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Oh Hell

10/04/2018 at 1:12pm EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit Red Wings players are sporting T-shirts reading “Sixty minutes of hell,” visual reminders of the mindset they want to have in games.

“It means hard to play against, making it hard for the other team,” Dylan Larkin said. “It’s a good model for us I think because we are capable of doing that with our speed up front and our defense.”

The shirts were the brainchild of coach Jeff Blashill, a variant on former Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson’s ’40 minutes of Hell.'

“We have to be hard to play against on a nightly basis,” Blashill said. “We have to make sure that we’re not a ‘tween-er’ team, we’re not kind of skilled but not winning the skill game and kind of hard but not really hard enough. We have to be miserable to play against every night.

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