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Anthony Mantha On His Season

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

This hasn’t been the season Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha envisioned.

You can bet Mantha was looking forward to a 30-goal season, reaching that milestone for the first time, and launching himself toward a new level in the NHL.

But he had a horrible start to this season, then injured his hand in a fight Dec. 2 – which kept Mantha out of 15 games just as he was turning his season around – severely denting any hopes for a breakthrough season.

On Saturday night, Mantha was able to put a positive spin on these dwindling days of the Wings’ season, scoring the tying and winning goals in a 3-2 overtime win over Vegas.

That gives Mantha 19 goals, with seven games remaining. While it’s very unlikely he’ll reach 30 goals, 20 is certainly attainable.

Mantha was asked if 20 goals is a satisfying plateau.

“No, it’s not,” Mantha told reporters after Saturday night’s game. “I’ve had ups and down this year, but I had to focus a little more on the downs and try to build off of that for next year – and try to be an even better player next year.”

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Dylan McIlrath Recalled On Emergency Basis, Libor Sulak Back To Grand Rapids

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Dylan McIlrath from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions and assigned defenseman Libor Sulak to the Griffins.

McIlrath, 26, is a veteran of 350 AHL games, totaling 73 points (21-52-73), a plus-27 rating and 756 penalty minutes with the Connecticut Whale, Hartford Wolf Pack, Springfield Thunderbirds and Griffins since 2010-11. In 49 games for Grand Rapids this season, McIlrath has nine points (1-8-9) and ranks among team leaders with a plus-12 rating (T3rd) and 94 penalty minutes (1st). The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native was originally acquired by Detroit from Florida on March 1, 2017 along with a third-round draft pick in exchange for Thomas Vanek and has totaled 30 points (8-22-30) and 255 penalty minutes in 146 games with the Griffins since joining the organization. He was also a member of the team’s 2017 Calder Cup championship team and has notched seven points (0-7-7), a plus-12 rating and 61 penalty minutes in 44 career AHL playoff games.

A former first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, McIlrath has totaled five points (3-2-5) and 94 penalty minutes in 43 career NHL games between New York (2013-17) and Florida (2016-17). Prior to turning professional, McIlrath skated in 232 Western Hockey League games for the Moose Jaw Warriors, posting 74 points (16-58-74) and 551 penalty minutes from 2008-12, adding seven assists and 48 penalty minutes in 27 postseason contests.

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A Good Win

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings put on a performance that resonated.

Feeding off the festive, fun atmosphere at T-Mobile Arena Saturday, the Wings looked like they belonged, even as their patchy lineup took on the Golden Knights, one of the best teams in the NHL and last season’s Stanley Cup finalist. It was a testament to the Wings character that they played as well as they did even as two weeks stand between them and another long offseason. This game was what the Wings mean when they talk about their culture.

“You get the leadership that we have with our veteran guys,” Dylan Larkin said after setting up the overtime goal in the 3-2 victory. “It could have went the other way where we didn’t show up but that wasn’t the case at all. We were fired up to play. We did some serious preparation for this game and it feels good to get two points.”

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Videos- All About The OT Win Over The Golden Knights By The Wings

Up first we have the extended game highlights of Detroit's 3-2 OT win over the Vegas Golden Knights.

Below, all the post-game talk.

 

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Losing Is Winning

Since the Wings are playing in Vegas tonight, I'd like to have a little fun here and show a few similarities between hockey and craps.

Both games are played on a similar shaped table or rink. Both have a surface, ice/felt, with lines and circles, dots, and I swear a trapezoid too. Both games have shooters and a Pass line and, the Don't Pass line. Craps is played in rounds, hockey is in periods. Also, there is a stickman, and, four people that watch the table, hockey has four officials that ref the game.

One more thing, 19 of us are hoping the Wings Crap out tonight because at this point in the season, losing is winning. Right?

It's a Live Blog!

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Video- The Talk Before Tonight’s Game In Vegas

I will add to this post if more videos become available.

added 5:09pm, Below, Larkin and Blashill.

 

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Preview Of Wings/Golden Knights

from Danny Webster at NHL.com,

Vegas goalie Malcolm Subban will make his fourth consecutive start in place of Marc-Andre Fleury, who is out with a lower body injury. He is 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.00 and a .923 save percentage in his past three starts, including his first NHL shutout in a 5-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

Golden Knights forward Max Pacioretty will not play after sustaining a lower-body injury against the Jets. He is day-to-day.

The Red Wings have lost 13 of their past 16 games (3-10-3) and are playing the third game of a five-game road trip. Jimmy Howard will start in goal.

 Players to watch

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has no points in his past four games after scoring 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in his previous 14. 

Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault has seven points (four goals, three assists) in the past three games, and is one point from 200 in the NHL.

They said it

"They got a very good hockey team. They're probably as deep a scoring threats as there is in the league in terms of goal scorers." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

"It doesn't matter this time of the year. Obviously home-ice advantage is a big thing in the playoffs. … We just want to play the right way right now. It doesn't matter who we face." -- Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault

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The Wings Had An Optional Skate Today

 

Howard will be in the net for Detroit.

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Video- Hirose The Topic Of The Day Plus Blashill With A Health Update

Well, I hit the couch for the night in 5 minutes so one last update.

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It’s far too early to make any bold predictions about new Red Wings forward Taro Hirose. The undrafted free agent out from Michigan State has played in just two NHL games.

But he has already made a nice impression on teammates and Detroit’s coaching staff.

Hirose earned an assist in both games, saw time on the power play, and didn’t look out of place on a line with veterans Thomas Vanek and Frans Nielsen.

“Poise, vision, it looks like he wants to make a play every time he has the puck,” coach Jeff Blashill told reporters after Thursday’s 5-2 loss in St. Louis. “We made a comment to him about spreading the zone and right away the next shift, he goes out and he spreads the zone.”

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Below, Blashill after today's practice.

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A Few Players On The Ice For Practice

via Dana Wakiji tweet,

Houda gives the instructions to the group taking part in optional practice. The rest are doing off-ice workouts.

In other news, I am going to take it easy for the day/night in about an hour or so.

Burned out a bit, need a little down time until tomorrow morning.

If anything big breaks, I will post it while putting whatever I am watching on pause.

 

added 3:37pm, If interested, and update from the Vegas side is below.

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