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Articles from practice: Mantha reacts to Blashill’s criticism

Updated 4x at 4:55 PM: The Red Wings' quick Thursday practice involved the returns of Scott Wilson ("lower-body injury") and Martin Frk (groin) to the ice, as well as an indication that Jimmy Howard may start at Madison Square Garden tomorrow, but you and I both know that the main focus would involve Anthony Mantha's comments regarding coach Jeff Blashill's call-out after the Wings' loss to Edmonton:

The Free Press's Helene St. James provided the goods in Tweet form...

And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan braved the media wasteland that is the very end of a Lions game to offer Mantha's remarks in article form. Kulfan reports that Mantha first learned of Blashill's comments via Twitter

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Tweets from practice: Wings skate for half-an-hour; waiting on Mantha’s response

Updated with Mantha comments at 3:33 PM: The Red Wings hit the ice for a Thanksgiving Day practice on Thursday afternoon, a day after the team dropped a 6-3 decision to the Edmonton Oilers, and Jeff Blashill called out Anthony Mantha. The Red Wings are preparing for a set of back-to-backs against the New York Rangers (on Friday at Madison Square Garden) and then the New Jersey Devils (on Saturday at LCA).

There was some good news regarding the player I describe as the Anonymous Wing, who blocked a shot and left last night's game, per DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

You and I both know that practice is sort of secondary for the media corps--and the rest of us--who will to focus upon Anthony Mantha's reaction to coach Blashill's remarks (and I'll post the Tweets in this entry).

Anyway, Wakiji continued, posting the Wings' practice lines...

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HockeyCentral at Noon with a quick debate on calling out Mantha

Sportsnet's Darren Millard, Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean discussed Jeff Blashill's "calling out" of Anthony Mantha, and the gents shared disparate opinions on the subject:

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Good Wings, Bad Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

A few days ago the Detroit Red Wings were fast and structured, hard to play against and being led by talented, young forwards.

In two games since then, they've been slow, disorganized and mistake-prone. And, according to coach Jeff Blashill, some important players have been passengers.

The Edmonton Oilers scored three unanswered goals in the second period Wednesday to snap a tie and defeat the Red Wings 6-2 at Little Caesars Arena.

It was another squandered opportunity for the Red Wings (10-9-3), who were facing a struggling Oilers club that lost 8-3 in St. Louis the night before. It came on the heels of Detroit's 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado on Sunday.


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Prospect news: Walleye shut out by Cincinnati; Larsson stops pucks and posts an assist

Of prospect-related note:

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye were unable to give Matej Machovsky the "run support" the Walleye's goaltender needed, dropping a 1-0 shutout decision to the Cincinnati Cyclones. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Oilers wrap-up—blame without purpose is a fruitless endeavor

The Detroit Red Wings both self-destructed and got a lot of help along the way toward a 6-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday evening, and the headline-catcher came in the form of Jeff Blashill calling out Anthony Mantha after the game, as CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield noted:

“Anthony Mantha has to be way better, way better. It’s not okay to just be a passenger when you’re given the opportunity to be an impact player,” said Blashill.

For the second straight game, the 6’5 Mantha was mostly invisible. He drifted on the perimeter and was careless with the puck. The 23-year-old’s fluidity can sometimes be mistaken for a lack of effort, but on Friday night he looked genuinely disengaged.

“It’s just a matter of making sure you compete every shift,” Blashill said simply.

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It’s about getting better, Man(tha)

Presented within the context of the Red Wings' 6-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers:


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Red Wings-Oilers quick take: It sucks to be somebody else’s ‘rallying point game’

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to kick an opponent while it was down in the Edmonton Oilers, who came to town on a 3-game losing streak punctuated by an 8-3 loss to St. Louis on Tuesday. The Red Wings hoped to rebound from an embarrssing loss of their own, to Colorado on Sunday.

The Wings put up a disappointing effort to say the least, losing 6-2 to the Oilers. The Red Wings played a game full of self-inflicted wounds, leaving a not-so-great Jimmy Howard out to dry and sleepwalking through enough of the 2nd period that the Oilers were able to surge through the 2nd period, un-tying a 2-2 game and roaring out to a 5-2 victory that was augmented by a very late Puljujarvi goal.

So the Wings back into American Thanksgiving having split their 5-game home-stand at 2-1-and-2, and Detroit will practice on Thursday before leaving for a two-games-in-two-nights slate in which the Rangers and Devils will be their opponents.

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Krupa on Gustav Nyquist

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa profiled Gustav Nyquist today, discussing Nyquist's desire to score as many goals as possible this season:

“I grabbed him (Saturday) morning,” Blashill said. “He was excellent. His compete level was excellent. He has to compete at that extraordinary high level every night because he’s smaller and he isn’t super fast. But he’s got to compete like crazy, and I think his compete level has been great. If ‘Nyquie’ keeps getting those chances, they’ll go in.”

Nyquist said it’s always nice to hear from a coach that effort is appreciated, but goals help the team win.

“Well, sure, I guess it’s nice to hear that you’re creating,” he said. “But, at the same time, (missed scoring chances) are in your mind, too. But you just have to flush that.”

Nyquist said he is happy with the start of his season. But he would like to score at a greater rate.

“I still want to do better production-wise,” he said. “I think it’s been an OK start. Hopefully, I can keep this going and score some more goals. Obviously, as long as you’re creating chances, hopefully they’ll start going in. But you’ve got to make sure, too, that they’re going in. You know, I want to produce and when you get a chance you’ve got to put those away sometimes. But just keep going, creating chances, and then they will come.”

Krupa continues at length...

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Red Wings-Oilers game-day updates: On Abdelkader, Ericsson and a Wings team wary of the Oilers

Here's the Wings' game-day preview:

Updated 5x at 2:20 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet West/97.1 FM), and the Red Wings' morning skate was...different. Jonathan Ericsson was deemed a game-time decision due to a "tweak" suffered lifting his infant child out of its crib, Martin Frk is at least a week out with a groin issue...

And Nicklas Lidstrom of all people took in the skate.

The Oilers will provide a stiff challenge as they're coming off an 8-3 loss to St. Louis, and find themselves amidst a 3-game losing streak...

And the Oilers made a minor personnel move this morning, and they held an optional morning skate:

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