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Post Practice Talk From The Wings

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

During the Red Wings' last road trip, the team went .500 and found something to help in the process.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill put together a line with Frans Nielsen at center and Luke Glendening and Darren Helm on the wings to match up against other teams' top lines.

Since all three are natural centers, any one of them can take a face-off and all of them are important on the penalty kill.

"They've been excellent. That (Nathan) MacKinnon line is a great line and (Mikko) Rantanen's a really good player, McKinnon's one overall, (Gabriel) Landeskog's two overall," Blashill said. "They went head to head against them all night long and until the very last wee moments of the game, shut them down. They've created lots of zone time, they've created lots of energy. In the last game we had to kill so many penalties that they ended up playing tons of minutes. But I think they've done an excellent job."

The next challenge for that line will be Edmonton's top line of Patrick Maroon-Connor McDavid-Leon Draisaitl.

continued including the Wings will be practicing on Thanksgiving.

Below, watch Jeff Blashill after practice today...

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They went head to head against them all night long and until the very last wee moments of the game, shut them down.

They shut McKinnon down so well that he only scored two points.  rolleyes

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 11/21/17 at 03:22 PM ET

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Those late goals didn’t matter. Look at the results prior to those goals! Money! Opponents are laughing. Let’s play our skill guys all night long. The keeps the Wings skill guys on the bench, and then we wear out the “match line” until we score some 3rd period goals against them.

Posted by fatsavage on 11/21/17 at 03:36 PM ET

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I wonder how a team with all four forward lines would do in the NHL today?

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 11/21/17 at 03:47 PM ET

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whoops!

I wonder how a team with all four lines with an offense only mentality would do in the NHL today?

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 11/21/17 at 03:47 PM ET

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They shut McKinnon down so well that he only scored two points.

Yeah, he scored those points in the “last wee moments of the game” so what Blash said is 100% correct. And neither of those points were scored at 5 on 5 so I’m not sure how much blame you can put on that line.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 11/21/17 at 03:57 PM ET

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I’m not sure how much blame you can put on that line.

I think you just saw how much blame FS is willing to point at Blashill. It’s pretty much blame, blame, blame Blashill every day.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 11/21/17 at 04:03 PM ET

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I wonder how a team with all four forward lines would do in the NHL today?

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 11/21/17 at 03:47 PM ET

I wonder how a team with all four lines with an offense only mentality would do in the NHL today?

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 11/21/17 at 03:47 PM ET

It’s funny because we went with an 11-7 lineup to get Ouellet 5 minutes of ice time and only played Wilson about 5 minutes so we didn’t really have 4 lines against Colorado.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 11/21/17 at 04:10 PM ET

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Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 11/21/17 at 03:57 PM ET

Facts and reason aren’t allowed when we are talking about Blashill.

Posted by ilovehomers on 11/21/17 at 04:31 PM ET

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Posted by ilovehomers on 11/21/17 at 04:31 PM ET

I think I am finally catching on to the way you talk…..and I like it.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 11/21/17 at 04:37 PM ET

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A matchup line can work some of the time but you need to be flexible as a coach and know when to deploy. Blashill seems unable to figure out when to go away from that strategy.
He tried to use the 200-footers Sunday with disastrous results. His excuse that they deserved to lose doesn’t hold water. When you gain a 2-goal advantage with only 9 minutes left in the third period, you need to be prepared to adjust….and quickly. He didn’t do that and kept deploying his older guys to play prevent defence….... with predictable results. It happened over and over again in the previous 2 seasons so why should the outcome be any different this time?
The young legs needed to be out there with specific assignments but it didn’t happen. They might have failed, that’s true, but they learned nothing from being stapled to the bench….and I am sure felt even more frustrated in the process. So much for Blashill’s “process”.

Posted by NewfieWing on 11/21/17 at 09:58 PM ET

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Posted by ilovehomers on 11/21/17 at 04:31 PM ET

Facts and reason aren’t allowed when HHHT is talking about anything to do with the Red Wings

Fixed that for you.

 

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 11/22/17 at 08:52 AM ET

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Yeah, he scored those points in the “last wee moments of the game” so what Blash said is 100% correct.

You’re right, I’ll amend my comment.

They shut down McKinnon so well until it mattered.

Sorry.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 11/22/17 at 09:16 AM ET

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They shut down McKinnon so well until it mattered.
Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 11/22/17 at 09:16 AM ET

It’s so easy to see the negative. 59:14 of good hockey is such a failure when that one second ruins it all.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 11/22/17 at 01:41 PM ET

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