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Video- Game Highlights Of The Win Over The Rangers

I'll add post-game videos below if they appear soon.

added 10:53pm, Below, in one video are Athanasiou, Howard, Hirose, Nielsen and Blashill.


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Jacob de la Rose Experienced An Accelerated Heartbeat Tonight

de la Rose had a heart issue while with the Canadiens last year, missed 6 games in October, 2018.


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Quick Recap -Detroit Red Wings/New York Rangers

The Wings scored once in the first period, once in the second period and an empty netter in thee third.

The Rangers connected on the power play with just over five minutes to play in the third and added a very late goal to make it 3-2

Final score Detroit Red Wings 3 New York Rangers 2.

Goals and stats are below.

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Report- A One-Year Deal For Jimmy Howard Expected This Week

via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings are expected to announce an extension for goaltender Jimmy Howard this week.

The one-year deal is expected to be in the $4 million range. Howard turns 35 on March 26, and a one-year deal offers little risk for the Wings. If he plays well, he’ll get another one-year extension.

The Wings don’t have a goalie prospect ready in the organization. Howard has given them steady to stellar goaltending the past three seasons. From the 2016-17 season through 2017-18 season, Howard accumulated a .915 save percentage and 2.63 goals against average. He has been one of the Wings’ best players this season, better than his .907 save percentage and 3.07 goals-against average through 47 games reflect.

The extension shores up the Wings' goaltending through next season, as Jonathan Bernier has two years left on his contract.

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Countdown From Ten

Yep, that's right. Ten more games to go. Ten more reasons to enjoy the 19 of us making merry, while our beloved Detroit Red Wings fall the farthest we've seen in almost thirty years.
Still, there are some players worth watching, and, the commentary here at A2Y is worth way more than the price of admission.

It's a Live Blog!

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Ehn’s Been Good

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Christoffer Ehn is shoring up an audition to start next season the same place he began this one: with the Detroit Red Wings.

The 22-year-old forward earned an NHL job last fall because he’s a good skater who is responsible in his own zone and who can kill penalties. He’s played mostly wing but is versatile enough to fill in at center if needed. He’s had three stints with the Grand Rapids Griffins during the rare periods the Wings have been healthy, but Ehn will finish his rookie season of pro hockey with possibly with as many as 60 NHL appearances on his own merit.

“His impact on the game on a nightly basis has been pretty good,” coach Jeff Blashill said after Tuesday’s morning skate at Madison Square Garden. “He skates, he competes, he thinks the game well — those are three pretty good things. I think there’s more offense there and I think it’s just a matter of belief coming, but he skates, competes and thinks the game well. No matter who he plays with, he seems to do a pretty good job. He’s a pretty good athlete, seems to be able to go head-to-head against real good players when he needs to. Definitely gives us a tenacity and aggressiveness on the puck.”


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Videos- The Talk Before Tonight’s Puck Drop

Jeff Blashill up first, below we have Taro Hirose and Danny DeKeyser.



added 3:04pm, Detroit's projected lineup is below.

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An Optional Skate For The Wings

The New York Rangers did not skate and it looks like we will have another Lundqvist/Howard matchup.


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Off Day Notes

from Arthur J. Regner of the Wings website,

As the Red Wings play out their final 10 games of the season they are steadfast on closing out the campaign by establishing a solid winning foundation for next year.

"We had a meeting this morning about things we weren't good enough in in the Islanders game. We got to keep getting better as individuals and keep getting better as a team. We want to be better than where we're at today," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said after Monday's practice at the BELFOR Training Center. "To do that, you have to get better. I thought in the Islanders game we did some things offensively and created a good amount, probably enough to win a hockey game. (But) we gave up way too many chances, so we go to keep growing.

"We got to grow as individuals and grow as a hockey team. Some guys are (in) new spots, some guys are new to the team, some guys haven't had tons of opportunity. So now here's more opportunity. So, keep proving what you're about and as a team let's keep growing."

Within the last week Detroit has signed three college players in free agents Ryan Kuffner (Princeton) and Taro Hirose (Michigan State), along with Chase Pearson, the Wings fifth round draft pick, 140th overall, from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, who attended Maine.


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Videos- The Talk After Practice Today

Below is Taro Hirose and Jeff Blashill.


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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com


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