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Your Detroit/St. Louis Recap

George has had a rough month or so health wise so instead you have pretty worn out guy.

Not much you can say about this one except the Wings looked listless at times.

Wings lose to the Blues 2-0 and the only goal with a goalie in the net is below.

Discuss if you must and the first full workout for the Detroit Tigers is February 18th.

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Video- Mike Ilitch Remembered At Joe Louis Arena



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Another Setback For Jimmy Howard

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Gustav Nyquist Suspended For Six Games


Watch the incident below...

added 5:26pm, NHL video explanation is below too....

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Playing For Mr. I Tonight

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Tonight is no ordinary home game for the Detroit Red Wings.

The matchup against the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network) will be the first home game since the passing of owner Mike Ilitch Friday at age 87.

Coach Jeff Blashill and players said they anticipate more emotion in the building as the longtime owner will be saluted during ceremonies.

Players and team personnel skipped Wednesday's morning skate to attend a private visitation at Fox Theatre.

"I just think that having had a chance to be there today and I was actually there last night, the visitation, prayer service, and I think for our team, even as we were waiting this morning, you see everything that Mr. Ilitch did for this organization and this city and state there's no question our players always play very hard for our ownership," Blashill said. "They have an affinity for ownership, they know what special owners we have. Certainly, that's magnified today."


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No Morning Skate For The Detroit Red Wings



In other news, Nquist's hearing is scheduled for 2:00pm ET today.

added 11:23am,

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The Mr. I Patch

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The Issues Facing The Detroit Red Wings

from John Niyo of the Detroit News,

Their issues are entrenched, and not easily solved. As problematic as the math is in the standings, it’s equally so on the financial side. Amid talk of a flat salary cap in the NHL, Detroit faces a serious numbers crunch for the foreseeable future thanks to all the long-term contracts Holland has handed out at ownership's behest, spending good money after bad to keep that treasured playoff streak alive.

There’s almost no wiggle room for next season, and they’re locked into more than $50 million for just 10 healthy players in 2018-19, if you include cap hits for Johan Franzen and the Stephen Weiss buyout.

There is some young talent to build around in Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou and Petr Mrazek, and there’s more on the way, presumably. There’s a legitimate shot at some lottery luck this summer, if the standings don’t change much between now and April. And, of course, there’s a sparkling new arena awaiting in September.

But there’s no avoiding the sunk costs here, and no ignoring what has to be done.

It’s time to break the ice.


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A Look At Henrik Zetterberg

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

He has thought about the future. Talked about it, too, not long ago with Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, a fellow Swede. Together, Zetterberg and Kronwall have played 1,744 regular season games for Detroit, appeared in 246 more in the playoffs and hoisted the 2008 Stanley Cup. Born three months apart, both are now 36 years old, elder statesmen on the last-place team in the Eastern Conference. About what all this portends, Zetterberg is steadfastly honest.

“It’s getting end of the road here for us, and you’ve just got to enjoy it as much as you can,” he says. “And not be as down as you’ve probably been before when you haven’t played as good enough. Or, when the team’s not doing well, you’ve got to find the good things and the happy things and try to keep your head up.”

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About Detroit’s Playoff Chances

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

It’s an ugly position with just 26 games left, and Vanek recognizes that.

“We are in a tough spot,” he said after a good hour-long practice today at Joe Louis Arena. “We have to stop talking about going on a run and just taking it game-by-game here. We have to win a home game here and just build.

“Too many times we look bad and said, what could have been. We need good goaltending, and have to play better as a team.”

Vanek’s caution about not getting caught up in the mathematics of making the playoffs resonate.

“I told the guys before practice today that we have to have a singular focus on winning a hockey game,” coach Jeff Blashill said.  “That’s it. We are going to get better today and then try to winning a hockey game tomorrow. That is all we are thinking about. I will leave it to other people to worry about stretches.”


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