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Practice Notes- Wings Need More Shots

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

The Red Wings knew what was coming.

After a dismal effort in Monday night's 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes and no game on the schedule until Friday night, Wings coach Jeff Blashill put the team through a tough, battle-rich, hard skating practice.

"I knew it wasn't going to be a fun day of power play, that's for sure," forward Thomas Vanek said. "I think we have all played long enough where nobody's happy. Nobody is obviously pleased. What's going on here right now is not fun. It was to be expected."

Now 1-6-2, the Wings have too often passed up shots during games to look for an even better shot and are ranked 25th in the league at just 28 shots a game.

They experienced first-hand the way the Hurricanes do it, which is why they are first in the league at 41.8 shots a game.

"What I know for sure is that we have to shoot the puck 100 percent and we better buy into it," Blashill said. "We better buy into overshooting. We got a bunch of guys that want to make a play first and shoot second. We will continue to address that to make sure that we have an overshoot mentality.


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Video- After Detroit’s Practice Today

I will add videos as they become available.

Right noiw we have Thomas Vanek below.

added 3:30pm, Cholowski added below.

added 3:38pm, Nine minutes of Blashill below.

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Filip Hronek Headed To Grand Rapids

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Wings Practicing At Their Training Center




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Top Players Under The Age Of 25

from Corey Pronman of The Athletic,

To qualify a player needs to have played at least 25 NHL games in one season, or 50 career games, and be under the age of 25 as of Sept. 15, 2018. So players like Rasmus Dahlin, Elias Pettersson and Dylan Strome will not be considered, but they were part of my ranking of the top 100 prospects entering this season.

Evaluations are based in part on my talent evaluations of a player, as I’ve scouted almost all the players over the years, as well as incorporating their statistical production, adjusted for age, position and context. I prefer forwards to defensemen, centers to wings, and I am very conservative in valuing goalies, particularly younger goalies.

22. Dylan Larkin, C, Detroit

Birthday: July 30, 1996 (22)
Previous rank: 30

I was expecting a breakout season for Larkin soon and he delivered. He became arguably the most important piece for the Wings and is their No. 1 center for the future. He doesn’t have the skill/playmaking style of Claude Giroux, but Larkin has good hands, is more creative offensively than I thought he’d be when he was younger, works very hard and has elite speed. A lot went wrong in Detroit the past few years, but Larkin isn’t one of those things.

61. Anthony Mantha, RW, Detroit

Birthday: Sept. 16, 1994 (24)
Previous rank: 47

Anthony Mantha’s development curve has a lot of peaks and valleys, from junior stardom to Jim Devellano calling him very disappointing in his rookie pro season to becoming a 20-goal winger this past season. His effort/consistency wavers, thus his game is prone to criticism, but he’s a highly skilled scorer with size. He could be a star but it’s hard to pin down where his future lies.

91. Andreas Athanasiou, C, Detroit

Birthday: Aug. 6, 1994 (24)
Previous rank: 71

Athanasiou has the potential to dazzle. His speed and skill are dynamic, and he can create a scoring chance out of nothing. Every now and then he pops and shows you the potential of a guy who can impact a shift. He’s inconsistent, though, and not a guy I’d describe as a primary playmaker. He’s produced at a quality level and seems to have settled into being a league average player.

97 more ($$$) players, Tyler Bertuzzi received and honorable mention.

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Videos- Not A Happy Jeff Blashill After Losing To The Carolina Hurricanes

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“I can’t explain it,” said Blashill of the shabby two periods before finally awaking in the third. “We’ll work tomorrow to get that corrected. That’s inexcusable to not be able to work and compete at the start of the game, through the second period.

“What happens (when) you’re not ready to go and all of a sudden you’re swimming the rest of the time,” Blashill said. “We saw that for two periods and we’ll make sure (Tuesday) we’ll get that sorted out.

“Go to work tomorrow and make sure it never happens again, which we will.

“Show up at 12 (noon).”

This defeat was different from the one-sided losses in Boston and Montreal a week ago. In this game, it was mostly a lack of work.

“We lost our way in Boston and Montreal, but we didn’t not show up, we showed up,” Blashill said. “We got down and we panicked and started playing stupid hockey.

“This was not showing up. This was a different animal. It was no good.”

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Below, watch Jeff Blashill, Jimmy Howards after the game plus the game highlights.

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Quick Recap- Wings/Hurricanes

We've seen this before and far too many times to start the season.

Wings out shot 21-6 in the first period and the Canes held a 1-0 lead.

Shots after the second 36-12 and the Canes were up 2-0.

Wings played a much better third and Athanasiou made it close with a goal but the Canes put in an empty net goal to put all the Detroit hopes to rest.

Final 3-1.

Goals and stats are below.

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Healthier, Happier

We will see. The Big E appears to be in the lineup tonight. Actually, he may have been in against Florida. I just don't know. I was recovering from the Michigan game, or celebrating. I don't remember. 

Either way, the all juvenile blue line is now a nice mixture of young and old, and that's good. 

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Video- Before The Puck Drops Tonight Against The Carolina Hurricanes

Hear from Nyquist, Mantha, Abdelkader and Blashill.


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Anthony Mantha Knows What He Needs To Do To Improve His Game

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"Probably been skating. That's the main key," Mantha said. "I haven't been battling as hard as I wanted, so that's the biggest thing right now."

Mantha has one goal and two assists, with team-worst minus-11 rating, in eight games. That's why the Detroit Red Wings' leading goal-scorer from a year ago has been removed from the power play, had his ice time trimmed and bumped down to the fourth line.

Consistency has been an issue for the 6-5, 225-pound forward throughout his brief career. He met with coach Jeff Blashill recently in a search for solutions.

"I don't know why it's a recurring theme but it's something we're going to keep working at," Blashill said Monday, prior to the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Little Caesars Arena (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit). "I think he's a good kid who wants to be a real good player and our job is keep trying to do everything we can to help him get there."

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added 2:06pm, Below, Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website with game day notes.

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