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Tweets from lack of practice: Wings hold a lengthy team meeting (and other stuff)

The Red Wings took part in their morning-after-the-Canucks-debacle practice...Well, actually, the team didn't practice, holding a team meeting instead.

Danny DeKeyser took his turn on the ice, but he was the Wings' lone skater:

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Saarijarvi reassigned to Grand Rapids

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings have reassigned rookie defenseman Vili Saarijarvi from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

In his first full professional season, Saarijarvi, 20, has accounted for one assist and a plus-one rating in three games with the Walleye.

Detroit’s second choice, 73rd overall, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Saarijarvi scored 31 points (11-20—31) in 34 regular season games with the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads in 2016-17 before leading all team defensemen with 15 points (5-10—15) in 20 playoff appearances. Saarijarvi has represented his home country of Finland at the 2017 and 2016 World Junior Championships and won the gold medal in 2016.

The 5-foot-10, 178-pound blueliner ranked third on the OHL’s Flint Firebirds in scoring with 43 points (12-31—43) in 59 games during the 2015-16 campaign before making his pro debut later that season with the Walleye, totaling four points (1-3—4) in five appearances.

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In What Direction Will The Wings Go?

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

If the Red Wings come out and have a hard practice and then a successful road trip in Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Florida this team gets a mulligan and everyone moves on.

If the Vancouver game effort and not the opening week of the season is an indication of how the Red Wings will play this year, it will be abundantly clear the issues extend well beyond the defense.

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A Very Bad Game From The Detroit Red Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

How does a team that believes it played well this week against three tough opponents (Tampa Bay, Toronto, Washington) look so uninspired against a club many projected to be near the bottom of the NHL? Blashill had no explanation.

"We'll go to work tomorrow and make sure we work because we didn't work tonight," Blashill said. "I thought we played (well) overall, up until tonight, with the exception of maybe Arizona (4-2 victory Oct. 12). Maybe we were told how good we played this week and were right there and all that crap. I don't know."...

"We didn't have the puck early, so when you don't have the puck it's hard to attract penalties," Blashill said. "We were late on every forecheck, we turned pucks over, we didn't win any battles in our D-zone. Whenever we had the puck it seemed like we threw it away."

Asked what recourse he had during the game, Blashill said: "The No. 1 recourse you always have is playing time, but we didn't have anybody going hardly at all, with the exception of maybe (Luke Glendening's line, with Luke Witkowski and newcomer Scott Wilson), those guys were working. But other than that, we had nobody going. At that point I didn't know who to put out there."

Blashill didn't address the team after the game.

"I never talk to the team after losses," he said. "I actually got that when I worked for Mike (Babcock). I didn't talk today. I can yell and do all that stuff. We'll deal with it tomorrow."


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Canucks wrap-up

The Red Wings' 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday was embarrassing, plain and simple, and the now 4-4-and-1 Red Wings' coach stated as much after the Wings' fourth straight defeat.

Blashill was blunt in making his post-game remarks:

In terms of the game as a whole, the Canucks lost defenseman Troy Stetcher to a "lower-body injury," but the Canucks didn't miss as much as a skate stride down to 5 defensemen, pile-driving the Wings' collective butts with a 3-goal second period.

Derek Dorsett of all people scored the game-winning goal, and the long-time tough guy's scoring exploits are surprising everyone, as NHL.com's Dave Hogg noted:

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Jeff Blashill issues blunt remarks after Wings’ loss to Vancouver

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Red Wings-Canucks quick take: as bad as it gets, or the new normal?

The Detroit Red Wings hoped to rebound from a 3-game losing streak (0-2-and-1) as they hosted the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

Instead, the Red Wings were utterly embarrassed as the only game on the NHL schedule, losing 4-1 thanks to perhaps the worst second period of hockey I've seen from the Red Wings in two or three years--and that's taking the 2016-17 season's stumbles into account.

Detroit heads on the road for three games against Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Toronto on an 0-3-and-1 slide in which three of the last four games have looked just plain old bad, and the Wings were utterly wretched at times during an uninspired Sunday performance littered with passengers and leaving questions about how much blame to place at the feet of management, the coaching staff and the players and system being played.

In theory, at least among optimistis, losing Riley Sheahan's passivity might spread. After this game, in theory, among optimists, Andreas Athanasiou may be a difference-maker.

But what I don't want to hear is that the Red Wings have the excuse to simply "flush this one." The Red Wings were schooled by the Canucks--the same Red Wings team that made Vegas fold like a bad poker hand--and this team has to learn from its mistakes and at least try to get better, even if this is as "better" as it gets.

Now the Wings go on the road for seven of their next eight games facing "must-wins" all over the damn place if the team isn't to fall out of the playoff race by American Thanksgiving.

Hoo boy.

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Riley Sheahan On The Trade To Pittsburgh

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Sheahan is no longer a Red Wing. He’s a Pittsburgh Penguin, the result of a Saturday swap that addresses general manager Jim Rutherford’s longtime quest to find a third-line center.

“It wasn’t a total surprise,” Sheahan said on a Sunday afternoon conference call. “It’s been a crazy last day, but I’m looking forward to the opportunity. Obviously leaving behind a great organization and great teammates. I’m definitely excited for the change of scenery and to get started with such an awesome organization.”...

“It was tough, just knowing that I’ve performed at this level and contributed the first few years of my career,” Sheahan said. “Not doing the same thing last year was sort of a struggle. I was trying to contribute in different ways. I was trying to play smart and play a sound defensive game, things like that. It was tough.

“I’ve kind of experienced the worst, so I just need to build from there.”


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Talk After The Morning Skate

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Scott Wilson will make his Detroit Red Wings debut tonight against the Vancouver Canucks at Little Caesars Arena (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

Wilson was acquired from Pittsburgh Saturday in the trade that sent Riley Sheahan to the Penguins.

Wilson, who has no points in three games this season, is expected to play on a line with Luke Glendening and Luke Witkowski.


Below, watch Jeff Blashill talks about Riley Sheahan and Trevor Daley on Scott Wilson.

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Detroit’s Morning Skate

Media reports Jimmy Howard in the starter's net for an optional morning skate.

I will update this post if any more news comes my way.

Puck drop against Vancouver is just after 7:00pm ET and is on FoxSports Detroit.

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