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Looking Better And Taking Stock

02/15/2021 at 6:35am EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“You look at the Boston Bruins and every year they are one of the least scored upon teams, and they’ve got some talented players and you think of them as an offensive team, but really what they are is real stingy defensively,” Blashill said. “Certainly that’s our recipe for success. When you do a good job checking, you realize you get more offense, you create transition chances and you have the puck more, and those are things that create more offense.

“Guys are understanding that and totally bought into. We just have to build on it.”

Bernier feels the Wings have been effective since the start of the season.

“We had a good start to the season and when we lost all those guys (to COVID protocol), it seemed to take a lot out of us,” Bernier said. “But our last four or five games have been pretty good. We just have to keep doing the right things and good things will happen."


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings begin a new week boosted by a rare victory. But even though Ws have been scarce — they won twice on the six-game road trip — their work ethic has been a positive, as has their defensive game. Over the past week they played well at Florida in a one-goal loss, were a minute from pushing the first game in Nashville past regulation, and won Saturday’s contest against the Predators.

Overall, individuals have done a good job in that stretch, but there are three who stand out, and three whose stock has dipped.

Stock up

Filip Hronek
He has three points the past two games, and is tied with Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha for a team-high nine points. Hronek is the team workhorse, averaging nearly 24 minutes a game, playing in all situations. He’s consistently gritty, and while all his points are assists, he’s second on the team with 33 shots on net.

Stock down

Valtteri Filppula
Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne follows Detroit Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula in the first period Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn.
He was a healthy scratch the first game at Nashville and only subbed in Saturday because of an injury to Darren Helm. Filppula did record an assist, but he was also a minus-1. The Wings don’t expect much production from him, but two points in 12 games is subpar, and his defense could be tighter. He’s counted on as a veteran to set a better example.

more (paid subscription) ... in stock up are Fabbri and Glendening an stock down include DeKeyser and Helm.

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