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Luke Witkowski’s penalties vs. Dallas vexed the Wings

The Free Press's Helene St. James noted that the Red Wings were very upset with the penalties called on Luke Witkowski during last night's 4-2 loss to Dallas:

The Wings fell, 4-2, Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena, with two of Dallas’ goals coming during power plays. In the first period, Witkowski was called for elbowing Martin Hanzal, even as there was little, if any, contact.

In the second period, Stars defenseman Stephen Johns delivered a big, clean hit on Dominic Turgeon, sending the Wings rookie into the boards. Johns then appeared to invite Witkowski to fight; the two did – and Witkowski also was called for roughing in addition to the 5-minute majors each received, giving the Stars another power play. That rankled.

“To me, the roughing call is a made up call,” Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “Either it’s instigator or it’s nothing. I don’t know where he got the extra 2 from. To me, I think they both dropped the gloves at the same time and we’ve been in that situation before this year and it’s just been two 5s. So, that’s a tough one. The first one, too, I don’t think he even hits him. But, that happens. As a player you have a bad game sometimes, and so does the refs.”

Continued, and you can watch Witkowski and coach Blashill's comments as posted by Fox Sports Detroit:

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Red Wings-Stars stars quick take: Wings can’t out-score Stars’ grind, grit

The Red Wings started slow, shot selectively and struggled to create offense against the Dallas Stars, losing 4-2. The Wings struggled to muster shots on Ben Bishop, finishing with only 15 shots (though the Wings had 45 attempts) on the Stars' goal.

To Dallas' credit, Ken Hitchcock's team committed to an playing an opportunistic offensive game built upon a foundation of ugly, goopy, clutchy-grabby defense.  That defensive game seemed to confuse the hell out of the Red Wings, and as a result, Detroit dominated possession and control of the puck, but did not dominate possession or control of the game.

Here are the game's goals:

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Double-barreled health issues

I regret to inform you that both Paul and I are experiencing health issues that will prevent us from manning the blog for this evening. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

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An Optional Skate For Detroit

MSM report an optional morning skate for the Wings this morning.



added 10:45am, Khan tweet,

Optional morning skate for #RedWings prior to tonight’s game vs. @DallasStars at @LCArena_Detroit Howard in starter’s net.

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The Wings This Week

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

It’s a light week for the Detroit Red Wings, with just two games this week. Here are five things to watch for:

Match line depleted
The Red Wings’ checking line will be depleted for at least another game as Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, who suffered lower-body injuries in Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh, will not play Tuesday against Dallas. The Red Wings listed them as day-to-day but won’t know the extent of their injuries until they’re further evaluated this week.

Dominic Turgeon, recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins, made his NHL debut in Sunday’s 4-0 victory at Chicago and will be in the lineup Tuesday, likely centering a line with David Booth and Luke Witkowski. The team has no spare forwards.

Power play struggling
The Red Wings are 2 for 31 on the power play in their past nine games (6.5 percent) to drop to 17th in the NHL rankings at 19 percent for the season.

Coach Jeff Blashill has said he's hesitant to change the units, wanting continuity. Justin Abdelkader's injury resulted in some adjustments, as Anthony Mantha plays the net-front role on the top unit and Tyler Bertuzzi is being used in the same capacity on the second unit.


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Videos- After Detroit’s Practice Today

First up is Martin Frk on Tyler Bertuzzi's goal yesterday.



Below, Jeff Blashill after practice.

added 3:37pm, Tyler Bertuzzi video now below too...

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Grand Rapids Griffins preparing for ‘Great Skate’ this upcoming Saturday

The Grand Rapids Griffins are holding their annual "Great Skate" this weekend at Rosa Parks Circle, after Saturday night's home game against Rockford, and the Griffins are raising funds for the Griffins' Youth Foundation as part of the event:

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Tweets from practice: Wings prepare for Dallas, work on special teams play

The Detroit Red Wings took to the ice at Little Caesars Arena just before 11 AM on a snowy Monday in Metro Detroit, preparing for Tuesday night's game against the Dallas Stars (Dallas is starting Kari Lehtonen today for their 1 PM matinee vs. Boston). The Wings will be looking to build upon Sunday's win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa weighed in from LCA...

And WXYZ's Brad Galli reminded us of what will likely be the topic of the day:

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Morning news: Trade deadline talk; ‘Take our GM, please’; looking ahead and multimedia

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. In trade deadline-related news, TSN's Frank Seravalli examined each Eastern Conference's trade deadline needs, and Seravalli believes that the Red Wings need to make Mike Green the belle of the ball:


Top priority: Make Mike Green 2018’s Martin Hanzal

Scoop: Ken Holland knows the best way to turn a two-year skid into the next 25-season playoff streak is to accumulate as many assets as possible. Quietly, the Red Wings are hoping right-shot defenceman Mike Green will be for them what Martin Hanzal was for the Coyotes at last year’s deadline. Hanzal brought back a first-round, second-round and conditional pick in a package with Ryan White.

2. As Paul noted, the Vancouver Province's Ed Willes believes that Ken Holland may be the managerial fix for the Vancouver Canucks, and I'm guessing that most of you would reply to Willes' suggestion with, "Take our GM, please!"

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Prospect news: Walleye defeat Cyclones; Cholowski assists in Portland Winterhawks win

Of prospect-related note:

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye beat an arch-rival--while playing for the 3rd time in 3 nights. Toledo defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones 2-1 on Sunday night; Kyle Bonis and Davis Vandane scored goals for Toledo, and Pat Nagle stopped 25 of 26 shots for the Walleye.

The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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