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Evening news: Dueling video previews, Jets stuff from Galli and The Athletic on Bertuzzi’s ‘time’

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Dueling video previews begin this entry as the Jets and Red Wings have filed game-day reports:

The Jets' website also posted clips of coach Paul Maurice, Kyle Connor, Josh Morrissey, Matt Hendricks and Tyler Myers;

2. CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield spoke with both Paul Maurice and Jeff Blashill to get the coaches' respective takes on the game to be played this evening:

With the Red Wings in the midst of a seven-game slide and coming off an embarrassing 10-1 loss to the Canadiens, Jets head coach Paul Maurice expects his team to be in for quite a challenge Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena.

“You’re going to see a really unusual event here,” Maurice said after the Jets’ morning skate. “There’s a gear change in the NHL at the All-Star break and everybody knows that when you hit the playoffs you get a fully-focused, wired team, and that’s the coach’s challenge over 82 (games). You never really get 20 guys chomping at the bit, solely focused on one concept, which for them will be winning battles and competing, especially this early in the season.

“This will be as difficult a game as we’ve played all year based on what we’ve seen, what we know of their leadership in the room and what we’ve heard about their group.”

The Red Wings have gotten away from the “repeatable” brand of hockey, as head coach Jeff Blashill likes to say, that helped them pick up points in six of seven games at the beginning of November. Things hit rock bottom on Saturday night in Montreal, prompting Blashill to run an intense, spirited practice on Monday.

“We don’t have big size, so we have to be a team that’s ultra-competitive and winning puck battles, and that was what we emphasized,” said Blashill. “That was from our coaching staff.”

Burtchfield continues, mostly scouting the Jets;

3. WXYZ's Brad Galli spoke with Jacob Trouba, asking him if he was almost traded to Detroit...

He spoke with former U of M player Kyle Connor regarding playing the Wings...

Galli spoke with Patrik Laine for 3 minutes...

And he asked Jeff Blashill whether his message is getting stale:

4. The Athletic's Katie Strang wondered whether the Red Wings are going to call up Tyler Bertuzzi:

“I think Tyler Bertuzzi's ready,” Griffins coach Todd Nelson told The Athletic following the team’s practice Tuesday morning.

The 22-year-old Bertuzzi, who was the MVP of the Calder Cup playoffs last year following a point-per-game performance en route to the Griffins’ second championship in franchise history, was expected to push for a spot on the Red Wings' roster in training camp. An untimely wrist injury in the preseason derailed his chances. Since he made his season debut last month, however, he's picked up where he left off last spring.

“He came out of the gates from that injury flying. You could tell,” Nelson said. “We saw a couple games like that and we were thinking, can he withstand this level? And he pretty much has. He's dropped off somewhat — you can't have that every single game — but I see a maturity in him that I haven't seen (before). I think just winning the (Calder Cup) last year, being a big part of that; he's a bit older now, too. And he's more mature. He understands where he's at. He understands what's going on.”


Nelson wasn’t the only one to place Bertuzzi, who has nine points in 12 games this season, as the first in line for a promotion. When asked which player was the most NHL-ready in Grand Rapids, Red Wings Director of Player Development Shawn Horcoff said the same thing.

“I'd say right now, probably Bert,” Horcoff said after working with the prospects in two different skill sessions Tuesday morning, one for forwards, one for defensemen. “He's a guy that, with the way the last season ended, he was in line to make our team out of camp. He too had an injury but … as soon as he came back, he was super solid for us. I'd say he's definitely the first guy in line.”

Strang continues (paywall)

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