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It Could End Up Being A Decent Road Trip

11/18/2022 at 5:01pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It was beginning to look grim for the Red Wings.

Here they were Thursday in San Jose without a victory on a road trip that looked ripe for the taking, in terms of multiple victories, and suddenly, they were either trailing or tied at various times of the game.

The prospect of heading into Columbus Saturday without a victory looked entirely possible.

But, as they've shown at times this season, this roster does respond when challenged.

The Wings rallied twice Thursday, defeated San Jose, 7-4, and left California with a needed victory.

They head into Columbus with a chance to still make this a good, if not great, road trip with a victory.

"We found a way to get a win here," said David Perron, who had a goal and two assists for the Wings. "It's like Newsy (coach Derek Lalonde) talked about, and all of a sudden our record looks better, it's good to get two points and we get a chance to (have) a good road trip.

"We almost buckled, but we didn't, and we stayed strong."

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Talking With Sebastian Cossa

11/18/2022 at 1:01pm EST

from Mike Ashmore of FloHockey,

On the surface, seeing Sebastian Cossa on an ECHL roster is a bit jarring.

In reality, it's the best thing for the Toledo Walleye goaltender, as the Detroit Red Wings can maximize the development of their prized 19-year-old prospect, whom they selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

After a brief stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League, it has been Toledo's Huntington Center that Cossa has called home thus far, posting a 2.39 goals against average and a .913 save percentage in his first seven games with the Walleye, recording wins in four of them.

"I came down here for a preseason game and then went back up to the A, so I had a little bit of a taste for what it was like down here," Cossa told FloHockey via cell phone. "I didn't really know what to expect. Obviously, you don't see a lot of first-rounders, but I think it doesn't really matter. It's different for a goalie, I think, and you're seeing pro shots still. That's beneficial for me. I've been playing a lot down here, which has helped me a lot."


Quick Recap- DRW/SJS

11/18/2022 at 1:05am EST

A pretty lethargic first period for the Wings and they were down 2-1 after twenty minutes.

A much different second period as Detroit dominated the play and led 3-2 at the second intermission.

In the third, Detroit scored early to make if 4-2 but the Sharks scored two goals in less than three minutes to tie the score at 4-4.

Mo Seider scored his first of the year with just over six minutes to play to make it 5-4, then Pius Suter made it 6-4. Kubalik added an empty net goal and the Wings win 7-4.

Team stats

Below watch a pregame interview with coach Lalonde, a great save by Ville Husso and the Detroit goals.

added 1:44am, post game talk added to the comments along with the game highlights...

Angry And Hungry

11/17/2022 at 10:00pm EST

Heya 19. After losing the last four games, it’s high time that the Wings come in as the team that is angry, and, hungry. They’re still too soft, missing that snarl, that edge, that will give them the extra boost they need to win the close games. I’ve seen the talk around here(meaning KK)and other sports outlets. One day it’s all doom and gloom, the next day it’s the Wings have a shot. All that matters is how they play tonight.

Also, I’m a bit perturbed that another player is wearing #96.(No offense to Walman.)Homer is legend IMHO. He perfected the net front presence position, and I’ve yet to see anyone do it better. I never really thought the Wings would retire his number, but, whatever……

It’s the Wings vs the Sharks. The puck drops tonight at 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT 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 NBCSCA.

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Bits And Pieces

11/17/2022 at 6:31pm EST

I haven't seen anything today regarding tonight's game, it's almost like the Wings are playing on a different continent instead of on the west coast.

Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News is not on the trip but has a few items...

Montreal rookie forward Juraj Slafkovsky reached out to Wings forward Matt Luff regarding Slafkovsky's boarding penalty last week that put Luff in a dangerous position.

Luff suffered a fractured wrist, needed surgery, is out for two-to-three months.

Slafkovsky, last summer's No. 1 overall draft pick, was given a two-game suspension by the NHL.

"I reached out to him," Slafkovsky told Montreal reporters. "It sucks what happened with him and (the) injury. He texted back and said thanks for reaching out. That’s all I can do after that incident. I cannot change what happened."...

Thursday's game in San Jose was the first for assistant coach Bob Boughner, since Boughner was let go as head coach of the Sharks.

Coach Derek Lalonde quickly added Boughner to the Wings' staff, noting Boughner's coaching experience and playing career.

Boughner was a 1989 second-round draft pick of the Red Wings.

"Just as someone who has been around the league so much as a player and as a coach, he's that guy who can be that voice where it's done this way or that way," Lalonde told reporters in San Jose. "I've had this experience a couple times with a couple other coaches my time in the NHL.

"He's just a huge resource not only for myself, but the rest of the staff."...

Evgeny Svechnikov, the Wings' 2015 first-round pick, could be finding a home in San Jose. Svechnikov has three goals and three assists in 14 games, with an impressive plus-five plus-minus rating.

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Waiting For The Next Step

11/17/2022 at 8:55am EST

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

As noted above, the Red Wings are looking to end their four-game skid, but the NHL’s schedule-maker has presented them with a current, bona fide shot at going on a long, winning rebound. Detroit’s next four games – two road contests against San Jose and Columbus, followed by home games against Nashville and Arizona – are winnable games for them.

Husso has been playing two of every three games since Oct. 27, and if he continues to be sharp more often than not, the Wings can stay in the playoff race through the end of the month. December is a much tougher month for Detroit, but that’s why winning these next five games are important: win them, and you have a cushion; lose them, and you’re bound to be in desperation mode before you know it.

Very few NHL teams have the luxury of a lengthy losing streak in their immediate future, and the Red Wings are not one of them.

Still, Wings fans have to feel good about the ceiling of this team. There are no longer constant blowouts the way there were last season (although an 8-2 loss to the New York Rangers this past Thursday, and an 8-3 defeat at the hands of Buffalo on Halloween night brought back some unwelcome memories).

But Detroit is winning games with their defense – in their seven wins, they’ve allowed more than one goal just twice, and they’ve allowed only seven games in that span – and first-year head coach Derek Lalonde has lived up to his reputation as a winner.

Not everything has gone completely right for this franchise, but enough has that the rest of the Atlantic has to be on notice, if they weren’t already. The Red Wings are for real, and though playoff success might not take place for them this season, they look confident and capable of taking that next competitive step.


Current Topics on The Wings

11/17/2022 at 6:47am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

One good trend has been the performances, over the last three games, of 2018 draft picks Jonatan Berggren and Joe Veleno, whose simple play has led to the kind of shifts coach Derek Lalonde wants to see.

“Veleno and Berggren had a really good game for us,” Lalonde said after Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss at the Anaheim Ducks. “The special teams took them out of their rhythm.”

Lalonde was less pleased with the way two other young players, Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond, played in the third period, when they took penalties 50 seconds apart with the Wings nursing a one-goal lead. Raymond went off a second time when he blatantly hooked Jakob Silfverberg.

“Clean up the penalties, but Lucas plays hard, he plays the right way,” Lalonde said. “I think sometimes he just has to manage his emotions there. That penalty 200 feet from the net — he’s trying, I think it’s just managing a little bit better. So it’s just growth. No worries on where his game is at, of where he’s going to be.”...

Lalonde has kept his message steady through the Wings’ 3-0-2 start; through a couple blowouts; through a slide that has left them 7-5-4. He reiterates they do not have a margin of error, they cannot afford to make risky plays (like Tyler Bertuzzi’s clearing attempt in overtime that the Ducks turned into the winning goal).

“When Bert’s been out, as a team, we’ve learned how to manage risk in our game, and that’s something he’s going to need to do going forward,” Lalonde said.

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Videos- The Talk After Practice

11/16/2022 at 6:16pm EST

Coach Lalonde first, Jake Walman is below.

Ville Husso Stabilizes Detroit's Goaltending

11/16/2022 at 5:21pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"Ville has been our best player," coach Derek Lalonde said after last week's loss to the New York Rangers. "He's been our MVP."

Sundqvist saw something similar last season in St. Louis, when Husso took over the starting role after Jordan Binnington struggled with the Blues.

Husso was inexperienced at the NHL level, but stepped in and stabilized the Blues and helped them into the playoffs.

Husso finished last season with a 25-7-6 record, with a 2.56 GAA and .919 SVS.

"We all were a little bit surprised how good he was last season," Sundqvist said. "Especially, because it's hard for a guy like him to come in and who hasn't played that many games in the NHL, never been a starter and taking over that position and doing what he did.

"That surprised a lot of people, and it shows his talent, and how hard he's worked to get to where he is. I'm happy for him. He gives you an opportunity (to win), making all those big saves when you need them. It gives you a chance to win every night.

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Does It Feel Like Last Year?

11/16/2022 at 2:52pm EST

Videos- A Point Lost

11/16/2022 at 4:05am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The good work the Detroit Red Wings was undermined in a few shifts that forced them to settle for one point.

Their losing streak grew to four games after they blew a late lead and then committed a turnover in overtime that left them settling for a 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.

"It’s a tough one to go down there and with a minute left, 30 seconds, they score one and tie it up, and then in overtime we’re all over them and they get a chance and bury it," captain Dylan Larkin said. "It stings right now."

Ryan Strome scored after Tyler Bertuzzi turned the puck over behind his own goal line, marring what had been overall a good performance from the Wings.

"I think we put ourselves in position to deserve two points," coach Derek Lalonde said. "But the way we managed our third, taking four penalties, and even the way we managed our overtime — we had a really good start to our season and we’ve been competitive in this league because we take the risk out of our game. Unfortunately a couple times throughout that third and especially in overtime, we got away from that."


Below is the post game talk and game highlights.

Quick Recap- Detroit Red Wings/Anaheim Ducks

11/16/2022 at 12:47am EST

Both teams had power play goals in the first period.

Detroit scored late in the second period thus making it 2-1 Detroit heading to the third.

With 46 seconds left in the game, the Ducks tied the game at two.

In overtime Anaheim score with 50 seconds left in OT. Ducks win 3-2.

Team stats

Below find the Detroit goals and a Berggren interview

Another Late Game

11/15/2022 at 9:30pm EST

Hello everyone and welcome to another late game for those of us in the Eastern part of the country. For those of you in the West, must be nice.(Just kidding.) Tonight we are expecting the return of Tyler Bertuzzi, a big plus for the Wings and the fans. Also, Lindstrom is listed as day to day.
As we all know, the guys made a third period push last outing, but, too little too late. I’m expecting a much better effort tonight against the Ducks. Seriously…….

It’s the Wings vs the Ducks. The puck drops at 10:00 PM ET/ 7:00 PM PT, and will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit and the Red Wings Radio Network (97.1 The Ticket in Detroit). Also NHLPP/ESPN+, BSW, and SN1.

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Video- 21 Minutes With Scotty Bowman

11/15/2022 at 5:05pm EST

via the YouTube page of Bally Sports Detroit,

Mickey Redmond sits down with legendary coach Scotty Bowman to discuss his journey to a record 14 Stanley Cups and what made his nine seasons in Detroit so special.

New Plans Announced For The District Detroit

11/15/2022 at 2:21pm EST

Two Hot Swedes

11/15/2022 at 8:52am EST

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Detroit Red Wings forward Lucas Raymond and Red Wings prospect Pontus Andreasson grew up in the same area of Sweden.

“I played with him when I was younger,” Raymond said of Andreasson.

Oddly enough, their career trajectories this season are following a similar pattern.

In his second NHL season, Raymond went the first seven games of the season without a goal. Since then, he’s accounted for six goals over the past eight games.

Playing his initial season of North American hockey, Andreasson, the top goal scorer in the Swedish League playoffs last season with Lulea, accounted for one assist through his first seven AHL games for the Grand Rapids Griffins. Since then, he’s accounted for seven points in five games, with both a two- and a three-point game during that span and his first multi-goal game in the AHL.

Andreasson is currently riding a three-game point streak during which he’s collected 2-3-5 totals.


Line Changes As Tyler Bertuzzi Returns

11/15/2022 at 7:04am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Coach Derek Lalonde confirmed Tyler Bertuzzi will be back in the lineup Tuesday when the Wings face the Ducks at Honda Center, giving the Wings a shot in the arm as they try to nip a three-game slide. Bertuzzi practiced on a line with Dylan Larkin and Lucas Raymond, reuniting a trio that has clicked since last season. Getting back Bertuzzi, who has been out since suffering a broken hand in the second game of the season, gives the Wings better options for shaping their lines and creating more potential for scoring.

Lalonde had David Perron practice with Joe Veleno and Jonatan Berggren to see if that's a grouping that could click. Veleno and Berggren have played together two games since Berggren was called up last week, and in Saturday's game against the Kings, it was their group that got the Wings going with an energetic shift four minutes into the first period.

"That’s part of our role, and with every shift that we get, we want to make the most out of it," Veleno said. The last two games it’s been really good and we just need more of that energy coming."

Veleno and Berggren have chemistry going back to being teammates with the Grand Rapids Griffins (and, as Veleno likes to tell it, he also served as Berggren and Raymond's chauffeur while they were all at development camp together in 2021), and part of the energy they provide is from being able to make plays with the puck.

"We want to create as much as we can," Veleno said. "We talk to each other, we’ve played with each other, I think it makes everything smoother. We’ve been really good with every chance we get, we just want to make the most out of it."...

The other lines had Andrew Copp with Kubalik and Oskar Sundqvist, and Michael Rasmussen with Pius Suter and Adam Erne. Defenseman Gustav Lindstrom is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, and defenseman Jake Walman could make his season debut after recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

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Time To Pick Up Some Points

11/14/2022 at 5:43pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Wings visit Anaheim on Tuesday, then play in San Jose on Thursday and Columbus on Friday. As scheduling quirks go, this could be a profitable one for the Wings. Anaheim had the NHL's worst (32nd) win percentage as of Monday morning (.300, 4-10-1), while San Jose ranked 27th (.382, 5-9-3) and Columbus 31st (.321, 4-9-1).

Bottom line: These are the three of the weakest teams currently in the NHL. All three likely are to contend to have the best odds of drafting first overall next summer. These are games the Red Wings should be able to win, and need to, if they have hopes of playoff-contending deep into this regular season....

Anaheim is young and playing with little confidence, San Jose has only won two regulation-time games all season, and Columbus is injury-decimated and has goaltending issues.

There are no sure things in professional sports. But these three games will be as close as it gets, in that regard, for the Wings.

"If you're going to be a successful team, you got to be above .500 on every trip," forward David Perron said after Saturday's loss. "That puts us needing at least two out of three for sure and points in all the games."

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Practicing Before Facing The Anaheim Ducks On Tuesday

11/14/2022 at 3:56pm EST

Stay Out Of The Box Ben

11/14/2022 at 11:11am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The last time the Detroit Red Wings played their next opponent, Ben Chiarot drew rave reviews from teammates for how physical he was.

But as the Wings seek to nip a three-game slide headed into Tuesday's game at the Anaheim Ducks, the message to Chiarot, in particular, is to be physical, but in a disciplined way. The Wings want him on the ice, not in the penalty box, where he has been three times the last two games. He was called for holding and boarding in Saturday's 4-3 loss at the Kings, and for tripping in the Nov. 10 loss to the New York Rangers.

"The one push (boarding), it was man versus boy and the ref probably would want that back," coach Derek Lalonde said after the game at Crypto.com Arena. "But the other two were holds, and it just piles up."

Chiarot leads the Wings with 14 penalty minutes after 15 games.

"It kind of depends sometimes on who is reffing the game," he said. "I play a certain way, sometimes it's going to get called, sometimes it’s not. I’d say most of the time it doesn’t. Not much else to say about it."...

"We want him to play physical, he should play physical, him just being a big, physical guy, you’re going to get the odd call, which he did just winning a battle," Lalonde said. "But those other two, it was just playing a little slow in the d-zone, unfortunately a little clutch and grab, and now instead of one or two, you’re looking at three, and it just piles up. Plus we need him out there on the kill."

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The Talk After A 4-3 Loss To The LA Kings

11/13/2022 at 1:55am EST

First up is David Perron, Oscar Sundqvist and Derek Lalonde. below find the game highlights.

Very Quick Recap - DRW/LAK

11/13/2022 at 1:10am EST

The Wings were down 4-1 heading to the 3rd period.

The battled to get within a goal, but they could not find the equalizer.

Final 4-3.

Team stats

Detroit goals are below.

Road Trip

11/12/2022 at 10:00pm EST

Hi y’all and welcome to tonight’s game. For those of us here, I hope you’re all ready to pull a half- nighter. It’s a late start to begin the road trip, and, the Wings need to knuckle down and play some of their best hockey right now. There’s no sense in dwelling on the last outing. It’s done and gone. The Wings need to come back to Detroit with some more points in the standings right before Thanksgiving, or, the quarter pole as it’s referred to.

It’s the Wings vs the Kings. The puck drops at 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT, and will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit and the Red Wings Radio Network (97.1 The Ticket in Detroit). Also BSW and NHLPP/ESPN+.

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Video- Jonatan Berggren Today

11/12/2022 at 4:51pm EST

Jonatan Berggren after today's skate. added 5:31pm, Derek Lalonde is below.

Skating In LA

11/12/2022 at 2:48pm EST

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