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Wings Have Been Underachieving Due To Injuries According To Steve Ott

“This All-Star break can’t come quick enough,” Ott said of the weekend ahead. “Try to collect some points in the last couple games here and maybe take a little bit of break, reset everybody here and, hopefully, come back a strong, healthy team.

“I don’t care what team you are in the league, if you lose some of guys that we lost in here, it would really damper a team. That’s kind of the story of this season. The underachieving part is, obviously, due to injury, I think, more than anything. Now you’re seeing a team that continues to get healthier and a team that continues to rise up.”

George Sipple has more from Ott at the Detroit Free Press.

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Tomas Jurco On Returning To The Lineup On Tuesday

from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

“Working hard to stay in good shape,” Jurco said today. “I feel good. I’m excited for tomorrow. I hope I’m going to be playing some decent minutes and hope it is going to go my way.”...

“All I’m waiting (on) is one lucky bounce,” Jurco said. “Hopefully, it’s going to turn around. That’s what I need.”

Jurco acknowledged he has been frustrated by the lack of playing time. When he has played, he averages 10:23 of ice time.

“That’s part of the game,” he said. “I have to take it. I can’t do anything about it. Just work hard and, hopefully, if I play some decent minutes tomorrow, I can do something.”

more, Blashill on Jurco...

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Drew Miler Remains With The Red Wings

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Talk After Today’s Practice



More if needed.

George is still not feeling well and my energy level is real low but I am trying to bring you what I feel is necessary to keep you in the loop regarding the Wings.

added 11:20am, Khan tweet,

Blashill said Vanek hasn't been ruled out for Wednesday's game. Larkin won't play next two for sure. Hurt late in Sunday's game.

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Morning Practice At The JLA

More Khan tweets who noted earlier Mrazek was in the starters net.

practice lines:
Ott (IR)-Helm-Glendening

defense pairs same:
Marchenko-Sproul (extras)
Smith (knee) practicing.

added 10:24am, Khan...

Larkin is out next 2 games with upper body injury.

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Thomas Vanek Listed As Day-to-Day

The Wings are in Boston Tuesday night.


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Detroit’s Young Defense And The Wings This Week

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

On Sunday, Ouellet, 23, started. It was his 62nd career game.

Jensen paired with Kronwall, in his 14th game.

Ouellet played 21:17, second-most among the defensemen to Danny DeKeyser’s 23:19. Jensen played 15:43, a bit less than Kronwall’s 16:14, but during two more shifts than the veteran.

For a team challenged in their fifth season of a self-proclaimed “rebuild on the fly” to spend less time in their zone, leave it more adroitly and boost a power play lagging for two seasons, the corps of defensemen remains the major cause for concern.

Mike Green has helped solidify it with improved play this season, including eight goals and 14 assists in 39 games.

But short of a blockbuster trade before the deadline, Feb. 28, to acquire the much-in-demand Kevin Shattenkirk, from the Blues, the only improvement available on the back end might be from new players, who ripened — maybe even over-ripened — in Grand Rapids.

And the events of Sunday provided definitive evidence the Wings now intend to, in the vernacular of the game, “play the kids back there.”


from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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Alain Vigneault Said The Ice Was Horrendous At The Joe Today

from Justin Tasch of th NewYork Daily News,

Before J.T. Miller's overtime goal gave the Rangers a 1-0 win Sunday afternoon, they engaged in 60 minutes of drudgery with the Red Wings, a game which Rangers players admitted was "ugly" and "boring" for spectators, and Alain Vigneault pinned a lot of the utterly dull hockey to the playing surface, ripping the ice conditions at Joe Louis Arena.

"I know the ice was the same for both teams, but the quality of the ice today was just horrendous," Vigneault said. "When you can't put two passes together because the puck was bouncing all over the place, it makes it very hard on both players who have some skill, and it makes it hard to put that skill on display. It took five or six minutes each period for the ice to be horrible, and I think that had a lot to do with the show that we saw on the ice today."

continue for game talk...

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Another Point Lost For Detroit And Jeff Blashill On Waiving Drew Miller

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The New York Rangers defeated the Red Wings 1-0 when J.T. Miller scored at 1 minute, 56 seconds of overtime, finally ending a defensive struggle Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.

For the fifth consecutive game the Red Wings earned points for themselves (3-0-2) – getting eight of 10 points overall.

But not getting that extra point in overtime these last two games (Friday was a 3-2 loss in Buffalo) could ultimately hurt in the tightly-bunched standings.

“We’re getting results but we have to take that next step,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Play the same level but find ways to get more two-point (games), not just one.

“We have to keep grinding.”

read on

Ansar Khan of Mlive on the Wings waiving Drew Miller,

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Red Wings-Rangers quick take: it only takes one mistake

The Detroit Red Wings aimed for a home-ice win against the struggling New York Rangers on Sunday, and in what was admittedly a bit of a snoozer...

The Wings made one mistake in OT--affording the Rangers a 2-on-1 rush against--and that's all the Wings needed to lose 1-0 in overtime.

Detroit played a strong game overall, but the Wings' special teams came up empty again (0-for-3 on the PP) and despite a fine effort from Jared Coreau, Zetterberg, Larkin and Green left Coreau out to dry on the gamer by JT Miller.

I'm glad that the Wings are earning OT points when they lose, because those points could be essential going forward, but the team's now winless in two games.

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