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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
“We’ve been talking about this for the last few months, it’s a great streak,” said captain Henrik Zetterberg in a quiet Red Wings locker room. “Guys who’ve been part of it should be proud. Unfortunately it’s over. You just move on and look to the future.”
The Red Wings never gained any traction, never put together a long win streak, and it hurt them in the standings.
That’s probably the biggest reason,” said Zetterberg of the inconsistency. “We’ve been talking about it, when we’re playing well we’re a good team. Then the next game, it’s totally opposite.
“That’s something we have to improve on for next year.”
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
From NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika:
The streak is over. For the first time since 1989-90, the Detroit Red Wings have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
And for everyone involved, it hurts.
The Red Wings set a standard of excellence while making the playoffs for 25 consecutive seasons. No one wanted to fail to live up to it. Some don't quite know how to handle it because they have never missed the playoffs before.
"Right now it's hard to talk about it," said captain Henrik Zetterberg, who had made the playoffs each season since breaking into the NHL with the Red Wings in 2002-03, "because you're a big reason why it's not continuing."
Zetterberg has been anything but a big reason for it. He has had an excellent season individually. But he's beating himself up anyway. He's the leader, and as he emphasized all season, it wasn't about making the playoffs for the sake of the streak. It was about competing for the Cup.
"It [stinks] that there's not going to be playoff hockey," said assistant general manager Kris Draper, who made the playoffs each season when he played for the Red Wings from 1993-94 through 2010-11. "I know when I was a player, March Madness, the Masters and Red Wings playoff hockey, that was the favorite, favorite time of year for me."
The Detroit Red Wings' playoff streak is more or less over, it will be over when the Bruins and Maple Leafs win their respective games, at least, and that was cemented by the Red Wings' 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.
The Red Wings did their best to battle through a 3rd game in 3 nights and 4th in 5, but the Wings struggled at times in a battle against a team that's in an actual playoff battle, and Tomas Nosek's first NHL goal and Jimmy Howard's saves were what's worth remembering from a difficult affair.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
In what bodes well for next season, young Detroit Red Wings Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou are finishing this one with flourish.
Mantha is coming off of a two-goal performance and Athanasiou off of another overtime goal as the Wings prepare to play the Carolina Hurricanes for a second straight night at PNC Arena (7, FS-Plus).
Both could hit 20-goal marks by the end of the season. Athanasiou is at 18 and Mantha 17. To see them provide a push from below is vital to the Wings returning to playoff race as soon as next season.
“It is extremely important,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We need some of these young players that are good players to be guys that we can win hockey games with. Our record is reflective of the group we have, and they are a big impact on it. They are playing important minutes.
“Ultimately, as we win games here, and they play big minutes, that means they not only are good players in the league but can help us win, and that is the most important thing. We want a winning group here.”
Ken Kal does what he does...
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
The dawn of a new era here in Hockeytown earlier this month was not celebrated with champagne and ribbon-cutting ceremonies, but rather with men sloshing around in greyish goo wearing hard hats, galoshes and smiles.
Just two weeks ago, a series of trucks took part in an all-day concrete pour for the rink floor of the under-construction Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. With their boots crusted in cement, crews meticulously encased the network of ice-cooling pipes in concrete in order to keep the future ice surface completely smooth.
While the actual ice will not be installed until early summer, seeing the foundation of the playing surface being laid would no doubt have made the likes of Gordie Howe and Mike Ilitch proud. It was, after all, a significant moment in the rich history of the Red Wings and the city of Detroit, one that signalled the much-needed arrival of a brighter future.
Truth be told, this proud franchise could use one, given the tumultuous 12 months it has endured.
There will come a day, after the cranes have hoisted their final beam, when hockey fans from Canada will cross the state-of-the-art Gordie Howe International Bridge en route to a Red Wings game at the Little Caesars Arena, aka The House That Ilitch Built.
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Ben Street from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions.
Street has appeared in 60 games with the Griffins this season, ranking among team leaders with 25 goals (2nd), 29 assists (2nd), 54 points (1st), 10 power-play goals (2nd), two shorthanded goals (T1st) and 194 shots on goal (2nd). The 30-year-old also sits among AHL leaders in goals (T8th), points (T11th) and power-play goals (T9th). A 2014 AHL All-Star, Street has played 350 career AHL games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Abbotsford Heat, Lake Erie Monsters, San Antonio Rampage and Griffins, totaling 291 points (123-168-291), a plus-23 rating and 108 penalty minutes since 2010-11. Signed by Detroit as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2016, Street has also picked up two assists in 29 NHL games between the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche since making his NHL debut in 2012-13.
via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
They play for the third time in three days when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes tonight (7, FS-Plus) at PNC Arena. If the Wings lose in regulation and Toronto gains at least one point and Boston wins in any fashion, it will eliminate the Wings from the 2017 playoff race and end a streak that lasted 25 seasons.
Jimmy Howard is up in the goalie rotation. Forward Luke Glendening suffered a lower-body injury during Monday’s 4-3 overtime victory at Carolina, and coach Jeff Blashill said afterward that Glendening won't be back as soon as tonight. That leaves Tomas Nosek as an option, unless someone gets called up during the day. There is no morning skate today, as the Wings need to rest up for an unheard-of three games in three days (and four in five, taking into consideration that they play Thursday at Tampa Bay -- and five in seven when adding in last Friday’s game against the Lightning).
The Wings are 5-1-1 their last seven games. If they gain a point tonight, they remain mathematically alive for another day. But the streak is about to end.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
It was an exhilarating finish, followed by a frightening scene.
The Detroit Red Wings' enthusiasm for their 4-3 overtime victory Monday over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena - on Andreas Athanasiou's second OT goal in as many games - was dampened when they saw goaltender Eddie Lack flat on his back on the ice, being attended to by medical personnel.
Athanasiou, cross-checked in the back by Victor Rask, collided with Lack, who appeared to injure his head and neck.
The Red Wings remained on the ice for several minutes while Rask was being secured to a stretcher. There was relief when he gave a thumbs-up sign as he was being wheeled off the ice. Players from both sides tapped their sticks on the ice....
The final sequence started when Petr Mrazek (39 saves) stopped a shot and Gustav Nyquist backhanded the rebound down the ice. The speedy Athanasiou chased it down and cut in front of Lack, tucking the puck in at 1:59 just before being pushed into the goalie.
Athanasiou said didn't know immediately that Lack was injured.
"I had no idea I hit him," Athanasiou said. "I tried driving the net and I felt the D's stick on my back, hit me pretty hard. I was just trying to put the puck in the net and even after that, I had no idea I came in contact with him. I didn't know if it was me or the D. I spoke to the ref after and he said I think after the contact from the D, I must have ran into him."
Below are two videos, extended game highlights and Jeff Blashill post-game.
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