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Talk After Today’s Practice

The Wings did pratice today but there was no media coverage.

Tweets from Max Bultman from Zoom media conference.

Jeff Blashill says Namestnikov practiced at center today. Doesn't mean he'll play there tomorrow, but at least sets up the possibility for it in the near future

Anthony Mantha says he's watched film and talked with Blashill in recent days, and that he'll do everything in his power to not have to sit again, as he did for much of the third period yesterday

Anthony Mantha says the only game he came off the ice feeling like he played well so far this season was the OT win over Columbus. It's pretty clear the slow start has bothered him as much as anybody

I will post videos if they become available.

added 4:42pm, Blashill and Mantha videos are below.

16 minutes with Jeff Blashill

 

 

 

 

Anthony Mantha for 9 minutes

 

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I do really like Anthony and want him to
be part of the long-term solution in Detroit.

Not an excuse but some guys have a physically
harder time getting going and/or are trickier to motivate for whatever reasons.
It doesn’t always mean they don’t care. And it can be frustrating
as hell to find the right buttons to push. When the light goes on
they can dominate. Then it goes off and it’s like…what happened?!

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/25/21 at 05:17 PM ET

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The five Detroit players remain on today’s COVID list.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/25/21 at 05:29 PM ET

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Some of the Detroit players were added to the COVID list after playing the Huuricanes.

Today, 2 Chicago players, Alex DeBrincat and Adam Boqvist were added to the list.

Something to keep an eye on I guess.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/25/21 at 05:37 PM ET

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He just plays better angry.  Hes not being physical and I just keep thinking back to all those questions a few months ago about not trying to be so physical to avoid fighting.  Sometimes physicality is what really sparks competitiveness in some people and i think Tony is that way.  Pure speculation.  But when Ive seen him at his best hes playing physical and teams cant contain him.

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/25/21 at 05:55 PM ET

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Not a panacea but one more reason why
we need to work Givani into the lineup a little more.
His sense and vision isn’t bad.
What happened with Mantha and Muzzin was really unfortunate.
I just think that if Mantha is situationally careful he shouldn’t
have to hold back. He can’t try and be an enforcer. We need his health and
his hands scoring goals. He doesn’t have to fight more than the very rarest occasion,
let alone against guys way below his skill level. But we could use another Givani type - a contributor other teams don’t want to tangle with - because Seider and others are going to face some of the dilemmas Mantha does and can’t get baited.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/25/21 at 06:07 PM ET

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He just plays better angry.

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/25/21 at 05:55 PM ET

I totally agree with this statement (and your whole post).  But not only that, he needs to be fully engaged on every level. I think he needs to be on the PK, sorta like Brendan Shanahan. Scotty Bowman,had him on the penalty kill and the power play because he thought he was more engaged.

Franzen was another player that played better angry.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 01/25/21 at 06:44 PM ET

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Does our captain know which buttons to push?
Can he piss off his buddy and linemate in constructive ways?

Blashill has been hard on Mantha at times but has understandably
tried to balance it with taking heat off him. I wonder if Mantha
could use a guy like Gallant who is fiery but also a player’s coach
and knows what it’s like to be a power forward in the league.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/25/21 at 07:25 PM ET

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Thanks DD and why did I immediately think of Paul Newman when i read your post? Lol

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/25/21 at 08:11 PM ET

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When the light goes on
they can dominate. Then it goes off and it’s like…what happened?!

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/25/21 at 05:17 PM ET

Sometimes physicality is what really sparks competitiveness in some people and i think Tony is that way.  Pure speculation.  But when Ive seen him at his best hes playing physical and teams cant contain him.

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/25/21 at 05:55 PM ET

I like both these lines of reasoning. Mantha is going to be a good player going forward. His numbers are consistent over his career. Also, he’s not the only player on that ice that loses an entire game single handedly. The whole team is not all that good. The high expectations for him right now make him an easy target for criticism. I’ll be on his bandwagon come what may.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/25/21 at 08:40 PM ET

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