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Quick Recap- Wings/Ducks

On a scale from 1-10, the first two periods gets a 2.

The third was much better.

The Ducks looked bad, real bad.

Final score Detroit 3 Anaheim 1.

Goals and stats below.

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Make It Two

19 fans are expecting a TRAP, and at the same time, hoping for the Wings team that played in Minnesota to show up tonight and make it two W's in a row.

It's a Live Blog!

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Notes Before The Wings Meet The Ducks Tonight

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Danny DeKeyser will be back in the Red Wings' lineup Tuesday against Anaheim.

Who, eventually, sits, or maybe gets sent back to Grand Rapids — that would be Filip Hronek, in that likely scenario — remains to be seen.

The Wings bought a bit of time on the entire issue when forward Michael Rasmussen was put on the short-term injured list.

But with DeKeyser — returning after missing six weeks because of a wrist injury — Dennis Cholowski, Jonathan Ericsson, Mike Green, Hronek, Nick Jensen and Niklas Kronwall all available (Trevor Daley (foot) is still a few weeks away), there’s a glut of defensemen.

Coach Jeff Blashill wouldn’t speculate as to whether he’d dress six or seven defensemen against the Ducks.



Below, watch DeKeyser and Blashill after today's skate and notes from the Anaheim side.

added 5:17pm, Detroit's projected linuep is below.

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An Optional Morning Skate For The Wings

Ansar Khan tweet,

Jimmy Howard in starter’s net during optional morning skate

As the norm, I will update if needed.

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Trading Jimmy Howard Debate

from John Niyo of the Detroit News,

Howard is well aware the NHL trade deadline is looming in late February and the Red Wings clearly are earmarked as sellers for a third consecutive season. Likewise, general manager Ken Holland knows he’ll have some decisions to make in the coming weeks, with a handful of pending free agents — Howard, Gustav Nyquist, Niklas Kronwall, Tomas Vanek and Nick Jensen — and perhaps a few other players (Mike Green, Trevor Daley, Luke Glendening) drawing some interest around the league as well.

Just how much interest remains to be seen in what looks to be a buyer’s market. The sort of haul Holland landed from Las Vegas in the Tomas Tatar deadline deal likely won’t materialize this time around for Nyquist, though perhaps a team like Colorado or Edmonton will come calling.

And in Howard’s case, it may take more than a significant injury elsewhere to create a desperate buyer among the playoff contenders. It might take a significant offer for Holland to pull the trigger, partly because the Wings are interested in bringing him back for more.

“Obviously, it depends what I’m thinking but it also depends on what Jimmy’s thinking,” Holland told Sirius NHL Radio last week. “But certainly he has played great, so I’ve got to sit down and talk with him here as we head up toward the trade deadline.”


I do hope Niyo realizes the return for trading a pending UFA usually does not get the same type of return when trading a player (Tatar) who is signed through the 2020-21 season.

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Shooting For Two In A Row

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings are trying to do something they have not done in six weeks: Win consecutive games.

They host the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday, still pumped from what Dylan Larkin described as a “statement game” victory at Minnesota. The Wings did many good things in beating the Wild, 5-2, Saturday, from starting well, to traffic at the net, to playing fast all game. They never let up. They showed they can close out a game, and that was an especially important facet to prove to themselves.

“In Minnesota, that was our best third period of hockey all year,” Larkin said after Monday’s practice. “Us having that feeling now, and the confidence, there’s no reason why we can’t play like that every third period.

“We’ve been in stretches where we’ve had tough times winning games and then we win one and feel good about our game, and we come out the next several and lose. It’s hard to get momentum when you are winning one and then losing a couple. We all know in here we need to go on a good run and have a good stretch where we are winning games consistently.”


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Videos- The Talk After Practice

First up is Mike Green and Tyler Bertuzzi is below, I will add more when/if available.

added 1:30pm, Dylan Larkin below.

added 1:33pm, Jeff Blashill below.


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Detroit’s Practice Today

The Anaheim Ducks are in town tomorrow night along with their 11 game losing streak.

via Dana Wakiji tweets,

de la Rose, Rasmussen not skating with team in practice

First time for #RedWings DeKeyser in battle drills since the injury.

added 11:39am, Ansar Khan tweet,

practice lines:
De la Rose and Rasmussen not skating.

added 11:49am, Khan,

power play units:
1. Kronwall (point), Nielsen, Cholowski (half walls), Larkin (bumper), Vanek (net front).
2. Green (point), Mantha, Nyquist (half walls), Athanasiou (bumper), Bertuzzi (net front).

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Videos- A Needed Win

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

If ever a team needed a result like this one, it was the Red Wings.

Mired in a long and frustrating stretch of losing, the Red Wings surprised the Minnesota Wild Saturday, 5-2.

Tyler Bertuzzi had three goals — his first career hat trick coming in his 100th career game — and Thomas Vanek scored two goals as the Red Wings won for only the third time in the last 16 games (3-10-3).

The Wings (17-23-7) outshot Minnesota 37-19, including 21-2 in the second period, an indication of the Wild’s indifference in this game — and the Wings’ dominance.

“We’ve been playing good hockey, we just hadn’t gotten the results,” Vanek said. “As a group, we’ve been staying positive and saying the right things. If we play like this, as we have been, we’ll get more wins than losses. We just have to keep it up.”


from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

Not only was the Wild rested and in a relative groove of late, having secured four wins over its past five games, but the Red Wings were finishing off a back-to-back – in addition to being near the bottom of the standings.

But Detroit didn’t play like it, skating more like a team desperate to wrangle a playoff berth than the Wild.

Afterward, Wild players described how the Red Wings outnumbered them, limited their space and cut through the neutral zone with ease – skating while the Wild looked stuck in the mud.

“We were on our heels all night,” defenseman Ryan Suter said. “Didn't really have much. There wasn't a lot of space out there. We'd make plays and turn pucks over, and it was tough to get anything going."


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Quick Recap- Wings/Wild

It was the Bertuzzi and Vanek show tonight.

The Wild looked like they played last night instead of the Wings but a good win for Detroit.

They needed this one badly.

Final score Detroit 5 Minnesota 2.

Goals and stats are below.

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