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A ‘mushy’ article suggesting that the Wings need a ‘proper rebuild’

Via RedWingsFeed, the Hockey News's Mike Brophy suggests that the Red Wings "need a proper rebuild":

It might actually help the Red Wings to finish a little lower in the standings in a transition season to get that elusive high pick. In the past five drafts, Detroit’s first picks were: 19th, 15th, 20th, 49th, 35th.

During the Red Wings time at the top of the NHL, it was often said they were a smart organization because they took their time with their prospects; forced them to learn the pro game in the AHL. A quick peak back, though, offers another possibility; with future Hall of Famers like Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Brendan Shanahan, Brett Hull, Igor Larionov, Larry Murphy, Luc Robitaille, Slava Fetisov, Dominik Hasek and Chris Chelios playing ahead of them, the prospects simply couldn’t crack the lineup.

When players like Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Jonathan Ericsson and Kyle Quincey finally established themselves as full-time NHL players, they were good, but not great.

For years the Red Wings have received well-earned pats on the back for their ability to snag great players later in the draft. The list goes on and on and on: Zetterberg 210th in 1999; Datsyuk 171st in 1998; Ericsson 291st in 2002; Helm 132nd in 2005; Quincey 132nd in 2003; Gustav Nyquist 121st in 2008; Valtteri Filppula 95th in 2002; Jimmy Howard 64th in 2003; and Tomas Tatar 60th in 2009.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland and his scouting staff are to be congratulated.

But unless their prospects are going to take giant leaps forward in the next few years as Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall continue to fade, a change of direction might be the best bet.

Brophy continues, and I don't think he understands how Ken Holland operates...And he undervalues the Wings' prospects significantly.

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Grand Rapids jostling for playoff position as regular season winds down

From the Grand Rapids Press's Steve Kaminski:

The Grand Rapids Griffins can look up, down and all around the Central Division standings for challenges as they head into the final week of regular-season play.

If the Griffins want to find their biggest challenge of all, though, all they have to do is look into the mirror.

That's what goaltender Tom McCollum said after recording 21 saves in Grand Rapids' 4-3 victory over Chicago Friday night at Van Andel Arena.

"I think our biggest challenge right now is ourselves," McCollum said. "Sometimes, we've had a few questionable performances here and there, but I think as long as we keep ourselves focused and play well, we will do great things."

The Griffins (44-25-1-1) are one of four Central Division teams that have clinched a playoff berth, and the scramble is on to earn home-ice advantage through the first round of the playoffs. That will go to the top two teams, and the Griffins are currently second with five games to go, but the race remains close.

Grand Rapids, which has 90 points, trails front-running Milwaukee by five points. Friday's win gave the Griffins a one-point lead over Lake Erie and a two-point margin over fourth-place Rockford.


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Pre-game Blash

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill spoke with the media ahead of today's Wings-Rangers game, and the Wings posted a clip of Blashill's pre-game availability:

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Morning news: Game-day notes, game picks, a ‘thumbs down’ and Granato on Wisconsin

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Here's the Wings' Game Day Preview video:


2. Among the New York Journal News's Rick Carpinello's game-day notes:

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Prospect news: Griffins defeat Chicago; Walleye beat Kalmazoo, win conference title

Of prospect-related note:

In playoff action, in the SHL, Christoffer Ehn played 12:22 in the Frolunda Indians' 2-1 loss to Lulea Hockey on Friday. Lulea tied the SHL semifinal at 2 games apiece;

In regular-season play, in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins dropped a 3-1 lead to the Chicago Wolves but rallied for a 4-3 win on a goal from Mark Zengerle.

Eric Tangradi, Mitch Callahan and Colin Campbell also scored for Grand Rapids, Nick Jensen had 2 assists and Tom McCollum stopped 21 shots for Grand Rapids. The Griffins' website filed a recap...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Rangers set-up—it’s all on the line

The Detroit Red Wings face the New Yrok Rangers Saturday with the playoffs on the line (12:30 PM EDT start on FSD/MSG/97.1 FM), and while the Red Wings can still make the playoffs if they lose Saturday's game, it behooves Detroit to win to get in.

The Wings are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday, and will be starting Jimmy Howard;

The Rangers, who are coming off a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday, are starting Antti Raanta, and sitting Mats Zuccarello, Marcus Kruger, Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh, but the Rangers are doing so hoping for a healthy lineup in their first-round match-up with either the Penguins or Panthers, as Newsday's Steve Zipay noted:

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Red Wings post ‘There’s More to the Story’ video about Mike Green

Good stuff from the Red Wings:

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THN’s Campbell: Talking with Ken Holland about 3-on-3 OT

From the Hockey News's Ken Campbell, via RedWingsFeed:

Simply put, 3-on-3 overtime for five minutes has been a huge success. And it goes beyond the numbers, which are a testament to its effectiveness on their own. Going into the last weekend of the season, there have been 271 games that have gone beyond 60 minutes and 166 of those have been decided in overtime. It’s the first time since the shootout was established in 2005-06 that there have been more games decided in a game situation than in a skills contest. Overall, 61.3 percent of games that ended in regulation ties have been decided in overtime, compared to just 45.5 percent last year. Overall, since the shootout was introduced, only 43.2 percent of games have been decided in overtime prior to this season. Overall, fewer than nine percent of all games end up going to a shootout.

The architect of the plan is pleased with what he sees. “Personally, I think it’s been a total home run,” said Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland. “I don’t think we could have asked for anything more when we made the decision.”


The advent of 3-on-3 overtime is the most exciting wrinkle the NHL has developed since the obstruction crackdown after the lockout in 2004-05. More than a decade later, obstruction has found its way back to prominence and the rodeo is in full swing. It remains to be seen whether or not coaches will find a way to stifle 3-on-3 play, but they were largely unable to do so in the first season. Holland said the ideal percentage of games going to overtime would be somewhere in the 65-percent range. The league is not quite there yet and may never get that high, but the games that go to 3-on-3 are choc full of the kinds of plays that make the game so exciting. Sometimes the extra five minutes is the only redeeming part of the game.

“There have been more goals, but even in those games where there hasn’t been a goal, most nights there are scoring chances,” Holland said. “The games that I’ve seen, even the ones that weren’t decided, have been more entertaining. There are scoring chances, there are breakdowns, there are 2-on-1s, breakaways, stretch passes. If you’re not entertained by 3-on-3, I don’t know how much more we can do.”

Campbell continues...

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To clinch or not to clinch

As Paul noted, the NHL released a set of clinching scenarios for teams battling for a playoff spot, and this is Detroit's:

Detroit Red Wings Saturday Playoff Scenario
Opponent: at NY Rangers

DET Result Playoff Impact

Regulation/OT win: Will clinch playoff berth

Shootout win: Will clinch playoff berth if any of the following occurs:
(1) Bruins lose to the Senators in any fashion
(2) Bruins defeat Senators in a shootout
(3) Flyers lose to Penguins in any fashion
* Cannot be eliminated with shootout win

OT/Shootout loss: Will clinch playoff berth if any of the following occurs:
(1) Bruins lose to Senators in any fashion
(2) Flyers lose to Penguins in regulation
* Cannot be eliminated with OT/shootout loss

Regulation loss: Will clinch playoff berth if:
(1) Bruins lose to Senators in regulation

Will be eliminated if all of the following occur:
(1) Bruins get at least one point against Senators
(2) Flyers defeat Penguins in any fashion

The NHL's press release continues...

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The Streak

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

To truly appreciate the Red Wings' run, it helps to have some separation from it. "Looking back at the streak now, it's unbelievable in today's sports," said Red Wings legend Nicklas Lidstrom via e-mail. "A lot of teams have had a chance to rebuild and pick early in the draft and build the team from scratch while the Wings haven't had that chance. [They are] still able to put a competitive product on the ice and go deep into the playoffs."

In the spirit of not taking it for granted, here are 24 of the most moments from the Red Wings' playoff streak:

1. Bringing the Stanley Cup back to Detroit

Given that they've won four Stanley Cups during this playoff streak, it's easy to forget that there were times when people wondered if the Red Wings would ever win the big one again.

Then, in 1997, the Red Wings swept the Philadelphia Flyers to win their first Stanley Cup since 1955.

"I remember being anxious to get my hands on the Cup," Lidstrom said. "It'd been a long wait for the City of Detroit. There was a lot of talk about having not won it. That feeling of finally winning it ... it was great to win that first Cup at home in front of our home fans."

more including a video from Pierre LeBrun on the Wings' streak...

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