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Notes Before The Puck Drops In Winnipeg

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

The Jets are an excellent team to begin with but they're even more lethal when they have the man-advantage.

The Jets are currently second in the league on the power play at 28.6 percent, but they're first at home, converting on 38.2 percent of their chances.

"They have great pieces that they've put in great spots and I think they've developed excellent chemistry over the last number of years," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "They're similar to Washington, where the pieces they have in each spot, there's just so many threats. When there's that many threats, you can say, 'Take this guy away,' like a (Patrik) Laine, who's similar to (Alex) Ovechkin. Well, then they have other threats. Last time we played them, (Mark) Scheifele had a number of shots in the slot that if you give those up on a regular basis they're going to score on you a lot, so you can't do that.

"Obviously, (Dustin) Byfuglien out takes away one big element, but (Jacob) Trouba is real good up top as a right shot, too. They just present a number of challenges, so you have to make sure, one, you don't take tons of penalties and, two, you win the face-off and you do a real good job on your PK forecheck so you're not spending lots of time in your end. If they spend tons of time in your end it'll eventually find its way to the net because of the number of weapons they have."

more plus other topic including Helm playing in front of family and friends...

added 4:32pm, Below, watch Green, Helm and Blashill before the puck drops.

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Paul's avatar

Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News on Nyquist,

It is more likely he will be approached by the Red Wings over the next six weeks to wave his no trade clause. The trade deadline is 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25.

Of any ongoing negotiations, Nyquist said, “not as of now.”

“So, obviously, I know my situation,” he said.

“We’ll see what happens.

“It’s a business,” he said. “We’ll see what happens, here, in the near future.”

As for his ability to control where he might be sent and whether he has considered the possibilities, Nyquist deferred.

“I don’t think I want to speculate on that, yet,” he said.

“You know what? It’s got to be a good fit for both sides.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/11/19 at 06:36 PM ET

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