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01/25/2023 at 12:17pm EST

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from Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press,

Through 46 games this season, the Wings have 48 points and are 20-18-8. At the same point last season, they had 46 points and were 20-20-6.

But if you look at their place in the standings, the Wings are in worse position than they were last season. Right now, they’re sixth in the wild-card standings and eight points out of the final spot in the Eastern Conference — though they have played less games than the teams they're chasing. Last year, they were third in the wild-card standings, seven points behind the Boston Bruins....

But too often, the Wings have played down to their competition or not raised their game enough this season to give anyone hope they’re about to make a leap into the postseason. It’s understandable under a first-year coach trying to instill a new way of playing.

Yet, you could feel the frustration in Lalonde after a game that ended up being closer than it had to be. Adam Erne’s needless giveaway led to an extended shift, which led to tired legs, which led to Logan Couture tying the score, 2-2, with seven seconds left in the second period.

“It's just we're still immature in how we manage our game,” Lalonde said. “I don't want to sound negative, because this was a good win. But you guys saw it the way we complicated that game.”...

No one is saying the Wings are terrible. They just don’t look like a team on the rise, and certainly not one ready to make a run after the All-Star break, and much less like a team that would make noise in the playoffs if they got there.

The only player who has been a downright disappointment has been goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic, who was demoted to the minors three weeks ago. Filip Zadina, the No. 6 overall pick in 2018, continues to struggle with health and production.

Otherwise, the Wings have a roster of mostly solid players with some promising young talent.

more ($)


DETROIT – The National Hockey League today announced the following schedule change for the Detroit Red Wings:

  • Game No. 1266, Pittsburgh at Detroit, scheduled for April 8, will now begin at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast exclusively on ABC and ESPN+ in the U.S.


from John Niyo of the Detroit News,

The surest sign you’re starting to carve out a niche for yourself as an NHL player is when your teammates start dropping your name. To the head coach, no less.

And so it is for the Red Wings’ Michael Rasmussen these days, midway through what looks to be a breakout season for the hulking 23-year-old forward and once-maligned former first-round pick.

“You know a winger is good when every center starts to come hinting that they would like to play with him,” head coach Derek Lalonde chuckled Tuesday night, after Rasmussen’s play helped the Wings escape with a 3-2 overtime win over San Jose at Little Caesars Arena. “Or if I’m having a talk with a player about their current game, and they're like, ‘Well, when I was with Ras …', that's certainly a good sign, too.”

Tuesday night, it sure was a welcome sight for veteran center Andrew Copp, who along with veteran winger David Perron was reunited with the big kid they call “Moose” after a scoreless first period against the Sharks.

Lalonde had started the night with Rasmussen playing on the top line with Dylan Larkin and Lucas Raymond. But with Raymond briefly missing due to injury to start the second period, those forward lines were quickly shuffled again.

And late in that middle frame, it was Rasmussen — back on Copp's line — who scored an unassisted goal to give the Wings a 2-1 lead, bouncing up off the ice after taking an awkward hit entering the zone and then finding himself alone with the puck in the slot, where he fired a wrist shot past goalie James Reimer to bring the LCA crowd to its feet.

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Somebody has been touting up Rasmussen since last season.  He was a dominant goal scoring power forward in the WHL as an oversized player among boys.  He has adapted his game to be whatever the team needs from him and is a pretty complete responsible player these days.  Not all the Wings recent draft picks have been able to do that.


via the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit Red Wings say 'neat, awesome experiences' are what makes dads trip special

Detroit Red Wings Olli Määttä, Tyler Bertuzzi, Joe Veleno, Jonatan Berggren & Derek Lalonde,


He’s not sure yet if Zadina will be available for either of these final two games before the break.

I’m no pharmacist and can’t count 12 forwards, but I would be upset if Berggren got sent down to make room for Zadina.  It’s not as if he’s just up in Detroit to get experience, he’s been one of the better offensive producers on the team.  Not giving up on Z, but he’s had lots of time in the NHL.  He may find himself trying to fill the net with pucks in the Czech League.


I would fall out of my chair if Berggren got sent down. He's worked his way up from the 4th line and Tuesday against SJ he was #3 for forwards in total ice time behind only Larkin and Copp. I don't know who goes where to make room but my money says Berggren ain't going nowhere. 

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