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Hard To Criticize Ken Holland

from Jordan Heath-Rawlings of Sportsnet,

Since their last Cup win, the Wings have gone from 115 points to 112, then three years of 102, 104 and 102, followed by a lockout-adjusted 96 in 2012–13 and, last year, 93 points, barely enough for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff berth. One of the results of that slide is that Detroit is no longer the top-of-list destination it used to be for marquee free agents.

Once the big names are gone, clubs usually look for bargains who can perform above their cost, but here the Wings’ prosperous past still haunts them. Holland’s loyalty to the Red Wings brand means he often eschews the bargain-hunting approach in favour of signing known quantities—veterans like Cleary, Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson—who have worn the winged wheel before and fit into the team’s blueprint. He also often plays those veterans over the team’s younger, more talented prospects.

In other organizations, this commitment to past-their-prime veterans would be nearly unforgivable, but the Wings’ track record makes the moves tougher to criticize. It may leave the team constantly searching for upside, but it’s precisely this approach—loyalty to his people, patience with those he trusts, only veering from the status quo when he sees real benefit or has no real choice—that has gotten Ken Holland to where he is and earned him that four-year extension.

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Game Day Notes- Detroit/Toronto

All then news and notes on Detroit and Toronto...

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A Fan With An Opinion- Lets Do This

Like many of us I started out as a lurker. I became a KK member in 2008. It was the A2Y blog that drew me in. It was a different take on your average Blog. The Chief was something else. Refreshing to read, mainly because I was like minded. His way with words was very entertaining. It was great to see that someone could put into words, what I thought as a fan.

I was hooked. I found a place where our love of The Detroit Red Wings was the tie that bound us all together. We are able to have and share opinions, and disagreements, without "other fans" that are too touchy/feely, cramping our style.

I am here to volunteer and help out during this Season. And, to let all of you know, if it feels right, just jot down a few words and submit it to Paul. It doesn't hurt.

I'm here because I would like to keep this place going for all of us, and for our Chief.

We all miss the Chief, but, if things work out we will all still be able to call this place home. So, lets do this.

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Wings/Bruins Notes Before Tonight’s Game

The puck drops just after 8:00pm ET and is exclusive to NBCSN in the US and is on TVA and SN1 in Canada.

Also, look for a new look live blog tonight, submitted by a KK member.

Detroit could use some goals from players like Franzen, Zetterberg and Tatar. The team has only scored 4 goals in three games but on the plus side, have given up on 4 goals.

Dan Rosen of NHL.com previews the game..

Here are five things to watch in the second of five games between the Bruins and Red Wings this season:

The Red Wings are trying to use their speed -- Detroit wants to be one of the faster teams in the League in order to gain more time with the puck and better scoring chances.

The Red Wings speed worked to their advantage against the Bruins last week, when they controlled the play for most of the game by holding onto the puck. They outshot the Bruins 24-17, including 20-9 through two periods, when they built their 2-1 lead that stuck until the final buzzer. They had 46 shot attempts to the Bruins' 29.

"We haven't scored a lot yet and I still think we're going to score," Babcock said, "but I think we're a way, way quicker team [than last season]."

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Good Sign For Jimmy Howard

ESPN has the Detroit Red Wings ranked 15th this week, up five spots from last week.

This from Scott Burnside on the Wings..

Offense has come slowly in the early going for the Red Wings, although they have allowed just four goals through two games, which is a good sign for those concerned about Jimmy Howard.

With that, how do you feel about the early play from Jimmy Howard?

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The Ducks Are In Town So Let’s Live Blog It

Making it a short one tonight.

Puck drops just after 7:00pm ET on FSD and whatever streams you find.

Same lineup for the Wings as Thursday night.

Meanwhile the Ducks are 0-1-0 after scoring four goals (Perry with 3) on Thursday in Pittsburgh but giving up six.

I think most of us will agree the Wings played a full 60 in game one and hopefully we see it again tonight.

Jimmy was solid after the first shot/goal, defense was good and forwards kept the pressure on.

It's a live blog...

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It’s A Live Blog And The Andrej Nestrasil Era Begins

Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET on FSD and NESN, plus Center Ice has a free preview for until October 25th.

Cleary, Weiss and Lashoff are your healthy scratches and Andrej Nestrasil makes his NHL debut tonight.

The Bruins checked in to their Detroit hotel around 2:15am this morning after beating Philly at home last night and no word yet if Rask will start back to back games early in the season. (just in Rask is starting)

In case you missed it, a bit of an update on our Command Master Chief in today's GDT.

Glad to have Keith Gave back, now with FSD?

So next year at this time, we'll be writing about the new young coach behind the Wings' bench, Jeff Blashill, and wondering if he can coach all those kids he groomed in Grand Rapids into the NHL playoffs for a 25th consecutive Red Wings season.

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That is all I have except for...

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You Can Call It A GDT If You Want

First off an update on the Command Master Chief.  I shared a few texts with Bill (Facebook) last week and wanted to inform you his ship, the USS MILIUS deploys in about 10 days for nine months.

I am sure we all wish him weill and a safe return home.

Now to get you in the mood for the season...

 

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The Last Preseason Blog Of The Year

Puck drops 5:30ish PM and is on the NHL Network in the USA.

The last preseason game is usually played quickly, players trying to avoid injuries and just want to get their timing down.

However, some prospects in the lineup and they want to make a good showing.

Lineup is below...

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs preseason live blog

The Red Wings begin a set of back-to-back games closing out their exhibition season against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight (7:30 7:45ish -:8:00PM EDT on FSD/Sportsnet/97.1 FM), and the team will head to Boston to play the Bruins on Saturday (5:30 PM EDT on the NHL Network U.S.)

The Wings won't have Tomas Tatar, Darren Helm or Jonathan Ericsson in the lineup this evening, and the team officially placed Pavel Datsyuk on the IR though he practiced (albeit in a non-contact jersey) with the team on Friday.

DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reported that the Wings took a large roster to Toronto...

MLive's Ansar Khan listed tonight's Wings lineup...

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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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