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Tyler Bertuzzi Working Hard And Dylan Larkin Is Confident Again

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Don’t get him wrong, it’s great news to hear, a relief in some ways, but Tyler Bertuzzi isn’t going to change much of anything.

Getting told he’s staying with the Red Wings is a dream come true, but Bertuzzi is going to continue to take a workmanlike approach.

“Take it day by day and keep working hard,” Bertuzzi said after Wednesday’s morning skate....

Heading into Wednesday’s game, Bertuzzi had three assists in the four games since being recalled, with an even plus-minus rating while playing over 14 minutes per game. Bertuzzi, arguably, had his best game Sunday against Pittsburgh, getting two assists in over 16 minutes against the Stanley Cup champions.

“Bert goes to the net hard, gets pucks out on the wall, and he’s smart enough to play with real good players,” Blashill said. “He’s a good piece.”

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Below, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press on Dylan Larkin...

added 1:58pm, Wings notes from Wakiji and Regner added below too...

Dylan Larkin is enjoying himself, and it’s evident on a nightly basis with the Detroit Red Wings.

The season isn’t even at the midpoint, and already Larkin has matched the points he had last season in 80 games. Entering Wednesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators, Larkin was on a roll, with eight points in the previous six games.

“I’ve gotten my confidence back,” Larkin said after the morning skate at Little Caesars Arena. “I’m making plays, I’m playing a lot. I’m having fun again. I just want to keep going. I am not satisfied — I’d like to have more goals, and we’d like to have more wins. If I score more, I think it will help the team even more.”

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added 1:58pm, from Dana Wakiji and Art Regner of the Wings' website,

The power play has dropped a bit in the rankings to 12th in the league at 20.2 percent.

"My positioning needs to be better," Mantha said of playing net-front. "I need to make the goalie look on one side of the other when that pass - for example, from (Mike) Green to Frky comes down - he (the goalie) needs to be a half-second or a second late on that pass, so once that shots is taken he's already going to be late, so it's hard to stop."

Mantha said he does look at other players who fill that role around the league.

"I talked to Blashill a little bit about that," Mantha said. "Even JVR (James van Riemsdyk) from Toronto is one of the best net-front players around. Blash showed me a couple of clips of things he does. I'm trying to learn and trying to get better."

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The Sens will have a new look PP,

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Sun,

Under the new set-up – with associate coach Marc Crawford taking over direction of the unit – Karlsson sets up on the left side of ice, along the side boards, towards the face off circle. Mark Stone is on the right side, with rookie Thomas Chabot serving as the quarterback along the blue line.

The last time Karlsson was in a similar situation, he was wearing yellow – as a member of Sweden’s national team.

“Yeah, with the Sedins (Daniel and Henrik) running the other side,” Karlsson said before testing out the new set-up during Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. “It was good. I just waited for my chance.”

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Craig Anderson starts in net for Ottawa.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/03/18 at 04:12 PM ET

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The season isn’t even at the midpoint, and already Larkin has matched the points he had last season in 80 games.

So he has….as Kenny would say, bounced back? smile

I would also contend that on a lot of nights, he isn’t always enjoying himself; just look at his reaction when he makes a mistake or something doesn’t go his way. He is agonizing over it. I think he could reel that in a little bit, but the passion and the fire is nice to see.

“I talked to Blashill a little bit about that,” Mantha said. “Even JVR (James van Riemsdyk) from Toronto is one of the best net-front players around. Blash showed me a couple of clips of things he does. I’m trying to learn and trying to get better.”

I was under the impression that Blashill doesn’t talk to the players. He just makes decisions to hurt the young players and has no explanation or reasoning. All these players that got benched or scratched had no idea what was going on. Huh.

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/03/18 at 04:28 PM ET

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I was under the impression that Blashill doesn’t talk to the players. He just makes decisions to hurt the young players and has no explanation or reasoning. All these players that got benched or scratched had no idea what was going on. Huh.

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/03/18 at 04:28 PM ET

So does this one example just magically erase all of the other instances when players expressed confusion?

Remember Jurco saying he didn’t really understand what role he was being asked to play? Or why he was scratched?

Kindl had said he didn’t understand why he was scratched after picking up 2 assists the previous game?

How about Smith being scratched in the playoffs for reasons unknown.

Tatar and Datsyuk had a great year together. Then they were split up the next season, and were still sitting around at Christmas wondering why?

Mantha himself learned that he was scratched during a media scrum rather than the coach himself.

But OK. They watched a JVR video together. So all is erased. Blashill is a master communicator.  rolleyes

Posted by fatsavage on 01/03/18 at 05:44 PM ET

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I was under the impression that Blashill doesn’t talk to the players. He just makes decisions to hurt the young players and has no explanation or reasoning. All these players that got benched or scratched had no idea what was going on. Huh.

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/03/18 at 04:28 PM ET

To quote an old but true saying…..“Don’t believe everything you read on the internet”.

Posted by Steve in SE MI on 01/03/18 at 05:50 PM ET

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Posted by Steve in SE MI on 01/03/18 at 05:50 PM ET

Amen!

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/03/18 at 06:11 PM ET

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