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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:
Glendening-Nielsen-Booth (for Helm)

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The Wings This Week

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Three home games this week provide good opportunity

The Detroit Red Wings (8-8-2) have been hovering around .500 the past couple of weeks. Now they need to make a move up the standings, with a favorable upcoming schedule. They play 12 of their next 14 games at home, including three this week.

Here are five things to watch this week:

Zetterberg slumping offensively

Henrik Zetterberg has gone 11 games without a goal and has just two assists in the past 10 games. He had gotten off to a strong start with four goals and nine points in the first eight games. The Red Wings rank 26th in the NHL in goals per game at 2.61.

Power plays have been scarce

The Red Wings look to have adjusted to the league’s crackdown on slashing, but so have opponents. Detroit had no power plays in Saturday’s 2-1 shootout loss to Columbus and has had only 10 in the past six games (12 for opponents). The Red Wings have cut down on penalties but rank too high in number of minors (eighth at 68) and times shorthanded (seventh at 65).

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The Improving Detroit Red Wings

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

They took Sunday off, a chance to rest up and recover after spending seven of the previous nine games on the road; overall, the Wings already have been on three trips lasting at least three games each. They’ve got five points over the last four games, the latest stemming from Saturday’s 2-1 shootout loss to Columbus.

The Wings next play Wednesday when they host the Calgary Flames. The teams met last week in Calgary, where the Wings showed good structure but a couple poor decisions led to entirely too easy goals for the Flames.

In both the Calgary and Columbus games, the Wings fell behind early but showed good resilience in how steadfast they were with their attacks. This is what Henrik Zetterberg had to say after the Columbus game when I asked him about the performances dating to the past week: “We had a few mental errors here and there, but if you look at the big picture, we did a lot of good things,” he said. “We battled a lot. We won a lot of 50-50 battles and if you keep doing that, you will play good in this league.”

It was a stark contrast from the Oct 26 game in Tampa Bay, when Zetterberg said the Wings weren’t good enough to win. They’re figuring out how to be good enough — and that’s playing a simple, patient game.

“We are doing a lot of good things out there,” Jimmy Howard said. “Now we just have to stick to it. Even though we haven’t had it go our way the last couple of games, just continue to build on it and then hopefully the wins starts to string together.”

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Videos- Recap Of Detroit’s 2-1 Shootout Loss To The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"We wanted to make sure we didn't shoot ourselves in the foot," Blashill said. "We did with the first goal, so that's something we got to keep working on, but I thought overall we had some real good pushes. We were clearly the better team in the second period. I thought early in the third we were really good until we scored and then they pushed hard but they're a good team, they're going to push, too. It kind of went back and forth. I thought from a process standpoint it was a continued step in the right direction."

more on the game...

via the Wings YouTube channel,

Henrik Zetterberg, Andreas Athanasiou, Jimmy Howard and Jeff Blashill speak following Saturday's shootout loss to the Blue Jackets in Detroit.

Watch below along with the game highlights...

added 9:52am, John Tortorella post-game added below too....

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Quick Recap - Wings/Blue Jackets

Final score: 2-1 in favor of Columbus in a shootout.

Both Howard and Bobrovsky were great in goal tonight and the OT was fun to watch.

The game came down to whoever gets to 2 goals first and it was the Blue Jackets who did in the 9th round of the shootout.

Regulation goals are below along with the 2 on 0 in OT and I will have a full recap in the morning.  

In the meantime, feel free to discuss.

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Keeping An Eye On Anthony Mantha

from Arthur J. Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

"I can't lie. I'm pretty happy with my start," Mantha said. "I knew I wanted to come into this season and just have a good start and confidence could build up from there. I think it's working my way right now and I need to keep going this way."

When he was asked about the opposition keying in on him making it more difficult for him to find his spots on the ice, Mantha says it comes with the territory.

"Maybe a little bit (being keyed on) but as soon as you play on a line with Zetterberg he always faces those top Ds on the other side," he said about receiving extra attention. "For me, it's been a couple games I've been on his line. We've played against them (top lines) and even last year we played against the top D, so for me it's just to keep doing the simple things and things I'm good at.

"It's a great challenge for sure. You like playing against the best on the other side. I think for me it's to keep going the way I am and shooting more pucks and making plays. Just keep pushing offensively."

more and other Detroit notes...

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No Excuses Tonight

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"There will be zero excuse not to win the hockey game tonight, zero," Blashill said following the morning skate Saturday. "We're going to have to play the way we played for the most part on the road. That's efficient, smart, simple hockey.

"Columbus played last night, we had good rest. Columbus, I understand, had some plane issues, we didn't. There'll be zero excuse not to win the hockey game tonight."

The Blue Jackets (9-7-1) are winless in four (0-3-1) following their 3-1 loss at home to the Carolina Hurricanes Friday. Mechanical problems with their flight prevented them from flying after the game.

"Us coming back from the road and travelling, I personally being young don't feel anything, but I think we've got to come out and be ready to play," Dylan Larkin said.

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Justin Abdelkader Has A Fractured Cheek


added 12:25pm, Fracture could have happened in the fight with Brouwer, which you can watch below...

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The Morning Skate At The LCA

via Ansar Khan tweets,

power play units:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Helm (net front), Tatar-Kronwall
Athanasiou-Larkin-Mantha (net front), Frk-Green

Abdelkader not skating this morning

Khan also notes Howard in starters net.

I will update as needed.

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