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Wings In Pursuit Of 2% More

from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, who have played well since being reunited, are now skating with Gustav Nyquist. Justin Abdelkader moved off of their line to play with Tomas Tatar and Dylan Larkin.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Nyquist and Tatar are capable of contributing more offense.

“So we want to see if there’s other combinations where we can keep Pavel and Z at the level their playing but get a little more from other people,” Blashill said. “We’re trying to get that little 2% better. So you want to be able to score a little more without losing your defensive integrity.

“I thought, coming out of Pittsburgh, we weren’t good enough defensively. I thought, the last two games, we did a really good job overall defensively, and we want to maintain that defense but still get a little more offense. So there’s a lot that went into the lines, and we’ll see how they go.”

Blashill said it’s “an ongoing struggle” because the NHL is so tight.

“It becomes a play here and a play there within the game,” he said.

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Jakub Kindl Hits The Waiver Wire Again

Earlier this morning the Wings assigned Jakub Kindl to Grand Rapids, then this...


added 12:51pm,


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Detroit’s Morning Skate

via Ansar Khan tweets,

#RedWings on ice for morning skate. Kindl not skating. He would need to be assigned to GR to make room for Kronwall, who appears good to go.

#RedWings defense pairs:
Ericsson (injured)-Ouellet (extra)

#RedWings lines at skate:

Power play units:
Nyquist-Datsyuk-Zetterberg, Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall
Pulkkinen-Tatar-Larkin (net front), Richards-Green

added 10:52am, Khan tweets saying Mrazek is in the starter's net.

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All Jeff Blashill

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Red Wings were shut out for the first time this season Sunday at Madison Square Garden. That means six goals in the past four games. For the season, you're 20th in scoring with 2.5 goals per game. When you look toward the final 25 percent of the season here, are you worried about scoring enough?

"I think it's been a bit of a concern all season, and to be honest with you it probably goes back to last season. I know last year they had a hard time scoring 5-on-5 as well. I think they were 25th in the League in 5-on-5 scoring.

Our power play has not scored at the rate that the power play scored at a year ago, so we put more pressure on our team to score 5-on-5 because of that.

We came back from a trip in Florida where we played Tampa and Florida and wanted to get what we call two percent better. By that, I meant trying to maintain the good defensive posture we played through the course of most of the season but add a little bit of offense with that.

We made the move to put [Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg] together. They've certainly been very, very good together. They've produced lots of offense as a line. Their power play has produced a good amount of offense. But we haven't had enough offensive contributors outside of that line. We're going to keep them together, and we need to find a little more offense from others.

There is offense there. [Gustav] Nyquist, [Tomas] Tatar, [Dylan] Larkin, [Brad] Richards -- I mean, there is definitely offense there. We've got to get those guys in position to make sure they can produce just a little bit more while still maintaining good defensive posture."

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The Wings This Week

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five things to watch for this week:

What to do about that second line?

The newly formed second line – Dylan Larkin centering Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar – was ineffective in Sunday's 1-0 overtime loss at the New York Rangers and logged less than 12 minutes.

Nyquist (10 games without a goal) and Tatar (no points in seven games) are struggling, creating a dilemma. Do you keep them together and hope a fresher Larkin (he was sick over the weekend) can help spark them? Do you go back to the lines from last week, splitting them up?

Nyquist is at his best with Henrik Zetterberg and Tatar likewise with Pavel Datsyuk, but separating Datsyuk and Zetterberg might not be wise.

Phone lines busy before trade deadline?

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, as usual, will be working the phones in the days leading up to the 3 p.m. Monday trade deadline. He's not looking for depth – he said he'll only acquire a player if it's a "significant upgrade" over what they have.

Of course, the price has to be right. The Red Wings are up against the cap, so they'll need to shed almost an equal amount of salary to add anybody, making it more difficult to deal.

If they make move, it's more apt to be for a forward (a top-six scorer or a decent-sized and abrasive fourth-liner) than a defenseman.

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Elliotte Friedman On The Wings At The Trade Deadline

Elliotte Friedman did an AMA Reddit today and there was a Detroit related question and answer...

Do you think the Red Wings upgrade their secondary scoring at all? Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar both have 12 points each in their past 30 games.

Friedman- They will try.

But, the Franzen cap situation and Holland's unwillingness to consistently give up futures make it harder. Sometimes, it has to be solved from within.

Many more NHL questions answered.

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All About The Stadium Series Game Between Detroit And Colorado On Saturday Night

STAMFORD, Conn. – Feb. 22, 2016 – NBC Sports Group presents wall-to-wall hockey this week – 11 combined NHL and college hockey games spanning the next seven days, with at least one game every night – highlighted by NBC’s primetime presentation of the NHL Stadium Series on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET, when rookie phenom Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings face off against Matt Duchene and the Colorado Avalanche at Coors Field in Denver, Colo., home of Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies.

Three-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the Red Wings-Avalanche NHL Stadium Series matchup on NBC from Coors Field. Kathryn Tappen and Jeremy Roenick will provide pre-game and intermission coverage on-site.

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The Ice Time For Gustav Nyquist And Tomas Tatar

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"The other side of it is they have to go out and scream at me that they want to play more," Blashill said. "I didn't think they screamed at me that they want to play more. That's one way to make sure you get more ice time."

Nyquist has gone 10 games without a goal (five assists) and has just two goals in his past 27 games (along with nine assists). He has logged less than 15 minutes in seven of his past eight games, excluding Feb. 14 vs. Boston, when he missed time due to an injury.

Tatar has no points in seven games and just six points (two goals, four assists) in 16 games. He has logged less than 15 minutes in seven of the past nine games.

For the season, Nyquist and Tatar rank eighth and ninth in ice time among the club's forwards, averaging 15:07 and 14:37, respectively.


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We Will Know More About The Status Of Nicklas Kronwall Tomorrow

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Jimmy Howard’s Best Game Of The Year

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Jimmy Howard was the Jimmy Howard of old Sunday, rejecting point-blank shots, making a blocker save on a penalty shot, stepping up as the Detroit Red Wings' top penalty killer.

"I told him through the 11 years of on an off (as a teammate) that might have been the best game I've ever seen him play," Kyle Quincey said. "I'm happy that he had such a great game and hopefully he can keep going with that. If he does that, we're in great shape."

They still need to score more. They didn't score any on Sunday and that's why they lost 1-0 in overtime to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, in a game the struggling Howard deserved to win.

"First and foremost you want to get the two points and walk out of here feeling really good about yourself," Howard said. "But on a personal note maybe this is a step in the right direction figuring out my role here. It's been hard. It's been tough to figure out, but hopefully I'm starting to get it."


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