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After Four Games

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The important thing to remember is it’s only been four games.

Four games to begin this weird, unique, short season of an NHL schedule, and all the Red Wings did was split them.

But Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime victory over Columbus was another reminder that this does feel different from last season’s misery.

The Red Wings appear to be much more competitive.

“We are feeling good,” said forward Tyler Bertuzzi, who scored Tuesday’s winner, essentially banking in Dylan Larkin’s pass off a 2-on-1 rush. “We have a really good team this year and if we can play like that and keep doing the right things we’ll get rewarded with these one-goal wins.”

At least in the first 240 minutes and 15 seconds of hockey this season, general manager Steve Yzerman’s free-agent and trade acquisitions have been impactful on and off the ice.

They’ve added an air of professionalism, and stability, that was much needed.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday signed defenseman Donovan Sebrango to an amateur tryout.

Sebrango, 19, was a third-round selection (63rd overall) of the Detroit Red Wings in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-1, 190-pound native of Ottawa, Ontario, spent the last two seasons with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, posting 30 points (6-24—30) and 33 penalty minutes in 56 games last season after compiling 26 points (7-19-26) and 54 PIM in 62 games during the 2018-19 campaign.

The son of former Cuban soccer pro Eduardo Sebrango has played four games this season with HK Levice in Slovakia, totaling two points (1-1—2).

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/20/21 at 03:45 PM ET

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While it has only been four games so far, the team has looked far and away better than they did last season. But I’m not letting my optimism get out of hand. I’m just happy that this team actually looks like it has leadership and heart for the first time since Z hung ‘em up.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/21/21 at 12:09 AM ET

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Optimistic, but also remembering we started 3-1 last year. My expectations (and hopes) for this season remain the same, get young guys experience and not finish last place. Hopefully we keep up the hot start to give the younger guys confidence and a taste for winning. Here’s hoping!

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 01/21/21 at 10:29 AM ET

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My cynical view is that this is kinda preseason and as everyone gets their legs under them we’ll regress to the norm.

I hope that I am wrong.

Posted by Ventr on 01/21/21 at 11:12 AM ET

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I hope that I am wrong.

Posted by Ventr on 01/21/21 at 11:12 AM ET

Agree.  I’m still apprehensive because some habits are difficult to break and one of them is that frustrating and persistent routine of this generation of Wings letting off the gas when good things are happening.  I get it that conservation is often required, but when the opposition starts putting two or three goals behind Greiss/Bernier, they seem play just hard enough NOT to let them score anymore, which is a whole different mindset than let’s go get that goal back and put some more behind their keeper.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/21/21 at 02:29 PM ET

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