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If Detroit falls out of the playoff race before the deadline, general manager Ken Holland has to move his unrestricted free agents, including Vanek. A great fit would be in Chicago, where the Blackhawks could use some veteran help on the wing.
-Craig Custance of ESPN. The ESPN crew discusses more players who may be available.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on TSN 690 Montreal's "The Morning Show" yesterday, and I'll quote TSN's summary of his 20-minute interview:
The GM of the Red Wings, Ken Holland, joined the Morning Show to talk about his goalie situation, Thomas Vanek, the plan for his team at the deadline and how he knew the Canadiens were going to be a good team.
George here: I've been ill and am going to the doctor today to get things sorted out. I should return shortly.
from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,
Two straight wins against top teams: The Wings had not gotten two straight wins in regulation since October and they had not had much success against some of the better teams like Pittsburgh and Montreal. But after beating those two teams back-to-back in very different ways - a 6-3 fast-paced game against the Penguins and a 1-0 defensive battle against the Canadiens - it helps build confidence.
Quotable: "As a coach you want perfection, so you want to be great defensively and score lots of goals but the game doesn't always go that way. Sometimes games can get into track meets and you've got to outscore your opponent. Certainly Pittsburgh's a team that plays in a way that you're going to get opportunities for sure. But they're going to get opportunities, too. Montreal plays a little different. It was I thought a pretty tight game. I didn't think either team had tons of chances. I thought we created a good amount and probably missed the net too much. I think we've got to make sure over the long haul that we're real good defensively and I thought we were real good defensively tonight." - Blashill
Watch the extended game highlights below...
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Maybe, just maybe, don’t close out this season on the Red Wings just yet.
They won their second consecutive game — for the first time since early December — defeating divison-leading Montreal, 1-0, on Monday.
The two consecutive victories were the first consecutive wins since Dec. 4-6 against the New York Islanders and Winnipeg. It was the first time the Wings’ had won two consecutive regulation victories since, incredibly, Oct. 22-25 (San Jose and Carolina).
But with wins over Pittsburgh (Saturday, 6-3) and Montreal, two of the best teams in the East, there is suddenly some hope for the Red Wings (19-19-6, 44 points).
A lot of skating, not many scoring chances from both teams and the Wings walk away with a 1-0 win.
Two wins in a row for the Wings, outscored the Penguins on Saturday and limited Montreal's offensive chances today.
Only two videos below...
via Ansar Khan tweets,
Jared Coreau led #RedWings out for warmups, so he's starting today.
No changes to #RedWings lines:
No changes to #RedWings defense:
Jurco, Ott and Sproul healthy scratched for #RedWings
added 2:48pm, Khan corrects the lines...
Radio voice of the Detroit Red Wings, Ken Kal, with his gameday preview.
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
How about some pasta and eggs for breakfast?
That’s what some Canadiens players — including captain Max Pacioretty — will be eating Monday morning in Detroit before a rare weekday afternoon game against the Red Wings on the Martin Luther King Day holiday in the U.S..
“I’ll probably have eggs and then wait a little bit and then have some pasta,” Pacioretty said after a rare Sunday practice in Brossard.
Sunday is normally a day of rest for the Canadiens, but there were a few things coach Michel Therrien wanted to work on following Saturday night’s 5-4 win over the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens postponed a scheduled 2 p.m. flight to Detroit on Sunday until 7:30 p.m. so they could fit in a full practice starting at noon that focused mainly on defensive-zone coverage and the penalty-killing unit, which ranks 24th in the NHL.
Carey Price has allowed three or more goals in seven of his last eight starts, but it’s not all on the goalie. The Canadiens have really been missing veteran defenceman Andrei Markov, who has sat out the last 13 games with a groin injury and didn’t practise again Sunday. The Canadiens called up defensive forward Jacob De La Rose from the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps on Sunday and sent down Chris Terry. Therrien said there’s a possibility De La Rose, who can kill penalties, could play against the Red Wings.
The Canadiens are coming off a stretch during which they played seven games in 12 days, including five on the road, so there hasn’t been a lot of time for a full practice. Pacioretty said Therrien spoke with him about adjusting the schedule to fit in Sunday’s practice.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Here are five things to watch this week:
Driven Vanek on a streak
Thomas Vanek said before the season he was highly motivated to prove he can produce - and he's done just that.
Vanek is riding a five-game points streak (four goals, four assists). He is tied with Mantha and Dylan Larkin for the team lead with 11 goals in just 33 games. He leads the club in points per game (.91) and is second in assists (18) and points (29).
He has gone two games without a point just once and has at least one point in 22 of 33 games.
Larkin in a funk
Larkin has had tough adjustment to center. He was moved back to the wing in Saturday's 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh, and that's where he'll likely remain, especially after Helm returns.
That should give Larkin more offensive freedom. He has one point (an assist) and a minus-5 rating in the past six games. He is a team-worst minus-17 and his ice time has been trimmed recently.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Ansar Khan tweets,
RedWings on ice for practice. Jared Coreau in starter's net. Face @CanadiensMTL tomorrow at 3 pm
RedWings work power play entries:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Nielsen, Vanek, Green
Athanasiou-Larkin (Tatar)-Mantha, Abdelkader, DeKeyser
added 1:43pm, Khan...
Jurco, Ott extras
defense pairs same:
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