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Quick Recap- DRW/NYI

02/09/2018 at 9:46pm EST

The Wings had a good start taking a 3-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of the game.

The Islanders made it a game with a goal in the 2nd period and another one early in the 3rd.

Helm and Kornwall scored two minutes apart and the Wings were up 5-2 without about 10 minutes left.

Then the game changed when Tyler Bertuzzi received a match penalty for a slash on Cal Clutterbuck.

The islanders scored 4 power play goals to take a 6-5 lead until Mike Green scored with 29 seconds left in regulation.

Brock Neslon completes the hat trick in OT and islanders skate off with a 7-6 win.

Goals and other stuff below...

Remember When...

02/09/2018 at 6:18pm EST

...we used to Live Blog the trade deadline, Kenny?


Me either.

Game Day Notes

02/09/2018 at 5:52pm EST

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

When the Red Wings take the ice tonight against Barclays Center against the New York Islanders, the lines will look a little more familiar.

On Tuesday night at home against the Boston Bruins, Andreas Athanasiou centered the fourth line with Martin Frk and Tyler Bertuzzi.

In Thursday's practice at BELFOR Training Center, Athanasiou was back on Dylan Larkin's wing along with Tomas Tatar.

"The biggest thing what I was trying to set up there, we were going to roll our four lines," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "As the game went along, that line got scored on a couple times so that hurt their ice time for sure. I didn't think they had nearly their best night. He's going to go back on that line with Larkin, they've had good chemistry together lots of times through the year so he'll go back on that line. With Doubles, I think he's been way better here in the last two months in terms of his night to night work ethic and compete level. I'm sure he's going to be real good tonight."

Athanasiou has not recorded a point in the last six games.

continued with more topics too...

Videos- Pre-Game Talk

02/09/2018 at 5:07pm EST

Below, watch Jeff Blashill on tonight's game and the Game Day preview too.

Will Ken Holland Make A Real Hockey Trade?

02/09/2018 at 2:10pm EST

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

The kind of trade he hasn’t done in years is a pure hockey trade. He hasn't completed a trade motivated simply by moving one NHL player for another NHL player in an attempt to bring two rosters together and make a fit that helps both teams. They’re not easy deals to make.

Earlier this year, we posed that question to Holland. When did he last make a pure hockey trade? He thought a moment. He wasn’t sure....

It's all a long way of getting us to an interesting suggestion raised by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman in his weekly “31 Thoughts” column. This column is a treasure trove of useful league-wide information and he dropped a line in there that was certainly noticed by Red Wings fans at thought No. 2: “Trade that might make sense only to me: something around Justin Faulk from Carolina to Detroit for Andreas Athanasiou.”...

“I think both of those players are available for a hockey deal,” said one NHL source outside of Detroit and Carolina. “You could definitely see Carolina doing something.”

Another source pointed out that another contract negotiation with Athanasiou this offseason in a time when the Red Wings also have to get deals done with Dylan Larkin and Mantha might make a deal more of a possibility...

more (paid subscription and as I have said in the past, well worth it)

Game Day Preview

02/09/2018 at 11:41am EST

Not sure if the Wings planned a morning skate, but the weather here probably put an end to it even if they had planned to skate.

added 11:58am, I am an idiot, they play in Brooklyn, no idea what the weather is like.

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

The Game
The New York Islanders are hopeful defenseman Johnny Boychuk will play for the first time since Dec. 27 when they host the Detroit Red Wings at Barclays Center on Friday.

Boychuk has missed 18 games because of a lower-body injury. New York has the worst defense in the NHL; it is averaging 35.3 shots against per game and has allowed a League-high 201 goals in 55 games. The Islanders have allowed at least four goals in 14 of their past 18 games, including a 4-3 loss at the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

Detroit has lost its past two games. Friday begins a stretch in which the Red Wings play 10 games in 17 days.

They said it
"There's a huge urgency of the games we have coming. The games we have ahead of us will make the latter games matter if you take care of business. We need to make those games matter at the end of the year by winning right now. Certainly the games we have coming up are critical, but they're not any more critical than the ones that we've had, but they're critical. It's a critical junction." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill


Video- Cabbie Talks With The Wings

02/09/2018 at 7:58am EST

via TSN's YouTube page,

Nostalgia is very hot in entertainment, what's old is new. Dylan Larkin, Trevor Daley and Justin Abdelkader discuss "Nostalgia Night" ideas for Red Wings games including Wooden Stick Night, No Helmets and the "Magic Man" Pavel Datsyuk returns. Trevor Daley imagines Will Smith and Snoop Dogg as the Mighty Ducks head coach Gordon Bombay in a TV Series. Dylan Larkin reveals the teammate that hasn't changed his jock in years. Justin Abdelkader remembers the move from Joe Louis Arena into their beautiful new rink, Little Caesar's Arena.

Learning To Be An Every Day Player

02/08/2018 at 3:23pm EST

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

The hardest thing is not just getting to the NHL, it's becoming what former Wings coach Mike Babcock calls an "everydayer."

Over the course of a grueling 82-game schedule, there aren't that many games where players feel 100 percent.

So players have to find a way to prepare themselves to get through a 60-minute game and help their team win somehow.

"Guys (who) are coming up from the American League generally are elite players at the American League level so their talent discrepancy is greater," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "There's still, I think, discrepancy in talent amongst the American League teams where you can take nights off and win in that league. There is none of those here. It's way different than five years ago, it's way different than seven years ago. Certainly (much) different than 15 years ago. There's no bad teams. Even teams with bad records aren't bad teams.

"So every night you have to be so much on top of your game. I think it's a learned process at times for young guys to understand and that's what separates the elite players in the league from the good players is the guys that find a way to be at the 90 to 100 percentile of their max every single night because there just is no chance to go out and kind of work yourself into the game and there's no chance to go out and kind of skill yourself around the rink."


added 3:29pm, Below, Ansar Khan of Mlive points out it is just not the younger players...

Will The Wings Get Hot?

02/08/2018 at 2:24pm EST

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings talked about starting on time against the Islanders, 7 p.m. Friday in Brooklyn, after failing to do so Tuesday against the Bruins left them lagging in a 3-2 loss, after three well-played games coming out of the All-Star break....

“It’s a time when we can rally and get a lot of games in a short period of time,” said Dylan Larkin, who has eight goals and 31 assists for 39 points in 52 games played.

“If we get hot at the right time, it could be a really fun stretch.”...

After the Islanders, the Red Wings begin a stretch of nine games in 15 days that will take them to the NHL trade deadline Feb. 26.

They have only 12 games remaining at home, and five will be played before the deadline.

“If we do well,” Larkin said, of the approaching juncture of the season, “we could be right where we want to be with one month left.”

a bit more

Detroit's Practice Today

02/08/2018 at 11:19am EST

via Dana Wakiji tweets,

Zetterberg not skating today in practice at the BELFOR Training Center, most likely maintenance day.

Mantha-Booth (taking Zetterberg spot)-Nyquist


added 111:28am, Wakiji...

PP units:
Frk-Booth (in Zetterberg's spot)-Nyquist-Mantha (net front)-Kronwall;
Tatar-Larkin-Athanasiou-Abdelkader (net front)-Green

One Of The Detroit Goalies Will Be Gone By Next Season

02/07/2018 at 8:41pm EST

via NBC Sports,

The Red Wings may have trouble dealing either Jimmy Howard or Petr Mrazek by the deadline, but Bob McKenzie believes one them will be gone by next season.

watch the 1:21 segment at NBC Sports...

Call It What You Want Drive, Passion, Compete Level, The Wings Don't Have It

02/07/2018 at 4:38pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There’s not much time left for the Detroit Red Wings to suddenly get on a run and make the playoffs.

So, to be as passive as they were Tuesday in losing 3-2 to the Bruins, was perplexing.

“On the road (where the Red Wings split two games) we had 20 guys going hard,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “(Tuesday) we had a handful of guys going hard. We weren’t good enough. We didn’t have enough guys going hard.

“We have to be better than that. You can’t pretend your way into it. You have to be way more ready to compete.”

The start was particularly passive, and gradually, the red-hot Bruins took control of the game.

The Red Wings didn’t give the Bruins any pushback until the third period, and by then, it was too late.


Too Many Players Took The Night Off

02/07/2018 at 7:17am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

It has been a recurring theme. The Red Wings will play well for a few games, looking like they have it figured out and appearing to gain traction. Then they take a step back.

"We had 20 guys going hard (the past three games) and tonight we had a handful of guys going hard," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We weren't good enough. We didn't have enough guys going hard.

"We got to be better than that. You got to be way more ready to compete. ... It's a learning process for sure, especially with some young guys. It's an every-day league."

Blashill didn't single out anybody but clearly was referring to young players. Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha, in particular, have had exceptional performances but have also been no-shows too many times.

read on

Below, watch a few of the players and Jeff Blashill post-game...

Recap- Wings/Bruins

02/06/2018 at 10:04pm EST

Many of comments I read today didn't give the Wings a chance to win this game, they were right.

The first 32 minutes or so of the game, the Wings played okay.

Then the Bruins decided to start skating and attacking and the rest is history.

Final score: Boston 3, Detroit 2

Goals are below. along with team stats...

When Pressured, There Can Only Be One Answer

02/06/2018 at 7:22pm EST

A young man, under great duress, was getting grilled. It was not a happy situation for him. His transgressions were not significant but they needed to be addressed. This was today.

When it appeared the end was near, and when the end included letting him know the consequences would not be as dire as he may have been (strategically) led to believe, he was asked a simple question.

"Where are you from?"

Video- Game Day Preview Against The Boston Bruins

02/06/2018 at 2:07pm EST

Featuring Nyquist, Kronwall, Frk and Blashill.

Why Is Jimmy Howard Starting Tonight?

02/06/2018 at 12:33pm EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"Petr played really well a few games in a row; I'm going to go to Howie here tonight," coach Jeff Blashill said following an optional morning skate. "I got belief in both of them. We're going to need both to be real good down the stretch. We need elite goaltending and we're going to need that from both of them."

Howard's last win was on Jan. 5 vs. Florida (4-2). He suffered a lower-body injury late in the game but finished. He missed the next game against Tampa Bay.

Since then Howard has gone 0-4, with a 4.62 goals-against average and .861 save percentage.

"Not every player scores every night and not every goalie is going to stop it every night, and I just think sometimes you get in a groove one way or the other," Blashill said. "He's had a chance here to go to work with (goaltending coach) Jeff Salajko. Both he and Petr work real hard at their game.

"I don't see anything from a technical standpoint that will preclude him from having lots of success tonight. But every game takes a life of its own. Hopefully the puck hits hit early and sticks to him and he feels good and he has a great game for us."

a bit more...

Optional Morning Skate For Detroit, Looks Like Howard Starts

02/06/2018 at 10:36am EST

Detroit's Strategy

02/05/2018 at 8:10pm EST

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

A playoff berth remains a long shot, with odds determined by simple mathematics applied to NHL rules that award two points for a win and one point for a whole lot of losses.

Development remains key.

That principle dictates Joe Hicketts should have been in the lineup from the start, Tyler Bertuzzi quicker after his early-season injury, and Filip Hronek perhaps soon. The 20-year-old offensive defensemen is suddenly hot for Grand Rapids in his first, full professional season.

It suggests Michael Rasmussen, the 2017 first-round pick, should play from the start in October after an impressive training camp this season. After successful wrist surgery he returned in major junior hockey for Tri-City, of the Western Hockey League.

It suggests an advantage in even greater roster movement this offseason than last.

That is a sound strategy for rebuilding. Playing poorly now for a closer seat at the roulette table is not.


Off Day Notes

02/05/2018 at 2:42pm EST

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill has spoken to the league but captain Henrik Zetterberg has not.

The Wings are ready to move on from Saturday night's disappointing 3-2 loss in Florida in which Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau scored with 7.7 seconds left in regulation.

The entire team believed that Huberdeau had interfered with goaltender Petr Mrazek but the league ruled that it was not enough to wave off the goal.

"I talked to them today and we got to make sure, our goalies have to make sure they're as strong in the crease as possible and we got to make sure from an offensive standpoint that we get to the net hard," Blashill said. "We still got to be real careful about the blue. That's all I can go on is what I've been told. Tomas Holmstrom called, he'd like to come back and play, so that was interesting."

Blashill was kidding about Holmstrom of course, but Holmstrom lost more than a few goals during his career because of a goaltender interference call.

After the game, Justin Abdelkader was beside himself as he had had goals waved off for what he believed to be far less contact with the goalie.

continued with more topics like the power play and tomorrow's opponent, the Boston Bruins.

added 4:38pm, Below, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press on Larkin as he develops being a Patrice Bergeron typle player...

Videos- After Today's Practice

02/05/2018 at 1:11pm EST

Today, The Wings Practice At The Training Center

02/05/2018 at 11:40am EST

Dana Wakiji tweets,

Zetterberg not practicing today, most likely a maintenance day.

Helm also not on the ice today at BELFOR Training Center.

I will update if anything newsworthy comes out.

added 12:29pm,

Petr Mrazek Building A Case To Stay With The Wings

02/05/2018 at 7:14am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

A few weeks ago, there was about a zero percent chance that Petr Mrazek would return to the Detroit Red Wings next season. No way they were going to make a $4 million qualifying offer to retain the rights to a goaltender who had struggled like Mrazek has since mid-February 2016.

A few starts later, the odds for a Mrazek return are improving. That’s assuming he isn’t traded by the Feb. 26 deadline.

The Red Wings will look to move one of their goaltenders -- Jimmy Howard or Mrazek, whoever garners the better return – but that might not be possible with few playoff-contending clubs seeking help in net.

Mrazek is 4-1-1 in his past six starts and has a 1.30 goals-against average and .958 save percentage over his past seven appearances. Howard has played better than Mrazek most of the season, but suddenly, Mrazek (2.75 GAA, .914 save percentage) has better overall numbers than Howard (2.82 GAA, .911 save percentage).

If Mrazek continues to play well, he’ll not only get the bulk of the starts, he’ll likely get qualified. If the Red Wings aren’t able to move either goalie between now and training camp, they could start 2018-19 with the Howard-Mrazek tandem again.

continue for the Wings this week...

Shocked And Frustrated

02/04/2018 at 5:29pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings were shocked Huberdeau’s goal wasn’t overturned, with the game continuing into overtime and the Red Wings gaining at least one point — and maybe two, depending on what happened in overtime or shootout.

But with the latest round of goalie interference penalties causing confusion around the NHL, maybe it wasn’t all that surprising Huberdeau’s goal was ruled just fine because nobody knows what constitutes interference anymore....

The standard, said coach Jeff Blashill, has changed as to what the interference is.

“Just from one week ago, a week ago there’s no chance (that’s a goal),” Blashill said. “Over the All-Star break they had lots of conversations. It’s changed in a week and that’s the hard part. Any time you change things mid-course, it’s hard for us to know exactly what the standard is.

“It’s certainly changed.

“We talk a lot during the early parts about the education process in the blue (paint) and if you’re in the blue and you don’t allow the goalie to play his position, those are going to get called back. I guess I have to re-educate my forwards in terms of going to the blue the other way. It’s frustrating for sure.”


More Like A Rugby Match Last Night

02/04/2018 at 12:04pm EST

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