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Video- Staying Positive And A Mickey Redmond Story

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The standings are an eyesore and the team statistics are ugly across the board for the Detroit Red Wings 30 games into the season.

They are the worst team in the NHL by virtually every measure, starting with the primary indicator – their league-low 17 points.

It’s a number they’ve been stuck on for some time, due to eight consecutive regulation losses -- 10 games without a win overall (0-8-2).

Coach Jeff Blashill, however, put a positive spin on much of this recent stretch.

“From the coaching staff perspective, I don’t have to walk around here and be mad at everybody and be dark and gloomy,” Blashill said. “We’ve played pretty well the last number of games, with the exception of a terrible game against Toronto (6-0 loss on Wednesday), and we got no results to show for it. The scoresheet looks terrible. I get all that. But I’m just telling you our guys have done lots of good stuff, so let’s just keep building on those things.”


Maybe the hightlight of the night could be Mickey Redmond's story of  getting his tongue stuck to a metal post, watch below.

These days Mickey Redmond talks for about 5 -10 minutes after the game.  He mentions the good, the bad and whatever else is on his mind.

I am begriming to enjoy these segments more than the game so just maybe, Fox SportsDetroit will post the whole segment instead of a little snippet like this.



Jeff Blashill.

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“We’re the worst team in the league.  Looks like my job is done here.” - Jeff Blashill

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 12/03/19 at 09:31 AM ET

Paul's avatar

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Hockey players often talk about how much they love the game, how much fun it is. It’s something the Detroit Red Wings are rallying around as they endure what one veteran described as the toughest stretch of his career.

Thirty games into their season, the Wings are in historically bad territory. They have lost 20 games in regulation and their 17 points are the fewest in franchise history through 30 games and the second-fewest in the NHL over the past 20 years. Their goal differential (minus-56) is the worst in the NHL over the past 20 years and second-worst in franchise history. ...

It was Helm who brought up the need for players to remember the joy they take in playing hockey.

“This is the toughest year I’ve been a part of,” he said. “We have to reset these next couple games, come to the rink a little bit more positive, upbeat. Try to have some fun. There’s not a lot of that going on right now but it’s a long season. We have to try to have some fun, win some games.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/03/19 at 10:33 AM ET

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I guess if losing 10 straight, dwelling in the basement in every category, and with 4 days off, if Stevie didn’t fire Blash today (or last night), he probably won’t this year.

Posted by Steeb on 12/03/19 at 02:25 PM ET


When he didn’t sh!tcan Blashill after the eight game losing streak, it was pretty obvious it would take something catastrophic (kicking Frans Nielsen, maybe?) to get him canned before the end of the season.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 12/03/19 at 04:05 PM ET

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