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Video- The Talk Before Tonight’s Game In Toronto

Wade Megan, Andreas Athanasiou and Jeff Blashill before the 7:00pm faceoff.

 

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Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Entering Thursday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena, Vanek had three goals and six assists in 20 games. Vanek, 34, suffered a hip injury Oct. 30 at Columbus, causing him to miss eight games. After spending time on the fourth line, Vanek is back playing on a line that’s had great chemistry in the past, with Frans Nielsen and Andreas Athanasiou, and maybe that can lead to more points.

“He’s definitely unbelievable,” Athanasiou said. “He has a lot of skill with the puck. It’s something me and Frans look for, is getting the puck on his stick and then finding that open ice and knowing the puck will be delivered there.

“I know I have the speed to open up the ice for him and get to the open areas so he can have a split second more to make a play. You give a player like that a split second more and he’s going to make a topnotch play. He’s been doing it his whole career and he’s a lot of fun to play with.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/06/18 at 03:29 PM ET

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