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No Morning Skate And Other Detroit Notes

via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

They play for the third time in three days when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes tonight (7, FS-Plus) at PNC Arena. If the Wings lose in regulation and Toronto gains at least one point and Boston wins in any fashion, it will eliminate the Wings from the 2017 playoff race and end a streak that lasted 25 seasons.

Jimmy Howard is up in the goalie rotation. Forward Luke Glendening suffered a lower-body injury during Monday’s 4-3 overtime victory at Carolina, and coach Jeff Blashill said afterward that Glendening won't be back as soon as tonight. That leaves Tomas Nosek as an option, unless someone gets called up during the day. There is no morning skate today, as the Wings need to rest up for an unheard-of three games in three days (and four in five, taking into consideration that they play Thursday at Tampa Bay -- and five in seven when adding in last Friday’s game against the Lightning).

The Wings are 5-1-1 their last seven games. If they gain a point tonight, they remain mathematically alive for another day. But the streak is about to end.

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Wings Win And Show Concern For Eddie Lack

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

 It was an exhilarating finish, followed by a frightening scene.

The Detroit Red Wings' enthusiasm for their 4-3 overtime victory Monday over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena - on Andreas Athanasiou's second OT goal in as many games - was dampened when they saw goaltender Eddie Lack flat on his back on the ice, being attended to by medical personnel.

Athanasiou, cross-checked in the back by Victor Rask, collided with Lack, who appeared to injure his head and neck.

The Red Wings remained on the ice for several minutes while Rask was being secured to a stretcher. There was relief when he gave a thumbs-up sign as he was being wheeled off the ice. Players from both sides tapped their sticks on the ice....

The final sequence started when Petr Mrazek (39 saves) stopped a shot and Gustav Nyquist backhanded the rebound down the ice. The speedy Athanasiou chased it down and cut in front of Lack, tucking the puck in at 1:59 just before being pushed into the goalie.

Athanasiou said didn't know immediately that Lack was injured.

"I had no idea I hit him," Athanasiou said. "I tried driving the net and I felt the D's stick on my back, hit me pretty hard. I was just trying to put the puck in the net and even after that, I had no idea I came in contact with him. I didn't know if it was me or the D. I spoke to the ref after and he said I think after the contact from the D, I must have ran into him."

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Below are two videos, extended game highlights and Jeff Blashill post-game.

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Quick Wings/Hurricanes Wrap

Wings defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in OT on a Andreas Athanasiou goal, his 2nd in two days.

Detroit made their shots count tonight and Petr Mrazek was outstanding.

Discuss if you wish and the goals are below.

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Video- Game Day Preview

Ken Kal with a preview of tonight's game against Carolina.

 

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Dan Renouf’s Game

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Renouf is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound defenseman who the Red Wings signed as an undrafted college free agent out of Maine in March 2016.

You’re not going to get flash and dash from Renouf. But judging from scouting reports, Renouf is the poster child for a defensive defenseman, who also doesn’t mind to play a physical game.

“It’s something, I think, is the biggest part of my game, being gritty and that physical part of the game,” Renouf said.

In 58 games this season, Renouf had 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) with a plus-15 rating and 59 penalty minutes.

“I had a chance to watch him play earlier in the season and got chance to watch him last summer, and he’s good sized defenseman who plays fairly efficiently, skates well and makes good decisions with the puck,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Efficient is a world that he’s going to want to be.

“He’s got a toughness to him. I’m interested to see him. You don’t know for sure you until you get chances to watch guys play.”

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Henrik Zetterberg On Schedule To Play His 1000th Game In The Last Game At The Joe

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An Optional Skate For The Wings

 

 

On another note, George is still ill and at this point I have no idea when he will return.

I will try to keep up with any Wings news but it certainly won't be as thorough like George does.

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Fixing The Detroit Red Wings And What Goalie To Keep

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“I expected more, I expected we’d be in the thick of things,” general manager Ken Holland said. “I didn’t know if we’d be in the playoffs or not. When you look at the standings in our division and in the Eastern Conference, there a lot of teams, some of them are going to miss the playoffs by a point or two and some of them are going to get in by a point or two.”

So what’s the plan to fix it? How do the Red Wings, and Holland, make sure it doesn’t happen again next spring, once the team is in Little Caesars Arena?

Holland began the fix March 1, and the days preceding the NHL trade deadline, when he moved defenseman Brendan Smith and forwards Thomas Vanek, Steve Ott and Tomas Jurco for draft picks.

There will be other ways to do it.

Free agency. Making trades. The draft. And this summer, with the Vegas Golden Knights joining the league, there’s also the expansion draft, where teams will lose players, which could help a team like the Red Wings if they lose an expensive contract. It also could open a door to a trade with the Knights if a player the Red Wings like is exposed by another team.

It’s going to take, likely, a combination of all of those avenues for the Red Wings to improve. The team is hindered by the salary cap, and has few trading options.

There are talented long-term prospects in the organization (forward Evgeny Svechnikov, defensemen Filip Hronek and Vili Saarijarvi) who offer hope.

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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

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Detroit Recalls Defenseman Dan Renouf

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Dan Renouf from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions.

Renouf, 22, was signed by the Red Wings as a free agent on March 10, 2016 and has spent his first professional season with the Griffins, logging 15 points (3-12-15), a plus-15 rating and 59 penalty minutes in 58 games. The Pickering, Ontario, native leads Grand Rapids in penalty minutes and is tied for third on the team and for seventh among AHL rookies in plus-minus. Renouf also appeared in six games with the Griffins in 2015-16 following the conclusion of his junior year at the University of Maine, picking up one assist and five penalty minutes.

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Wings/Wild Recap

I will admit these games are hard to watch, nothing to play for and at times motivation is very low.

It sure is a different feeling but I do think of fans from other cities who have gone through long spells of bad teams and it makes me appreciate what we once had and hopefully will have in the not to distant future.

Regarding the game today, that is your job.  Feel free to comment on the 3-2 OT win by the Wings who now travel to Raleigh to play Monday and Tuesday.

Below are the highlights with a bit of a different look.

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