The Malik Report
by George Malik on 12/20/13 at 03:48 PM ET
Detroit Sports 105.1's Matt Dery interviewed Red Wings GM Ken Holland today, and as I was indisposed at the time, Paul posited a recap of Holland's main points of emphasis as made over the course of a 10-minute interview:
Holland says huge two points against Calgary, been a struggle to score with all the people down. In the winning business. DeKeyser back tomorrow and hopefully, I think he said Helm on Monday.
Happy with PK, PP goes in spurts. Have to find a goal on pp evrey 2 out of 3 games. Have to score some ugly goals.
Team appears to be structured, have to grind out some wins until team comes back.
Youth in the back end, hope youngsters get some experience and learn.
Talked about process of sitting a player, normally talk about a move the next day of a loss. Appears that Mikael Samuelsson has no confidence, think he has more to offer but not in a position to allow Sammy to play now and find his game.
He thought crowd was big last night, cheering after 5 on 3 power play.
Dery brought up the CBC's Elliotte Friedman saying wings lack speed now, Holland says can't evaluate forwards now, difficult to do with injuries, Wings just trying to grind out a win.
Done some good things this year, goal scoring consistency a problem with injuries. Maybe Wings are not deep enough although they are about to find out.
Liked play of Lule Glendening and Patrick Eaves. Better on the road, bad at home, hopefully a start last night.
Thinks Howie will be ready for the Winter Classic, hopes to play on the 30 or WC.
Regarding the alumni game, Holland still working out, skated an hour, now Mike Vernon is out of game due to family issues.
Said HBO's 24/7 cameras have been ok. Trying to tell a story, same story except yesterday. Wings would like to go into the Christmas break with a 3 game winning streak.
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