reached a new low by putting up the Blashill video from yesterday and passing it off as from today.  They have had ample time to fix it but have not.

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

You don’t tinker with a winning lineup.That’s a mantra that you hear often in professional sports. And it’s the primary reason why Danny Dekeyser likely is the odd-man out tonight when the Detroit Red Wings play at home against the New York Islanders.

The Red Wings own a four-game winning streak. Dekeyser is ready to play again after four games on the COVID-19 list, but the expectation is coach Jeff Blashill will follow the standard coaching code.

It presumably comes down to Dekeyser vs. Jordan Oesterle, and Oesterle has been in the lineup for all four wins. Plus, Oesterle has played well in his nine games this season. In his last six games, he’s +4 with one assist. The Red Wings are 4-1-1 in those games.

You can make a case, and fans do, that the Red Wings’ best defensive alignment has Oesterle in and Dekeyser out on a permanent basis. The Red Wings, who break down video and grade players on a game-to-game basis, believe Dekeyser is playing better than the fan base does. However, he hasn’t played good enough to consider his job safe.

Right now, Moritz Seider, Nick Leddy, Filip Hronek and Marc Staal are the entrenched defensemen, although Hronek got himself benched for a couple of games earlier in the season.Gus Lindstrom is another favored young defenseman. But he still trying to prove himself.

Lindstrom in Detroit’s Long-term Plans
He is never going to be flashy, but the Red Wings see him as part of the rebuild.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/04/21 at 01:09 PM ET

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Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“A lot of excitement,” Leddy said. “I’ve played with most of those guys for north of five years, the long playoff runs, some of the tougher years and then some of the great years we had together. I think all those memories and bonds are huge.

“Probably have a little nerves out there. I’ve always had great times playing against friends. It’ll be even better playing against some real good friends.”

These teams are trending in opposite directions. Detroit has won four in a row and has points in five consecutive games (4-0-1), having allowed only 10 goals in that stretch. Alex Nedeljkovic is expected to start in goal tonight.

“We’ve had great goaltending; they’ve come up huge for us in the times we’ve needed them, and I think we’re really starting to figure out how to win,” Leddy said. “There may be some stretches in the game where we’re not playing our best but we’re competing and working hard and finding ways to win.”

read on

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/04/21 at 01:14 PM ET

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