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Three Games In

It’s still to soon to know what to expect from this team. Many have pointed out that this is still a somewhat pre-season mode for the entire league. With all the new health protocols, and, uncertainty surrounding everything, it’s too soon to know what’s what.

The best takeaway a mere three games in, is so far the Wings have not played as bad as we’re used to seeing them play. It’s definitely more entertaining to watch a game. There is more confidence with this group. They’re not giving up on themselves mid-game like they used to, and, that is an important improvement. We’ll take it.

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Figaro's avatar

Any truth to the rumor that Werenski’s and Larkin’s moms are forcing them to hug it out at Center Ice today, or else they won’t get to go to camp next summer?

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/19/21 at 07:13 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Hey Katie, thanks for all you do.

OT: What a beautiful and heartfelt memorial ceremony in D.C. to all those we have lost to Covid-19.

Now it’s time for some hockey. L.G.R.W.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Covidquake, "Stay the F away from me" on 01/19/21 at 07:13 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Khan tweet,

Namestnikov-Larkin-Zadina
Ryan-Rasmussen-Mantha
Nielsen-Filppula-Gagner
Bertuzzi-Glendening-Brome
Nemeth-Hronek
DeKeyser-Merrill
Staal-Stecher
Bernier starting
Greiss

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/19/21 at 07:14 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Ryan-Rasmussen-Mantha

Could be a very interesting combo.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Covidquake, "Stay the F away from me" on 01/19/21 at 07:17 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

I’d like to see Brome not languish on the 4th line for too much longer.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/19/21 at 07:18 PM ET

calquake's avatar

I’d like to see Brome not languish on the 4th line for too much longer.

It certainly looks better than the 3rd line.

Nielsen-Filppula-Gagner

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Covidquake, "Stay the F away from me" on 01/19/21 at 07:21 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Hey Katie, thanks for all you do.

OT: What a beautiful and heartfelt memorial ceremony in D.C. to all those we have lost to Covid-19.

Now it’s time for some hockey. L.G.R.W.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Covidquake, “Stay the F away from me” on 01/19/21 at 07:13 PM ET

You’re welcome, Quaker. The ceremony was very moving, proper, and much needed for many of us.

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/19/21 at 07:22 PM ET

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Howdy 19. I’m with ya Fig. Let’s put the youngins with some of the skilled players and see what they can do. LGRW

Posted by cigar_nurse from On LTIR for the Greenville Pylons on 01/19/21 at 07:23 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

PooBah in the House!

Interesting line combos for tonight.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 01/19/21 at 07:33 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

No Winky? Next game, Mickey .... wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/19/21 at 07:33 PM ET

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Bert on the 4th line??

I’m interested in these lines.  End of last game had some good pressure with some blended lines

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/19/21 at 07:34 PM ET

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That 4th line could be the best line of the game potentially.  Some JYDs on that line

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/19/21 at 07:35 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Ryan and Zadina have been great together so far in this season…. BREAK ‘EM UP!

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/19/21 at 07:40 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

I had wondered if they were using the tracking pucks. Now I know.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/19/21 at 07:46 PM ET

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Nice moves by Zadina.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/19/21 at 07:52 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

So glad to have the Detroit feed for once. LGRW

Posted by cigar_nurse from On LTIR for the Greenville Pylons on 01/19/21 at 07:56 PM ET

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Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 01/19/21 at 07:58 PM ET

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I wonder how long before players swap uniform tracking sensors just to mess with the stat keepers…. tongue laugh

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/19/21 at 08:00 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Ahoy, Reprobates !
Thanks from me also Kate, always appreciate being able to come say hello and express the amazement of the state of Red Wing hockey.

Been watching the Michigan basketball game and another blog while watching this game on an ipad, so running out of devices.  Put this game on the big screen during UM halftime.

Posted by RWBill on 01/19/21 at 08:03 PM ET

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World Football, or soccer if you prefer, players wear tracking devices under their shirts and the trainers review how far they’ve run in each contest, the coaches study how they’ve postiioned themselves and reacted during play.

Posted by RWBill on 01/19/21 at 08:06 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Mantha needs to keep his skates moving if he wants 5 shots a night.  He’ll create more if he keeps moving.  He’s standing straight up and gliding around too much so far this year.  He needs his annual “aha” moment to get him going.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/19/21 at 08:09 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

There’s some article out there with Babcock reacting to some stories about him as told by his previous players, but I haven’t read it.  Ten years in Detroit he probably wore himself out and I know there were some stories about star players in Toronto speaking up.  He made a shit ton of millions, so he’ll be alright.

Posted by RWBill on 01/19/21 at 08:09 PM ET

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Kinda sad that any first period the Wings escape tied I feel good, or relieved.

Posted by RWBill on 01/19/21 at 08:10 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

This 1st period is giving me flashbacks to games against the devil’s or wild back in the day….zamboni only needed at center ice.. confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/19/21 at 08:12 PM ET

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Z looks great on the top line

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/19/21 at 08:12 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Hey RWBill! Nice to see you, and, everyone that happens to drop by. It’s nice to know we’re all still kicking around…. ohh

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/19/21 at 08:13 PM ET

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Hi all! Hi Kate!

That was some boring ass hockey.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 01/19/21 at 08:14 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Howdy RW. The rumors were that Babbles basically ran off Shanny and Stevie with his mind games. Don’t know how true that was.

Posted by cigar_nurse from On LTIR for the Greenville Pylons on 01/19/21 at 08:15 PM ET

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Well it was a tough choice tonight to watch the Wings or to watch the paint dry.  I chose the Wings and my wife went into the painted room.  I’ve heard her giggling in there so I guess I got screwed again.  Then again maybe she’s got another man in there??

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 01/19/21 at 08:18 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Hey dog! Woff, woff… wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/19/21 at 08:22 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Hey CN, I read rumors about Babs not wanting Shanny back as a player, and he was getting a little long in the tooth, as great as he was for the Wings.  I guess Shanny didn’t hold it against him as he paid him $50,000,000 to come coach.

Posted by RWBill on 01/19/21 at 08:24 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

In an interview with Expressen, Franzen described Babcock as a great coach, “but he’s a terrible person, the worst I ever met.

You never know CN….. Babbles was never high on my list, but, that’s just me….

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/19/21 at 08:29 PM ET

calquake's avatar

poop

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Covidquake, "Stay the F away from me" on 01/19/21 at 08:31 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Craptastic! shut eye

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/19/21 at 08:31 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

True that RW. Never understood how the chemistry with Babbles and Lamorello was going to work. Talk about 2 ego guys. 
Bad goal to give up

Posted by cigar_nurse from On LTIR for the Greenville Pylons on 01/19/21 at 08:33 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Bad mistake by Hronek.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Covidquake, "Stay the F away from me" on 01/19/21 at 08:34 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Get er back boys!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/19/21 at 08:34 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Mantha!!

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Covidquake, "Stay the F away from me" on 01/19/21 at 08:36 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

Now THAT’S a POWERPLAY!

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 01/19/21 at 08:36 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Mantha!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/19/21 at 08:36 PM ET

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