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Teams In The Atlantic Division

Matt Porter of the Boston Globe takes a look in the Atlantic Division...

The Bruins are a solid team. Are they more? Adding a true No. 2 center would help Bergeron and Tuukka Rask get another shot. Getting something for Jake DeBrusk, whether it’s a package deal for Tomas Hertl in San Jose, or straight up for another player looking for a fresh start, is probably their best option.

The Red Wings are in the best shape of any of the Atlantic rebuilders, with Calder Trophy candidates at three positions (winger Lucas Raymond, defenseman Moritz Seider, goalie Alex Nedeljkovic) and lots of cap space. Someone might want Vladislav Namestnikov, Danny DeKeyser, or Nick Leddy as a rental. They could be players by laundering someone else’s bad contract.

Though Steve Yzerman probably wants to see what his group is made of, it could be wiser to stop chasing a wild-card spot.

The best recent news for Buffalo is that Rasmus Dahlin seems to be putting it together. The Sabres have three first-round picks (their own, Florida’s, Vegas’s) and need to keep surrounding the 21-and-under group of Dahlin, Dylan Cozens, Payton Krebs, and Jack Quinn with talent. They’ve got enough cap space to make the market move at the deadline.

As for Ottawa, we’re officially in the time of “unparalleled success” owner Eugene Melnyk promised. In 2019, Melnyk proclaimed that his team would spend close to the cap from 2021-25. Entering the weekend, they were T-31 in the league.

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Elmer Soderblom Progressing Nicely

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Six-foot-eight Detroit Red Wings prospect Elmer Soderblom is getting people to notice him for more than his height. With 12 goals in 33 games for Frolunda, Soderblom is the highest-scoring player age 21-and-under in the Swedish Hockey League.

“All of these things with coordination are coming together,” TSN draft analyst Craig Button said. “His skating is better. He’s a little bit quicker. He’s a little bit strong. So that makes him even more imposing.”

The Red Wings drafted Elmer Soderblom in the sixth round, at No. 159, in 2019. But today he is considered one of their more intriguing forward prospects

Button remembers watching Soderblom at age 15 and 16 and it was difficult to project what he would be like because his body and coordination were out of sync. “He was like Bambi out there,” Button.


In case you missed this..

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Gemel Smith to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins for conditioning.

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The Wings Are Still Learning What It Takes To Close Out A Game

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

These are the types of games the Red Wings are still learning to finish, grab the victory, and move on to the next game.

They proved Friday they're still grasping how to do those things, and it cost them a point in the standings.

Dallas tied the game late in regulation, then won it overtime on Roope Hintz's power-play goal, giving the Stars a 5-4 overtime victory.

"We played good at times, but just costly mistakes at costly times," forward Dylan Larkin said.

Hintz was alone in front of goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic and tapped in Joe Pavelski's pass for his 17th goal. The Stars got on the power play when Robby Fabbri tripped Hintz, giving the Stars the four-on-three advantage in overtime.

Stars forward Jason Robertson, who played his youth hockey in the Detroit area, tied it 4-4 at 18:57 of the third period, sending the game into overtime.

It was a frustrating way to give away a point, given the Wings had played well enough to claim a victory.

"We played a real good game, we have to find ways to win those kind of games," coach Jeff Blashill said. "It's part of the process we're going through here, learning how to win and we played way too good not to win."


from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

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Videos- The Talk After Detroit’s OT Loss

Dylan Larkin first, below fine Jeff Blashill, Mickey Redmond and the game highlights.


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Quick Recap- Wings/Stars

Dallas defeated Detroit 5-4 in OT in an enjoyable game to watch.

It looked like Detroit would win 4-3 in regulation but Dallas scored late in the game to make it 4-4 and force overtime.

In OT, Dallas scored on the power play to win 5-4.

Below find the video tribute for Luke Glendening and the Detroit goals.

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Truth Be Told

The Wings have had a few days off, and, I hope they've been preparing for a tough Dallas team tonight. Yes, they did just win two in a row, but, truth be told, Buffalo is no Dallas.

The Stars pretty much man handled, and out coached the Wings the last time these two teams met back in November. Let's just say, there are at least 19 Wings fans that are hoping for a better outcome this time around. 

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The Morning Skate

The only report this morning are Gemel and Givani Smith are skating.

If more becomes available, I will post it here.

added 11:41am, Below find Jeff Blashill and the Smith brothers after the skate.

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Justin Abdelkader Signs A PTO With Grand Rapids Griffins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday signed left wing Justin Abdelkader to a professional tryout.

The 14-year-pro competed with the Griffins for two seasons from 2008-10 before moving on to the Detroit Red Wings, where he ultimately played parts of 13 seasons. The Muskegon, Mich., native became the first West Michigan native to suit up for Grand Rapids when he made his AHL debut on Oct. 11, 2008. Abdelkader skated in 109 games for the Griffins and totaled 76 points (35-41—76) and 188 penalty minutes, earning AHL All-Rookie Team honors during the 2008-09 season when he logged 52 points (24-28—52) in 76 contests.

Should Abdelkader play on Saturday when Grand Rapids hosts Milwaukee at 7 p.m., he would set the new standard for longest time span between Griffins appearances at 4,305 days, or 11 years, nine months and 12 days (April 10, 2010 to Jan. 22, 2022). The record is currently held by Jonathan Ericsson at 3,888 days, or 10 years, seven months and 22 days (March 1, 2009 to Oct. 23, 2019).

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Video- Jeff Blashill Today

13 1/2 minutes of coach Blashill.


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Video- Listen To Lucas Raymond

Raymond is mic'd up for the 4-0 win over Buffalo.


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