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Video- The Talk After A 3-2 OT Win Over Buffalo

Lucas Raymond up first, below find Dylan Larkin and coach Blashill.  added 10:32pm, game highlights are below...


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Quick Recap- Detroit/Buffalo

After Buffalo took a 1-0 early in te second period, the Wings scored two quick goals to take a 2-1 lead after forty minutes.

Buffalo scored late in the third period with their goalie pulled to make it 2-2 and the teams headed to overtime.

26 seconds in OT, Lucas Raymond ends the game.  Detroit wins 3-2.

Below, find the Detroit goals and team stats.  

Next game is Tuesday in Boston.

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The Difference Maker

I'm pretty sure the Wings have had a good couple of days off since Thanksgiving Eve. Something to build on, blah, blah, blah. They were very fortunate Nedeljkovic was superb between the pipes. That's not to say the rest of the team didn't play well. They did. It's just a great feeling to have our goalie really be the difference maker.

As of this writing I have no idea who starts in goal tonight, which means whoever give us the best chance to win is in. Right? I'm hoping Blashill will go with the hot hand for a change. 

Like Scotty Bowman said," the most important player is always the goaltender."

It's a Live Blog!

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An Optional Skate For The Wings

Marc Staal was on the ice for the optional skate.

I will update here including any videos after the skate.

added 11:08am,



added 11:27am, Below find Jeff Blashill after the skate.

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Givani Smith May Get Top 6 Minutes

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“We kind of have two shooters in Fabbs and Zadina, kind of the same type of player, so Smitty would be a net presence, big-body guy (joining) a playmaking center with a shooter in Fabbri,” Blashill said. “That line has gotten chances but they’re a little slight, so you got a big body up there as well. I’m not sure we’re going to stay with it and certainly don’t know if we’ll stay with it within the game but it’s something we wanted to look at.”...

“I think he’s been solid the last three games,” Blashill said. “I think he can be a guy who if he can get consistent in his game and bring what he can bring to the table that’s different from other people, he can be a guy who can help us.”

Smith took several bad penalties early in the season but hasn’t been penalized his past 10 games while trying to balance aggressiveness and discipline.

“It’s something we’ve talked to him about and sometimes you take away some of the aggressiveness,” Blashill said. “We’ll continue to make clear to him that we’d like to see him be a physical presence, which he has been at times last couple of games.

“But there’s a lot more to it with him. Him and I have talked lots about being real good in our zone, being real good with the puck moving up through the ice. He should be a real simple player with the puck moving up through the ice, get it out at our blue line, get it in at their blue line and play in the O-zone, because that’s where he can separate himself. He’s got a unique skill-set when he’s in the O-zone, so let’s get there.”

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I Don’t Think Steve Simmons Is On The Chris Osgood HHOF Bandwagon

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Today’s Practice

via Ansar Khan tweet,

RedWings on ice for practice before tomorrow’s game vs. Buffalo and LCA. Staal is back after missing three games. DeKeyser (COVID protocol) and Veleno (upper body injury) not skating.

added 11:48am, Khan,

lines at practice:
Notable that Smith and Zadina switched spots, at least for start of practice.
They’ve been rotating the seven healthy defensemen, using various pairs.

power play units:
1. Bertuzzi (net front), Fabbri (bumper), Larkin-Raymond (flanks), Seider (point).
2. Erne (net front), Suter (bumper), Hronek-Zadina (flanks), Leddy (point).
Wings no power plays first time this season Wednesday vs. STL, 7 in 6 games, 13 for opponents

added 12:29pm, Below find Adam Erne and Jeff Blashill videos after the practice.

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Same Old Stuff

Yes, the only material the Detroit beat writers can use is what the Wiings supply them with.  The club makes a player or two available to the media along with Jeff Blashill on a daily basis.

Detroit fans want more than this (most recent headline from the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and Mlive)...

Nedeljkovic's goaltending a source of confidence for Red Wings

Wings' Alex Nedeljkovic staking claim for more playing time

Alex Nedeljkovic bails out loose defense, finding comfort level with Red Wings

All of the above stories contain the same material, just written differently and this pattern continues on a daily basis.

Imagine talking to one of the assistants, like a coach who handles the power play or penalty kill, even the video coach would be a change of pace.

How about the Detroit media going outside the lines and talk with other teams or media on their opinions on the Wings?

Instead we constanly receive a story on player one from media source #1, followed by the same story but with words being moved around from media #2, then here comes the same story from media #3.

On top of this, if you watch the after practice or after game videos, well you know what the topic of the day will be.  You actually get the story before it is written.

Something has to change, the beat writers are getting very stale.

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The Hot Goalie Is Alex Nedeljkovic

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The win ended a four-game winless streak, against a Stanley Cup contender, and may have given Nedeljkovic a slight edge in the goaltending tandem the Wings employ with Thomas Greiss.

Coach Jeff Blashill has alternated starts between Nedeljkovic and Greiss all season, but Wednesday gave Nedeljkovic a second consecutive start. The decision was rewarded, with Nedeljkovic starring in the victory.

“Especially in the third (period), he was unbelievable, made huge, huge saves,” Blashill said. “We gave up way too many chances in the third. We have to get better. But you like to get better when you’re winning, and the goalie gives you a chance to do that.

"He was great."

One of the traits teammates, and Blashill, have talked about with Nedeljkovic is his competitiveness in net — and that was apparent throughout key moments against the Blues.


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Video- Game Thoughts And Highlights

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Alex Nedeljkovic received his first back-to-back starts with the Detroit Red Wings and responded with a brilliant performance in a 3-2 win against the St. Louis Blues. The Red Wings are 9-9-3 overall, but 6-2-2 at Little Caesars Arena

Staking a Claim
The Red Wings said from the beginning they would use a tandem approach in net unless either Alex Nedeljkovic or Thomas Greiss showed they deserved to be the starter. This one game isn’t enough to change Detroit’s plans.

But his 35-save performance might further establish Nedeljkovic as the favorite to emerge as the No. 1. He is the first to play two consecutive games.

This game will stick with fans and coaches because Nedeljkovic was sometimes spectacular, particularly in the third period. His athleticism allowed him to stretch post to post to make big saves. In his back-to-back outings, he stopped 62 of 66 shots.

Larkin Carrying the Flag
Dylan Larkin scored his 10th goal of the season, one more than he scored last season in 44 games. He now has 18 points in 17 games.  More importantly, Larkin is playing with authority.


Below catch the extended game highlights.

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