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Video- Listen To Marc Staal

He was mic'd up against the Calgary Flames last week.


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Dirty Goals Help

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings scored four goals in the second period Sunday in similar fashion – by crashing the net, creating havoc around the crease, and cleaning up rebound opportunities.

These are the kind of dirty goals coach Jeff Blashill wants his team to score more often.

“We needed to be harder at the net,” Blashill said following the 6-3 victory in Chicago. “I didn’t think overall our complete level was that bad against Calgary (last Thursday), but we were not hard enough at the net for sure. Certainly, (Saturday in Montreal) we didn’t create many chances at all. We needed to make sure we got to the net.

“We stopped at the net. We found ways to score dirty goals. We got to find ways to score dirty in order to be a team that scores enough. It was a good sign for us to make sure we go hard at the net.”

Even rookie Lucas Raymond realizes the importance to get your nose dirty. That’s what he did for the second of his three goals on this night, rushing the net and banging in the rebound of Dylan Larkin’s shot.

“If you want to score goals, you have to get into those areas,” Raymond said. “You can’t just shoot and score fancy goals. You have to get in there and that’s usually where most of the goals are scored as well. I’m trying to get in there more and more.”


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The Benching Of Filip Hronek

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The media does not know why Hronek has been benched, nor do we know when he will play again.

What else we do know is Hronek is 23 and a player who is considered to be part of the rebuild. This summer, the Red Wings gave Hronek a three-year deal worth an average of $4.4 million.

Blashill wouldn’t bench Hronek without discussing this with general manager Steve Yzerman. They talk daily about what’s happening with the team.

That’s important to factor in when you analyze what is happening. Some fans believe that Danny Dekeyser should have been benched before Hronek because he was playing worse. Dekeyser has a 33.6 Corsi and has been a minus player for four consecutive games. The team has an .870 save percentage when he is on the ice.

But when analyzing this situation keep in mind that Dekeyser is 31 and isn’t considered a player who will be with the team when it is ready to contend. Dekeyser is also part of the Red Wings’ leadership. He contributes off the ice as well as on the ice. He’s going to be an unrestricted free agent and may not be with the team even next season.


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Video- Focus On Henrik Zetterberg

via the YouTube page of the Detroit Red Wings,

Former Red Wing Captain Henrik Zetterberg discusses his draft day, his NHL debut, and his journey to the 2008 Stanley Cup.


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Focusing On Lucas Raymond After His Hat Trick In Chicago

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Lucas Raymond should buy himself a car and start looking for his own place. Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill made a point to say Raymond’s appearance on the opening day roster didn’t mean he officially made the team. If he didn’t measure up, the Red Wings were prepared to send him to their minor-league affiliate in Grand Rapids....

Long-time Red Wings executive Jim Devellano says Raymond has traits that remind him of a young Steve Yzerman. That seems particularly relevant now that Raymond is the first Red Wings player 19 or younger to register a hat trick since Yzerman did it in 1985.


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"It was fun, for sure," Raymond said. "To get the bounceback win after a tough night last night (loss in Montreal) and first hat trick. You're always trying to score and sometimes you do and just trying to keep pushing. My mindset was to just win the game and the scores helped."

It was the first hat trick for a Wings player age 19 or younger since Steve Yzerman — who drafted Raymond in the first round in 2020 (fourth overall) — in 1985. Only Yzerman, Gordie Howe and Raymond have notched four points in a game.

"It's tough to take in," Raymond said of being in that sort of company. "Those two are the greatest to play in franchise history. I'm trying not to think about it too much and just keep playing and working."


Below, watch the extended game highlights.

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Videos- The Talk After A Win In Chicago

Lucas Raymond first, below find another look at the Alex Nedeljkovic 5 on 3 save and Mickey Redmond.  added 10:07pm, game highlights below.  added 10:10pm, Jeff Blashill below.

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Quick Recap- Wings/Blackhawks

Wings beat the Blackhawks 6-3 tonight.

Good game for the Wings after two bad losses. Nice to see them come out strong with Dylan Larkin all over the ice in the first period.

Of course the talk will be the hat trick by Lucas Raymond.

All goals are below with a few other videos.

Team stats below too..


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Nobody Cares

If the Wings win tonight, nobody cares. If the Wings lose tonight, nobody cares. It's only the beginning of the season, and already, nobody cares......

It's a Live Blog!

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Videos- Talk After A Blowout Loss In Montreal

Mickey Redmond first, Marc Staal below along with coach Blashill.  added 10:53pm, if you really want them, game highlights are below.


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Quick Recap- Detroit/Montreal

Back to square one.  You watched it, explain.

Wings lose 6-1 to the Habs.  Larkin goal below along with team stats.

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com


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