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03/07/2023 at 5:02pm EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“It’s on me to get the group motivated to stay on track,” Lalonde said. “Now that our lineup is settled – these are our 12 forwards, these are our seven D. Hopefully, we can get some rhythm and find ways win some tight games like we could have on the weekend.”

Lalonde said their goal is slightly different than it was two weeks ago.

“Ten days ago, we beat the Rangers, we’re above the playoff line with games in hand, and it’s flipped in a hurry,” Lalonde said. “I understand some of that is feeling sorry for yourself. It was there over the weekend. We talked about it, tried to snap the guys out of it a little bit. Now it’s time. I’ll get a better feel of where it’s at, hold guys accountable in different ways.”

They have scored only nine goals during this skid, four coming in an overtime loss to Seattle.

“I think we have to simplify it and just get to the hard areas,” Lalonde said. “In practice today, a lot was centered around that.

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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,,

The Red Wings have lost six games in a row, and have scored two or fewer goals in five of those losses.

“I think it’s all about those little things,” Red Wings winger Dominik Kubalik said. “You know, skating, getting that puck to the net and be around that area. I’m just trying to create. It’s sometimes, hard, sometimes you have the games where you are feeling it. You’re getting chances and shots obviously feeling better. So that’s kind of where I’m focusing right now. Whatever I have, I’m trying to put it out there.”

Kubalik is among the struggling Red Wings. He has one goal in his past nine games. Robby Fabbri has no goals in nine games. Dylan Larkin has one goal in his past eight. His plus-minus is -9 during the losing streak. Raymond has no points during the six losses and is -7.

Coach Derek Lalonde would like to see more assertiveness from Kubalik, especially going against his former team on Wednesday. He totaled a goal and an assist in his last game against the Blackhawks in October.

“When he was scoring early on, head down, puck was going to the net, shooting with authority,” Lalonde said. “Now you can see maybe at times when he’s not at the top of his game, he thinks it through too much. Is a pass-first? Is he shooting it? For him, being a shooter, need a little more tunnel vision.”



As a side note, we could be watching history.  With just 8 regulation losses the Broons are winning at a historically high percentage.  I don’t know what “modern era” is but no one has been close to this in 25 years.  The current pace equates to 136 points.  

This doesn’t always mean playoff success.  TB’s 2019 129 points lost in the first round, its 62 wins matched the most all time with the Red Wings 95-96, who lost the Conference Final to the Avs.  Still, it’s better than struggling for .500 and not qualifying for the playoffs.

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"I didn't see it coming," Chiasson said of the promotion. "I was trying to just focus on my stuff. But these last four days have been quite the ride for me emotionally. It's been a long road this year to get here. This is Year 11 in the NHL for me and I took a step back a little bit to start the year, and to come here, it's a big accomplishment for myself and definitely something I'm really proud of.

"I'm trying to make the most of this opportunity."

The Wings recalled Chiasson on Friday afternoon after the trade deadline. They needed depth after trading forwards Tyler Bertuzzi, Jakub Vrana and Oskar Sundqvist, and seeing Michael Rasmussen (lower-body) go down for the season after taking a slap shot near his knee.

Chiasson got the news from Shawn Horcoff, a former teammate in Dallas and currently the Wings' assistant general manager and Griffins GM.

"I was new to the league and Shawn was a guy that helped me around and helped create good habits (in Dallas)," Chiasson said. "It caught me by surprise a little bit (Friday), but I just got ready in 15 minutes, got my stuff together and we had a game the next day at 12:30 p.m. (on Long Island on Saturday, against the Islanders), so it's been a quick turnaround," Chiasson said. "It's nice this week to be here for the week and get a little settled in for the rest of the season and spend some more time with the guys,

"It's not too bad of a locker room, too, and a nice building to be in."

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If this helps Chiasson get an NHL deal someplace next year, I’m all for it. 


Almost 12 minutes of Lalonde after practice today.


Will the Wings record through the rest of the season be a litmus test for Lalonde and reflect on his ability to handle a team that appears to be a bit fragile now? We shall see. 


I don’t think so unless there is a series of colossal collapses or some blow up.  I have no idea what goes on in the locker room.

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