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Practicing In Detroit Before Heading To Buffalo

added 2:39pm, Post practice videos of Nedeljkovic and Blashill are below.

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Video- A Much Needed Win For The Detroit Red Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"This was a big win, especially at home after getting shut out the last game," said Bertuzzi, who added two assists. "We showed up and the guys had a real good game."

The Wings also dominated the specialty-teams battle with the Bertuzzi and Fabbri power-play goals, while killing all five power plays for the Sabres (11-20-6).

The power play has struggled, but now has scored in three of the last four games.

"It (power play) was great, we made some good little plays and we supported each other all over the ice," Bertuzzi said. "We played pretty good. It was a weird game, not much five-on-five, a lot of penalties, but we played good."

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill would like the power-play unit to build off these recent successes.

"Hopefully that just continues to build confidence," Blashill said. "Confidence matters, and special teams was a huge factor tonight. The power play gave us the lead early, and we played a very good first period, then we got in trouble in the second but the PK did an excellent job not giving them momentum."


Below, Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now plus the extended game highlights.

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Videos- Post Game Talk After A 4-0 Win

Game highlights first, below find Alex Nedeljkovic, Tyler Bertuzzi and Jeff Blashill.  added 10:47pm, Mickey Redmond below.


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Quick Recap- Detroit Red Wings/Buffalo Sabres

Wings win 4-0.

Everyone happy?  The Wings recently have been on the losing end in games like this and maybe they had enough of it.

We'll soon find out when the Wings play in Buffalo for a 1:00pm ET game (MLK Day).

Goals are below.

Goals are below.

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Effort And Entertainment

The Wings are facing off against a Buffalo team that hasn't had much success lately, so, watch out. The Wings haven't had much to brag about either, since the start of the New Year which means nothing, really. I honestly don't know where the talking heads get their visions of Wild Cards spots from.

Realistically, we can only keep asking for effort and entertainment. That's it, 

It's a Live Blog!

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Jeff Blashill Hopes The Off Day On Friday Will Help The Wings Tonight

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

After a loss Thursday against Winnipeg in which the Wings looked a bit fatigued at times, coach Jeff Blashill decided to make Friday a complete day off.

No work on the ice or in the weight room. No meetings. No coming down to Little Caesars Arena, at all.

It was likely needed.

"Sometimes fatigue shows up in your physical play in terms of how your legs feel, and sometimes it shows up mentally," Blashill said. "The reality is we have to find ways to be better when we are potentially fatigued. We have to find ways to make sure we don't make mental mistakes in those types of situations."

During the recent West Coast trip, the Wings' game in Anaheim Jan. 6 was rescheduled to Jan. 9 because of a COVID outbreak within the Ducks.

The Wings originally had a schedule where they had days off between games. After the rescheduled game in Anaheim was put in place, the Wings have three games in four days, four games in six days and six games in 10 days after they play Monday in Buffalo.

It's a particularly rugged stretch, and one that eliminates any quality practicing, which can be an issue.

"The difficult part when you don't practice is potentially you lose your structure and some of your habits," Blashill said. "You're not able to touch on as many bases as you'd like."

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added 4:23pm, Below, watch Ken Kal and Daniella Bruce with their game day preview.

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Video- Jeff Blashill Today

I did not see any reports from the morning skate, but here is coach Blashill after the skate.


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That’s Not A Wall Lucas Raymond Has Hit

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings might describe what Lucas Raymond has experienced the past six weeks not as hitting the rookie wall but more like a soft barrier.

Raymond has gone 14 games without a goal dating back to Dec. 1, following a hot start to his NHL career. But the 19-year-old winger is contributing in other ways. He has eight assists during that stretch and coach Jeff Blashill hasn’t seen a decline in his defensive play or work ethic.

“He’s done a good job of making plays. He’s been on the puck. I haven’t seen a drop-off in his play at all,” Blashill said earlier this week. “He’s had chances in multiple games in a row. They just didn’t go in. And that’s the way it is. This is a hard league to score all the time.

“I think he’s been a consistently good player defensively. I think he’s a guy who goes out and does the right things to win a shift. Ultimately that’s what you’re looking for. If every player goes on the ice and they win their shift on a consistent basis -- meaning you gain territory, you play in the O-zone more, you create more chances than you give up -- you’re going to win a ton as a hockey team. He’s done those things. He’s still continuing to contribute on the scoresheet and off the scoresheet. Ultimately, the goals will come.”


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Any Offensive Help On The Way?

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The Detroit Red Wings are 25th in goal scoring, 27th in shots on goal and 31st on the power play. In their past seven games, the Red Wings scored more than two goals only twice. They won only one of those games. This is an offensively challenged rebuilding team.

This seems like the right time for an update on some of Detroit’s forward prospects. ...

1. Jonathan Berggren, Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
The Red Wings’ collection of defensive prospects is stronger than their list of quality forwards.  However, Red Wings remain bullish on Swedish forward Berggren. He got off to a poor start after becoming injured in the Prospects Tournament in Traverse City. Berggren never got a chance to show what he could do in training camp.

He started slowly in the American Hockey League, but after the second-round pick adjusted to the North American game the points started to come. Berggren isn’t dominating yet, but he has seven goals and 21 points in 27 games....

2. Elmer Soderblom, Frolunda (Sweden)
The 6-foot-8 Soderblom has gone from a curiosity to an intriguing prospect. It’s fair to say the Red Wings aren’t sure exactly what they have in Soderblom. But excitement is growing about his potential. He could end up being the net front presence that the Red Wings hoped 6-foot-6 Michael Rasmussen would be.

Soderbloom has some sweet hands and moves. Two years ago, he showed them at the World Junior Championships by scoring a couple of goals between his legs.

As the season has worn on, Soderblom, 20, in his second season in Sweden’s pro league, has continued to improve. He has 10 goals and five assists in 30 games.

more on each of the above plus three more names...

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Is Frustration Starting To Set In?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Friday marked the first full day off since coming out of the Christmas break Dec. 26. Since then, the Wings have gone nonstop, either playing, practicing or traveling. They're 1-4-2 in that time and have not won since beating the Sharks Jan. 4 at home.

"You have to dig in," Blashill said. "I still think we can get more from more people, so we have to dig in and play better hockey. There’s nobody that’s going to do it for you, you have to play great hockey yourself and as a hockey team.

"We have to make sure that our details are good and our energy is good so we can play our best hockey on a nightly basis. We have a big game on Saturday — we have to make sure that to a man we’re ready to ball out and play great hockey."

There was a stretch of egregious hockey that defied odds late in the third period against the Jets. The Wings gained a man advantage at 14:43, and a second one at 15:31, setting up 1:13 of a 5-on-3 power play. Then Alex Nedeljkovic was pulled, setting up a scenario where the Wings had six skaters and the Jets had three. Still, nothing but a goose egg.

"It gets frustrating," Larkin said. "We’re looking to find ways to solve some of these issues."

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