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Videos- The Talk After The Morning Skate

11/30/2022 at 12:16pm EST

Coach Lalonde first, Andrew Copp is below.

Revenge Game?

11/30/2022 at 9:46am EST

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The “beat Buffalo” challenge comes with a side order of payback. One month ago, the Sabres put an 8-3 beating on the Red Wings. Tage Thompson enjoyed a six-point night against the Red Wings’ defense and goalie Alex Nedeljkovic. Lalonde has already announced Nedeljkovic will start tonight.

The Sabres’ lopsided win over the Red Wings on Halloween night was part of a better-than-expected 7-3 start. The Sabres are a different team today. Since that good start, the Sabres are 2-10.

But their offensive might still makes them dangerous. They rank fifth in the NHL with a 3.68 goals-per-game scoring average. However, the impact of their scoring prowess is undermined by a 3.59 goals-against-average.

The 6-foot-7 Thompson is still thriving, boasting six points in his past four games. He has 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points in 22 games. The Sabres do have a quality power play (25.6%) and one of the NHL’s worst penalty killing efficiencies (70.4%).

We can guess Nedeljkovic, looking sharp in his relief role Monday, will be extra motivated tonight. That game is the primary reason why his GAA stands at 4.01.


Ned's Net Tonight

11/30/2022 at 6:48am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Nedeljkovic relieved Husso midway through Monday's 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, making 12 saves. That left Nedeljkovic with a 4.01 GAA and .880 save percentage in seven games.

"We’re all professionals so your routine doesn’t change that much, you always have to be ready to go in," Nedeljkovic said. "If you go in and you are not prepared and you get lit up, it doesn’t look good on you."

Lalonde had planned to start Nedeljkovic this week even before the Leafs doused a four-game winning streak, but hadn't decided which game. With Nedeljkovic making 12 saves against the Leafs, it was natural to give him the next game. That it was the Sabres wasn't really a factor, though it was Nedeljkovic who was in net when the Sabres hung eight on the Wings in a blowout on Halloween. Neither that night, nor when the New York Rangers hunt eight on the Wings on Nov. 10, did Lalonde make a goaltending change during the game. Monday was a season first for that.

"In those two games, where we took it on the chin, versus the Rangers and Buffalo, you could tell we had hit a wall as a team," Lalonde said. "Whether it was the workload coming up to it, whether it was just energy — you could feel that it was going to keep going. I didn’t want to do that to the goalie starting the next game."...

Ideally Nedeljkovic and Husso share more of the workload. Neither goalie has much history as a go-to guy — Nedeljkovic played 23 games for Carolina in the pandemic-shortened 2021 season, and Husso played a career-high 40 games last season with the St. Louis Blues. Balancing goaltenders is something Lalonde is learning to navigate after spending four years as an assistant coach with Tampa Bay, where Andrei Vasilevskiy ruled the pipes.

"I think there’s a lot to that," Lalonde said. "Coming from having a true No. 1, arguably the best goalie in the league in Vasy — it was the balance of playing him versus tiring him out and having enough in the tank for the playoffs. We are in a little different situation here with these two goalies. Neither of them have really played a 65-game schedule or workload in a season. So this is something we’ll have to keep evaluating throughout the year. We were in a fine line with playing Ville six in a row, but the schedule kind of played out a little bit.

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David Perron Looking Forward To Playing With Tyler Bertuzzi

11/29/2022 at 3:13pm EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Derek Lalonde made a few changes to his lines as the Detroit Red Wings try to start another winning streak.

One of the new looks at Tuesday's practice, as the Wings prepared to host the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday, had David Perron on a line with Tyler Bertuzzi (and Michael Rasmussen at center). Perron was enthusiastic about the possiblities.

"I love his game," Perron said. "I know he’s a hard worker, he always finds a way to be around the net, around the puck. He finds open areas of the ice.

"I haven’t played with him yet, so it’s going to be interesting for sure. I’m excited. He’s a guy that can make a lot more plays than he gets credit for, so I also have to be ready in those situations. I think he is a guy who will make those little plays and create that cycle game that I like to play as well."

In other changes, Lucas Raymond was moved back to Dylan Larkin's right wing (where Perron had been playing), with Dominik Kubalik on the left wing. Andrew Copp centered Oskar Sundqvist and Adam Erne, while the fourth line remained Joe Veleno with Jonatan Berggren and Pius Suter.


Status Quo For The Wings

11/29/2022 at 12:13pm EST

Coach Lalonde Fine With The Wings Play Last Night

11/29/2022 at 7:07am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings experienced the same, old result Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, losing 4-2, but they came away with a different vibe.

As coach Derek Lalonde put it, “You want your overall game to look like that. If we replicate that performance, we’re going to win more times than not.”

The Red Wings outshot the Leafs 43-25, generated more scoring chances and spent more time in Toronto’s zone than their own. The difference was they didn’t capitalize on enough of their chances against Matt Murray while the Maple Leafs didn’t need many opportunities to chase Ville Husso from the game.

Husso, Detroit’s best player this season, had an off night, allowing four goals on 13 shots and getting replaced by Alex Nedeljkovic at 8:37 of the second period.

“I’m sure if you ask him, he’s going to want maybe three of the four back, but that’s a tough task to not face much action at all,” Lalonde said. “And then what we did give up was unfortunately too good of a look to too good of players.”


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Videos- Talking To The Media After A 4-2 Loss To Toronto

11/28/2022 at 10:45pm EST

Derek Lalonde up first.

Below find Dylan Larkin, the game highlights and Mickey Redmond.

Quick Recap- DRW/TML

11/28/2022 at 9:36pm EST

Offensively the Wins had an off night. They either could not hit the net, fanned on a shot or their shot could not get through to the goal.

Credit to the Leafs who capitalized on their chances and had a 4-1 lead after the second period.

Detroit scored with about seven minutes left in the third period to make it 4-2 but there was no more scoring. Toronto wins 4-2.

Detroit goals are below.

Team stats.

Buffalo visits Detroit on Wednesday night, the game is on TNT at 7pm.

A Good Test

11/28/2022 at 6:30pm EST

Good evening and welcome to one and all. The Wings have been on a roll of late, and while it’s been great for all Wings fans, tonight’s game is going to be a good test of how much improvement has taken place. The Wings have to be tough and play a hard, mean, punishing, leaving it all on the ice kind of game if they want to prove they’re for real.

The Wings are playing some of the best hockey we’ve seen in recent memory, so the Leafs will be a real coming back down to Earth kind of a game for all of us. Tonight the team will debut the Reverse Retro jersey. The jury’s still out on this one until I see it worn in a game.

Hronek is leading the way once again with other blue liners(Oesterle goal)contributing as well. Husso is the most important player on the ice IMHO, and Larkin is proving why he wears the C. The Yzerplan is looking pretty good so far this season with the signing of the veteran players that do show up every night ready to go. Things seem to be coming together with this group, but, I don’t want to jink anything so I’ll leave it at that.

It’s the Leafs vs the Wings in an Original Six matchup. The puck drops tonight around 7:00 PM, and will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit and the Red Wings Radio Network (97.1 The Ticket in Detroit). Also available on NHLPP/ESPN+, TVAS, and SN.

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Coach Lalonde Looking For Consistency

11/28/2022 at 5:29pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Coach Derek Lalonde, though pleased with the 20-game start, wants to see more of a long-range view of his team.

To Lalonde, this still constitutes a small sample size. Get back to Lalonde around the midseason point, around 40 games.

"You start getting into that 40, even what we call dog days, into that 50-, 60-, 70-game range, now it’s a battle of attrition," Lalonde said. "Everyone is at the top of their game (at that juncture). We're still some time away from that."

The Wings have improved in every major statistical category compared to the end of last season. What pleases Lalonde most, is the progress defensively.

There have been three major blowout losses to New Jersey, Buffalo and the New York Rangers (22 goals allowed) which skew the Wings' defensive numbers worse than what they could be. The Wings entered 14th in goals-against, a dramatic improvement over last season's 31st xxx.

"We're not rolling out what these top teams are rolling out (offensively), which is fine," Lalonde said. "We know what we are and who we are, but for the most part, especially lately, our five-on-five defense has been pretty good."

Lalonde mentioned last week how the "vibe" in the locker room is good, what with a four-game win streak heading into Monday's game and the improvement in the standings.

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Theory On Why The Wings Claimed Magnus Hellberg

11/28/2022 at 2:27pm EST

There is more to this thread, read Sean Shapiro's recent Twitter feed.

Ville Husso In The Starter's Net At The Morning Skate

11/28/2022 at 10:55am EST

via Ansar Khan tweet,

Ville Husso in starter’s net, so he’ll make his sixth consecutive start tonight vs. Leafs.

Paying The Price For Shot-Blocking

11/28/2022 at 9:16am EST

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Injured Elmer Soderblom won’t be available for tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and still doesn’t appear to be close to returning. He suffered a lower body injury while shot-blocking on Nov. 8 against the Montreal Canadiens.

“I’m told maybe a week now,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said. “It’s been a little frustrating for me not knowing. This was day to day and now we’re in the 2-3 weeks, it’s lower body, it’s just going to take some time. I would not expect him on this homestand.”

The Red Wings have been unlucky when it comes to blocking shots. Tyler Bertuzzi, Filip Zadina and now Soderblom have all suffered injuries that have taken them out of the lineup.

But shot blocking makes teams harder to play against and the Red Wings are 11th in the NHL with 339 blocks. Lalonde views injuries as the price to be paid for a successful style.

“That’s what winning looks like,” Lalonde said. “If we would have told our guys we’d be sitting where we are right now and the sacrifice would have been some injuries over blocked shots, every single player would have taken
that, and that’s exactly where we’re at.”


Detroit's Reverse Retro Jersey Debuts Tonight

11/28/2022 at 6:18am EST

from Ryan Ford of the Detroit Free Press,

When the Detroit Red Wings take the ice on Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, they’ll be making history, of sorts: The franchise will wear black — or at least black stripes — for the first time in 95 seasons.

That’s part of Adidas’ “Reverse Retro” uniform program for the 2022-23 season. It’s the second iteration from the NHL’s official supplier, after a round of alternates during the 2020-21 season.

The Wings’ outfits that season were a little, uh, underwhelming — almost all-white jerseys with silver stripes supposedly paying tribute to the uniforms the franchise wore in 2017 for the NHL’s centennial celebration. This season’s outfit is anything but that, with a heavy red colorway broken up by black stripes and a thin block-lettered “Detroit” across the chest.


See the sweater below.

Sunday Lines

11/27/2022 at 11:26am EST

Good Deal

11/27/2022 at 10:43am EST

from Nate Grown of Detroit Hockey Nows,

ave truly paid off. It’s broken down with one player per position and with one of each acquired through the draft, free agency, and trade.

Filip Hronek – $4.4M Cap Hit; 2 Years Remaining

How Acquired: 2016 Draft Pick – 53rd overall
Current Season – 20 Games (6-12-18)
Last Season – 78 Games; (5-33-38)
Cap Hit by Percentage: 5.3% (via CapFriendly)

When signed, it made a lot of sense as Hronek was only 23 years old, was easily Detroit’s best defenseman, and appeared to be a stalwart for years to come....

Dominik Kubalik – $2.5M Cap Hit – 2 Years Remaining

How Acquired: Free Agent (2022)
This Season So Far: 20 Games (9-12-21)
Last Season with Chicago: 78 Games (15-17-32)
Cap Hit by Percentage: 3% (via CapFriendly)

Kubalik was not pursued by the Chicago Blackhawks, opting to be cut loose by his former team when he wasn’t tendered a qualifying offer. When he signed with Detroit, Kubalik ended up taking $1.2M less than his previous contract....

Ville Husso – $4.75M Cap Hit – 3 Years Remaining

How Acquired: Trade with St. Louis (73rd overall pick in 2022 NHL Draft)
This Season So Far: 14 Games (9-2-3) .919 Save %; 3 shutouts
Last Season with St. Louis: 38 Games (25-7-6) .919 Save %; 2 shutouts
Cap Hit by Percentage: 5.8% (via CapFriendly)

He’s a fan favorite already, his name chanted after every big save. Husso has bailed the team out several times this season, as recently as the 3-0 victory over Nashville this past Wednesday....

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Playing As A Team

11/26/2022 at 6:16am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have a different disposition than they’ve shown in recent years.

They have more bite to them and more fight in them. Coach Derek Lalonde referred to it as pushback. And they pushed back Friday against the Arizona Coyotes in more ways than one.

The Red Wings lost the lead in crushing fashion – with 26 seconds remaining in regulation. But they pushed back by winning 4-3 in a shootout on Dylan Larkin’s goal.

In winning their fourth consecutive game, the Red Wings (11-5-4) also pushed back physically in a chippy game.

“(The Coyotes) have a lot of toughness,” Lalonde said. “There’s going to be games like this. We’re not built like that, but we’re going to need to push back. Sometimes that push back is not 1985, where it’s a five-on-five brawl and gets out of hand like that.

“Stick up for teammates, push back, there’s moments it’s going to get chippy. Don’t want to get pushed around. We’re not built for that type of hockey necessarily all the time, but anybody can push back, and I thought we did that tonight.”


from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Videos- The Talk After A 4-3 Home Shootout Win.

11/25/2022 at 11:18pm EST

Dylan Larkin with the only shootout goal up first. Below find Lucas Raymond/Filip Hronek and Derek Lalonde. The game highlights are there too.

Quick Recap- Wings/Coyotes

11/25/2022 at 10:51pm EST

Recap of the first period.

After 40 minutes.

In the third period, the Coyotes scored with 26 second left and their net empty to tie the score 3-3.

In overtime there was no scoring although both teams had great chances.

In the penalty shot segment of the game, Arizona could not score, Detroit netted one goal and won 4-3.

Team stats

Detroit goals are below along with an Andre Copp interiew.

Exciting Hockey

11/25/2022 at 7:30pm EST

Heya everyone! I’m thinking we’re all still riding high after the last three games. The Wings have been not bad, and Husso has been very, very good in goal for us.(Stealing one on Wednesday.) He’ll be starting tonight as well. The Wings put in a solid effort in a game that could have gone either way against the Preds.

It’s probably one of the better all around games so far this season, with Husso backstopping, and Larkin and Hronek once again leading the way. It’s been exciting hockey for sure, with everyone pulling their weight, and it’s hard trying not to get too far ahead of ourselves.

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and are still able to stay awake for tonight’s tilt. It’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night at the LCA, also known around here as the Pizzarena, and the Dough Joe.

It’s the Coyotes vs the Wings. The puck is set to drop around 8:00 PM, and will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit and the Red Wings Radio Network (97.1 The Ticket in Detroit). Also available on NHLPP/ESPN+ and BSAZX.

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Today's Morning Skate

11/25/2022 at 10:40am EST

via Ansar Khan tweet,

lines at the skate same as previous game:
Hagg-Lindstrom (extras)
Soderblom still not practicing.
Husso starting/Nedeljkovic backup.

Confidence Level On The Wings

11/25/2022 at 10:04am EST

from The Athletic,

The Athletic asked the writers who know each NHL team best two questions: 1) How confident are you in the team’s playoff chances? And 2) Will the team be a buyer or a seller at the deadline?

Here’s what they said.

Record: 10-5-4, 3rd in Atlantic

Playoff tier: They’ll be on the bubble

Trade deadline buyer or seller? Seller

Analysis: Detroit’s underlying numbers are more concerning than their record, and they could go from “bubble” to “long shot” over the course of the next month — and the best guess is still that they’ll be on the wrong side of that bubble when all is said and done. Still, though, that’s an improvement over past seasons, and the Red Wings don’t look like they’ll go down without a fight. The real question, when it comes to the deadline, is whether they’re more likely to sell or stand pat. Buying (or at least renting) feels unlikely until they’re more of a sure thing, but you could see a case for them to forego a fire sale if they’re still hanging around that bubble come February. — Max Bultman

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Special Teams A Key To The Wings Early Success

11/25/2022 at 8:58am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Having special teams they can rely on — especially the power play — is part of the growth the Wings are enjoying this season.

"We had a good start last year, and I remember we just couldn’t get anything going on our special teams," Dylan Larkin said after the Predators game. "Our special teams let us down a lot. Now our special teams is winning us games. It’s different players that are in our lineup now. I just think we’re rolling right now, we’re taking care of the puck on the power play and on the penalty kill, things are going well. We’re blocking shots or getting sticks in lanes or getting big saves."

Larkin ranks second on the team with eight power play points, two behind leader Dominik Kubalik. Adding veteran David Perron in the offseason has been a big part of the transformation — he makes such good decisions with the puck, hustles on retrievals and is dangerous making passes and unleashing his one-timer.

Larkin was part of Wednesday's 5-on-3 kill, along with defensemen Filip Hronek (who later scored the power play goal) and Olli Määttä — who were called to duty because the two skaters the Wings were without were their top defense/penalty killing duo, Moritz Seider and Ben Chiarot.

The Wings' power play is clicking at 21.7% and the penalty kill at 80.7%. At the end of last year, they were at 16.3% and 73.8%, respectively. Of the Wings' 62 goals, 17 have come on man advantages (including pulling the goalie for an extra attacker), five have been empty-netters, two shorthanded, and one four-on-four, with the rest (37) coming at during five-on-five play.

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Learning To Win The Right Way

11/24/2022 at 9:32am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"I think we’re starting to understand each other better, to anticipate each other a little bit more, anticipating where the puck is going to go," Andrew Copp said. "There have been a lot of improvements, but we’ve still got a long ways to go."

A fifth of the way through the season, the Wings show improvement compared to this point last season in numerous per-game averages: Goals for (3.28 vs. 2.83), goals-allowed (3.17 vs. 3.33), power play percentage (20.9 vs. 16.7) and penalty kill percentage (79.6 vs. 77.6). One of first-year head coach Lalonde's best traits is how calm he has been, through the five-game point streak that began the season, and through some doozy mishaps like giving up eight goals in games at Buffalo and at home to the Rangers. He's realistic about the talent the Wings have — or rather, haven't — and complimentary of the determination that has led to being in playoff positioning.

"It's blocked shots, tracking, back checking, getting above plays," Lalonde said. "All those hard things you have to do to be successful. There are nights we are just not going to out-talent a team. I was fortunate to be in Tampa where if we didn’t play our best, our big talent got us through some games. We’re not going to get many of those nights here."...

"There’s a difference between winning hockey and, unfortunately, where they were at the end of last year," Lalonde said. "It was a tough situation — depleted lineup, they had no chance of making the playoffs. What are you playing for? We talk about our ‘why’ in the room all the time, and what was the ‘why’ then? Are guys cheating for points? It’s a little tougher in those situations to put your body on the line.

"Our goal all along was improving our team defense and playing meaningful games later in the year. We’re not there yet, but hopefully we can get there."

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