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Jared Bednar Has Been Where Jeff Blashill Is

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Jared Bednar is sympathetic toward coach Jeff Blashill and the Detroit Red Wings — by far the NHL’s worst team.

It wasn’t that long ago when Bednar coached “that” team.

In 2016-17, Bednar’s first season behind the Avalanche’s bench, Colorado finished with league/franchise lows in victories (22) and points (48). It was the league’s worst season since the Atlanta Thrashers won just 14 games in 1999-2000. The Red Wings take a league-low 12 wins and 28 points in Monday’s matinee against Colorado at the Pepsi Center and are on pace for just 47 points.

“It’s horrible. Pure misery,” Bednar of coaching the NHL’s worst team. “The morale in your room, you’re trying to get guys back in the right mental state to go win your next game, and there’s a lot of nights where you play hard, do everything you can, (but) you maybe just don’t have the horses to win the games.”


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Video- Jeff Blashill After Today’s Practice In Detroit

A little over 6 minutes to watch.


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Wings Are Practicing Before Flying To Denver

via Ansar Khan tweet,

RedWings rare practice after back-to-back nights, due to early game Mon. at @Avalanche (3 ET). Lines:
Filppula, injured, and Nielsen not skating.
No Daley

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Compete Level Up, Power Play Remains Cold

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

If you’re going to lose, don’t go down without a battle.

That has been the message from Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill. His team lost again Saturday, 4-1 to the Florida Panthers at Little Caesars Arena, but Blashill was glad players competed and scrapped in a chippy, physical, penalty-filled game.

“It was physical and lots of jawing and lots of stuff behind the play and a lot of emotion,” Blashill said. “I’m 100 percent good with that. We could have had ourselves a line brawl and it would have been even better.

“I’m just kidding.”

The problem, nothing new, was the Red Wings’ failure to capitalize on the power play, going 0 for 7, wasting more than 12 minutes on the man-advantage.

They squandered Jimmy Howard’s second solid outing in as many nights, a 34-save performance.


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

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Videos- The Detroit Prospects Talk

Besides Joe Veleno and Moritz Seider (posted in tonight's game recap), Fox SportsDetroit spoke with Gustav Lindstrom and below, Michael Rasmussen and Evgeni Svechnikov.

Added Jeff Blashill below too after the loss to Florida. added  10:53pm, Larkin, group talk and highlights below.


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Quick Recap- Detroit/Florida

General recap of Detroit's 4-1 loss to Florida.

In games like this, the lack of offensive weapons on the Detroit team shows. I would say the Wings had more chances than Florida but no finish.  They still remain offensively challenged.  Plus going 0-6 on the power play doesn't help.

Joe Veleno and Moritz Seider interviews plus Detroit goal and stats are below.

Next game is in Denver on Monday with a 3pm ET drop on MLK Day.

added 10:03pm, added the stick work by Biega below the stts...

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Back To Back

I think these back to back games are a lot harder on the 19 than they are on the Wings. Just sayin......

It's a Live Blog!

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Video- Jeff Blashill Before Tonight’s Game Against The Florida Panthers

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Detroit At The Trade Deadline

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers some fan mail.

The first question is regarding the Wings at the trade deadline,

Yzerman has said he wants to add more picks to the eight the Wings hold in the 2020 draft, but he may be hard pressed to do so. Mike Green, Trevor Daley and Jimmy Howard are among veterans on expiring contracts, but they’ve all struggled this season. Maybe a contender inquires about Green because he has been successful especially on power plays in the past on good teams, but he isn’t going to yield much in return. Daley is a mobile puck mover but he has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons. Howard has struggled too much to draw interest.

More: Detroit Red Wings' Jeff Blashill: NHL coach firings 'a bit crazy in the league'

Forward Andreas Athanasiou scored 30 goals last season, but this season has been dismal — at the time he suffered a lower-body injury Dec. 29, Athanasiou had 5 goals, 14 assists and a minis-35 rating in 36 games. That has tarnished his trade value, and there’s no sense in moving a 25-year-old with his skill set — explosive speed, soft hands — unless the return is something that really boosts the rebuild. He should still draw interest, though. Maybe the Penguins consider him, since they lost Jake Guentzel to shoulder surgery on Dec. 31.

more and two more questions...

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Video- Give The Rebuild A Few Years


Mickey Redmond tells us so.


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