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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he expects to be working the phones as the Feb. 29 trade deadline approaches. But whether a deal happens depends on several factors.
"Before we do anything we got to get close to the trade deadline and see where we're at in the standings," Holland said on Thursday.
The Red Wings have eight games remaining before the trade deadline. If they're still in the playoff hunt, which seems likely, then Holland will see if he can upgrade the roster.
"For us to explore the trade deadline it has to be a player we think is a dramatic upgrade on one of our players," Holland said. "Then we have to get creative with the cap."
From Sportsnet Magazine's Kristina Rutherford's Q and A with Dylan Larkin:
What’s been the biggest surprise for you this season? How close the league is. Every team, no matter where they are in the standings, is a good team. It’s so tight. It’s crazy, you know, you play college and there’re some teams where you know you’re gonna win that game. Here, every game’s a battle.
When you have questions, who do you go to? I live with Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan. They’re pretty young guys but they’ve been around for a few years, so they’re a good help. We share a house; it’s nice. They have two dogs, so it’s a full house.
What have they been teaching you? Are you cooking, doing laundry? Cooking a little bit, yes. They’re pretty good cooks. We do our own laundry. It’s been good to learn from them, things like paying rent, and we had to do the bills—the electrical bill and all that stuff. That’s one thing I’ve learned.
Rutherford continues, and if you missed it, Sportsnet posted a profile of Larkin last night, via Hockey Webcast:
Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill appeared on Sportsnet's HockeyCentral at Noon, speaking with Doug MacLean, Gord Stellick and Nick Kypreos for 12 minutes, and Blashill stated that:
- He states that Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg asked to play together last week, and so far, so good for the "Eurotwins'" synergy and execution;
- The Red Wings "like their team," and in a league where parity is a rule and playoff spots will be earned by on-ice execution and health, he doesn't expect the Wings to add a player at the deadline. He believes that Ken Holland will explore adding to the team, but he feels that Niklas Kronwall's return in a week or so will be a big addition;
- He lauded Petr Mrazek and Dylan Larkin as players with fantastic inner drive, hard workers who self-improve and players who must still continue to improve going forward;
- He praises Mrazek as a "big moment" goaltender who's mentally and skillfully matured into a goaltender who's always ready for the next shot and next save;
- He suggests that Jimmy Howard needs to be as prepared as possible for his next opportunity to start or come into the crease, and as such, his preparation is the biggest factor toward Howard rebounding and playing more strongly after some "tough luck" games;
- He informs the gents that he's got the back-ups taking faceoff stats and more during games;
- He's asked if there are differences between himself and Mike Babcock, and Blashill states that he feels that the Wings activate their defense a little more than they were under Babcock, utilizing the skating of their defense a little more actively in the rush, but Blashill and Babcock are similar in terms of their philosophies.
Of Red Wings-related note this noon:
Asked if Andersson being sent down indicated Athanasiou will be sticking around, general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that, "we're day-to-day on lots of decisions and that's one of them."
2. Here's more about Danny DeKeyser's bruised knee from St. James:
Excellent news from the Free Press's Helene St. James:
No news as to whether this precludes a recall or whether the Red Wings are just giving Joakim Andersson playing time as the Grand Rapids Griffins play 3 games in 3 nights this weekend:
Here's the press release:
NHL.com's Rob Vollman wrote an article discussing Dylan Larkin's superb rookie season from an advanced statis perspective:
There's a system originally designed for baseball by Bill James in 1985, first applied to hockey by Gabriel Desjardins in 2004, that estimates how many points a player will score in the NHL coming from another league. It is based on past players from the target league and what portion of their scoring remained when they arrived in the NHL.
Larkin, the No. 15 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, had 47 points in 35 games for Michigan last season, an average of 1.34 points per game. The translation formula for the Big Ten Conference is 0.35, so the projection for Larkin was that he would score 0.47 points per game in his NHL rookie season, a pace that would put him at almost 40 points if he played a full season.
Larkin has 38 points in 53 games, which is 0.73 points per game.
He is defying the projection in part because of the age at which he competed in college. NCAA hockey is dominated by older players, and they are the majority who set the projection number. Scoring more than a point per game at age 18 is a clear indicator of atypical talent and historically yields a translation factor of 0.51 instead of the usual 0.35 for older players. That means Larkin's actual projection is closer to 0.68 points per game, which is three points removed from his actual scoring rate.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with the Free Press's George Sipple about Danny DeKeyser and the defenseman's surprising offensive output, as illustrated by DeKeyser's goal last night against Ottawa:
“Obviously he’s joining the rush a little bit, shooting the puck,” Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press after the first period. “That goal went off two or three sticks, but if you shoot the puck and go to the net sometimes you get some puck luck.”
DeKeyser has scored the most goals among Wings’ defensemen. He ranks third among team defensemen in scoring with 15 points.
Mike Green, who missed Wednesday’s game with a groin injury, is the top-scoring defensemen on the Wings with 21 points in 46 games. Niklas Kronwall, who could return as early as Sunday from a knee injury, is second with 17 points in 45 games.
“He’s here to play great defense and transition the puck,” Holland said of DeKeyser. “Obviously we want a little offense from all our defensemen. Right now he’s providing it. Over the course of 82 games everybody gets a little bit of a run and he’s on a bit of a run now.”
For Holland, one of the things that stands out about DeKeyser this season is his plus-13 plus/minus rating.
“He’s a matchup defensemen for us,” Holland said. “When you’re playing against the other teams’ best players every night and you’re plus double-digits, that’s a good number.”
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment today announced details surrounding the “Farewell Season at The Joe” campaign as the organizations prepare to embark on their final season (2016-17) at Joe Louis Arena. The campaign will celebrate many of the historic Red Wings games and entertainment acts that have been held at Joe Louis Arena in the building’s illustrious 38-year history.
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
The Red Wings won their third straight game Wednesday, when Mrazek made 22 saves and flirted with a second straight shutout before settling for a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Joe Louis Arena.
But it was the penalty killers who got much of the credit for helping the Red Wings (28-18-8) beat Ottawa and assume sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division, six points behind the Florida Panthers.
The Red Wings killed their first six penalties before Ottawa finally connected on the power play, cutting Detroit's lead to 2-1 with 2:24 left after pulling goaltender Craig Anderson for a 6-on-4 advantage.
The 6-for-7 performance by the penalty killers made the Red Wings 15-for-17 – that's an 88.2-percent success rate – during the winning streak, which also included victories over the New York Islanders and Florida Panthers.
"Once again – the last game too – they really saved us," said captain Henrik Zetterberg, who scored the winning goal 2:01 into the third period. "With them and Petr, they really kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win here because we were in the box way too much."
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