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Jeff Blashill Wants To Make Sure Riley Sheahan Plays With Confidence

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Jeff Blashill pulled Riley Sheahan aside and gave the Detroit Red Wings forward a message....

“The biggest thing I just wanted to make sure with him is that he keeps his confidence up,” Blashill said Thursday at Gila River Arena, where the Wings were scheduled to play an evening game against the Arizona Coyotes. “Riley is a 12-13 goal scorer in this league. He has proven that. That wasn’t by fluke. It wasn’t because he was playing with certain guys. It was because that is what he is.”

Sheahan has started the season on the fourth line, but “the biggest thing with him is, he’s a guy who without question can move up the lineup,” Blashill said. “He’s done it before. He’s just got to make sure his game is ready whenever the door of opportunity opens.

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added 5:31pm, from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

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Detroit’s Skate In Arizona

Tonight's game is on FoxSports Detroit with puck drop just after 10:00pm ET.

Dana Wakiji tweets,

Witkowski wearing defenseman'a jersey for morning skate right now.

DeKeyser not skating so Daley is with Ericsson. Kronwall with Green.


added 2:47pm, Wakiji,

PP units:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Nyquist-Abdelkader (net front)-Kronwall;
Frk-Nielsen-Larkin-Mantha (net front)-Green

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Faceoffs An Issue For The Detroit Red Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Stars won faceoffs, got control of the puck, and forced the Red Wings to chase it most of the game.

Zetterberg was 15-of-34, Frans Nielsen 5-of-16, and Dylan Larkin 8-of-16 in the circle.

Basically, officials want to curb the cheating, specifically to players squaring up behind the L-shaped marks surrounding the dot.

But it’s that second guy coming in after his teammate gets thrown out that is making teams cautious....

We have to do a better job in the faceoff circle,” Blashill said. “The one thing I’d say about that is we’re very worried about taking that penalty. I guess I have to look through the league and see if they’ve called any yet. In the preseason they did, but I want to make sure that it’s being called the same way for that second guy going in.

“I certainly want to make sure our guys are not taking a penalty. But if they’re allowing more cheating on that second guy throughout the league, we have to make sure they’re looking at that.”

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DeKeyser Is Day-To-Day, Kronwall Wants To Play

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Danny DeKeyser, who did not finish Tuesday night's game in Dallas due to a lower-body injury, is a question mark.

"Danny is day to day right now, so we'll see (Thursday) morning," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "He didn't skate (Wednesday). We'll see (Thursday) how he feels. It's going to be a thing where it's pain tolerance for him."...

Blashill said they will decide Thursday whether Kronwall can play against the Coyotes.

The other concern is the Wings are scheduled to play their first set of back-to-back games Thursday in Arizona and Friday in Las Vegas.

"I think that's something that I'll have conversations with our training staff, with Nik about," Blashill said. "He's not necessarily 100 percent prohibited. It's not necessarily the best thing that you always want to do when a guy comes back after not playing for a long time. But let's see."

Naturally, if Kronwall is cleared to play Thursday, his preference would be to play in both games.

"I'd love to play back to back," Kronwall said. "Once you're going again, you want to play every game. And of course, you talk to the medical team and see what their thoughts are. But if you're healthy, you want to play as many games as possible."

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A Resolution Coming Soon Regarding Andreas Athanasiou

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

What we are also learning is that while the Red Wings are not actively shopping Athanasiou, teams are calling about him, with the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Los Angeles Kings displaying the most interest in him. The Canadiens, who are currently being outscored by Alex Ovechkin and are tied with Mika Zibanejad, James Neal and Brandon Saad, desperately need a player who can provide them with offense. (Could a deal involving Alex Galchenyuk make sense at this point? Yes. Yes, it could.) Athanasiou fits the Kings’ new philosophy tilting toward more speed and offense and the Senators could use a player of Athanasiou’s skill and speed to supplement their left wing corps.

Athanasiou’s agent Darren Ferris would not comment on the speculation, but said the situation will be resolved one way or another within a week, meaning if Athanasiou is neither signed nor traded, he will likely sign either in Russia or Switzerland. Any contract with a European team would include an out-clause to return to the NHL, provided he signs a deal prior to Dec. 1. If he is not signed to an NHL deal by that date, he will be ineligible to play in the league this season.


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An Optional Practice For The Detroit Red Wings


added 2:43pm, Wakiji...,

Blashill said DeKeyser is day to day, will see how he is after tomorrow's morning skate.

Kronwall practiced hard, said he feels good, hopes to be ready for tomorrow.

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Retired NHL Player On Andreas Athanasiou

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Octopus Thrower Facing A LCA Ban

from Dan Taekema of CBC,

Detroit Red Wings' superfan Nick Horvath smuggled an octopus into Little Caesars Arena with the hope of claiming his place in history. Instead, he's facing a lifetime ban.

Horvath and his buddies wrapped an octopus snugly around his stomach and concealed their secret cargo under a Gordie Howe all-star jersey ahead of the Wings' home opener last week in the team's new home. Every detail was carefully planned but everything went wrong when the eight-legged animal went airborne.

The octopus arched through the air and slid across the ice, eliciting a roar from the sellout crowd. The tossing of cephalopods has long been a popular pastime for Wings' fans but it's one officials frown upon.  Horvath hardly had time to celebrate before security guards grabbed the back of his jersey and whisked him away.

"The crowd was going nuts," said Horvath. "As they were escorting me out people were booing them, 'Let him go!' People were high-fiving me, giving me spanks on the butt, slaps on the butt ... everyone loved it."


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Detrtoit’s Compete Level Not There In Loss To The Dallas Stars

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

This seemed too much like last season went for the Red Wings, not playing a consistently effective 60 minutes of hockey.

That was certainly the case Tuesday, as a poor start was too much to overcome in a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars.

The Red Wings (2-1) saw their modest season-opening two-game win streak end rather abruptly.

“We didn’t have nearly enough offensive zone time,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Our competitive level can’t be fine, it has to be outstanding. We didn’t have enough guys skating well enough, (so) we didn’t have enough pressure.

“When we pressured them we were able to create turnovers but we didn’t do enough of it.”


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Detroit/Dallas Short Recap

Wings lose to the Stars 4-2.

It has been a 16+ hour day for me so I will catch up in the morning.

Feel free to discuss the game.

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