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Anything Can Happen

The Wings are coming off their first win of the season, and, every one is happy plus surprised. Not just the fans either. Per Larkin after the game Saturday night;

I just felt a calmness from a lot of the new guys that we’re just going to keep going, we’re not going to get frustrated,” Larkin said.

Hearing him say that after the game was encouraging. I would dare to say hopeful, for the fans that have had to endure some really bad hockey for quite a while. Keeping that in mind, in this shortened season, anything can happen.

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Consistent Secondary Scoring Would Be Welcomed

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Secondary scoring from a reliable second line is vital for the Detroit Red Wings, something they lacked a season ago.

More nights like Saturday will solve that issue.

Bobby Ryan, in his Red Wings debut, opened the scoring early in the second period, a key goal that alleviated some pressure for a team that had gone scoreless in four periods until then. Robby Fabbri snapped a tie by scoring what proved to be the winning goal with 2:42 remaining in the third period. Filip Zadina made nice passes to set up both goals.

The 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes was the first time the line had been together since early in training camp, before Ryan was injured.

“They all have the offensive ability to be a top-six type line in the NHL,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “You hope they can feed off each other, you hope their offensive acumen complements each other. We needed to make sure Fabbri can play with the tenacity to get the puck, that Zadina can play with the tenacity to go get the puck. Bobby has a lot of experience and can help those guys in a lot of situations.


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A Noon Start Tomorrow

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“It’s definitely different,” forward Robby Fabbri said. “It takes me back to junior (hockey) days when you play in the afternoons. It’s like any other game, you get used to it and get adjusted to the time.

“You go through the same routine — just earlier in the day.”

A big consideration for an abnormal game-start switch, such as Monday’s game, is the pre-game meal — and what and when to eat.

Hockey players, generally, will have a meal high in carbohydrates and protein some 2-3 hours before a game.

But pasta and salmon may not go down easily at 8 or 9 a.m.

“There’s obviously things game-wise that are different, (but) I would say in terms of body clock, this (noon) is the time we practice every day, and they’ve been doing it for months, so I don’t think it’s a huge adjustment,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Both teams are in the same boat. They (Blue Jackets) have a little more travel involved (coming in from Nashville).

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Videos- After Today’s Short Practice

The Wings had a short and light practice today before heading to Columbus for their noon game on Monday and 7:30pm game on Tuesday.playing in Detroit, brain freeze on my part.

Interviews after practice today are Robby Fabbri and Jeff Blashill below.


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Detroit’s Compete Level Raised In Win Over Carolina

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 shots to earn the win, as the Wings salvaged a split in the season-opening two-game series.

"We competed extremely hard, that's the level of compete you need in order to have a chance to win in this league," coach Jeff Blashill said. "That was the biggest thing that stood out for me. Between our work ethic and compete, I was real happy.

"The other thing is, we were deeper as a team. We had four lines going pretty hard, not everybody gets as much ice time as they'd like, but all four lines were going and all six defensemen went well. Ultimately, we'll have to win that way."

The Wings’ last victory? March 8, 2020, when they defeated eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa 5-4 in a shootout — a few days before the pandemic closed most every sport.

And considering the sluggish way the Wings opened the season against Carolina, Saturday's victory was needed and felt good.

"We got timely goals and we outplayed a great team," Larkin said.


Watch the extended game highlights below.

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Videos- Post Game Talk

Bobby Ryan first, more coming.

added 10:01pm, Mickey Redmond is below.  added 10:04pm, Dylan Larkin now below... added 10:11pm, Jeff Blashill is below.

Game highlights added below at 10:15pm.

added 10:46pm, Larkin, Zadina and Blashill in one video bekow.


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Quick Recap- Detroit/Carolina

The Wings played better tomight with a 4-2 win.

Two points out of first boys!


Detroit goals are below.

See you at 12:00pm ET on Monday (MLK Day).  They'll be playing in Columbus.

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Still The Same

I know, I know. It’s been 310 days, give or take, since the last time the Wings took to the ice. So what. It's still the same. Instead of the slightest improvement, it looked at times as if there had been a regression in all areas of play, with the exception being goaltending. There have been a few changes in the on ice personnel, but, the one constant is the Coaching.

Bad habits are hard to break, and, the more you lose the easier it becomes. Get it together. Otherwise, this shortened season will be another long, long, bad season for Wings fans.

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Videos- After Today’s Morning Skate Before Facing The Carolina Hurricanes Tonight

Marc Staal, then Jeff Blashill below.


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Stream- The Morning Skate

I will update here with any news from the skate.

Below, watch the Morning Skate.

added 10:54am, Bernier first off the ice per Max Bultman tweet and he also says Darren Helm is on the ice.

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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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