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Today’s Practice Lines

via Ansar Khan tweet,

lines and D pairs in practice before facing Calgary tomorrow at ⁦@LCArena_Detroit⁩

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A Good Night For Lucas Raymond

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“I had some really nice looks today and especially this time of the game you want to score to help the team,” Raymond said. “Of course, you want to get that first goal. It’s something real special and it’s awesome, a special night.”

Raymond opened the scoring at 6:17 of the third period, taking a pass from Dylan Larkin and wiring a wrist shot over goaltender Joonas Korpisalo’s glove on the short side.

Shortly after that, Raymond side-stepped a check in the neutral zone and made a nice touch pass to Larkin, who set up Tyler Bertuzzi’s goal at 8:53, his fifth of the season, which proved to be the winner.

“Those are a couple of dynamic offensive plays,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “The one thing (Raymond) does pretty consistently is play a complete game. That earns trust and you get minutes. Are there parts of his game that have to get better? A hundred percent. And he knows it, especially moving his feet. He’s a real cerebral player, sometimes he can get caught just thinking his way through the game instead of thinking and moving his feet.

“Him and (fellow rookie Moritz) Seider both have a real good combination of confidence but yet real calm people and real respectful, real good inner drive. They’re not entitled people. I think (Raymond) has got a maturity beyond his years. That’s certainly going to help him as he goes through any upcoming trials and tribulations he’ll face.”


Below, watch the extended highlights.

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Videos- Post Game Talk After A 3-1 Win Over Columbus

Tyler Bertuzzi first, below Mickey Redmond and Lucas Raymond.  added 10:41pm, game highlights are below and Mickey explains the Hudson Bay rules.  added 10:47pm, Jeff Blashill is below too.  added 11:21pm, before my head hits the pillow, a picture below of Raymond and his puck


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Quick Recap- DRW/CBJ

I was getting a bit nervous after 40 minutes of play, thinking the only video I had was the Nick Lidstrom interview.

In the 3rd period, Tyler Bertuzzi scored, follow by the first NHL goal from Lucas Raymond.  Columbus scored on the power play to make it 2-1.

Namestnikov and Erne added an empty net goals to give the Wings a 4-1 win.

Lidstrom interview and Detroit goals are below and team stats too.

Next game is Thursday with the Wings hosting Cal-Gary.

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Enjoy The Moment

If there's one thing to be said about the Wings this season, it's that they're fun to watch again. Not boring, not slow and old, and not the inevitable feeling of dread that we've all come to know in the last few seasons. These games are actually entertaining, and exciting. 

Larkin is back in the lineup tonight, T-Bert is on fire, and, the youngsters are really putting on a good showing so far.

Yes, there is plenty of room for improvement, and that will come in time, but for right now let's just enjoy the moment, and have a good time. I do realize it's only game three in a long season, but, bring it on! 

It's a Live Blog!

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Stream- Game Preview

via the YouTube page of the Detroit Red Wings,

Ken Kal and Daniella Bruce preview Tuesday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jacket at Little Caesars Arena.

Scheduled to start at 4pm, watch below.

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Moritz Seider Still Learning

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Seider’s start

Rookie defenseman Moritz Seider has three assists in his first two games and is averaging 21:38 in ice time, second on the team to Filip Hronek (24:16).

“He’s earned some trust coming in here with his game at the different levels he’s played at,” Blashill said. “I just thought he did a real good job (Saturday). He’s a gamer. He’s a guy wo wants those types of minutes. He’s big, he can defend, and he can play offense.

“He’s going to have his growing pains; he’s got learning to do. But in the meantime, we’re going to keep putting him out there, let him learn and keep going through the trials and tribulations that young players go through.”

Electric atmosphere

Blashill noted that the atmosphere at LCA the first two games has been as charged as it has been since the building opened four years ago.

“I think the atmosphere has been great. Both games were highly emotional, which is a positive,” Blashill said. “We want to play with lots of compete, lots of emotion. The crowds have been awesome. It’s a loud building. It’s been a while since we had that (due to COVID restrictions last season). The first game in this building (in 2017), we didn’t have enough people in the seats. There were lots of people here, but they were either in the club level eating or checking out how beautiful the arena is. Now everybody is in the seats, and it just seems really, really loud.”

more plus other topics Jeff Blashill discussed today...

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The Talk After The Morning Skate

I'll post videos when available to this post, in the meantime...


added 11:42am, Blashill and Suter videos are below.

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Morning Skate Lines

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A Problem For The NHL

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Here’s the problem – by not punishing the offenders of the initial foul, the NHL is leaving the victims with no alternative but to take the law into their own hands.

When it comes to biblical phrases, an eye for an eye is much more popular at the rink than turn the other cheek.

The league does have to mete out discipline to combat vigilante justice. However, they look foolish doing so while allowing the original offender to continue to skate free.

“When I talked to my son . . . when he was asking me questions like ‘Why is the punch with a glove on more dangerous than the other one?’ I had to explain to him that it’s not,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said....

The outside view is that the NHL looks to be moving in a direction where they are rolling out the welcome mat and accommodating the return of on-ice violence. And that means that they’ll be forcing more players to make like Larkin and take the law into their own hands.


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