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Khan: Green getting comfortable with Wings, joining the rush

MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Mike Green regarding his comfort level with the Wings as it applies to flexing Green's offensive muscles:

[A]fter returning from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for six games, Green seems to be finding his comfort level offensively, with four assists in five games, including two in a 4-3 overtime victory at Ottawa.

"It's good to kind of get back to feeling like you can jump up in the play," Green said. "They encourage that here, which is good. I'm finding that when I see holes I'm able to jump and feel confident that the forwards actually support you. I have all the confidence to do that."

Coach Jeff Blashill said Green is still trying to get his game to the 'A' level after missing some time, including part of camp and preseason.

"When he's on the attack he's great," Blashill said. "He and I talked this morning just about being on the attack all the time and gapping and skating forwards; he's a great forward skater. Let's utilize that. I thought he did a real good job."


"Especially when you're joining a new team you want to help out, contribute, but sometimes it takes a little time to sort of get the feel, the flow, how the team plays," Green said. "I feel like we're really coming along here."


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Wings Get Their Shots On Net

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

It was a clash between the team ranked last in the NHL in shots per game (the Red Wings) and the club that allows the most shots (the Senators). The Red Wings did what they have talked about doing all season but haven't accomplished – get pucks on net.

"I think that's been coming for a while in terms of our shot attempts," coach Jeff Blashill said. "We talked lots about it as a team. We got to do a better job of getting them through quicker, so they don't get blocked. We got to do a better job of getting them on net. I thought we did that tonight."

Said forward Riley Sheahan: "I think we did a good job of what we wanted to do and that was get some pucks to the net and emphasize shooting when you don't have the best angle and try to create a scramble in front."

Sheahan scored his goal during a scramble in front of goaltender Craig Andersson. It put his team ahead 3-1 at 16:24 of the second period.

But Dylan Larkin set the tone on this night by scoring from an almost impossible angle at 9:12 of the first period, when he banked in a shot off Anderson.

"He's so dynamic, that kid, how he can skate and handle the puck and see," defenseman Mike Green said. "Most guys would have kept wheeling (around) the net there. He was almost behind the net and sees that hole. He planned that. It wasn't an accident. That just goes to show what kind of player he is."


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Senators wrap-up—Tatar delivers an OT win

The Red Wings flew back to Detroit after snapping a 2-game winless streak in Ottawa, taking a 4-3 OT decision from the Ottawa Senators on Monday, and while the Wings weren't able to keep the hammer down on the Senators in the third period, the Wings played really well for the vast majority of the game, which is something Wings fans haven't been able to say since the beginning of the regular season.

The Wings put in a strong 60-minute performance highlighted by this goal from Dylan Larkin...

And punctuated by Tomas Tatar's OT winner:

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Red Wings-Senators quick take: ‘Winner point’

It's become a dogfight.

The Red Wings sit amidst the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference's also-rans, trying to get into playoff position or nearly so by American Thanksgiving, and their game against the Ottawa Senators represented an opportunity to claw back toward an Atlantic Division rival.

On Monday night, the Wings gave up a 2-goal lead in the third, which is far from ideal--especially when your fourth-line center gets owned on the game-tying goal--but a Tomas Tatar goal yielded a 4-3 overtime win for the Red Wings, and Detroit desperately needed the two points.

It was disappointing to see the Wings surrender that extra point via an inability to "finish," but on the whole, the Red Wings played a very, very good game against the Senators, mucking, grinding and assaulting Craig Anderson with 65 shot attempts and 37 shots on the net, and Anderson really stole a point for his teammates. This could've been 4-2 or 5-2 easily.

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Larkin fools Anderson with a wraparound fake

Dylan Larkin scored a wraparound goal on Craig Anderson the last time that the Wings and Senators met, and this time around, Larkin decided to exploit his opponent by faking to the wraparound before placing the puck off Anderson's butt--as Anderson began to push off to stop a wraparound attempt--and into the net:

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NBC announces broadcast plans for Wednesday’s game vs. Washington

From NBC Sports:


Wednesday Night Rivalry – Capitals-Red Wings – Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Pre-Game Coverage Starts at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live; Kathryn Tappen Interviews Red Wings Forward Tomas Tatar

Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins Host Minnesota Wild Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NHL Viewership on NBCSN Up 11% vs. 2014-15

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 16, 2015 – NBCSN presents a Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown from one of the NHL’s most historic arenas, when Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals travel to Joe Louis Arena to face Henrik Zetterberg and the Detroit Red Wings this Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

This week’s NHL coverage begins tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Ryan Suter and the Minnesota Wild. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will stream this week’s NHL action.

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Evening news; On Ouellet, Helm and the fourth line, power rankings, Larkin-Datsyuk, etc.

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:


2. Of note from MLive's Brendan Savage's game-day article:

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The Slumping Darren Helm

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

It’s a disturbing thought.

For a dozen Red Wings, their next goal will be their first goal this season.

In the case of Darren Helm, it’s not without his September setbacks. He missed training camp, the exhibition season, and the first four games of the regular season.

“It sucks,” said Helm, who suffered a separated shoulder as well as a concussion in the opening minutes of camp when he collided head-on with invitee Jerome Verrier.

“I’ve played in 13 or 14 games now,” Helm added, “I’ve had my camp, I’ve had my exhibition, there’s no excuses right now for any poor play that comes along. There’s no excuse now.”

Unfortunately, Helm has no goals with a minus-4 rating in those 13 games. He has just one assist, a second-period helper on Jonathan Ericsson’s lone goal that came in a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 31.


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A One-Year Contract Extension For Xavier Ouellet

added 4:23pm, Contract details added below...

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland announced today that the team has signed defenseman Xavier Ouellet to a one-year contract extension.

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Red Wings Alums to play NTDP to help Plymouth-Canton Marching Band go to Rose Bowl

Here's an FYI from WXYZ:

Former Red Wings will take the ice this weekend to help a local marching band.

Members of the team's alumni association are playing a charity game on Sunday November 24th at the USA Hockey Arena.

They're raising money to help send the Plymouth-Canton Marching Band to Pasadena for the Tournament of Roses Parade.

And they're going to play the NTDP!

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online: http://pcmb.net/events/pucks-for-pasadena

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