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Confidence Is Growing For The Detroit Red Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Wings are 2-2 through the first four games, splitting each of the two-game series they've had thus far.

"Very significant," said Larkin, of splitting the four-game season-opening home stand. "I've liked our process every game. The way we played with the puck, and our confidence, and the goaltending has been great. Just the way we've played, it's repeatable."...

Larkin was between Vladislav Namestnikov and Filip Zadina, while Mantha played with Michael Rasmussen and Ryan. Luke Glendening centered Bertuzzi and Mathias Brome.

The fourth line had Valtteri Filppula between Frans Nielsen and Sam Gagner.

Blashill hinted after the morning skate the Mantha,  Larkin and Bertuzzi line may have been forcing things in an attempt to get going offensively.

Whatever the purpose, the decision sparked the victory.

"(There was) no message," Blashill said. "We wanted to spread the lines around a little bit and see what type of chemistry we could have with some different lines. Our guys came out and played hard. Our guys do a good job of not worrying what my decisions are and I make my decisions and they go and play."

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings head on the road to play two games at Chicago over the weekend, then travel to Dallas. They left Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday having banked a 3-2 overtime victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, again demonstrating growth. When the Blue Jackets scored early in the second period, the Wings responded with a goal two minutes later, when Anthony Mantha fired a loose puck into a wide-open net.

That kind of poise was glaringly absent during last season’s fall to last place.

“We want the puck,” Larkin said. “As opposed to last year, you look up and there’s five backs to you — no one is facing the puck, no one is talking, no one wants it. This year, the new additions on the back end — they’re yelling, they’re screaming for the puck, they want it on their stick. They want to make plays. It is just so much more comforting going back — you have so much confidence that the next guy wants it and he’s there to support you. It helps so much getting the puck out of our own zone and then we can go make plays and play offense.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/20/21 at 09:16 AM ET

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As long as Bobby Ryan is healthy the Wings have a chance…

Posted by PresidentJoeByzerman on 01/20/21 at 09:44 AM ET

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If they finish the season with 2 wins, they’ll be in last place.  Gotta keep working to get better.  Nice to see a win from a lines-in-the-blender bingo-ball game, but there’s a whole lot of #54 on the score sheet.  This team will go as the 2nd line goes, I think.  Fabbri/Rasmussen are the key.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 01/20/21 at 09:58 AM ET

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“(There was) no message,” Blashill said. “We wanted to spread the lines around a little bit and see what type of chemistry we could have with some different lines.”

I think it was pretty evident this was the case by the lines themselves.  They were experimenting a bit.  That line with Ras, Mantha, and Ryan absolutely was probably the one they *really* wanted to try out, with mixed success IMO.  But that line of Bert, Glendening and Brome was also an interesting experiment. 

I don’t mind the lines moving around right now.  This is definitely the time to be doing so, early on while everyone else is also trying to figure things out.  We just don’t want the line blender to come out 20 games in without a very good reason…

I’ll be curious where the next 10 games takes this team, in terms of the young guys.  Ryan’s resurrection is great and all, but it’s the kids we need to watch and to see develop.  Ryan might not even be here in a few months…

Posted by Primis on 01/20/21 at 10:41 AM ET

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If Ryan plays on this level for the next 2 months, do we trade him or resign for 2 years? The heart says resign and the mind says to trade. If playing on this level, he will probably get us a 2nd rounder in return, I doubt teams will be willing to give up a first for any 30+ old players.

Posted by VPalmer on 01/20/21 at 11:31 AM ET

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If Ryan plays on this level for the next 2 months, do we trade him or resign for 2 years? The heart says resign and the mind says to trade. If playing on this level, he will probably get us a 2nd rounder in return, I doubt teams will be willing to give up a first for any 30+ old players.

Trade him! No way he can continue playing THIS well but if he is playing well, it COULD net them a first rounder. Keep in mind that he’s salary is cheap and he’s a UFA at the end of the season. For team with serious Cup aspirations he could be a difference maker.

I don’t think he is really part of the long-term plan for the Wings so trading him makes the most sense. I’m sure Yzerman will weigh potential returns vs prospects of re-signing him into any decision.

 

Posted by evileye on 01/20/21 at 12:28 PM ET

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Cross the bridge when we get there.  Enjoying him on the team for now and would love to see him stay.

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/20/21 at 12:41 PM ET

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Just in case you need a refresher, trade deadline day is April 12th, regular season scheduled to end May 8th.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/20/21 at 12:46 PM ET

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If Ryan plays on this level for the next 2 months, do we trade him or resign for 2 years? The heart says resign and the mind says to trade. If playing on this level, he will probably get us a 2nd rounder in return, I doubt teams will be willing to give up a first for any 30+ old players.

Posted by VPalmer on 01/20/21 at 11:31 AM ET

Why not do both?  Its unlikely whomever we trade him to will be able to squeeze him into their cap, we can.  That said, we can’t get long on it, its got to remain reasonable.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 01/20/21 at 03:26 PM ET

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Bobby R and AA both taking decisive first steps towards the HoF .

Is there a blogger here who can address this critical issue before it’s too late?

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 01/20/21 at 06:56 PM ET

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Why not do both?

  Yep. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 01/20/21 at 07:56 PM ET

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