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Gemel Smith Now A Member Of The Detroit Red Wings

Brother of Givani.

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Is Jonatan Berggren Ready For A Call-Up?

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman says prospects must earn their way to the show. He specifically says he would like to see them “dominate” at the American Hockey League level before being called up. Jonatan Berggren may have done just that Tuesday night.

The 2018 second-round pick produced four assists in the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 5-3 win against the Cleveland Monsters. Berggren had three primary assists among the four. He has 11 points in his past eight games.

Berggren, 21, now has eight goals and 19 assists for 27 points in 30 games for the Griffins. Last season, Berggren was a Top 10 scorer in Sweden’s top league with 45 points in 49 games for Skelleftea.

The Red Wings would like to see Jonatan Berggren add some weight to his frame. But the Red Wings rank 24th in NHL scoring with an average of 2.68 goals per game. If Berggren continues to produce at the AHL level, the Red Wings will have to consider bringing him up.

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Note, Saturday's game in Nashville for the Wings now has an 8:30pm ET start.  It was pushed back a half hour due to the NFL playoffs.

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This Is Your Captain

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Videos- The Talk After Today’s Practice

First up is Vladislav Namestnikov, below is Jeff Blashill.


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The Wings Are Practicing

via Ansar Khan tweets,

practice lines:
Namestnikov-Oesterle (for Larkin)-Raymond

RedWings on ice for practice. Everyone who played yesterday in Buffalo skating except for Larkin. Greiss placed in COVID protocol on Monday.

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Thoughts On The Wings

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

Here are 10 thoughts on Nedeljkovic, where Detroit sits at the season’s midpoint, and some potential big decisions on the horizon.

- Nedeljkovic has been the Red Wings’ No. 1 for a while now, but Jeff Blashill made clear just how highly he thinks of Nedeljkovic on Sunday.

“Through the course of this season, he’s had a number of moments where I think he’s looked like a guy who can really be an elite goaltender in this league,” Blashill said.

He immediately followed that statement by talking about how hard that status is to prove, and about the ebb-and-flow nature of the position. By definition, it’s really hard to be elite, and it’s even harder to be at that level consistently. Blashill is smart to include that caveat when he uses that word for that reason. But it’s notable enough that he used it at all, even if speaking primarily about potential.

- So far, though, Nedeljkovic’s numbers do indeed put him on the doorstep of that level....

- So, here’s a reality check. Despite being the Eastern Conference’s ninth-place team, the Red Wings’ mathematical path to the postseason is already virtually non-existent. In the NHL’s last five full (82-game) seasons, the final wild-card team in the East finished with somewhere between 95 and 98 points. If that 98 number held up this year, Detroit would need to amass 57 points over their final 42 games — a number that, by points percentage, is better than the first halves (so far) of Washington, Boston and Pittsburgh.

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Today’s Win, A First And Extended Highlights

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Here are five takeaways from the game:

Larkin’s Career Season
With 18 goals in 35 games, he’s on a pace to better his 2018-19 season when he tallied 32 goals in 76 games. Coming off last season’s neck injury, Larkin is playing with much more authority. He is using his speed more effectively. Larkin has continued to improve in the faceoff circle.

In Monday’s afternoon game, Larkin won 78% of his draws against the Sabres. Larkin was a big reason why the Red Wings controlled the puck in overtime.

“I’ve talked about it a lot this year, the ups and downs,” Larkin said. “I’ve really tried to focus on just staying in the middle and being there for the guys and winning hockey games. When you do that, you put the team first and have that mentality, it’s amazing what it does for you personally. I just try to show up every night and play hard. It’s going well right now.”

Namestnikov Spark
With the Red Wings trailing 2-0, Vladislav Namestnikov scored a shorthanded goal at 10:21 of third period to create the turning point of the game.

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from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Over nearly a century of play, the accomplishments and achievements of this franchise have been many. But until Monday afternoon, the Red Wings had never beaten a team three times in overtime during the same NHL regular season.

Detroit’s come-from-behind 3-2 victory at Buffalo was the fourth this season by the Red Wings over the Sabres. It was also the third that they’d worked extra time to earn.

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Below, watch extended highlights from today's game.

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Videos- The Talk After A 3-2 OT Win In Buffalo

Dylan Larkin first, below are the highlights and coach Blashill.


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Quick Recap- Wings/Sabres

Let's fast forward 50 minutes into the game.

With the Wings down 2-0, the get a shorty then three minutes later, Detroit tied the score 2-2.

No more scoring in the third when means the teams went to overtime.

Wings win it in OT, it was all Detroit in OT and the sealed the deal.

Detroit goals are below.

Next game Friday with Dallas in town.

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Monday Matinee Game

It's an unusual Monday matinee game. Also, it's MLK Day, a Holiday, so hopefully a few of you will have the day off, and be able to join in.
After the win on Saturday the Wings seem to be feeling pretty good about themselves, but, should never get over confident. Anything can happen, and usually does. 

It's a Live Blog!

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