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Three Games In Three Days Starts Tomorrow

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Playing three games over a three-day span is normal in junior hockey, even in the minor league level.

Not in the NHL.

Except for extreme rare occurrences, such as what the Red Wings are about to encounter.

The schedule didn’t originally have it this way, but the postponement of the game Dec. 19 in Carolina — due to poor ice conditions — led to this fix.

With the Red Wings already on the schedule originally to play in Raleigh, N.C. Tuesday, the make-up game was scheduled for Monday.

But before those two games, Sunday the Red Wings host the Wild (12:30 p.m./NBC-Channel 4).

So, suddenly, the Red Wings have a three-game in a three-day stretch as the regular season winds down.

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Same Story, Different Day

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“Our start wasn’t good enough,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We’ve talked lots about making sure that we’re ultra competitive, that our second and third efforts on pucks is real good and we didn’t come out, we weren’t crisp.

“Our compete wasn’t good enough. It picked up in the second and third periods.”

The Red Wings had opportunities thanks to five power plays, but a unit that’s been better recently never got going.

“We had five chances, a chance to win the game, that’s the difference in the game,” Blashill said. “Our penalty kill was good but the one power play in the second we didn’t get in the zone, that was no good at all.

“Overall it had its moments but not good enough. We just have to make sure that we’re doing a better job on our entries, we need more speed on our entries.”

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Wings/Lightning Recap

Paul here filling in for Georg today/tonight.

Wings played a pretty solid defensive game but their offense was sporadic at best.

The Lightning had some very good chances in OT and Kucherov sealed the deal with about 1 1/2 minutes left on OT.

Highlights are below...

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Video- Steve Yzerman’s Last Trip To The Joe

A little over six minutes in length.

 

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Video- Game Day Preview

I can't bear it.

 

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Video- Gustav Nyquist On A Few Topics

via the NHLPA YouTube page,

Gustav Nyquist reminisces about his favourite player to watch as a kid, shares who his favourite player is today, and opens up about the end of an era as his team bids farewell to the iconic Joe Louis Arena.

 

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Henrik Zetterberg On His Future

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“We all stood here after last season and talked about my poor second half and it’s something I wanted to change,” Zetterberg said. “I wanted to be more consistent for the whole year.”

Zetterberg has changed his approach in the weight room, taken the occasional day off from practice in a busy stretch of the schedule, and concentrated on feeling fresher for games.

“It doesn’t get any easier the older you get,” Zetterberg said .”Me and Kroner (Niklas Kronwall) are joking around about that every day, when we see all the young guys coming in here fresh as daisies every morning and me and Kroner are looking at each other wondering how we are going to make it onto the ice.

“I’m glad I have him. We can go through it together and spend a lot of time together off the ice.”

For the time being, retirement isn’t on the radar, though Zetterberg understands the end of his career is closer than the beginning of it was.

“I’ve learned not to look too far ahead, you just have to enjoy the moment,” Zetterberg said. “You know what’ll happen. But right now, I’m looking forward to returning next year, next season.”

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Ken Holland Today

Ken Holland on a disappointing season, he had high hopes and thought the Wings would be in a playoff battle right now.

Those are some of the highlights, listen here...

 

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Detroit’s Morning Skate

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Nyquist and Helm skating. Mrazek starting tonight vs. @TBLightning

 power-play units:
Nyquist-Nielsen-Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall-Zetterberg
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Athanasiou-Larkin-Sheahan (net front), Tatar-Green

added 10:55am, looks like it was a light morning skate but Khan tweeted this too...

Henrik Zetterberg is the #RedWings nominee for the Masterton Trophy for dedication, sportsmanship and perseverance.

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Blashill to HSJ on the Wings’ playoff outlier status: ‘This isn’t okay’

The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with the Red Wings' players and coach after practice today, and coach Blashill was blunt about the Wings' status...

The past several weeks have seen the Wings beat some of the best teams in the NHL (Washington, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Chicago, Nashville) but also lose to the likes of Colorado and New Jersey. Their inconsistency is among the reasons the Wings are headed for their first absence from the playoffs in 26 seasons.

“First of all, we have to know this isn’t OK,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “And if you don’t want to be here again, you better make sure that we continue to get better, and we better make sure that our approach is the right way so that the culture maintains. There are organizations where they have lost culture. They have missed the playoffs, and they miss it 10 straight years. We don’t want to be in this position again. This isn’t OK. That is the approach we are taking every day.”

And Justin Abdelkader told St. James that there's more than pride on the line for the players as well:

“Guys are playing for jobs next year and spots on the roster,” forward Justin Abdelkader said after today's practice at Joe Louis Arena. “There are young guys coming up fighting for positions. There is constantly a battle going on there. We are doing what we can to succeed. We are not worried about where we are going to draft. We need to finish this season feeling a little better about ourselves.”

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The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.

 

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