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Videos- The Talk After Today’s Practice

First up is Vladislav Namestnikov, below is Jeff Blashill.


Coach Blashill


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Blashill says Larkin is fine, just a maintenance day.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/18/22 at 02:09 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

Vladdie is definitely upping his trade value! I’d love to find a way to keep him around—or get him back.

Posted by Steeb on 01/18/22 at 03:21 PM ET

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings had to shut down ahead of the Christmas break as the ranks in COVID protocol swelled to include eight players, head coach Jeff Blashill and assistant coach Alex Tanguay. Yzerman addressed the issue Dec. 18, one day before the Wings paused their season until Dec. 26.

“At the end of the day — now I’m getting political — our players are testing positive with very little symptoms, if any symptoms at all,” Yzerman said. ” I don’t see it as a threat to their health at this point. I think you might take it a step further and question why are we even testing, for guys that have no symptoms.”...

“It’s kind of gotten to the point where it appears, especially with this newest variant, hasn’t been as strong a response to it from people,” Blashill said. “So I think you start to adjust how you handle it. Everybody in the science world is learning on the fly with this and that’s just the reality of making decisions and I think it’s a good, strong decision by our group.”

Not testing asymptomatic players would have made a difference to the Wings on Nov. 16, for example. That’s when captain Dylan Larkin was pulled from the game at Dallas, and placed in quarantine. Further testing proved the original one was a false positive, but the fact is the Wings lost Larkin for the third period. Another example is defenseman Danny DeKeyser: He was placed in protocol around Thanksgiving, though he had no symptoms.

“It would have affected a lot of teams different,” Blashill said. “When people are in these decision making processes and you’re learning more and more about the different variants and it’s difficult. I talked to some people that were at the tail end of the delta variant that got it this year and they said they were out, it hurt them. It was hard.

“People have had to make decisions based on the information coming in, and I think as a league, we’re making a solid decision here not to test asymptomatic people. It would have affected going back, but we can’t go back.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/18/22 at 04:16 PM ET

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Namestnikov has provided much-needed secondary scoring while playing with energy on three different lines.

He has 11 goals and 20 points in 40 games, after producing only eight goals (five empty-netters) and 17 points in 53 games last season.

“I had a good summer. I worked hard and just played my game,” Namestnikov said. “Maybe this year I’m more consistent, but other than that I haven’t changed anything. It’s been same old me. Just trying to help the team win.”

He did that in Monday’s 3-2 overtime victory at Buffalo, scoring shorthanded with 9:39 remaining in regulation to spark a team that had nothing going until then.

Namestnikov spent much of the season on the third line with Michael Rasmussen and Adam Erne before replacing Filip Zadina on the line with Pius Suter and Robby Fabbri. He recently was bumped to the top line with Dylan Larkin and Lucas Raymond while Tyler Bertuzzi joined Suter and Fabbri to provide more scoring balance among the top two lines.

“I felt confident moving Vladdy onto that line that he could help that line continue to be successful because he is a smart player,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “He can do a lot of different things—he can pass, he can score around the net, he can get to the net and be a net presence, he’s pretty solid defensively.

“At the beginning of the year I wouldn’t have said I was going to break up Bert and Larks, but now I think Lucas has done a really good job. Now it puts you in a spot where you can potentially have balance and have two lines that can be effective. And thirdly, the impact Bert can have on a line. He instantaneously makes that Suter line a much more dangerous line. If I’m an opposing coach I got to worry about two dangerous lines. That’s not taking anything away from the other lines, but that’s a positive for us.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/18/22 at 05:22 PM ET

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