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Video- After Today’s Practice

Jeff Blashill first, Danny DeKeyser below.




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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced that Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Luke Witkowski has been suspended for two (2) games as a consequence of a charging incident in a game vs. Rockford on Dec. 4.

Witkowski will miss Grand Rapids’ games tonight (Dec. 6) at Cleveland and Friday (Dec. 10) at Manitoba.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/06/21 at 02:30 PM ET

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The turnaround began last season.

“I think belief was gained last year for sure, because we were in way more games than the year before,” Blashill said. “Outside of that one stretch where we were kind of the first team to have a ton of COVID cases and none of our games got canceled—we played shorthanded in that stretch, and we didn’t do well – outside of that I thought we played pretty good hockey.

“I think there was an understanding of the importance of defending well, how it keeps you in games and you can find ways to win games. I would say on this current stretch it’s been similar. We’ve competed hard. When you do that, you’re in the mix to win games. And then it’s about making a play at a critical moment, and we’ve done that more this year than we did a year ago. I think we’ve taken a step 25 games in, but we’ve got a big five-game set ahead of us and a whole lot of games ahead of us.”

more, on the Covid situation for the Wings…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/06/21 at 02:56 PM ET

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Being put in COVID-19 protocol the day before Thanksgiving pretty much made the holiday a dud for defenseman Danny DeKeyser.

“Brutal timing,” said DeKeyser after Monday’s practice. “I didn’t really get to do anything. I did get a little bit of turkey and potatoes.”

DeKeyser missed five games but will return to the lineup Tuesday against Nashville, given the news defenseman Marc Staal is now on the COVID-19 protocol list.

DeKeyser was asymptomatic the entire duration this time, the second time he’s actually had the virus. He felt worse the first time.

“I was waiting for it (symptoms) for 48 hours but I never got any symptoms,” DeKeyser said. “I was up in my room staying away from my wife and kids the first couple of days and when I was asymptomatic, I was starting to go crazy up there, so I threw on a mask and gloves and stayed 25 feet away from my family members at all times and ate dinner at a table away from everybody.”

Having an opportunity to watch his teammates go on a win streak, and the way the Wings are winning, have been enjoyable for DeKeyser.

“It’s been fun,” DeKeyser said. “Everyone is buying in and playing well, and our goalies have been playing real well, and it just seems like we’re finding ways to score big goals when we need them, or get a big saves when we need it, and finding ways to win games.

“It’s a collective thing that is going on.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/06/21 at 03:35 PM ET

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