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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The way defenseman Filip Hronek was being used during Tuesday's practice, it appeared he was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last two games.

Gustav Lindstrom (undisclosed injury) wasn't able to practice. Blashill said Lindstrom will not be available for Wednesday's game and possibly through the weekend. More reason to believe Hronek will be back.

Larkin, the team's captain, has talked with Hronek, who is one of the Wings' core players for the future.

"I talk to him on a daily basis, he's a well-respected guy in the locker room," Larkin said. "Guys love him and we want to be there for him. He'll show up for us, we know that."...

Blashill feels good about the way the Wings have played thus far.

"I like the fact we've played with high compete, emotion and energy throughout large parts of these six games," Blashill said. "That can be a separator through an 82-game schedule. I also think we're getting better, individually and collectively as a group, and that will be real important."


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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

“The Suter, Fabbri, Zadini line has had a lot of chances to have higher production totals than what they’ve have had,”  Detroit Jeff. Blashill said. “They have to stay with it…I think they can be a really good line.”

The Red Wings sit 12th in the NHL in scoring average (3.33). However, they would be significantly higher if their second line was producing more. Based on how well Fabbri and Suter were playing in the preseason, there was hope this line could be more of a 1B line than a second line.

No one would have predicted that Pius Suter would be without a point after six games. Suter has had what Blashill calls “minimal” power play time, but he will get more Wednesday when the Red Wings play the Washington Capitals on the road.

“There’s been games when he’s had real impact, and had real chances, and some of our best O zone shifts,” Blashill said.

Players call that having no puck luck. Suter does lead his line with 15 shots on goal. That ties him for second on the team.

“He has played good hockey and production will follow,” Blashill said.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/26/21 at 06:46 PM ET


“Guys love him and we want to be there for him. He’ll show up for us, we know that.”...

Once again, this quote shows at least to me that Hronek absence is not really related to his on ice performance.

Posted by VPalmer on 10/26/21 at 09:02 PM ET


Once again, this quote shows at least to me that Hronek absence is not really related to his on ice performance.

Posted by VPalmer on 10/26/21 at 10:02 PM ET

disagree completely.
He’s been pretty atrocious this year.  on the ice.
even worse than last year….. everybody understood he was playing too many minutes and over his head being on the top pair, PPQB, etc.. last year.
This year with the additions of Seider and Leddy who are taking a lot of the load off Hronek, it was expected that his game would improve.  Instead, he’s been no better, if not worse.
I don’t blame Blashill for sitting Hronek.  He’s been bad. 

For being an offensive D-man, he hasn’t produced this year.  Seider has.
Leddy has, even Stall and DDK and Lindstrom have more points than Hronek, despite him still getting more minutes than some of them.  And defensively, he hasn’t been good.  If he isn’t bringing offense, and his defense isn’t great…. and we have several D-men in the press box…. sit him.

Larkin’s comments match up.  Larkin is saying the team has faith he will come back and show improvement.  They know he can and will be better.  he has to be, or he’s in danger of losing his spot too.
Me, I’m not as confident.  He’s always been this way.

Thank God (and SY) for Seider.

Posted by Matt_in_MI on 10/27/21 at 06:14 AM ET


Sorry, my mistake.
DDK does not have more points than Hronek, they both have 1 point, currently.
Hronek’s single point came on the PP.

The point is that Hronek is producing very little offensively, and practically nothing 5v5 despite still getting more minutes than any other D-man.

So I disagree completely that he must of gotten sat for something off-ice rather than on-ice… his on-ice performance has not been good.

Posted by Matt_in_MI on 10/27/21 at 06:40 AM ET

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Yeah, I take Larkin’s comments more as a, “We’re not helping him succeed as well as we should have.  We like the guy, we need to support him better.”

The whole off-ice issues rumors are completely unsubstantiated; for any reason you could say it’s an off ice issue, you could probably come up with 2-3 reasons it isn’t.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/27/21 at 08:14 AM ET


Even if Hronek played below his level in the first several games, he is still without a doubt belongs in our top 6 at this moment. 1 game benching is enough to teach a lesson if that was the goal. The game he is benched we lost 1:6. If this was purely hockey related, he would have been back on the ice against Chicago.

Posted by VPalmer on 10/27/21 at 10:42 AM ET

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You put him back in the lineup after a 1-6 loss and it’s like saying, “Oops…turns out we really need you even when you aren’t playing the way we expect you to play.” 

I’m not surprised he was kept out a second game.  I think he’ll be back in for tonight’s game.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/27/21 at 10:49 AM ET

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