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Blashill upset with shorthanded goal surrendered by the Wings last night

The first shorthanded goal the Wings allowed over the course of their 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils was an ugly one, and CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield noted that coach Jeff Blashill didn't spare criticism for the set of players that were beaten 1-on-3 by Kyle Palmieri:

The Red Wings surrendered two shorthanded goals in their 4-3 loss to the Devils on Tuesday night, one of which Jeff Blashill blamed on a clear lack of effort.

“The first one, to me, was 100 percent unacceptable, 100 percent junk. We’ve got a 1-on-1 that we can make a 3-on-1 for us and we float back up the ice. That’s 100 percent unacceptable,” Blashill said.

On the play in question, neither Gustav Nyquist nor Anthony Mantha bothered to backcheck after New Jersey’s Kyle Palmieri had picked up a loose puck at Detroit’s blue line, allowing Palmieri to challenge Niklas Kronwall one on one. Palmieri shed Kronwall and then slid the puck beneath a sprawled-out Jared Coreau to give the Devils a 2-0 lead less than eight minutes into the game.

Nyquist looked toward the rafters as Mantha retrieved the puck out of the net and flicked it toward center ice in frustration.

Blashill condemned the breakdown as “an effort thing and a mentality, as much as anything, of being proactive.”

Burtchfield continues, and here's the goal against:

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Caputo weighs in on the Wings’ ‘lottery blues’

The Oakland Press's Pat Caputo suggests that the Red Wings picked the wrong year to "tank":

Don’t expect the next Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Jack Eichel or Zach Werenski to drop into the Red Wings’ lap. This draft isn’t like the last two drafts, which featured an exceptional and obvious generational talent.

It’s not that Nolan Patrick from Brandon in the WHL, and Nico Hischier, a Swiss playing for Halifax in the QMJHL, are not top prospects. They are, but not the sure-thing the above-mentioned players represented. It’s doubtful they will just step in the NHL and star.

Also, it’s not a good draft for puck-moving defensemen. Sweden’s Timothy Liljegren is by far the best prospect in that regard, but it’s been difficult to get a line on how good he really is because he hasn’t played much this season because of a bout with mononucleosis. Finland’s Miro Heiskanen is a bit intriguing. He’s done well for his age in the top Finnish league against older competition, but it would be a stretch to suggest he’d moves into the NHL and have an immediate and dramatic impact.

Caputo continues, suggesting that the Wings might want to retain Mike Green's services without a game-changing puck-mover in the draft...

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TMR morning line: ‘it’s on us’

MLive's Brendan Savage duly notes that the Red Wings have had an awfully hard time "getting started on time" over the course of the 2016-17 season:

Another huge factor in the Red Wings' 20-21-9 record has been their inability to score first.

They've not only allowed the opposition to score the first goal 30 times - that's 60 percent of the games they've played - the Red Wings have been giving up early first-period goals, forcing them to play catch up almost immediately.

It happened again vs. New Jersey, when Stefan Noesen put the Devils ahead on the first shot of the game just 88 seconds after the opening faceoff. When Kyle Palmieri made it 2-0 while short-handed at 6:21 of the first, the Red Wings were in a hole they couldn't escape.

Although the slow starts have been common - the Red Wings have an 11-15-4 record when failing to score first - this one was a bit surprising since they had four days off during the All-Star break and shouldn't have been fatigued.

"It's on us," said forward Tomas Tatar. "We just have to do something different. Everyone has to prepare better for the game. It's tough to explain, tough to look for words. It's on us for sure. We have to play better. It would be nice to have a lead. It's a totally different game. It's just hard to be behind all the time and trying to catch up. At the end of the game we've put in enough effort but to win a game you need to play 60 minutes."

Savage continues...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Devils wrap-up—we’ve heard (and seen) this one before

The Red Wings' 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils was a harsh but perhaps predictable awakening from the All-Star break, and it certainly served as a wake-up call that the Red Wings didn't heed until the game was almost out of reach.

With both teams sitting in rather dire straits in the standings, it was essential for both teams to get off to a good start, and the Devils were the ones who pounced upon the Red Wings, scoring 2 goals in the game's first six-and-a-half minutes (and one was shorthanded), eventually staking out a 4-1 lead before surrendering two goals that made the game "interesting"--but never fully out of the Devils' control.

After the game, the Devils told the Bergen Record's Andrew Gross that their stretch drive plan involves making their GM's status as a "buyer" or "seller" difficult to determine:

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Red Wings-Devils quick take: yet another distressing loss

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to re-start their playoff push against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night, with the Red Wings looking to rebound from a 4-0 loss to Toronto just prior to the All-Star break.

As you might expect, the Red Wings surrendered 2 shorthanded goals en route to a 2-0 deficit and ultimately a 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils, with the Wings' 3rd period rally not coming in time. Jared Coreau didn't have a great night in goal, but he was afforded no margin for error, and when the power play is -1 (the Wings did score a power play goal), you're going to have a rough night without perfect goaltending.

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Video- Game Day Preview

Ken Kal speaks with Dylan Larkin and Tomas Tatar before tonight's game against the New Jersey Devils.


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Why Larkin And Athanasiou Are Not On The Power Play

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings have tried numerous power-play combinations, and it appears that Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou are out of the mix for now. That, however, has something to do with the appeal of using them as penalty killers -- both have explosive speed and soft hands to finish breakaways.

“When AA is skating, he is a great penalty killer,” Blashill said. “We want to get up the ice and cause pressure. So when he is moving his feet, he is a really good penalty killer and he is a threat, every time he is out there, to score. And in theory, Larks would be the same thing.”

more on the Wings attempting to fix the power play...

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Detroit’s Morning Skate

Ansar Khan tweets,

RedWings on ice for morning skate. Coreau in starter's net.

practice lines:

defense pairs:
Extras: Marchenko, Sproul, Smith (IR)

added 10:38am, Khan...

Jurco, Miller, Ott (IR) are extra forwards. When Larkin is activated, Miller likely will need to be assigned to @griffinshockey.

added 10:41am, Khan with the PP groups...

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The Detroit Red Wings Need To Get Hot Quickly

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings trail Boston (for an automatic playoff spot in the Atlantic Division) and Philadelphia (for a wild card spot) each by seven points.

Only tonight’s opponent, New Jersey, sits lower than the Red Wings in the Eastern Conference standings — each has 49 points, but the Red Wings also would have to climb over six teams to get into a playoff spot.

Bottom line: This isn’t going to be easy. But the tightness of the race, and the fact the Red Wings have shown the ability (though briefly) to get hot, give coach Jeff Blashill reason for second-half optimism.

“The league is so close, you see a lot of teams go on runs and those teams aren’t necessarily a whole lot better than any other team,” Blashill said after Monday night’s practice. “Everybody is so close. We’re sitting in a position where if we get hot and we play great hockey, we can go on a run.

“I don’t think it’s any secret we need to go on some runs here. There’s no question about it.”...

“If our power play was way better the first half of the year, we’d have more wins and be in a little better position,” Blashill said. “That doesn’t mean 10 more wins, but let’s say three or four more wins. That’s a huge difference.

“It’s been well documented, it’s (the power play) not just been bad, it’s been real bad. But with that said, I look at that as an opportunity for our group…(to) get improvement and find a way to execute at that.”


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A Late Practice At The Joe

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Dylan Larkin (upper body injury on Jan. 22) is practicing with the team. Might return tomorrow

Jared Coreau in starter's net for #RedWings who face @NJDevils tomorrow at 7:30 at JLA.

Frans Nielsen not practicing. Likely has day off after playing in All-Star Game Sunday.

Power play practice units:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Vanek, Mantha (net front), Green
Tatar-Helm-Athanasiou/Larkin, Abdelkader (net), Kronwall

Howard was rotating in with Mrazek at one end.

more as needed...

added 6:33pm, Khan tweet,

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