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On another note, George is still ill and at this point I have no idea when he will return.

I will try to keep up with any Wings news but it certainly won't be as thorough like George does.

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Fixing The Detroit Red Wings And What Goalie To Keep

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“I expected more, I expected we’d be in the thick of things,” general manager Ken Holland said. “I didn’t know if we’d be in the playoffs or not. When you look at the standings in our division and in the Eastern Conference, there a lot of teams, some of them are going to miss the playoffs by a point or two and some of them are going to get in by a point or two.”

So what’s the plan to fix it? How do the Red Wings, and Holland, make sure it doesn’t happen again next spring, once the team is in Little Caesars Arena?

Holland began the fix March 1, and the days preceding the NHL trade deadline, when he moved defenseman Brendan Smith and forwards Thomas Vanek, Steve Ott and Tomas Jurco for draft picks.

There will be other ways to do it.

Free agency. Making trades. The draft. And this summer, with the Vegas Golden Knights joining the league, there’s also the expansion draft, where teams will lose players, which could help a team like the Red Wings if they lose an expensive contract. It also could open a door to a trade with the Knights if a player the Red Wings like is exposed by another team.

It’s going to take, likely, a combination of all of those avenues for the Red Wings to improve. The team is hindered by the salary cap, and has few trading options.

There are talented long-term prospects in the organization (forward Evgeny Svechnikov, defensemen Filip Hronek and Vili Saarijarvi) who offer hope.

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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

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Detroit Recalls Defenseman Dan Renouf

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Dan Renouf from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions.

Renouf, 22, was signed by the Red Wings as a free agent on March 10, 2016 and has spent his first professional season with the Griffins, logging 15 points (3-12-15), a plus-15 rating and 59 penalty minutes in 58 games. The Pickering, Ontario, native leads Grand Rapids in penalty minutes and is tied for third on the team and for seventh among AHL rookies in plus-minus. Renouf also appeared in six games with the Griffins in 2015-16 following the conclusion of his junior year at the University of Maine, picking up one assist and five penalty minutes.

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Wings/Wild Recap

I will admit these games are hard to watch, nothing to play for and at times motivation is very low.

It sure is a different feeling but I do think of fans from other cities who have gone through long spells of bad teams and it makes me appreciate what we once had and hopefully will have in the not to distant future.

Regarding the game today, that is your job.  Feel free to comment on the 3-2 OT win by the Wings who now travel to Raleigh to play Monday and Tuesday.

Below are the highlights with a bit of a different look.

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Video- Mike “Doc” Emrick Feature On Joe Louis Arena

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Darren Helm Skating In Pre-Game But No Line Rushes

George is ill again so it looks like you have me for the rest of the day.


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Video- Wings/Wild Game Day Preview

Puck drops just after 12:30pm ET on NBC.


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Video- Home Improvement - Hockey Style

Starring the Grand Rapids Griffins.


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Three Games In Three Days Starts Tomorrow

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Playing three games over a three-day span is normal in junior hockey, even in the minor league level.

Not in the NHL.

Except for extreme rare occurrences, such as what the Red Wings are about to encounter.

The schedule didn’t originally have it this way, but the postponement of the game Dec. 19 in Carolina — due to poor ice conditions — led to this fix.

With the Red Wings already on the schedule originally to play in Raleigh, N.C. Tuesday, the make-up game was scheduled for Monday.

But before those two games, Sunday the Red Wings host the Wild (12:30 p.m./NBC-Channel 4).

So, suddenly, the Red Wings have a three-game in a three-day stretch as the regular season winds down.


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Same Story, Different Day

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“Our start wasn’t good enough,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We’ve talked lots about making sure that we’re ultra competitive, that our second and third efforts on pucks is real good and we didn’t come out, we weren’t crisp.

“Our compete wasn’t good enough. It picked up in the second and third periods.”

The Red Wings had opportunities thanks to five power plays, but a unit that’s been better recently never got going.

“We had five chances, a chance to win the game, that’s the difference in the game,” Blashill said. “Our penalty kill was good but the one power play in the second we didn’t get in the zone, that was no good at all.

“Overall it had its moments but not good enough. We just have to make sure that we’re doing a better job on our entries, we need more speed on our entries.”


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