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Videos- After The Morning Skate

The Wings have a new streaming morning show called the Morning Skate and one of the nice features consist of interviews after the skate.

Today they had on Jeff Blashill and Patrik Nemeth.

Here are the archived interviews if you missed it live.


Patrik Nemeth


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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings will have six new players in the lineup, five of whom—Thomas Greiss, Jon Merrill, Vladislav Namestnikov, Marc Staal and Troy Stecher – have experience playing in empty arenas from the 2020 postseason.

“It’s not even close to the same. It’s a different feeling for sure,” Staal said. “You have a glorious chance and normally the crowd would either go nuts or quiet and there’s no reaction. So, momentum swings in the game aren’t quite the same. So, you got to stay mentally sharp for sure. That’s going to be a challenge.”

Said Merrill: “In the heat of the moment, between the whistles, it’s hockey, you’re playing, you’re competitive and the intensity of the game takes over. But definitely when the whistle goes and it’s those TV timeouts, you’re kind of looking around, it’s definitely weird.”

Some of the home-ice advantage is negated, like the momentum the crowd can help a team create and maintain. But having the last change still is an advantage.

“You still have matchups and matchups matter enough, especially getting the right defense pair out against highly skilled forwards,” Blashill said.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/14/21 at 01:04 PM ET

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via Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Thomas Greiss was expected to get the start in net Thursday, but Blashill reiterated both Greiss and Jonathan Bernier will share the goaltending workload early in the season.

But, if one goalie begins to get hot, he’ll take the lion’s share of games.

“They’re both going to play early,” Blashill said. “I’m not going to put a game-to-game plan, although we have that mapped out in our heads behind the scenes. We’ll take it game by game, but they’ll both play early.

“We have two real good goalies, two guys that can give us an elite level of goaltending at times. If we can get both of them playing at top of their games, both will play.

“If one guys separates, he’ll take the brunt of it. But both will play early.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/14/21 at 02:32 PM ET

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