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The Wings Are Still Learning What It Takes To Close Out A Game

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

These are the types of games the Red Wings are still learning to finish, grab the victory, and move on to the next game.

They proved Friday they're still grasping how to do those things, and it cost them a point in the standings.

Dallas tied the game late in regulation, then won it overtime on Roope Hintz's power-play goal, giving the Stars a 5-4 overtime victory.

"We played good at times, but just costly mistakes at costly times," forward Dylan Larkin said.

Hintz was alone in front of goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic and tapped in Joe Pavelski's pass for his 17th goal. The Stars got on the power play when Robby Fabbri tripped Hintz, giving the Stars the four-on-three advantage in overtime.

Stars forward Jason Robertson, who played his youth hockey in the Detroit area, tied it 4-4 at 18:57 of the third period, sending the game into overtime.

It was a frustrating way to give away a point, given the Wings had played well enough to claim a victory.

"We played a real good game, we have to find ways to win those kind of games," coach Jeff Blashill said. "It's part of the process we're going through here, learning how to win and we played way too good not to win."


from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Not Ned’s Night
By all forms of measurement, Alex Nedeljkovic has had a quality season, but he was leaky against the Stars. Dallas scored its first goal on a Ryan Suter shot that inexplicably squeezed through Nedeljkovic from a poor angle. From that point on, Nedeljkovic wasn’t as stingy as he has been most of this season.

“Ned’s been great for us, and he’ll be the first one to tell you a couple of those he could have had.” Larkin said. “That happens in a long season. We rely on him big-time but we had a great mentality that we were going to get those back.”

The Detroit Red Wings have become accustomed to Nedeljkovic calmly making the big save. Didn’t happen in this game.

Line Shake-up Working
Blashill’s recent decision to move Tyler Bertuzzi to the second line to play with Pius Suter and Robby Fabbri continues to pay off. All three of those players scored against the Stars. Bertuzzi had a three-point game, his third consecutive multi-point game since the switch occurred.

“That Suter line has become just as dangerous as the Larkin line,” Blashill said.

That line pumped nine shots on goal. “(Bertuzzi) has brought Suits and Fabbs to another level,” Blashill said. “That’s what good players do.”


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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Gemel Smith to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins for conditioning.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/22/22 at 12:34 PM ET


A lot of good things happened in this game, but I would honestly bench Fabbri, the guy has to learn the hard way (if nothing else works) to stop taking stupid offensive zone penalties. Yes, he scored a goal and he is always noticeable on the ice, but his lack of discipline costs games.
The other player I wanted to discuss is Veleno. They are playing him on a 4th line making him a dump and chase guy. I think he has more to his game and I am afraid by playing him with Gagner and Smith/Rowney kills his creativity and skills. We already have Zadina who forgot he is supposed to be a scoring forward.
I would prefer Veleno to play 20 minutes first line duty in GR, rather than being a defensive specialist for the Red Wings. And it’s not because he is not getting it done, but I just do not think it is needed in the long run.

Posted by VPalmer on 01/22/22 at 03:08 PM ET

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The Wings played well, the difference was that empty net miss by Bertuzzi.  9/10 he would make the goal, but he carried the team on his back most of the game.  He and Larkin are heart and soul.  What a great goal by Larkin, skating through the whole team, scoring a picture perfect goal, the kind little boys fantasize about.  If Ned brings his sharp game we win by three goals, we are better than that team.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 01/22/22 at 03:27 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Havin Dekeyser on the OT PK was not the best of player use either. They players need to do a better job of back checking and staying out of the box but the coach has to ice the best players at the appropriate time.

Seider should have moved up on the OT goal to clog the lane. Pavelski froze him with his body English with a good play.

I actually really enjoyed the game. Larkin’s goal was beaut. I think overall they played well.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 01/22/22 at 04:46 PM ET

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