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Givani Smith Signs A Three-Year Entry Level Contract

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Blashill On Tonight’s Lines, Pairings

George is still ill and I am trying to present you with some of the latest news on the Wings' side.

It will not be as in-depth like George but doing what I can do.

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Darren Helm's line, with Gustab Nyquist and Thomas Vanek, is the only one that has remained intact thus far.

"That one line with Helm has been real good so far, I think in both games, from a point production standpoint, but also their impact has been good," coach Jeff Blashill said. "So kept them together and then still trying to find the right combination with the rest of the groups."

Dylan Larkin and Henrik Zetterberg have been reunited. Tomas Tatar is the other wing.

"If you go through the course of (last) season I thought they (Larkin and Zetterberg) were pretty good together, so we'll see if that chemistry can remain here this year," Blashill said.

On defense, Xavier Ouellet is paired with Brendan Smith while Alexey Marchenko joins Jonathan Ericsson.

"I think (Ouellet) and Ericsson both have played two real strong games, so been real happy with those two guys," Blashill said. "They need to continue to play at that level."

more, basically Detroit's lineup for tonight...

added 12:51pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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From The Last Opening Night Morning Skate At The Joe Louis Arena

via Ansar Khan tweets,

change couple lines at skate:
Abdelkader-Nielsen-Sheahan
Tatar-Larkin-Zetterberg
Nyquist-Helm-Vanek
Athanasiou-Glendening-Miller

change couple defense pairs:
DeKeyser-Green
Smith-Ouellet
Ericsson-Marchenko

Mrazek in starter's net

power play units:
Zetterberg-Nielsen-Tatar, Vanek (net front), Green
And
Sheahan-Larkin-Nyquist, Abdelkader (net front), Smith

added 10:54am, Wings need all the help they can get...

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All About The Joe

Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News with a very thorough piece on Joe Louis Arena,

Joe Louis Arena almost never happened. In the mid-1970s, the City of Detroit had to rush to prevent the Red Wings from moving to Pontiac.

The Old Red Barn, “The Olympia” in the local vernacular, was 49 years old in 1976. The near West Side neighborhood was increasingly impoverished for a decade, as residents of means moved farther out Grand River and into the suburbs.

The construction of the Jeffries Freeway, which would hasten the social trends, was just completed.

Having lost the Lions to Pontiac in 1974, Mayor Coleman Young and others swung into action.

The politics and finances of the deal meant the development of the new arena would have to be swift and economical. Both requisites were accomplished.

“Architectural significance? There’s probably not very much there,” said Paul Urbanek, the current design director for the architect of “The Joe,” SmithGroup JJR.

“The very industrial look of the exterior was purposefully thought of as the industrial grittiness of Detroit, where it came from and what it was about, as well as the economics of the building,” said Urbanek, who was not involved in the design 40 years ago, but who still plays hockey at age 60.

“It was intended to be built very, very economically, and it was.”

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The Wings This Week

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings haven't started a season 0-3 since 1989-90, which also happens to be the last time they missed the playoffs.

After losing on the road to Tampa Bay and Florida, the Red Wings will try to avoid falling into a deeper hole when they host Ottawa on Monday. Then they face three playoff teams from 2015-16 (the New York Rangers, Nashville and San Jose) in a span of four days.

Here are five things to watch:

What's my line?

Coach Jeff Blashill has juggled his lines the first two games, with the exception of the third line (Darren Helm centering Gustav Nyquist and Thomas Vanek), the most effective unit. Might he shuffle more on Monday? Dylan Larkin, a minus-4 in Saturday's 4-1 loss at Florida, needs a spark that he's not getting playing with Riley Sheahan. Henrik Zetterberg and Frans Nielsen haven't worked well together. Will Andreas Athanasiou remain in the lineup?

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The Talk After Detroit’s 4-1 Loss To Florida

A morning of quotes...

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I think we got some guys on the back end that have to play better," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said following Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center....

"We can't keep giving up free opportunities like that. It's nonsensical," Blashill said. "That put us on our heels. I thought then we played to not give up chances and when you do that you're tentative and we weren't quick enough on pucks. Their second guy beat our second guy to too many pucks, so we didn't spend any time in their zone."...

"I thought we were second in all those pucks; their second guy beat our second guy almost all night," Blashill said. "Part of that is when you play a long time in your end you get tired playing defense and it's hard to have enough juice for offense. So, we got to be quicker out of our end."...

"We should be able to create more than we have in these two games," Henrik Zetterberg said. "You can't blame it on chemistry of not having played with guys. We're supposed to be better hockey players than that and we should be able to create more."...

"I think our play through the neutral zone affected that," Abdelkader said. "We weren't above guys; our gaps weren't great. We got to do a better job of making sure we're tighter through the neutral zone and when we get in the zone, we got to try to work them a little more, with some grind time and not be as much one-and-done."...

"I think Johnathan Ericsson has been very good in two games," Blashill said. "I think Xavier Ouellet has been very good in two games. I think Mike Green for large portions has been good. But as a group we got to do better."

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added 9:21am, Video highlights from the game are below...

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Quick Game Recap- Detroit Red Wings/Florida Panthers

George is ill so you are stuck with me.

Wings fall to 0-2-0 after a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers.

22 shots on goal tells me an offensive issue tonight and too many mistakes in Detroit's defensive zone equals the results we just witnessed.

Your turn to break it down and most of the goals are below...

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Tomas Tatar Looking For Success

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Blashill and Tomas Tatar are both confident Tatar will expand on a fine World Cup of Hockey tournament into the regular season.

“Last year was frustrating for him,” Blashill said. “Having a good start in the World Cup helps him, helps everybody, to score and gain that kind of confidence, and to have that kind of fun and team success that they (Team Europe) had.

“He’s a guy that wants team success a ton. It was a good springboard.”

Team Europe wasn’t supposed to be a threat in the tournament, what with a collection of players from eight different countries. But the team meshed under coach Ralph Krueger and made the finals before losing to Canada.

Tatar had three goals on 16 shots in six World Cup games.

“It was awesome,” said Tatar of the experience. “The whole tournament, I had trust in the coach, the team did great, we were confident and we played together.

“It was just fun to be in the locker room. We played calm, and we talked in the locker room to do what was better (for the team).”

Kulfan has more from Blashill on the defensive game...

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Jeff Blashill Explains The Defensive Adjustments

from Ansar Kahn of Mlive,

"We allowed breakaways and outnumbered rushes on poor decisions. We've got to make sure we clean up," coach Jeff Blashill said following the morning skate. "We didn't necessarily give up a lot of chances in our D-zone, but we spent too much time in our D zone, so we've got to make sure that we're faster in our D zone."

In an effort to rectify that, Blashill adjusted his top two defense pairs, putting Danny DeKeyser with Mike Green and joining Brendan Smith with Alexey Marchenko.

"I'm just trying to find the right balance, the right chemistry amongst our D corps," Blashill said. "We haven't given Green and DeKeyser a lot of time together through the two years. It was something we thought about when we signed Green, but he hasn't had a whole lot of time with him.

"I think Danny's more than just a steady Eddie but you have a steadier guy with a rush-type guy in Greener and you have a steadier guy in Marchy with a rush-type guy in Smith. That doesn't mean that Marchy and Danny can't be up the ice because they can. It kind of balances that out a little bit."

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Detroit’s Morning Skate

The Detroit media reports today's skate is an optional, so not much news to report.

Below, watch Gerard Gallant talk about both teams after the Panthers' morning skate.

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