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Filip Hronek Is Having A Good Year For The Detroit Red Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

If you look at the Red Wings’ individual statistics today — and some of them are ghastly, so don’t for long — there is a rather surprising player with the fifth-most points on the team.

It’s not a forward. It’s defenseman Filip Hronek, who continues to put together an admirable first full season in the NHL, while playing a ton of minutes and basically learning on the job.

With Danny DeKeyser hurt for the majority of the season thus far, and Trevor Daley and Mike Green missing portions of the schedule, Hronek has had to play more minutes than probably is ideal for a developing 22-year-old pro.

But Hronek has been up to the task, with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 29 games, with a minus-13 rating, while playing a competitive, 23 minutes a game (leading the team) — the brand of hockey that this roster needs.

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added 5:47pm, Post-practce video is below.

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from Arthur J. Regner of the Wings website,

During this turbulent season for the Red Wings, the club has continued to play with resolve and a belief in each other, which is a testament to the character of the Detroit dressing room.

Very rarely have the Red Wings cashed it in when adversity strikes.

“It’s tough, we’re giving it our best, it’s definitely not work ethic,” said forward Adam Erne. “This is a group that works hard every single game and every single day of practice, sure it gets frustrating, but we have to turn the page and go to the next (game).

“Everybody in here is a competitor, like I said, this is one of the hardest working groups I’ve been around. We just can’t find a way to put the puck in the net enough times. It’s as simple as that.”

Most Wings have a similar view as Erne. They believe their preparation and approach to each game has been fine, but since they’re going through a collective scoring drought they can’t let other aspects of their game slip away.

But don’t expect the Wings to suddenly go out one night and become world beaters.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/08/19 at 06:20 PM ET

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They aren’t PP or big minutes, heavy offensive zone start players.

And I’m sure it’s a big challenge to shoot enough let alone do so with
confidence and have a semblance of the offensive touch and creativity that might
accompany going on a hot streak, or playing with really skilled linemates and a
generally high-scoring team.

But I can’t remember another lineup where five of the
fourteen regulars at forward (excluding Svech, Smith, and Zadina
for now given too few games played) have zero goals and virtually no points.

Nielsen
Abdelkader
Erne
Perlini
Ehn

It’s like bad luck, lack of confidence, lack of skill around them, and
lack of skill and confidence and offense team-wide have been snowballing to the point you have a third of the lineup every night who must feel or internalize on some level that they are never going to score.

Posted by lefty.30 on 12/08/19 at 08:50 PM ET

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Hey Paul, the link in the main post goes to a Twitter feed and not the Detroit News article

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 12/08/19 at 09:45 PM ET

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Thanks Chill… and fixed.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/08/19 at 09:47 PM ET

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