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Red Wings-Canucks quick take: Tatatatatar delivers

The Detroit Red Wings hoped to build a 2-game winning streak at the expense of the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.

The Red Wings made it more interesting than it should have been by surrendering 2 3rd-period goals in just over 2 minutes, but Jimmy Howard stopped 26 shots and Tomas Tatar delivered the gamer with only 1:14 remaining in regulation as the Red Wings emerged with a 3-2 victory over the Canucks.

Detroit scored a couple of gritty goals--when Justin Abdelkader gets 2 assists, they're scoring "gritty" goals--via Darren Helm and Martin Frk-when-Mantha-shoved-a-Canuck's-stick-into-the-net, and the Wings played very solid team defense for the most part against an explosive Canucks team to earn their 4th win over the past 5 games.

Now Detroit gets a day off before heading to Calgary to conclude their Western Canadian Swing.

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Detroit’s Net Front Presence Guy

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

"I think it's a critical part of the maturation of his game, that he realizes how important it is to be a net type guy," Blashill said. "That's why we got him at the net front on the power play. He can certainly play other spots but as he learns that, that's going to make him so much better. The goal we scored in Ottawa with the extra attacker, it was an extra attacker but really it was just a great screen by him and a tip with a good shot. I think he's a guy that's had a point of emphasis of our hockey team to make sure we're doing a way better job of getting to the net and he's a guy that can certainly lead us in that direction."

Because Mantha leads the team in goals, his passing can get overlooked.

On the Wings' third goal against Edmonton, Mantha passed to Martin Frk for an easy score.

"For me, making plays, it's as good as scoring goals," Mantha said. "If you look at one of the best guys in the league, it's (Connor) McDavid. He's not necessarily going to score 40 or 50 but he's going to probably get 70 assists. So he's a great playmaker. It's just to help out the team."

Ultimately, Mantha knows that his offense will come as long as he takes care of his other responsibilities on the ice.

"It comes down to being responsible defensively," Mantha said. "I think that's the main key. If you play well defensively, you'll get the puck more often and you can create more offense."

more on Mantha plus other topics..

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Mike Green Trade Candidate

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

Talk about turning back the clock. Green, who hasn’t scored more than 45 points in a campaign since 2009-10, is a near-point-per-game player for the Red Wings through the early part of the season with one goal and 13 points in 15 outings. It’s not just his scoring ability that makes him the perfect trade candidate, though, it’s that Green, 32, is in the final year of his three-year, $18-million deal while playing for an organization that is shifting to a rebuild mode. So, pair Green’s scoring with his contract status and you have the perfect storm for a tradable asset.

Detroit is all but guaranteed to get some calls about Green at some point this season, if they haven’t already. There are several teams who could use some additional depth on the blueline or a rearguard with some offensive ability to quarterback a power play, and Green more than fits the bill. Depending on how desperate the Wings’ trade partner is, Detroit can likely increase the asking price and get a decent haul for Green, too.

more candidates around the NHL...

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Detroit’s Optional Skate In Vancouver

According to Dana Wakiji tweets, Howard is out for the skate and Nyquist is testing his knee on the ice too.

added 2:57pm,


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From The Vancouver Side

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

Points to ponder as the Canucks host the Red Wings on the final game of a successful homestand at Rogers Arena....

Zetterberg versus Boeser

A big thing happened Saturday night: the Boeser/Horvat/Baertschi line ended up getting the harder matchup, facing Sidney Crosby’s line almost all night. For most of the season, checking the opposition’s top line has fallen to the Brandon Sutter line. It’s “worked” because that line has been incredibly lucky.

But having the Horvat line drawing all the attention from the opposition’s best lines might actually make things easier for Sutter and co.

Enough about Sutter though, we’re here to talk about how Brock Boeser has proven in his young NHL career to be a strong two-way player. Can his line keep it going against another future hall of famer in Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg? Zetterberg’s unit isn’t actually the Wings bets — we’ll tell you below about Dylan Larkin — but there’s not doubt that Zetterberg is still a dominant player and will be a huge test for the Killer Bs, if that’s who they get matched against.


A question for you, Mrazek or Howard tonight?  Wings play again on Thursday in Calgary and at home Saturday against Columbus.

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The Empty Seats At The LCA And The Wings This Week

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings reported sellouts of 19,515 for each of their five home games. But periods begin with seats looking about half to two-thirds full, with many fans still on the concourse.

By the middle of periods, as fans filter back to their seats, it appears that the big bowl attains about 75 percent to 80 percent of capacity. And then, toward the end of play, an increasing number of fans leave for the concourse, again.

“I like that the ushers don’t let you back to your seats unless there is a whistle; it’s a good policy,” said Joey Giordano of Clinton Township. “It keeps the aisles clear.

“But, man, you can get caught out here,” he said, motioning to the grand concourse with a full beer in each hand. “I kind of mistimed this run.

“But I’m not alone. I think people start watching the TVs and just like hanging out.”

The Wings say they are still evaluating why seats are empty, including the rate of no-shows. They do not release the number of no-shows.

Some ameliorative initiatives have begun, like routinely announcing when periods are about to begin.


from Ansar Khan of Mliv,

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A Complete Team Game By The Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“One of the better games since I’ve been here,” said Nielsen, who played in his 700th career game. “It was 60 minutes, very few mistakes, we got pucks deep and were good on the forecheck. It was a very solid, simple road game.”

The Red Wings came out with a purpose, and it showed quickly.

“Our competitive level was great,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We set a good tone as to how we want to play in the first period, of getting pucks deep behind them and being good on the forecheck.

“It was the way we want to play hockey.”


Condensed game highlights are below...

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A quick Gustav Nyquist update

Gustav Nyquist got hit knee-on-knee by Eric Gryba as the Wings played the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Nyquist left the game putting little weight on his leg, and coach Jeff Blashill updated Nyquist's status after the game:

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Red Wings-Oilers quick take: a gritty, greasy win for the Wings

The Red Wings looked to bottle up the high-scoring Oilers as Detroit opened its Western Canadian road swing, and the Wings started Petr Mrazek in hopes of getting #34 going.

The Red Wings accomplished all their goals and more--despite losing Gustav Nyquist to some sort of knee injury--winning 4-0 over the Oilers in a greasy, gritty, muck-and-grind-y game that denied the Oilers time, space and scoring chances as Petr Mrazek stopped 36 of 36 shots en route to a win that squared the Wings' record at 7-7-and-1.

Detroit didn't exaclty put on a clinic in stifling the struggling Oilers, but they played a tremendous team game defensively to shut down a still high-flying Oilers team.

Now the Wings go on to Vancouver, where they'll have to play at least as well as they did tonight to take out the Canucks.

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Video- Game Day Preview Wings/Oilers

The puck drops just after 4:00pm ET today and is on FoxSports Detroit.



added 8:27am, Below, a preview of the game from the Edmonton side...

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