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‘Two Things’: On Tatar’s scoring and Doug Houda

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Tomas Tatar and Jeff Blashill regarding Tatar's struggle to score goals...

After nine games, Tatar leads the Wings with  28 shots. Dylan Larkin, who is next at 25 shots, went six games without scoring, then had two goals in one period. It’s likely to play out similarly with Tatar.

“Yeah, exactly,” he said. “You need that goal that gets you going. You start feeling better. You need that one greasy goal, for sure.”

Encouragingly for the Wings, Tatar is looking like a forward committed to playing well in his own zone, too. That, combined with creating chances, is what Jeff Blashill likes to see.

“I think Tats has played really well, both defensively and offensively,” he said. “If you can keep playing at that level, production always follows good process.”

And Blashill made a surprising admission to St. James regarding Tatar and Gustav Nyquist's ice time:

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Low Compete Level Cost The Wings Against Boston

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings did not resemble a team that was riding a six-game winning streak on Saturday.

The Red Wings were outshot and out-chanced. They committed far too many turnovers. They chased the puck much of the night. They were dominated in the faceoff circle. Their power play posed no threat and they generated few quality scoring chances.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard, with 35 saves, was the only reason the Red Wings were in the game until the final horn, but their lack of attack resulted in a 1-0 loss to the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena.

"They were hungrier than us all over the ice, outside of (Henrik) Zetterberg's line," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I thought Zetterberg's line (with Tomas Tatar and Justin Abdelkader) had lots of compete in them; as a result, they were the only ones to have any zone time. Maybe a player here and a player there, but as a group they out-competed us. We should have known better than that. In the end, it wasn't good enough."


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Bruins wrap-up and Wings-Panthers set-up

The best part of the Red Wings' 1-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday was Jimmy Howard, and the image on the back of Jimmy Howard's mask:

The Wings will at least be able to get back at 'er in a hurry as the Florida Panthers come to town today (5 PM EDT on FSD Plus/FS Florida/97.1 FM).

The Bruins played a game as ugly, mucky and nasty as the ice at the Joe on a 70-degree late October day, and it paid off in spades as Tuukka Rask pitched a shutout--and Rask told the Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa that he didn't even feel like he had to play an entire game:

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Prospect news: Griffins swept by Charlotte; Walleye beat Norfolk; DeHaas 1 + 1

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins lost both games against the Charlotte Checkers this weekend, dropping a 4-2 decision on Friday and losing 3-0 to Charlotte on Saturday. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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Wings auctioning off Hockey Fights Cancer night goalie masks, more

If you missed it, Jimmy Howard's mask paid tribute to Hockey Fights Cancer and Dave Strader on Saturday night...

And the Red Wings are auctioning the mask, Petr Mrazek's mask, the team's lavender warm-up jerseys and sticks to raise funds for cancer research and treatment:

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Red Wings-Bruins quick take: muck, grind, gross

The Red Wings hosted the Boston Bruins hoping that Tuukka Rask's return to the B's crease would involve rust and not his usual heroics against the Wings. Detroit was hoping to earn its 7th straight win and its 3rd in 8 tries against the Bruins.

The Wings lost 1-0, and they lost 1-0 in what was an exceedingly ugly, ugly game. The Bruins mucked, ground, out-faceoff-won, out-shot, and mostly out-obstructed, out-ground, out-defended and out-sloshed the Wings in a game that was sludge on ice.

Jimmy Howard was excellent, stopping 35 of 36 shots, and Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar were excellent for the Wings, with 5 and 4 of the Wings' 24 shots, respectively, but the Wings just couldn't get the puck up ice and keep it there with any authority, and that was enough for the Bruins to earn an easy ugly win.

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FSD: Dave Strader and Mickey Redmond have a chat

From Fox Sports Detroit's YouTube channel, Dave Strader had a pre-game chat with Mickey Redmond on Hockey Fights Cancer Night:

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Steve Ott gets Chara with a spear

Steve Ott, for reasons beyond me, speared Zdeno Chara on the first shift of the Red Wings-Bruins game. The Bruins made sure to show it to the world...

And Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley didn't like it:

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On ‘sharing the rink’ with the Pistons

CBS Detroit's Dan Jenkins offers a unique take on the Pistons' highly probable move downtown, suggesting that Red Wings fans need not to feel "less special" because their rink will be shared with an NBA team:

14 cities host both NHL and NBA teams. Of those 14 cities, 10 of them have one arena for both franchises. Detroit is one of the four that doesn’t.

The others are Miami (Florida Panthers and Miami Heat), Phoenix (Arizona Coyotes and Phoenix Suns) and Minnesota (Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Timberwolves).

What a lot of people might not realize is that there are plenty of historic hockey franchises that share an arena with an NBA team, including four of the Original Six!

The idea isn’t that profound. The Red Wings and Pistons shared the old hockey barn Olympia Stadium for four years.

Not only would the Pistons’ potential move downtown make sense from a business standpoint, it would double the amount of games hosted at the new arena and give more than just hockey fans something to be excited about.

So, yes; I know Red Wings fans were originally excited about getting a brand new, shiny arena all to themselves. But having all four professional sports franchises within blocks of each other is more important than that.

Jenkins continues, and what do you think about the Wings sharing the barn with the Pistons?

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Evening news: on Hockey Fights Cancer night, Kronwall, Wings-B’s line-ups and videos

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. It's Hockey Fights Cancer night at the Joe...

And, according to DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji, Brendan Smith and Henrik Zetterberg are doing their best to aid the cause:

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