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Detroit’s Top Line

Tyler Dellow via The Athletic (paid) on first lines around the NHL that are producing; or not.

Dylan Larkin is the proxy for their first line and they’re shooting 5.3 per cent when he’s on the ice. One of the issues that rebuilding teams run into sometimes is that they have young players, good young players, but they aren’t superstars. You sell them as the next big thing when they’re really guys who might play down the order a little bit on a real Stanley Cup contender. Through 2017-18, Larkin wasn’t an elite 5-on-5 finisher by any means, shooting 8.5 per cent. That’s not particularly good for a forward — league average for forwards this year is at 10 per cent. I believe that’s up a bit over past seasons but the evidence that Larkin is a high-end goal scorer is awfully light.

Add to that Anthony Mantha enduring a Riley Sheahan-esque season when on the ice with Larkin and Detroit’s not getting much from their first line. They almost certainly aren’t *this* bad from a true talent perspective but the lows are lower when your top line doesn’t have really top end players.

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About The Detroit Red Wings 6-2 Loss To The Washington Capitals Last Night

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Those losses in Boston and Montreal early this season were ugly — games the Red Wings still regard as low points.

This one Tuesday was of the same feel for the Red Wings — for most of the night.

The defending Stanley Cup-champion Washington Capitals looked every bit the part Tuesday, dismantling the Wings 6-2 at Capital One Arena.

For what it’s worth, though, those final 20 minutes weren’t nearly as ugly as the Montreal or Boston games.

And the Wings made sure of addressing that after the second period.

“We talked about that last time we were in that spot, in Boston, we started cheating like crazy and lost our game and next thing you know you had to dig yourself out,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We did the same thing in Montreal and you’re digging yourself out.

“We felt it was important to go out and play the right way and for the most part, we did a decent job.


Below, watch post-game talk from Abdelkader, Larkin and Blashill plus the game highlights.

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Quick Recap- Wings/Capitals

One of those games you want to forget about quickly.

Can't fault Bernier on the 5 goals he gave up, the Wings were overwhelmed early.

Final Washington Capitals 6 Detroit Red Wings 2

Goals (Caps' in Twitter format) and stats are below.

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This Is A Blutarski Game

Zero Point Zero Zero.

That's the chance we have of winning tonight in DC.

Fat, drunk and stupid is how many of us meander through life, but it's no way to win a hockey game. 

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Pros And Cons Of Trading Jimmy Howard

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

So it remains an intriguing topic as the NHL looks toward the trade deadline Feb. 25. What will the Wings do with Jimmy Howard?

He’ll be an unrestricted free agent in July, and with slim goaltending depth in the organization, the smart money says the Wings will re-sign Howard, who’ll be 35 just before the playoffs begin, for another two or three years.

But, what if, the Red Wings slip out of playoff contention, and Howard continues to play at the level he’s been playing at? There are contenders, or near contenders — Pittsburgh, New York Islanders, Edmonton, Anaheim, Carolina, Calgary — that could use Howard as a starter or a Plan B, with their No. 1 option in question.

General manager Ken Holland wants a first-round draft pick to even begin thinking about dealing Howard.


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Video- Jeff Blashill Before The Puck Drops Tonight

4 minutes to watch.


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A Few Players May Be A Bit Banged Up


Detroit's projected lineup is below.

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The Only News From The Detroit Side At This Point

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Brian Lashoff from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Lashoff, 28, has not skated for the Red Wings in 2018-19 but has totaled 123 NHL games with the club since 2012-13, tallying 13 points (2-11-13) and 57 penalty minutes, while also appearing in eight NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games. The Albany, N.Y., native has skated in 17 games for the Griffins this season, logging three points (0-3-3), 19 penalty minutes and a plus-two rating. Lashoff has played parts of 10 seasons for the Griffins since making his professional debut during the 2008-09 season. The 6-foot-3, 219-pound defenseman has tallied 87 points (21-66-87), a plus-18 rating and 213 penalty minutes in 417 games with the Griffins, while recording 19 points (5-4-19) in 73 AHL postseason games for Grand Rapids.


added 12:42pm, Capitals expected lineup is below, Oshie returns after suffering a concussion.

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Justin Bourne On The Wings

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Videos- Wrapping Up The Wings Win Over The Kings

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The Los Angeles Kings outplayed the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

But, the Wings had Jimmy Howard, and some timely “finish” on scoring plays, and they beat Los Angeles, 3-1.

Howard stopped 42 of 43 shots and played 53:22 of shutout hockey before Anze Kopitar got one by him, when the Kings descended on his crease in the third period.

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said, “Jimmy was our best player tonight. I didn’t think we played good enough tonight. I thought they outplayed us. I thought Jimmy was the difference in the game, ultimately.


Below, watch extended game highlights and post-game talk.

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