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Videos- The Talk After Today’s Practice


Below, find Jeff Blashill and Michael Rasmussen after practice.  added 2:41pm, The Word on Woodward interviewed Sam Gagner, watch it below.









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It would be nice to get Vrana 15-20 games this year…..

Posted by pnwwing on 01/27/22 at 02:53 PM ET

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Jakub Vrana stoked a bit of excitement at practice, even though he’s not close to coming back and helping his Detroit Red Wings teammates.

They are focused on going into Pittsburgh on Friday and nipping a three-game skid that’s left the Wings 18-19-6 and feeling a bit red-faced about their defensive game. The Wings expect to regain defenseman Gustav Lindstrom after a one-game injury absence but otherwise, it will be the same lineup that lost 8-5 to the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday. The carelessness with the puck was a season-low, and they must play smarter to have a chance against the Penguins.

“We have to be more committed to the defensive side of the puck,” coach Jeff Blashill said Thursday. “And the balance for us is, we want to be able to make plays when we can make plays and we want to live another day when we have to live another day. That’s a balance we’re still learning.

“We had it graded as 21 chances against. We can’t do that against any team, but certainly, you can’t do that against Pitt or Toronto and have a chance to win. As I said to our guys, I think we had taken steps in right direction, and (Wednesday) we took a giant leap backwards. That doesn’t mean you don’t put your feet on the ground and start taking those steps back forward.”

Backup goalie Thomas Greiss is not expected to be available Friday nor Saturday at home against the Maple Leafs. He emerged from a 10-day stay in COVID-19 protocol Thursday but watched practice from the bench.

Those practicing included Vrana, who left the ice 10 minutes into training camp because of a shoulder injury that ended up requiring surgery. He has been cleared to shoot the puck, but he wore a noncontact jersey and that won’t change before the All-Star break that runs Feb. 3-7.

read on

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/27/22 at 04:58 PM ET

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday released left wing Justin Abdelkader from his professional tryout, as he’ll be joining Team USA as an alternate for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.

Former Griffins center Andy Miele and goaltender Pat Nagle were previously named to the United States’ 25-man Olympic roster, while 11 other alumni were also selected to play for their respective countries.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/27/22 at 06:41 PM ET

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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Last summer, it felt as if Chase Pearson was trending upward on the Detroit Red Wings prospect list. He was coming off a strong season for the Grand Rapids Griffins. Pearson had scored eight goals and added 14 assists for 22 points in 28 games.

The prevailing wisdom was Pearson could perhaps challenge to be the Red Wings’ fourth line center in 2021-22. At the very least, he would be an early injury call-up.

But five months later, it’s hard to know where Chase Pearson fits on Detroit’s depth chart.

“He just hasn’t been opportunistic as he was in the past year,” Griffins coach Ben Simon said. “But he is still generating a ton of chances. He’s reliable in all situations. Can be used on the power play and is safe on the PK. Pretty consistent on his effort. He has a ton of chances. He is just not burying those chances.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/27/22 at 06:55 PM ET

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Stecher adds to the depth, grit and competitiveness on defense.

“It just adds more accountability when you have another guys that is there and can certainly step in and do anyone’s job,” Blashill said. “When you have depth on your roster, for him personally, it’s hard to be out that long. It was good to see him out there, he is a competitive person that wants to win and do it right, and can add to any lineup in the league. He’s a good player.”

Buckling down defensively
Coming off a disastrous defensive game against Chicago, allowing eight goals in an 8-5 loss, the Wings now have back-to-back games against offensive powerhouses Pittsburgh and Toronto.

“It’s nice to score goals, but you can’t trade offense for offense against,” defenseman Danny DeKeyser said. “It’s hard to win 6-5 or 7-6 in this league. You have to be good in the defensive zone and the penalty kill, take care of your own zone first, because there are too many good players in this league that’ll light you up if not.”

Blashill was not pleased with the amount of rush chances allowed against Chicago.

“We’ve been making progress in that area, and had done a better job over the last couple of weeks, seeing plays and making them and not igniting other people’s rush,” Blashill said. “When you turn the puck over, you ignite their rush, and (Wednesday) we did it too often.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/27/22 at 07:00 PM ET

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Coach Jeff Blashill says this, says that, he needs to keep quiet, he is the last one to help the situation.  If he knew so much he would fix the PP.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 01/27/22 at 07:01 PM ET

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If he knew so much he would fix the PP.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 01/27/22 at 06:01 PM ET

What about Tanguay?

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/27/22 at 08:18 PM ET


Something is driving the guys to play hard. I’m guessing it’s Blash.

Posted by pnwwing on 01/28/22 at 12:14 AM ET

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Posted by pnwwing on 01/27/22 at 11:14 PM ET

If by hard you mean their effort level, it’d be Larkin.

If by hard you mean increasing the difficulties they deal with by playing DDK all the time, then you’re right—it’s Blash.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/28/22 at 02:48 AM ET

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Why doesn’t Yzerman waive DDK of its clear he is so bad?

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/28/22 at 10:12 AM ET


I was hoping Vrana comes back in mid February, not just be reevaluated then. At some point not sure if there is much reason to get him just for the last month of the season.
I agree with Blash that decisions with the puck were terrible. Starting with Ras passing to nowhere from behind the net on the first goal, Leddy terrible pass when the score was 5:6, Bert terrible turnover at 5:7, etc, etc.
And credit to Chicago for capitalizing on all their chances.

Posted by VPalmer on 01/28/22 at 12:18 PM ET

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That Vrana thing cracks me up.  After last season he had all summer to rest after surgery but instead of taking care of it then he waits until training camp, comes in late because of some Visa issues, puts on his skates, skates across the ice to the medical room, tells the trainer, I think my injury from last year is worse.  Can you bang your head any harder with an octopus?

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 01/28/22 at 06:58 PM ET

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