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Another ‘Learning’ Game For The Detroit Red Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The young players on the Red Wings are learning and Thursday they learned quite a bit.

In a 5-3 loss to the powerful Toronto Maple Leafs, the Wings learned you can’t let up for a period and expect to defeat one of the best teams in the NHL.

They learned you have stay disciplined and not give Toronto opportunities on the power play.

They learned, up close, how truly good Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Mitch Marner, and a lot of other Leafs are....

“You have to compete for 60 minutes in order to win,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “In the second (period) we lost all the contested puck battles.

“Their skill players out-competed our skilled guys in the second and we didn’t have the puck enough. When we did have the puck, we missed the net on every shot we could. You have to hit the net to create chaos and create more zone time.

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The Meal's avatar

At least it wasn’t a 1-goal loss.

Posted by The Meal from Longmont, CO on 10/12/18 at 09:33 AM ET

Paul's avatar

FSD posted their Wingspan program this morning, you can watch all four parts at their YouTube page.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/12/18 at 09:55 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

He is such a shit coach

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 10/12/18 at 10:22 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

I thought AA was pretty engaged and had the leafs backing up. I thought Mantha had some moments where he was engaged, but seemed to lose puck battles he needed to be harder on. I thought the young defense were,  overall, pretty good. It’s too bad Cholowski couldn’t have dressed because I thought Kronwall was awful. I didn’t really notice abdelkader much. I thought Larkin was good and was just snakebit, but he seems consistently engaged. I didn’t really notice Rasmussen,  but he only had like 10 minutes of ice time.

I think they are playing about as I expected.  Another year of missing the playoffs and hopefully shedding some bad contracts, and hopefully getting a top 1,2,3 pick.

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/12/18 at 10:53 AM ET

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He is such a shit coach

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 10/12/18 at 10:22 AM ET

My personal favorite was him “easing” Kronwall back into action after not playing in a game yet due to injury. Lead the D in minutes and looked the worst. Great example for the kids.

Posted by MZ2215 on 10/12/18 at 11:27 AM ET

Chet's avatar

Yes, you do have to hit the net to score, but it helps if you actually deploy good players as opposed to some of these guys.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 10/12/18 at 01:13 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blather….....

Fire Blashill….... What? Too soon?

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 10/12/18 at 01:19 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

He is such a shit coach

well ...

“You have to compete for 60 minutes in order to win,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “In the second (period) we lost all the contested puck battles.

“Their skill players out-competed our skilled guys in the second and we didn’t have the puck enough. When we did have the puck, we missed the net on every shot we could. You have to hit the net to create chaos and create more zone time.

that jives pretty closely to the game I saw last night.  Toronto was better and more competitive.  And we didn’t shoot for shit.

Posted by duhduhduh on 10/12/18 at 01:57 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

I thought Blashill’s comments were 110% spot on, perfectly described the game I watched, that aside, unsure I agree with his usage of Kronwall first game back, even if the rest of them are rookies. 

Let’s not confuse being engaged, or being dug in as a guy flying in one direction, vs. not cheating offensively, being willing to play defensively, stopping on a puck vs. flying by, getting a shoulder into a battle, heck going into a board battle at all,  going to the net for a rebound or tip knowing a perpendicular stick to your back was the present, etc. etc.  Larkin and Bertuzzi were “engaged” hopefully we can get the guys with the higher talent levels to join them.

Sure AA and at times Mantha were noticeable, but if they were engaged they could be more than noticeable.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 10/12/18 at 02:11 PM ET

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Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 10/12/18 at 01:19 PM ET

NEVER too soon with this very odd coach!!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 10/12/18 at 02:35 PM ET

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