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Just The Facts

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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Here are six things going on with the Detroit Red Wings that may have escaped your notice:

Tyler Bertuzzi Slumping
Detroit fans were over the moon about Bertuzzi’s start. It was memorable. But he hasn’t been the same player lately. He has gone nine games without a goal. He has three points in those nine games. By  comparison,  Bertuzzi’s center, Dylan Larkin, has points in eight of his past nine games. Larkin has accumulated 11 points in those nine games. His other wing, Lucas Raymond, has three goals and seven points in that span. In those nine games, Raymond has 14 shots on goal. Bertuzzi has 22, but eight of those came in the last game against Buffalo

Too Many Shots on Goal
Only four teams are giving up more shots on goal than the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings are giving up an average of 33.7 shots per game. The Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets,  Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers are the only teams giving up more.

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Video- Recap Of The NHL Games Played Last Night

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Eight teams were in action.

 

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The Leafs Know It Is All About The Playoffs

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from Lance Horby of the Toronto Sun,

They currently reside in the most exclusive neighbourhood of Canada’s NHL teams, high enough on the hill to see the tire fires in Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver.

But until the Maple Leafs actually get back to playoffs and win a round or two, they know they’re still in a glass house. Unless it’s reinforced, best not to throw stones at the less fortunate.

From Sheldon Keefe to Jack Campbell to Carlton the Bear (if he could speak) expect a batch of banal quotes about the heady times in November. Even if Toronto could boast a team record calendar month of 12 wins, tying a club mark with seven straight road victories and owning a piece of first overall to start this week.

“We had good stretches last season … that’s why it’s important to just focus on one day at a time and find consistency,” Keefe said before the Leafs spent Monday flying home from California. “That’s what we’ve talked about since Day 1. It has been a great November, (but) the calendar is going to turn here. We’ll get back home after a long trip and have a really good team waiting for us (Colorado on Wednesday).”

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NHL Short Notes

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* Seattle tallied seven times, including two on the penalty kill, and became the seventh expansion team to record multiple shorthanded goals in a game.

* Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes and Sabres blueliner Rasmus Dahlin each reached the 100-assist milestone and became the first two players from the 2018 NHL Draft class to hit the mark.

* The two teams responsible for the last three Stanley Cup victories will face off on an eight-game Tuesday, when the Blues host the Lightning at Enterprise Center on ESPN+ and HULU. 

 

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Detroit Recalls Kyle Criscuolo

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Kyle Criscuolo from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

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Wings Shooting For A Win In Boston

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The calendar says late November and the NHL season has just crawled past the quarter mark.

But Tuesday's game for the Red Wings in Boston could mean a little more than usual.

The Wings have been a surprise in these early weeks, and lead Boston by one point in the standings, though the Bruins have the better win percentage.

Leaving Boston with a victory would give further notice that maybe the Wings are closer to being for real than most analysts felt they would be. It would keep Detroit in the upper half of the standings.

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Video- Brad Marchand Suspended 3 Games

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Slew-footing.

 

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Video- Goals Of The Week

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Three minutes to watch.

 

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Leading The Calder Race

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Raymond is the favorite to win the Calder Trophy according to a panel of 17 writers for NHL.com, receiving 10 first-place votes and 77 points in the poll. The 19-year-old didn't receive a vote in NHL.com's preseason poll in October.

Raymond's teammate, Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider, is second in the poll with six first-place votes and 71 points, followed by New Jersey Devils center Dawson Mercer with 38 points (one first-place vote), Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras with 35 points and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram with 12 points.

It's the first time in the history of NHL.com's Trophy Tracker series that two Red Wings players are No. 1-2 among the top five in voting for the Calder Trophy. Additionally, Detroit goalie Alex Nedeljkovic is tied for seventh with Ducks defenseman Jamie Drysdale, each with four points.

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said he's excited to have a rookie at each position in his lineup playing a key role. He said he has been especially impressed with the way Raymond has adapted in his first professional season in North America....

"[Raymond's] game was pretty complete right away," Blashill said. "His game was probably transferable in the sense he does it right and he doesn't cheat for offense. He didn't have a huge learning curve that way. When young players are coming over from the American [Hockey] League, you kind of know what to expect. It's different to predict in terms of scoring (in the Swedish Hockey League)."

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Video- The Talk After Practice

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Jordan Oesterle up first, below is Jeff Blashill and a short Waiting in the Wings feature on Chase Pearson.

 

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