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The overnight report: Red Wings-Blues set-up

The Detroit Red Wings hope to stretch their winning streak to 6 games when they battle the St. Louis Blues Thursday evening (8 PM EDT on FSD/FS Midwest/97.1 FM).

In theory, the Wings are picking the right time to come to St. Louis: the Blues are coming off a 4-1 loss to Calgary on Tuesday, and the Blues have lost 3 of their past 4 games. According to In the Slot's Louie Korac, however, the Blues are 2-and-1 at home, and they're very specifically planning on homing their home-ice advantage:

The Blues are 2-1-0 through three games, but the two wins haven't exactly been convincing (3-2 over the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers) and after last night's loss, they're being outscored 8-7.

"To win at home, I don't want to say it's easier to win on the road, but it's easier to get your 'A' game on the road, to be honest with you, in the league," Hitchcock said. "I think a lot of it is the white noise. I think you've got to really eliminate the white noise. I think that when you get a condensed schedule like there is this year, having gone through this with an Olympic schedule, one of the things when you get back home is you get really busy. You get really busy away from the rink because you're playing catch-up all the time. I think you've got to eliminate that white noise and the things that go on in your life to try and maintain a focus that quite frankly is easy on the road because everybody's together. You're going from building to building together, you're going from a hotel to hotel together, but it changes at home. Everybody's on their own. I think getting that central focus is really important at home and finding a way to make sure that everybody stays in that framework is a challenge."

Winning consistently on home ice gives a team a swagger, and the Blues need to recapture it quickly.

"That's a good term for it," said goalie Jake Allen, who will be back in net tomorrow when the Blues host the Detroit Red Wings. "We talked about that this morning, having confidence in our own building, making it a rough place to play, tough place to be. If you're a visiting team, you're going to be in for a tough night and a long night coming into our rink. I think we need to get that back on the map that when Detroit comes in here, they're going to have a tough go from every aspect. We'll get it back. I'm not worried about it at all. We all love playing in this building. It's comfortable, it's a fun rink to play in. It's loud, it's bright and it's enjoyable. Just had a rough couple periods and I don't think we're too worried about it."

It started with the rough third against the Rangers, albeit the Blues were down three players for the entire 20 minutes because of injury. But nevertheless, it shouldn't have carried over to Tuesday.

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With the red-hot Red Wings (winners of five in a row after an 0-2-0 start) and Los Angeles Kings coming to town Thursday and Saturday, respectively, it could make for a good start to the home schedule and set the Blues up moving forward.

As Steve Ott is a central character in this entry, it's worth noting that the Blues are well aware of his status as returning to play his former team Thursday...

"It's the name of the game," Hitchcock said. "You've got friends on every team. You've just got to have more friends on your own team. That's the name of the game. We talked about that. It's a tough business. You've got close friends that you went to war with and battled with and really fought for each other and then all of the sudden, they're in another sweater and you've got to figure out which one's more important to you and it's a tough business to do that in. First time through it, it's tough. Next time, you move forward. First time through's tough and we've got another one tomorrow."

In terms of personnel, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jeremy Rutherford, Jori Lehtera is likely to return from a concussion...

Jori Lehtera, who is in the final stages of the NHL's concussion protocol, returned to practice today and could be in the Blues' lineup Thursday against Detroit.

Lehtera left in the second period of the Blues' 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Oct. 15 and did not return. He has missed the team's last four games.

And the Blues have reaped the benefits of significant production from Oilers cast-off Nail Yakupov:

Nail Yakupov averaged 14:13 of ice time per game in Edmonton last season. In seven games as a Blue, he has yet to log that amount, averaging 11:12.

The Blues have had 46:43 of power-play time this season — the third-most in the NHL — and Yakupov has been on the ice for a total of 3:47.

Though Yakupov has four points in seven games, and he has an even plus-minus rating, Hitchcock said he'll continue to bring the newcomer along slowly.

"I've been through this before and know if you don't build a foundation, it comes back and cracks wide open, so we're trying to build that," Hitchcock said. "He can only focus on so many things at once. We want him to focus on five on five, and be a real good five on five, let the rest take care of itself."

The Blues' lineup should become clear during Thursday's morning skate, but it's up in the air at present. Before Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Calgarly Flames, Korac listed the Blues' lineup as follows...

The Blues' projected lineup:

Robby Fabbri-Paul Stastny-Alexander Steen

David Perron-Jaden Schwartz-Vladimir Tarasenko

Dmitrij Jaskin-Patrik Berglund-Nail Yakupov

Scottie Upshall-Kyle Brodziak-Ryan Reaves

Jay Bouwmeester-Alex Pietrangelo

Carl Gunnarsson-Kevin Shattenkirk

Joel Edmundson-Colton Parayko

In addition to Jori Lehtera, Magnus Paajarvi may swap into the Blues' lineup as well, yielding two changes up front; Jake Allen didn't play on Tuesday, but he's going to tend the twine against the Wings.

If you wish, you may watch highlights of the Blues' loss to Calgary on Tuesday:

[Edit/update: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Tom Timmerman penned a Wings-Blues preview...

Blues • The Blues got three of four points against Detroit last season, though they have yet to beat the Red Wings in St. Louis since the team was moved to the Eastern Conference for the 2013-14 season. … Kevin Shattenkirk’s goal on Tuesday against Calgary was his 50th with the Blues. … The Blues have scored just one goal in three of their past four games. In the other, they had six.

Red Wings • Detroit has won five straight since starting the season 0-2 and has outscored opponents 19-7 in that run. The Red Wings have done that while already having lost 43 man games to injury this season at the start of the week. Thomas Vanek (4-4) and Gustav Nyquist (3-5) share the team lead with eight points. Jimmy Howard leads the league in goals-against average at 0.50 and in save percentage at .984 after two games.

Injuries • Blues — C Jori Lehtera (concussion) is questionable. Red Wings — F Justin Abdelkader (middle body), D Niklas Kronwall (knee), F Tomas Nosek (lower body) and D Dan Renouf (knee) are day-to-day; D Vili Saarijarvi (undisclosed), F Tomas Jurco (back), F Joe Vitale (concussion) are out.

/end edit] The Associated Press filed a game preview...

Detroit's most recent win came on Tuesday night at home, a 4-2 victory over Carolina that included the first two goals of the season from center Dylan Larkin.

"We have to keep going and we can't take the foot of the gas," Larkin told the Detroit News. "We have a big test on the road in St. Louis, a good team, especially at home. We have to do the right things that have made us successful in the last five games."

Hitchcock also will be looking for his team to do the right things, the parts of the game they didn't do well in the loss to the Flames.

"We didn't manage it (the puck) very well," Hitchcock said. "We played sideways when we should have played with speed and gone north, and we played light on the boards when we could have really won some puck battles and played with a higher level of determination."

St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo, said it will be up to the players to correct those mistakes if they want to a different outcome against the Red Wings.

"The games when you don't seem to have it mentally, you have to find a way to win," he said.

The Blues could get Jori Lehtera back in the lineup for Thursday's game, but instead of playing center, Hitchcock said there was a chance he could move to left wing and play on a line with Jaden Schwartz at center and Vladimir Tarasenko on right wing.

And the Sports Xchange filed a game preview as well:

ABOUT THE RED WINGS (5-2-0): Steve Ott won't have to introduce himself to many of the Blues, but the rugged forward likely will do so in his own bruising way. "It's always awkward playing your old team that first time," said the 34-year-old Ott, who spent parts of three seasons with St. Louis before signing a one-year, $800,000 deal with Detroit in the summer. "I think everybody on that team knows how I play and would be disappointed if I didn't play that way." Fellow offseason acquisition Thomas Vanek recorded his team high-tying fourth goal and eighth point on Tuesday after mustering just 18 and 41, respectively, in 74 games in 2015-16.

ABOUT THE BLUES (4-2-1): Jori Lehtera (concussion) practiced with his team on Wednesday and could return from a four-game absence, although coach Ken Hitchcock wasn't ready to pencil the center into the lineup just yet. "I think it's all that protocol stuff that goes on," Hitchcock said. "... We'll get the word first thing in the morning though. He looked really good though." Hitchcock was also uncertain on which position Lehtera would play, as Jaden Schwartz has flourished at center with superstar Vladimir Tarasenko on right wing.

OVERTIME

1. St. Louis D Kevin Shattenkirk has totaled a goal and an assist in his last two games, but also owns a minus-4 rating in that stretch.

2. Detroit LW Justin Abdelkader is considered day-to-day by coach Jeff Blashill despite missing the last two contests with a lower-body injury.

3. The Blues have thwarted 18 of 19 short-handed chances in their last six games.

PREDICTION: Blues 3, Red Wings 1

The Red Wings are very wary of the challenge that the Blues represent, as they told the Free Press's Helene St. James:

“It’s a great a challenge,” coach Jeff Blashill said today. “We’ve taken real steps forward over the last three games, but it's a relentless league. We talk about taking 10,000 steps forward through the year. You’ve got to keep moving forward.

“It will be a great challenge for us. I love to be able to measure ourselves against the best and see where we stand. So we’ll get a chance to prove where we stand.”

Forward Justin Abdelkader today sounded doubtful that he’d be available after missing the last two games; he has skated two straight days but said he has had a nagging injury since the home opener. He isn't certain he’ll be cleared by trainers.

Abdelkader’s absence has meant that both Steve Ott and Andreas Athanasiou have been playing, and both are coming off of strong performances. Athanasiou brings speed and skill and had a two-point night Tuesday.

For Ott, going into St. Louis is extra special because it’s where he played before signing this summer with Detroit. The gritty forward joked that former Blues teammates “would be disappointed if I don’t play the way I do, for sure.”

The Wings, meanwhile, had a great home opener, rode Jimmy Howard to victory at Madison Square Garden, looked terrific in weekend victories against Nashville and San Jose, and relied on their scoring prowess to top Carolina.

“When you continue to string wins together and you fix things at the same time, that’s a sign of a team that’s building something,” Ott said. “We’ve continued to work every day and clean up the things that we need to clean up -- it’s limiting the Grade A scoring chances, it’s limiting the possession time that the other team would have in our defensive zone. It’s a work in progress, and the teams that work and stay focused on it every day get better.”

The Wings also spoke with DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji about tonight's challenges in terms of their special teams play:

The Wings' special teams will have to be on point as the Blues are ranked seventh on the power play at 25.9 percent and fifth on the penalty kill at 91.3 percent.

"When I was in St. Louis the power play was clicking and I was the guy on the other of it penalty killing and watching it in practice and I know how well they can move the puck," Ott said. "They have some really high-end guys, some big time goal scorers with (Vladimir) Tarasenko and (Alexander) Steen and (Kevin) Shattenkirk, high-end power play guys. That's what they get paid to do. They can bring it."

All five of Shattenkirk's points (two goals, three assists) have come on the power play. Shattenkirk is tied with Philadelphia's Claude Giroux, Buffalo's Rasmus Ristolainen and Toronto's William Nylander for most power-play points.

The Wings are 12th on the power play at 22.2 percent and 21st on the penalty kill at 76.9 percent.

"For us, we've been building, working hard with (Doug Houda) on the penalty kill on a daily basis to try and improve it," Ott said. "I think it's getting there, but it's a building process. We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole on the penalty kill thing, but things are starting to turn the right way, getting our roots down, get the familiarity and chemistry and penalty kill needs."

A few of those goals have come when the Wings were at a two-man disadvantage.

"I think we've given up a 4-on-3, a 5-on-3, maybe another 5-on-3," Miller said. "So I think that's three goals right there that I think those are tough ones to kill. Obviously we want to be better on the penalty kill but those are some of the goals that go in that are tough on your stats. But I think that we will kind of get our 4-on-3, 5-on-3 straightened out. I think a lot of positives for our penalty kill right now."

It is entirely possible that Justin Abdelkader will return for tonight's game, as the Windsor Star's Bob Duff noted...

Don’t expect any lineup changes for the Wings. Left-winger Justin Abdelkader, out the past two games with a lower-body injury, didn’t sound likely to be ready to play Thursday.

“I’m not sure,” Abdelkader admitted after practice Wednesday. “We’ll see. I skated today, had a good skate.”

What that means for his immediate future would appear uncertain.

“I don’t know,” Abdelkader said. “I’ve got to talk to the trainers and kind of go from there. It’s kind of a day-by-day thing.”

The injury first flared up in Detroit’s Oct. 17 home opener against Ottawa and got to the point where it was finally determined to give Abdelkader some down time in order to fix the ailment.

“It was just kind of one things that I thought with some rest I could still play through,” Abdelkader said. “It just came to a point where I needed some time off.”

And as the Wings hope to build upon their 5-game winning streak...

The Wings come to St. Louis riding a five-game winning streak and feeling good about themselves.

“We’re going to play hard for sure,” Ott said. “We’re going in there and worrying about our team. We’re building something here. It’s coming together. When you continue to string wins together and fix things at the same time, that’s the sign of a team that’s building right now.”

There are some pluses and minuses to the lineup, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan:

Scoring surge: Scoring is up throughout the NHL early in the season. The Red Wings are averaging 3.43 goals per game, tied for sixth in the league. It's a marked improvement from 2015-16, when they were 23rd in the league at 2.55 goals per game.

"I thought there was better line chemistry with the makeup of the lines," Blashill said. "(Thomas) Vanek has been a real good addition, he's given us some real elite ability, doesn't have to play 18 minutes to score. He's played lesser minutes (13:11) and still contributes lots offensively.

"I think we have done a good job of transitioning out of our end, have done a good job of getting behind people. I think we're playing towards our strengths."

Nielsen adjusting: Frans Nielsen has three points (goal, two assists) in seven games, but Blashill isn't concerned.
"Frans was a huge part of the Islanders organization for a long time. Essentially, you grow up in those organizations and then things change," Blashill said. "I think you have to learn where you fit in the room, you have to learn the coaching staff, you have to learn the playing styles, you're not yet 100 percent comfortable.

"I just think he's been excellent for us in a lot of ways. He makes a lot of little, good plays both offensively and defensively, but I also think he's going to continue to get better as he gets more and more comfortable."

I don't have any complaints about Nielsen. I had a feeling that his first 10-20 games were going to involve a huge adjustment as he played for the New York Islanders for 10 seasons prior to joining the Wings, and while he's had some rough patches, he also hasn't been a negative presence for the Wings.

He's making his first adjustment to a new team in a decade, and he brings more to the table than he takes away when he's on the ice. I expect him to improve markedly as the season progresses.

Khan also posted the Wings' lineup...

Gustav Nyquist-Frans Nielsen-Dylan Larkin

Tomas Tatar-Henrik Zetterberg-Riley Sheahan

Andreas Athanasiou-Darren Helm-Thomas Vanek

Drew Miller-Luke Glendening-Steve Ott (Justin Abdelkader rotated in)

The defense pairs were the same as well:

Danny DeKeyser-Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson-Alexey Marchenko

Brendan Smith-Ryan Sproul

Xavier Ouellet rotating in. Niklas Kronwall (injured reserve) skated.

In goal:

Petr Mrazek (in starter's net)

Jimmy Howard

And it's Steve Ott who was the subject of the vast majority of the Red Wings beat writers' attention. Ott earned praise from the Wings who spoke with the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

When Carolina forward Viktor Stalberg pushed Mike Green into the boards Tuesday, with Green in a defenseless position, Ott was right there to confront Stalberg. Nobody was going to take advantage of Ott’s teammates.

“I liked the way Otter came in and stood up for his teammate,” said Dylan Larkin after the Red Wings' 4-2 victory. “That’s something you’re seeing from us, that we’re sticking together. A guy like Otter, especially, is going to do that, (and) send a message when he’s on the ice not to do that.

“He’s had a huge impact,” Larkin said. “He’s out there battling, he got his first point (an assist Tuesday). He meshes well with Glennie (Luke Glendening) and Millsie (Drew Miller). Then you get him in the locker room and he’s a character. He’s just as valuable as anyone our team. He doesn’t wear a letter but he’s for sure a leader.”

Many fans were perplexed by the Red Wings’ decision to sign Ott to a 1-year free agent contract worth $800,000 on July 1. But the veteran has shown early in the season the variables on and off the ice that make him a valuable addition.

“Otter brings lots of things to the table,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Some are intangibles, more in the room, in the energy he brings. But we’ve talked a lot about sticking up for each other and he did a good job in that situation.

“The thing about Otter is, he’s a really good player. He can play in his own end, he can play in the other end, grinding, he’s a real smart player. He wins faceoffs, a good penalty killer. With guys that have been around, they know how to play and they know how to keep leads and the puck moving in the right direction. They also, with that line (Ott, Glendening, Miller) in particular, they relish that role and there are a lot of guys who don’t want that role (and) are not happy with that role; team chemistry isn’t good when they’re in that role. Our chemistry has been good because they relish their role and that’s real important."

And the same was true for MLive's Ansar Khan:

"Otter brings lots of things to the table," Henrik Zetterberg said. "Some are intangibles that are more in the room and the energy he brings. We've talked lots about sticking up for each other and he did a good job in that situation."

Said Dylan Larkin: "I liked the way Otter came in and stood up for his teammate. I think that's something you're seeing from us and we're sticking together."

The Red Wings (5-2-0), winners of five in a row heading into Thursday's game at St. Louis (8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Detroit), seem to be more cohesive. They're determined not to be pushed around, as evidenced by their league-leading five fighting majors. And Ott is leading the rallying cry.

"No one really fights in this league anymore," Ott said. "Let's be honest. It's a completely different game, but toughness is still involved and that's why I talk about team toughness and sticking up for each other, battling and showing that we're willing to stand our ground a lot longer than anyone else. It doesn't matter your size, or if you're not accustomed to doing it. When we're doing it together, I really think it does breed into the confidence of the team."

Ott said this about battling the Blues...

"It's always awkward playing your old team that first time," Ott said. "I think everybody on that team knows how I play and would be disappointed if I didn't play that way. I had a lot of bad blood with a lot of the St. Louis guys before I got there and they became some of my closest friends I ever had in the league. There's going to be no let-off. If I didn't play my way I think they would be disappointed in me as I would be with myself."

Ott said of his current club: "We're building something here. It's coming together. When you continue to string wins together and fix things at the same time that's the sign of a team that's building."

And Khan posted a video of Ott's comments...

While the Free Press's Helene St. James posted a clip of Ott, Abdelkader and Blashill's remarks:

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topshelf14's avatar

I’d say the toughest challenge since opening night against TB. The Blues dcore is scary good and with Tarasenko leading the Blues this game will be challenging in there rink. It could be a HUGE 2 pts and BIG confidence builder if the Wings can get the W.

Looking for a strong game from Z and Tatar. And I wonder if Jimmy gets the start tomorrow night. It might be another steal game out of Howard.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 10/26/16 at 11:00 PM ET

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Petr practiced in starter’s net today.

Posted by easmus on 10/26/16 at 11:07 PM ET

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They also, with that line (Ott, Glendening, Miller) in particular, they relish that role and there are a lot of guys who don’t want that role (and) are not happy with that role; team chemistry isn’t good when they’re in that role. Our chemistry has been good because they relish their role and that’s real important.”

I don’t mean this in a condescending way, but I’ve sure read a lot of fans clamoring for guys like Mantha, Pulkinnen, AA, Frk, etc. to be filling these fourth line roles as a way of transitioning them into the pros, but I think folks simply don’t grasp this quote above which is so true. All you have to do is look at our cup wins and most cup winners and there’s usually a real solid grind/shutdown/energy/chemistry line and I think this GMO line has those makings and makes our entire team better, waiver losses be damned. I mean don’t get me wrong, we need our best scorers out there and I think Ott will do some sitting this year, but as a whole it sounds like he was a much needed addition to the locker room and while we are still too early in the season to really make judgments, just about every controversial signing from Vanek to Ott to Helm have really shattered expectations so far. With Green looking like the guy we hoped he’d be, Sproul showing he can hang with the big boys, and guys like Nyquist stepping back up after an off year, not to mention the play of our goalie tandem, things couldn’t really be going more right for the team right now. If back at the end of the summer you listed exactly what would need to happen for us to exceed expectations and be a better team than we seemed on paper, just about everything I listed above would have been on that list.

I totally agree Nielsen is going to just get better and better and if Larkin starts lighting it up, look out. I’m far from calling the Wings a contender, but I do think team chemistry is vastly underrated when we are all prejudging the team on paper before the season. Great looking teams have horrible seasons and bad or average looking teams have Cinderella seasons. So at the least it’s been fun to watch and it’s nice to see us put away some points because it’s a long season ahead and we are sure to have some bumps along the way. The more wins we can stock away now when we’re hot the better. And if we can keep spreading that scoring around and getting killer goaltending, who knows how good of a season we can have. Lots of pleasant surprises all around so far to say the least.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 10/26/16 at 11:36 PM ET

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We have to have contributions up and down the lineup for this to work and so far we have. I just hope they stick with the righty lefty combos on d it seems to make our transition game out of our zone so much better.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 10/26/16 at 11:44 PM ET

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We have to have contributions up and down the lineup for this to work and so far we have. I just hope they stick with the righty lefty combos on d it seems to make our transition game out of our zone so much better.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 10/26/16 at 11:44 PM ET

Right on, keep those pairings the same.

Posted by George0211 on 10/27/16 at 07:51 AM ET

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So far the biggest positive surprise for me is Ericsson.
With Vanek I knew he can play, just needed motivation. With Helm, I also knew he can play as long as he is not in the top 6 and most of us hated the contract more than the player.
But Ericsson I honestly thought is done as a hockey player.

Posted by VPalmer on 10/27/16 at 09:25 AM ET

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So far the biggest positive surprise for me is Ericsson.
With Vanek I knew he can play, just needed motivation. With Helm, I also knew he can play as long as he is not in the top 6 and most of us hated the contract more than the player.
But Ericsson I honestly thought is done as a hockey player.

Posted by VPalmer on 10/27/16 at 09:25 AM ET

Ericsson has been fine. He is on the 3rd pair which is where he should be, he is keeping his game simple and makes less mistakes.
Smith has been playing well too, errand passes here and there but for the most part he’s been good.
Marchenko is a surprise to me, he has not been very good.

Posted by George0211 on 10/27/16 at 09:30 AM ET

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Agreed on Marchenko.  I’ve read some Q & A with him (in Russian) and he admits, that Datsyuk’s departure hurts him in terms of his game analysis and word of wisdom from Pavel after AND during the game. He literally said: “I’m on my own now”.

Posted by detroitredwings on 10/27/16 at 10:50 AM ET

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Posted by detroitredwings on 10/27/16 at 10:50 AM ET

Fair enough, but he is also not a kid anymore, he is 24 and he’s been in North America for 3 years now.
I don’t know, time to grow up maybe?

Posted by George0211 on 10/27/16 at 10:54 AM ET

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March is a smart kid, hope his adjustment period is a short one.

Posted by detroitredwings on 10/27/16 at 10:59 AM ET

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I don’t mean this in a condescending way, but I’ve sure read a lot of fans clamoring for guys like Mantha, Pulkinnen, AA, Frk, etc. to be filling these fourth line roles as a way of transitioning them into the pros,

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 10/26/16 at 11:36 PM ET

I don’t think people want Mantha on the 4th line.

I think what people want is to sit one or two of the OMG line, move say a Sheahan and/or Helm down to the 4th line, and get a Mantha time in the Top 9 instead.

Posted by Primis on 10/27/16 at 11:37 AM ET

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Fair enough, but he is also not a kid anymore, he is 24 and he’s been in North America for 3 years now.
I don’t know, time to grow up maybe?

I get the sentiment of this statement but I imagine there is a lot more than just maturing to handle that transition. It cannot be an easy one to make coming half way across the world into a new culture when no one on the team speaks your native language.

I don’t think Marchenko is complaining, just stating what many might not see as obvious, how much having Datsyuk around assisted him in many ways.

Posted by evileye on 10/27/16 at 04:16 PM ET

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