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Post-Game Notes And Quotes

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

Two straight wins against top teams: The Wings had not gotten two straight wins in regulation since October and they had not had much success against some of the better teams like Pittsburgh and Montreal. But after beating those two teams back-to-back in very different ways - a 6-3 fast-paced game against the Penguins and a 1-0 defensive battle against the Canadiens - it helps build confidence.

Quotable: "As a coach you want perfection, so you want to be great defensively and score lots of goals but the game doesn't always go that way. Sometimes games can get into track meets and you've got to outscore your opponent. Certainly Pittsburgh's a team that plays in a way that you're going to get opportunities for sure. But they're going to get opportunities, too. Montreal plays a little different. It was I thought a pretty tight game. I didn't think either team had tons of chances. I thought we created a good amount and probably missed the net too much. I think we've got to make sure over the long haul that we're real good defensively and I thought we were real good defensively tonight." - Blashill


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Still Hope?

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Maybe, just maybe, don’t close out this season on the Red Wings just yet.

They won their second consecutive game — for the first time since early December — defeating divison-leading Montreal, 1-0, on Monday.

The two consecutive victories were the first consecutive wins since Dec. 4-6 against the New York Islanders and Winnipeg. It was the first time the Wings’ had won two consecutive regulation victories since, incredibly, Oct. 22-25 (San Jose and Carolina).

But with wins over Pittsburgh (Saturday, 6-3) and Montreal, two of the best teams in the East, there is suddenly some hope for the Red Wings (19-19-6, 44 points).


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Quick Recap of Wings/Habs Game Today

A lot of skating, not many scoring chances from both teams and the Wings walk away with a 1-0 win.

Two wins in a row for the Wings, outscored the Penguins on Saturday and limited Montreal's offensive chances today.




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Lines And Pairings During Detroit’s Warmup

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Jared Coreau led #RedWings out for warmups, so he's starting today.

No changes to #RedWings lines:

No changes to #RedWings defense:

Jurco, Ott and Sproul healthy scratched for #RedWings

added 2:48pm, Khan corrects the lines...

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Video- Ken Kal Previews Today’s Game Against Montreal

Radio voice of the Detroit Red Wings, Ken Kal, with his gameday preview.


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From The Montreal Side

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

How about some pasta and eggs for breakfast?

That’s what some Canadiens players — including captain Max Pacioretty — will be eating Monday morning in Detroit before a rare weekday afternoon game against the Red Wings on the Martin Luther King Day holiday in the U.S..

“I’ll probably have eggs and then wait a little bit and then have some pasta,” Pacioretty said after a rare Sunday practice in Brossard.

Sunday is normally a day of rest for the Canadiens, but there were a few things coach Michel Therrien wanted to work on following Saturday night’s 5-4 win over the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens postponed a scheduled 2 p.m. flight to Detroit on Sunday until 7:30 p.m. so they could fit in a full practice starting at noon that focused mainly on defensive-zone coverage and the penalty-killing unit, which ranks 24th in the NHL.

Carey Price has allowed three or more goals in seven of his last eight starts, but it’s not all on the goalie. The Canadiens have really been missing veteran defenceman Andrei Markov, who has sat out the last 13 games with a groin injury and didn’t practise again Sunday. The Canadiens called up defensive forward Jacob De La Rose from the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps on Sunday and sent down Chris Terry. Therrien said there’s a possibility De La Rose, who can kill penalties, could play against the Red Wings.

The Canadiens are coming off a stretch during which they played seven games in 12 days, including five on the road, so there hasn’t been a lot of time for a full practice. Pacioretty said Therrien spoke with him about adjusting the schedule to fit in Sunday’s practice.


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Thomas Vanek Has Been Very Good And He Could Be Traded

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five things to watch this week:

Driven Vanek on a streak

Thomas Vanek said before the season he was highly motivated to prove he can produce - and he's done just that.

Vanek is riding a five-game points streak (four goals, four assists). He is tied with Mantha and Dylan Larkin for the team lead with 11 goals in just 33 games. He leads the club in points per game (.91) and is second in assists (18) and points (29).

He has gone two games without a point just once and has at least one point in 22 of 33 games.

Larkin in a funk

Larkin has had tough adjustment to center. He was moved back to the wing in Saturday's 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh, and that's where he'll likely remain, especially after Helm returns.

That should give Larkin more offensive freedom. He has one point (an assist) and a minus-5 rating in the past six games. He is a team-worst minus-17 and his ice time has been trimmed recently.


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

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Wings Are Practicing At The Joe Today

Ansar Khan tweets,

RedWings on ice for practice. Jared Coreau in starter's net. Face @CanadiensMTL tomorrow at 3 pm

RedWings work power play entries:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Nielsen, Vanek, Green
Athanasiou-Larkin (Tatar)-Mantha, Abdelkader, DeKeyser

added 1:43pm, Khan...

lines same:
Jurco, Ott extras

defense pairs same:
Sproul (extra)

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Since Andreas Athanasiou Was Benched

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

The speedy forward was back in the lineup the next night and responded by picking up a goal and two assists in a 4-0 victory at Los Angeles. He scored in the Red Wings' next two games as well, was blanked Thursday in a 4-0 loss at Dallas and then brought the Joe Louis Arena crowd to its feet vs. the Penguins.

Athanasiou said he hasn't done anything differently since being benched.

"Just stuck to my game plan and not trying to force anything," he said. "When the play is there, make it and if not just be in the right position."

Blashill credited Athanasiou for single-handedly producing the winning goal.

"It's a big goal kind of out of nothing," Blashill said. "The one thing Double A has is he's got the ability to break people down and score goals on his own. Obviously he took it end to end and scored a goal on his own.

"It's hard to score goals in this league and when you get somebody that can self-create and do it on his own, it's a big thing."

Added captain Henrik Zetterberg: "He has that skill and he has that speed. He's been close before and it was a really nice finish on this one. I don't think confidence is an issue with him. He's always trying stuff and he's got a lot of skill so he's a fun player to have on your team."


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Penguins wrap-up: the goal (wow!) and the game

For Red Wings fans, there was the goal, and there was the game. The goal was Andreas Athanasiou's gorgeous end-to-end rush, breakaway and goal against Marc-Andre Fleury...

And the game was a much-needed 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, a victory that delivered exactly what the Red Wings needed after coming home from a 2-3-and-2 road trip.

Our friends from Pittsburgh were perhaps slightly less concerned with the loss than they were the loss of Kris Letang, as they told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Jason Mackey:

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