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Sportsnet posts a video feature on Hakan Andersson

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman narrated a short feature about Hakan Andersson:

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Video- Game Day Preview, Detroit/Calgary

via the OfficialRedWings YouTuibe page,

Featuring Carley Johnston, Gus Nyquist, Mike Green, Trevor Daley, Scott Wilson, and Jeff Blashil.

 

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A Confident Mike Green And Calgary Notes

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

A dozen years after he entered the NHL, Mike Green decided he needed help in one particular area.

Green sought help from a skating coach, and he and the Detroit Red Wings are seeing the results on a nightly basis. Green is the most productive he’s been since joining the Wings, and ranks among the league leaders in production among defensemen. That’s in large part because Green, who turned 33 in October, feels so much smoother when he is on the ice.

“It’s given me the confidence to skate well and if I can move, then that helps me a lot,” Green said after Wednesday’s morning skate at Little Caesars Arena. “We did a lot of stuff where you are opening up your hips and especially for defensemen, we are always pivoting and what not. Any time you feel stuck and you can’t move, that hurts your confidence.”

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added 3:01pm, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News on Trevor Daley,

One of the key reasons the Red Wings signed Daley to a three-year contract worth $9.5 million was his ability stabilize the defense, a position that needed one more veteran’s presence.

Nearing the quarter pole in the NHL schedule, Daley has essentially been what the Red Wings needed and expected.

Entering Wednesday’s game against Calgary, Daley only had one assist (his lone point) in 18 games, and he was minus-5 in the plus-minus rating.

But, then, you realize Daley is playing 22 minutes 5 seconds per game — just behind Mike Green’s team-leading 23:29 — and Daley has been on the top pairing with mainly Danny DeKeyser or Jonathan Ericsson all season, going against top lines, and it’s allowed coach Jeff Blashill to play the other defensemen in better-suited roles and situations.

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Below, two Calgary notes.... Jagr wanted to play with Datsyuk and Eddie Lack talks about getting the start for the Flames tonight...

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It’s An Optional Game Day Skate For The Detroit Red Wings

via Ansar Khan tweet,

Optional skate for #RedWings prior to tonight’s game vs. @NHLFlames at @LCArena_Detroit 7:30 on FSD Plus. Howard in starter’s net.

I will update if any news comes out of the skate.

added 10:40am, Khan...

Darren Helm not taking part in optional skate. Hasn’t been on the Ice the past three days after taking maintenance day Monday

added 11:14am, Khan again...

Helm not playing tonight

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Finding The Right Fit For Andreas Athanasiou

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Fourth-line center or top-nine winger? Sounds like Andreas Athanasiou will be doing both, alternating between positions for the Detroit Red Wings....

Coach Jeff Blashill said the move was made for two reasons: To utilize Luke Glendening's checking ability on the match-up (third) line and to put Athanasiou at his natural position.

"Luke's an excellent match player, so getting him with (Frans) Nielsen and (Darren) Helm allowed him to be on that match line. And (Athanasiou) I think would tell you he'll play either one, but if he had his wish, he'd play center. He is one of those players when he gets the puck, he really skates. Some wingers learn to skate without the puck. He hasn't learned that as well. He's a guy who really wants to get going once he gets the puck. It's almost impossible (to do that) on the wing.

"I think having him at center allows us to use his best attributes, but we also got to fit him in the right way in the lineup. I think he'll play both in a lot of these games, just depending on how I juggle the lines to make sure that I'm getting the guys that are playing the best out there as much as possible."

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The Topic Of The Day Is Detroit’s Power Play

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The emphasis allotted to special teams during training camp appears to be paying off for the penalty kill, which at 84.6% is sixth in the NHL. The power play has converted in four of the last five games but sits in the middle of the pack, at 18.9%.

Dylan Larkin’s unit gets primary credit for power play production, as it has accounted for the last four goals. Two of those goals have come from Martin Frk, however, and he will miss Wednesday’s game against Calgary, and likely a whole week, because of a sore groin. Frans Nielsen will take Frk’s spot on the Larkin unit.

The Henrik Zetterberg unit hasn’t converted since Oct. 20, and it was the one that got 1:49 on a 5-on-3 Oct. 28 at Florida and didn’t convert.

“It’s been a long time since they’ve converted but we’ve had no power plays hardly,” coach Jeff Blashill said after Tuesday’s practice at Little Caesars Arena. “You go through games and you don’t hardly get any power plays and then if you are the second group to go out, you’re getting 40 seconds each time.  They just haven’t had very much time.

 

read on plus some penalty kill talk too...

added 3:23pm, Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website on Luke Glendening and more topic...

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Tweets from practice: Frk has a lower-body injury; Helm ‘questionable’ for Wednesday

Updated 2x at 12:29 PM: Frk has a lower-body injury and Darren Helm is "questionable" for Wednesday:

The Red Wings hit the ice at Little Caesars Arena this morning, preparing for tomorrow night's game against the Calgary Flames, per DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

With #RedWings Frk leaving practice early, Nielsen is working on PP unit with Larkin, Athanasiou, Mantha and Green.

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#RedWings lines w:o Helm, Frk:
Mantha-Zetterberg-Nyquist
Tatar-Larkin-Athanasiou
Booth-Nielsen-Abdelkader
DeKeyser-Glendening-Wilson

The Free Press's Helene St. James...

Still no Helm at Wings practice today but am told he’s playing Wednesday.

And the Red Wings...

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Morning news: On Holland’s hot seat and a pair of Tweets of note

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Sportsnet's Sean "Down Goes Brown" McIndoe penned a list of four GM's "On Smoking Hot Seats," and McIndoe believes that Ken Holland is feeling heat today:

Ken Holland, Red Wings: Holland is tricky. Along with Poile, he’s the longest-serving GM in the league, with a tenure dating back to 1997. He’s won three Cups in that time, and pulled off the difficult feat of transitioning the Wings from the Yzerman era without missing a beat. He’s done a fantastic job.

But the one thing he hasn’t had to do in all of that time is rebuild, and that’s what the Red Wings need right now. It’s fair to ask whether Holland is the guy to do it. Right now, the Red Wings have lots of long-term cap headaches and not much in the way of blue-chip prospects. Granted, part of that was by design as the team tried to squeeze an extra few years of contending out of the Datsyuk/Zetterberg era, but there’s a strong case to be made for a fresh start top to bottom.

Holland says that's not going to happen.

After all Holland has done in Detroit, he’s earned the right to have a say in how it ends. Some Detroit fans have been frustrated in recent years as guys like Yzerman and Nill have left the organization to take GM jobs elsewhere, but the time hadn’t come to make a change yet. That day may be coming sooner rather than later.

2. And, of Twitter-related note, from the Red Wings:

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NHL Portraits Don’t Get Any Better Than These Two

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An Afternoon Practice For The Detroit Red Wings

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Justin Abdelkader (fractured cheekbone) practicing today with protective face shield.

Danny DeKeyser (sprained ankle) returns to practice.

Darren Helm and Trevor Daley not practicing today.

added 3:28pm, Khan...

lines at practice:
Mantha-Zetterberg-Nyquist
Abdelkader-Larkin-Tatar
Glendening-Nielsen-Booth (for Helm)
Wilson-Athanasiou-Frk

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