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via Ansar Khan tweets,
Jimmy Howard working with goaltending coach Jeff Salajko before practice. Not facing shots yet.
RedWings on ice for practice. Petr Mrazek in starter's net. Face @BuffaloSabres tomorrow at 7.
Brendan Smith (knee) practicing for first time since injury on Jan. 4.
Zetterberg not skating today. Likely maintenance day. Will know after practice.
Helm skating on line with Glendening and Abdelkader. Miller rotating in.
Other lines in battle drills for #RedWings:
Nyquist-Ott (holding Zetterberg's place)-Mantha
added 1:57pm, Ted Kulfan tweet,
Kronwall likely to play either friday or Sunday
ESPN's Craig Custance has spent this week assessing prospect progress across the NHL, and today, he penned an Insider-only article discussing the Atlantic Division's prospects. Here's what he had to say about the Red Wings' prospects:
Detroit Red Wings
Preseason ranking: The graduation of Dylan Larkin to the NHL dropped the Red Wings from No. 7 to No. 18.
Prospect making the most progress: Daniel Renouf, D, Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Shawn Horcoff is in his first season with the Red Wings organization as director of player development and has spent a lot of time watching the growth of Detroit’s young players in Grand Rapids. The play of Renouf has stood out to him. The University of Maine product has nine points in 31 games for the Griffins.
“He’s a shut-down guy in the making,” Horcoff said.
from Will Burchfield of CBS Detroit,
Earlier this week, Red Wings GM Ken Holland laid down a hardline philosophy on ice time. In short, veterans can have off nights but young players can’t.
Coach Jeff Blashill elaborated on this on Thursday.
“I don’t know (about) the word ‘veteran,’ because veteran can be murky. I don’t know when you define yourself as a veteran,” Blashill told the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket. “Here’s what I’ll say. When you play good hockey, you earn what I guess I’d call credit, you earn trust. Sometimes, then, when you don’t play good hockey, that trust and credit that you’ve earned previously carries you through more ice time. But at some point, that trust and credit goes away and if you keep playing poor hockey then you end up in a spot where you are not playing. That’s kind of how it works.”
But it’s not as simple as dolling out ice time based on sheer results.
“The other side of it,” Blashill went on, “is the determination from me, who are our best players and will a benching by sending a message help that person? Is that person giving everything he has every day, anyways, and maybe it’s a confidence thing and so the benching doesn’t help? Does that person need a wake up call in a benching, whether it’s in a game or from game to game?
Blashill continues and mentions Mantha and Athanasiou...
Update: The interview can be heard below:
Tweet verbiage contains NSFW language, so it is posted below...
Because I am still half asleep, I posted the wrap up of Detroit's win over Boston in the KKH section.
Feel free to read it here.
Here is the view from the Boston side.
from Michael Vega of the Boston Globe,
Following Wednesday’s 6-5 shootout loss to the Red Wings, the visiting dressing room at Joe Louis Arena was not in good shape.
Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Frank Vatrano conducted postgame interviews in the hallway, unusual because they usually take place in the room. By the time the room was open, one door was off its hinges. When asked what happened, Zdeno Chara said he didn’t know.
Whatever went sideways in the room did not compare to the meltdown that took place on the ice.
“We collapsed,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien, his team once in control of a 4-1 second-period lead. “Pretty obvious. It’s just one of those games. We didn’t get the saves when we needed it. We made some mistakes. Gave them some chances. A lot of things went wrong tonight after we took that lead.”
The Detroit Red Wings played an incredibly important game against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday evening, attempting to narrow their 7-point deficit on the Bruins as the Wings push to make a late-season run for a playoff spot.
Tonight represented the first of two games over the course of a week between these teams as well.
The Red Wings made a helluva game of this one, rallying from 3-0, 4-1 and 5-4 deficits en route to a 6-5 shootout victory that said quite a bit about this team's ability to overcome not only its opponents, but also its own struggles. This was a heartening comeback and a viscerally satisfying victory.
from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,
In a series of comments Tuesday before an audience of some 400 at Van Andel Arena, Holland shared insight into his thinking about the Red Wings as they hover near .500 (currently 19-19-6). They are six points out of a playoff spot heading into Wednesday's game against Boston....
Now, with Zetterberg and Kronwall age 36, the Red Wings must wait for their young players to emerge as talents, Holland said, and have the chance to grasp the mantle of leaders.
"That's why it's so important to have a Henrik Zetterberg sitting beside an Anthony Mantha or a (Thomas) Vanek and Franz Nielsen playing on a line with Athanasiou, and a Jonathan Ericssen playing (defense) with Xavier Ouellet," Holland said. "... That's where the culture is that can make a difference.
"The culture won't make the difference if you're not good enough. The culture is not going to make the difference if you're just going to be a superstar. The culture can make a difference on those players that need a little time, a little guidance and a little more maturity. That's where the organization and Grand Rapids can make a difference for where we're trying to get to, and that's to be a Cup contender."
Holland believes there are "five, six or seven players" on the Griffins who will be playing in Detroit "in two to three years."
more, including what Holland said earlier to Nick Cotsonika, 'not ready to trade yet'.
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
The Boston Bruins are trying to hold onto a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Detroit Red Wings are trying to get to the playoffs for the 26th consecutive season. One team will come two points closer to its objective when the Original Six rivals play in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV).
The Bruins (23-19-5) enter the game second in the Atlantic Division, though they've alternated wins and losses in their past six games and are coming off a 4-0 home loss to the New York Islanders on Monday. The Red Wings (19-19-6) are four points out of a playoff spot but are coming off back-to-back home wins against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens.
With a lot on the line for each team, here are 5 reasons to tune in:
Rebound for Rask
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is headed for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game but not because of his play Monday. He was lifted after allowing three second-period goals on 12 shots. Despite that, Rask is 22-10-3 with a 2.03 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and five shutouts, including a 1-0 victory at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 29. Rask hasn't lost more than two games in a row all season. There's no reason to think he won't bounce back with a Grade-A performance.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
This one is going to be interesting. The Wings like Vanek, and they need somebody to score goals for them next season when their new arena opens. But the new contract would have to be right. And if you’re Vanek -- you've bounced around a few years, your family seems happy in Detroit -- why not try to make it happen?
more on Vanek, plus Kevin Shattenkirk and Patrick Sharp on players who could be traded...
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,
Ken Holland wants to be patient. He never has had to sell before the NHL Trade Deadline since becoming general manager of the Detroit Red Wings in 1997, and he wants to wait until almost the last moment before deciding what to do this season.
The Red Wings have one game in the week leading to March 1. So if they're out the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the last week of February, Holland will have plenty of time to maneuver then.
"I want to give our team every opportunity to try to play our way into the mix," Holland said....
It is the first of four games in eight days that could have a significant impact on whether they give themselves a chance to make the playoffs for the 26th consecutive season and keep Holland from trading pending unrestricted free agents like forward Thomas Vanek before the deadline.
The Red Wings have 44 points, six behind the Ottawa Senators for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference and the Toronto Maple Leafs for third place in the Atlantic Division; each team has two games in hand on the Red Wings. They are seven points behind the Bruins but have played three fewer games.
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