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The Red Wings' 6-3 loss to the Florida Panthers gave Detroit an 0-and-2 record during the team's Moms' Trip, and it gave the fan base pause as Detroit fell out of a golden opportunity to gain ground on a Panthers team now 9 points ahead of Detroit, a Tampa Bay Lightning team 2 points ahead of the Wings, and now a Boston Bruins team that occupies the Atlantic Division's 3rd guranteed playoff spot.
Wings coach Jeff Blashill dug his rhetorical heels in after the game:
From WDIV's Jamie Edmonds (with a non-embeddable video attached to the story):
Red Wings fans remember Todd Bertuzzi as the hard-nosed tough guy who scored 314 goals and 770 points in his 19-year career.
Nowadays he’s known as “Coach Bertuzzi” at least to a bunch of teenage hockey players.
“After retiring, I became an assistant coach of the Oakland Grizzly team here, the Junior Grizzlies," Bertuzzi said. "Then this year I decided to take over the head coaching job.”
After hanging up his skates, Big Bert caught the coaching bug and is heading up the midget minor team based out of Troy, which is conveniently close to his home in Bloomfield Hills.
So, two years in, what’s Bertuzzi’s coaching style?
“Oh man, I’ve had some good coaches,” he said. “Mike Keenan, Mike Babcock. I try to take a good mixture or everything.”
The Red Wings needed to win their game against the Florida Panthers to salvage the "Moms' Trip" and to ensure that they at least treaded water in the Atlantic Division standings the day after their 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay. Kicking off a set of 2 games against Florida in 5 days, the Wings were up against the wall in terms of needing to gain ground on the Atlantic Division's leaders...
And Detroit bombed, surrendering a 3-0 1st period lead, rallying on a pair of Dylan Larkin goals, and surrendering the stinger on a strange play in which Derek MacKenzie may or may not have put the puck in with his hand (replays were inconclusive) and may or may not have stuck Jimmy Howard's skate in such a way as to impede the goaltender (ditto), all en route to a 6-3 loss.
The Wings are struggling mightily right now, and the last two nights have been painful to watch. With the Islanders coming in on Saturday and the Panthers visiting on Monday, Detroit has to get its shit together and get that shit turned around in a hurry.
Of prospect-related note:
In the SHL, Axel Holmstrom took 1 shot, won 60% of his faceoffs and played 12:38 in Skelleftea AIK's 3-0 win over Malmo;
Christoffer Ehn finally got some ice time, finishing at -1, winning 40% of his faceoffs and playing a solid 8:06 in the Frolunda Indians' 5-3 loss to HV71;
And in the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo finished at -2 in 13:41 of ice time as TPS Turku defeated Assat 4-2.
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Here is the Wings' Game-Day Preview video:
2. The Wings' moms say, "Hello!"
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall hopes his recent arthroscopic knee surgery will solve an issue that's been bothering him off and on since 2010.
Kronwall expects to start skating this weekend or Monday. The earliest he can be activated from long-term injured reserve is Feb. 13 vs. Boston. But he might need more time.
"I had something similar done in 2010, came back for training camp in 2½ weeks or so," Kronwall said. "This time you add on 300 games or so in a few years and it's going to take a little longer, unfortunately."
continued plus a few more notes on the Wings...
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Included in this Trade Deadline Playbook is a look at each team’s pending free agents, players with no-trade clauses, top prospects in the system and more.
*Contract and no-trade status via General Fanager
DETROIT RED WINGS
UFA in 2016: C Brad Richards, LW Darren Helm, LW Drew Miller, C/LW Joakim Andersson, D Kyle Quincey
RFA in 2016: C Riley Sheahan, RW Teemu Pulkkinen, D Danny DeKeyser, D Alexey Marchenko, G Petr Mrazek
No-Trade Clauses: C Pavel Datsyuk, D Mike Green, D Niklas Kronwall, D Jonathan Ericsson (modified)
Others of Interest: RW Tomas Jurco, C Luke Glendening, D Brendan Smith, D Jakub Kindl
Top Prospects: LW Evgeny Svechnikov, RW Anthony Mantha, D Xavier Ouellet, D Joe Hicketts, D Vili Saarijarvi, LW Andreas Athanasiou, C Dominic Turgeon, D Ryan Sproul, LW Axel Holmstrom, RW Martin Frk, D Robbie Russo
The Plan: The Red Wings are in a playoff spot, as usual, thanks in large part to great play from goaltender Petr Mrazek and sensational rookie winger Dylan Larkin. If they’re going to be more than just another playoff team, though, the Wings might need to dip into their prospect reserves if they are going to go for an immediate upgrade on the blueline.
added 3:32pm, If interested what teams have what picks available, see below...
Updated 2x at 2:48 PM: The Detroit Red Wings didn't hold a morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Florida Panthers (7:30 PM EST start on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM), but Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill still let something of a bomb drop in stating that Jimmy Howard would start, and that Riley Sheahan's return would cost Teemu Pulkkinen a spot in the lineup.
MLive's Ansar Khan was first out of the chute with a game-day report:
The Red Wings hope to get back on a winning track against the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST start on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and they're going to face a full Panthers lineup, Jaromir Jagr included, as reported by the Miami Herald's George Richards...
Jaromir Jagr is working out with the #FlaPanthers morning skate...
Willie Mitchell was skating, just headed off into the room. #FlaPan
Looks like Brandon Pirri back in #FlaPanthers lineup; up with Nick Bjugstad.
And the Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Fialkov:
There's Red Wings-related World Cup of Hockey news here, but you have to dig a little for it. From NHL.com:
Three players who helped the Czech Republic win the gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics were named to the Team Czech Republic management staff for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey by the Czech Ice Hockey Association on Thursday.
Martin Rucinsky, who played 16 NHL seasons with eight teams, was named general manager.
Also from the 1998 Olympic team, which was the first tournament that included NHL players, are assistant to the general manager Milan Hnilicka and assistant coach Jaroslav Spacek.
Jiri Fischer, director of player development for the Detroit Red Wings, was named head of scouting.
So Jiri Fischer will help the Czech team find players appropriate for the squad, which dovetails nicely with his job as the traveling prospect guru and player scout for the Wings.
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