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Lesson Learned By The Wings?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

This was the team Detroit Red Wings fans fantasize seeing. This is the team coach Jeff Blashill and players believe they can be....

It was critical to rebound from Saturday's embarrassing 10-1 loss at Montreal and stop a seven-game slide (0-4-3).

The Red Wings competed hard from the drop of the puck, outshooting the Jets 16-3 and taking a 2-0 lead in the first period. They didn't ease up and try to protect a one-goal lead in the third, they kept pressing and scored three unanswered goals to seal it.

"It was kind of a lesson for us in Montreal," Darren Helm said. "I think we weren't really playing with a lot of passion the last couple games and we wanted to play with a little bit more intensity and show that we belong out there -- pucks in deep, hard on the forecheck and not give them a lot of space.

"I like to think that this is our team. Focus, be mentally tough and show that these are our colors every night. It's tough to do that, but I see a lot of guys that are capable of that. This is a first step and we got to keep it going."

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Jets wrap-up and some thoughts on mediocrity

The Red Wings defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-1 on Tuesday, snapping a 7-game losing streak and rebounding, at least in part, from their 10-1 loss to Montreal.

Detroit got a break here and there (the Jets hated that this Gustav Nyquist goal, which made it 3-1, counted)...

And inflicted a little bit of pain upon the Jets (sometimes, vice versa)...

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Monday night is ‘D-Boss night’ at LCA

Props to the Wings' marketing department for this clever giveaway:

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Red Wings-Jets quick take: Goose, Howard help Wings defeat Jets

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to snap a 7-game losing streak against the Western Conference-leading Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

Before the game, Ken Holland spoke with Fox Sports Detroit's John Keating, addressing the state of the team in a 15-minute interview, and he suggested that the Red Wings have to go "over .500" over the next 10-15 games to make a playoff push.

It could be argued that this game would show whether the Red Wings believe in their coach and GM, and it could be argued that this game would show whether the Red Wings believe in each other.

The Red Wings didn't answer all the hard questions over the course of a 5-1 win that was excellent despite an 0-for-5 power play, but the Wings got a great performance from Jimmy Howard (31 stops on 32 shots), Gustav Nyquist had a goal and two assists, Jonathan Ericsson got a controversial goal call to go his way (legitimately so) and the Wings were smart in terms of their attention to detail, they put in a full 60-minute effort, and they even got a little scrappy against the gigantic Jets at times.

This game will serve as something of a blueprint--power play aside--for how the Wings have to play as their home stand continues.

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Red Wings to man Red Kettles for Salvation Army on Friday

From the Red Wings Community Relations Department's Instagram account:

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Ken Holland speaks to Fox Sports Detroit

Fox Sports Detroit posted a 15-minute video in which Ken Holland speaks with John Keating regarding the state of the team:

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Prospect news: Sulak posts assist in Finnish Liiga; Griffins’ weekly press release

Of prospect-related note:

In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo won 33% of his faceoffs in 9:12 of ice time as Jukurit won 3-2 in overtime over TPS Turku;

Libor Sulak had an assist and 4 shots, playing 25:20 in the Lahti Pelicans' 3-2 OT loss to Tappara;

In the WHL, later this evening, Dennis Cholowski's Prince George Cougars will take on the Kootenay Ice;

And in the AHL, here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' weekly press release:

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Evening news: Dueling video previews, Jets stuff from Galli and The Athletic on Bertuzzi’s ‘time’

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Dueling video previews begin this entry as the Jets and Red Wings have filed game-day reports:

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Video- Game Day Preview

Tatar, DeKeyser and Blashill and all that goes along with the game day preview.

 

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Red Wings-Jets game-day articles: Wings on the challenges the Jets present; HSJ on Zetterberg

Updated 5x at 2:28 PM: The Red Wings "took an optional" morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Winnipeg Jets (7:30 PM EST on FSD/TSN3/97.1 FM), and after their skate, they spoke with MLive's Ansar Khan regarding the challenges which the Jets present:

The Jets are (17-6-4) tied with Tampa Bay for the most points in the NHL (38). The Red Wings, 0-4-3 in their past seven, have been outscored 15-2 in their past five periods.

"They've got some real high-end (players) at each position," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "(Goaltender) Connor Hellebuyck, who I had at the World Championships (for Team USA), is playing really well and I think has really improved his game. But they got some real high-end up front and some real high-end on the back end.

"They're really pressuring the puck well and not really having to play a whole bunch of defense. They had the puck almost the whole game (in Sunday's 5-0 victory at Ottawa). Most of the time Winnipeg has their opponents on their heels. We got to put them on their heels, otherwise it'll be a tough night."

The Jets are led up front by Blake Wheeler (seven goals, 35 points), Mark Scheifele (14 goals, 34 points) and Patrik Laine (13 goals, 21 points). Dustin Byfuglien anchors their big, mobile defense. Hellebuyck is 15-2-3, with a 2.31 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.

"They are playing really fast hockey right now and they are a big team," Detroit's Tomas Tatar said.

As the Wings attempt to snap a 7-game losing streak, Tatar told Khan that the team has to "stick with it" this evening...

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