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from Justin Tasch of th NewYork Daily News,
Before J.T. Miller's overtime goal gave the Rangers a 1-0 win Sunday afternoon, they engaged in 60 minutes of drudgery with the Red Wings, a game which Rangers players admitted was "ugly" and "boring" for spectators, and Alain Vigneault pinned a lot of the utterly dull hockey to the playing surface, ripping the ice conditions at Joe Louis Arena.
"I know the ice was the same for both teams, but the quality of the ice today was just horrendous," Vigneault said. "When you can't put two passes together because the puck was bouncing all over the place, it makes it very hard on both players who have some skill, and it makes it hard to put that skill on display. It took five or six minutes each period for the ice to be horrible, and I think that had a lot to do with the show that we saw on the ice today."
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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
The New York Rangers defeated the Red Wings 1-0 when J.T. Miller scored at 1 minute, 56 seconds of overtime, finally ending a defensive struggle Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.
For the fifth consecutive game the Red Wings earned points for themselves (3-0-2) – getting eight of 10 points overall.
But not getting that extra point in overtime these last two games (Friday was a 3-2 loss in Buffalo) could ultimately hurt in the tightly-bunched standings.
“We’re getting results but we have to take that next step,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Play the same level but find ways to get more two-point (games), not just one.
“We have to keep grinding.”
Ansar Khan of Mlive on the Wings waiving Drew Miller,
The Detroit Red Wings aimed for a home-ice win against the struggling New York Rangers on Sunday, and in what was admittedly a bit of a snoozer...
The Wings made one mistake in OT--affording the Rangers a 2-on-1 rush against--and that's all the Wings needed to lose 1-0 in overtime.
Detroit played a strong game overall, but the Wings' special teams came up empty again (0-for-3 on the PP) and despite a fine effort from Jared Coreau, Zetterberg, Larkin and Green left Coreau out to dry on the gamer by JT Miller.
I'm glad that the Wings are earning OT points when they lose, because those points could be essential going forward, but the team's now winless in two games.
Thomas Vanek was hit in the groin area by an Andreas Athanasiou shot at the end of the 1st period, and he didn't return to the Wings-Rangers game:
Jeff Blashill tells the media Niklas Kronwall will play today and has yet to announce starting goaltender.
Remember, 12:30pm ET start today on NBC.
Ken Kal with the game day preview.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
If Mrazek, who turns 25 in February, has a hold on the starting job by then, good for him and good for the Wings. The thinking within the club is that Coreau is ready for the NHL full-time, and he may well end up being the goalie the Wings protect in the expansion draft this summer. If Mrazek gets on a roll – remember last year around this time, he was playing so well that by mid-February he’d generated a .933 save percentage and 1.94 goals-against average that both ranked first among NHL goaltenders who’d have played at least 25 games – then maybe the Wings are in the playoff picture when their bye week arrives. That, conveniently enough, falls Feb. 22-26, meaning the Wings will know a week before the March 1 trade deadline whether they have a realistic chance of making the playoffs, or whether they will be sellers.
If it is the latter, don’t be surprised to see Mrazek in play. It's what makes sense, as Coreau has impressed better than his numbers (3.04 GAA, .901 save percentage) and Howard (1.96 GAA, .934 save percentage) has played the best hockey of his career. Coreau is young (25) and cheap (signed through 2017-18 with a cap hit of just $612,500). Howard turns 33 in March, and would be hard to move with two more seasons at a cap hit of $5.3 million. If Mrazek gets playing, he either helps the Wings into the playoffs, or helps increase his trade value. Either way would be going in the right direction.
more on Mrazek...
On Coach's Corner tonight Ron MaClean and Don Cherry mentioned the play of Andreas Athanasiou. Cherry said he saw him play at age 14 and knew he would be an NHL player.
Watch the segment at Sportsnet, AA talk starts at the 4:24 mark.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
“It’s all a really good experience because you go from playing against the Red Wings and wanting to be like them when I was with the Blackhawks, and now we’ve got some young guys and we’re trying to develop them to be like the Blackhawks,” Torchetti said. “The [Dylan] Larkins … You know this [Andreas] Athanasiou?
“You ever see him skate? But he’s got to build consistency into his game. Larkin, same thing. [Anthony] Mantha, he’s been phenomenal. I mean these kids are all 20, 21 years old. And [Henrik] Zetterberg, whoever you put on his line has played pretty well.”
Torchetti’s role is forwards … and power play.
“We’re last in the power play, so, you know, I’ve got a little ways to go with that,” Torchetti said. “Don’t shoot. Don’t shoot enough. If someone can tell me how to get people to shoot, then we can write a book and be billionaires.”
And, Torch said former Wild player Thomas Vanek has been outstanding.
“He’s put his work in,” Torchetti said of Vanek, who leads Detroit in scoring. “He played pretty good for [me] last year. Just gotta be consistent. And he’s been doing that for us. Thomas has come in and wanted to prove something this year. He’s really done that.”
more from Torchetti, moslty on the Wild...
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