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Moritz Seider Still Learning

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Seider’s start

Rookie defenseman Moritz Seider has three assists in his first two games and is averaging 21:38 in ice time, second on the team to Filip Hronek (24:16).

“He’s earned some trust coming in here with his game at the different levels he’s played at,” Blashill said. “I just thought he did a real good job (Saturday). He’s a gamer. He’s a guy wo wants those types of minutes. He’s big, he can defend, and he can play offense.

“He’s going to have his growing pains; he’s got learning to do. But in the meantime, we’re going to keep putting him out there, let him learn and keep going through the trials and tribulations that young players go through.”

Electric atmosphere

Blashill noted that the atmosphere at LCA the first two games has been as charged as it has been since the building opened four years ago.

“I think the atmosphere has been great. Both games were highly emotional, which is a positive,” Blashill said. “We want to play with lots of compete, lots of emotion. The crowds have been awesome. It’s a loud building. It’s been a while since we had that (due to COVID restrictions last season). The first game in this building (in 2017), we didn’t have enough people in the seats. There were lots of people here, but they were either in the club level eating or checking out how beautiful the arena is. Now everybody is in the seats, and it just seems really, really loud.”

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It looked to me on tv like there were a lot of empty seats, which seems like a negative. Not sure what the organization can do about it other than to play great every night.

Posted by pnwwing on 10/19/21 at 01:42 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Most of the games I have watched around the NHL have empty seats.  Heck, Montreal advertising today seats available.

Toronto has the same issue, people just not into it yet or still trying to avoid Covid, can’t blame them.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/19/21 at 01:45 PM ET

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

With the addition of assistant coach Alex Tanguay, more offensive depth, and some simple career growth, the Wings look sharper on the man advantage, having scored goals in each of the first two games and clipping along at a 28.6% success rate.

Small sample size but quite good so far.

“They have an understanding of what Alex wants them to do, which is pretty simple,” Blashill said. “Quick puck movement, take what’s given, be ready to attack.”

Special teams are a big component of success in the NHL. If a team takes advantage of the power play, and conversely is effective at killing penalties, it’s likely they will be a winning hockey team.

Blashill is pleased with the way the power play has looked, but he was quick to add it’s a long season and there’s room to grow.

“We’ve got to keep getting better at it,” Blashill said. “It’s going to be a big piece of success. I gave our guys a stat before the year, that in the last five years if a team won the specialty teams battle, 76% of the time you’re going to win the hockey game. That’s a huge percentage.

“So let’s find ways to make sure we win the specialty teams battle.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/19/21 at 02:49 PM ET

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It looked to me on tv like there were a lot of empty seats

The eye test from the games I’ve watched show a lot of empty seats in general.  I checked stubhub and you can get tickets to tonights Wings game for $10, lower bowl for sub-$50. 

I checked Stubhub for the Wings Hawks game that is in Chicago and you can get upper bowl seats for $27.  That’s a huge change from two years ago where it was $100 for standing room only, $120 to get a seat in the top row in the United Center.

Yet this is showing high attendance figures.  I don’t know how they get to these numbers but it’s just funny business.  https://www.hockey-reference.com/friv/attendance.cgi 

I would like to go to a game, especially at these prices (!) but I just can’t get too excited about attending a big indoor event right now.  LC Arena is also a good 5 hr drive for me, so there’s that too, but I have a feeling a lot of people are just a little more…cautious than normal.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/19/21 at 04:18 PM ET

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Worth remembering it was a Tuesday night and opponent was Lumbus.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 10/20/21 at 04:34 AM ET

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