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Post-Game Talk

02/04/2018 at 6:19am EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There’s been a trend of head-scratching, controversial goalie interference — or not — calls around the NHL the past few weeks.

The Red Wings were caught in such a maddening play Saturday and it cost them at least one crucial point in the standings.

Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau scored with 7.7 seconds left in regulation — on a play the Red Wings felt Huberdeau interfered with goaltender Petr Mrazek — giving the Florida Panthers a dramatic 3-2 victory.

“That’s insane they called that a goal,” forward Justin Abdelkader said. “That was an easy one, I thought. It’s frustrating.”

Abdelkader said he and captain Henrik Zetterberg got different explanations from referees, only adding to the confusion of what exactly is goaltending interference these days.


below, watch the game highlights and dressing room interviews...

Video- Post Game Reaction

02/03/2018 at 10:23pm EST

More coming when avaiable.

added 10:28pm, Mrazek beow...

added 10:35pm, Blashill below too...

Instant Recap- Detroit Red Wings/Florida Panthers

02/03/2018 at 9:49pm EST

The Wings certainly did not have their skating legs for the first two periods but hung tough and fought back from a goal deficit twice in the game.

Then they absolutely lost their legs in the final minute of play and allowed the Panthers to score with 7.7 seconds left on the clock.

Final score 3-2 Florida.

Discuss and goals and team stats are below, including 2 videos of the winning goal.

Mini Mike Mum On Mrazek, More Mediocrity Makes for Mild Nausea

02/03/2018 at 6:46pm EST

The Diggers, hungry and eager to gobble up any good news the Wings feed them via spoons, have been telling us today that the our boys are moving, trending, rolling in the right direction.

Jeff Blashill Mum On Starting Goalie For Tonight

02/03/2018 at 4:57pm EST

Encouraging Signs But

02/03/2018 at 3:17pm EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

These encouraging signs are good for the current team, but it doesn’t mean the organization should scrap plans to sell as the Feb. 26 trade deadline approaches. The Wings are not Stanley Cup contenders. When a good offer materializes for Green — and his offensive prowess is exactly what appeals to teams eyeing a run for the Cup — the Wings are better off long term taking it, even as it will negatively impact this season’s team.

The Wings need a high draft pick, and they won’t have a shot at the draft lottery if they make the playoffs. Defenseman Rasmus Darlin is the prize of the 2018 NHL entry draft, but there are also blue-chip defense prospects in Adam Boqvist and Michigan freshman Quinn Hughes. Andrei Svechnikov, brother of Wings prospect Evgeny Svechnikov, could go second overall.

Last season, the Philadelphia Flyers missed the playoffs by seven points, but moved up from 13th in the draft lottery to pick second overall.

Good for the Wings to play well down the stretch. Better for the Wings to still miss the playoffs.


From The Florida Panthers Side

02/03/2018 at 1:40pm EST

from Jameson Olive of FloridaPanthers.com,

Harri Sateri will make his fourth consecutive start when the Florida Panthers return home from a perfect two-game road trip to host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night at BB&T Center.

The Panthers (21-22-6) defeated the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders in their first two games out of the All-Star Break, with Sateri, a 28-year-old rookie, stopping 62 of 65 shots in those contests to pick up the first two wins of his NHL career.

With both James Reimer and Roberto Luongo sill on injured reserve, Boughner said that he considered starting 21-year-old rookie Sam Montembeault, who has yet to appear in an NHL game, in Buffalo on Thursday, but opted instead to continue rolling with a red-hot Sateri.

"Harri had such a good game (against the Islanders) that we wanted to continue that," Boughner said after Saturday's morning skate. "He played well again in Buffalo, so he's back in tonight. Right now, as much as we'd like to give Sammy a game, I think Harri's deserved a chance to start again. Hopefully he can do the same."

continued with Florida's projected lineup...

Regarding the Wings, they did not skate today.

Nashville May Have Interest In Gustav Nyquist And Tomas Tatar

02/03/2018 at 12:23pm EST

Today, Bob McKenzie has been tweeting mostly about Tampa Bay and Nashville as the trade deadline approaches.

Here is one Detroit related tweet,

The Joe Will Be Demolished Soon

02/03/2018 at 6:59am EST

from JC Reindl of the Detroit Free Press,

The City of Detroit has until May to start demolition work for now-empty Joe Louis Arena with a goal of getting the land ready for a new, large hotel that would reshape the downtown riverfront.

That deadline is laid out in a 3-year-old agreement between the city and one of its former bondholders, which received future ownership and development rights to the arena property in exchange for accepting big losses during Detroit's 2013-14 municipal bankruptcy.

The deal requires the city — which built and still owns The Joe — to begin the demolition process within 90 days of the expiration of the arena's long-term lease with the Red Wings and the Ilitch family's Olympia Entertainment.


Wrapping Up The Wings Win Over The Carolina Hurricanes

02/03/2018 at 6:47am EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Maybe a week or two ago, the Red Wings’ season appeared bleak as could be.

The playoffs were a long shot, at best. The season couldn’t end quick enough.

But, suddenly, at least from the perspective of a wild-card spot, it doesn’t look as bleak.

Friday’s 4-1 victory over Carolina put the Red Wings within six points of tying Philadelphia for the second wild-card spot (56-50 points), seven from passing the Flyers....

Suddenly, if the Red Wings can continue this post-All-Star break surge, who knows?

“Obviously there’s still some work to do but six points, that can swing pretty quick in today’s game with the scheduling,” said Danny DeKeyser, who had one of the Red Wings’ goals. “You just have to keep grinding it out and get points. Just keep playing the way we are and hopefully it works out for us.

“We have to keep beating teams like we did tonight that are ahead of us in the standings. It helps.”

read on

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

More performances like this, and the Detroit Red Wings may make good on their talk of going on a run.

The Wings played to their assets Friday at PNC Arena, using their speed to secure a 4-1 final against the Carolina Hurricanes, one of the teams ahead of Detroit in the standings. For the second straight game the Wings played fast, and they shot the puck every chance possible. The result was two goals from defensemen and a breakaway goal from Darren Helm, enough to make one wonder if the stars are aligning.


Below, watch extended game highlights and post-game interviews...

Quick Recap - Wings/Canes

02/02/2018 at 9:29pm EST

1-1 after 1.

2-1 after 2, Detroit up.

4-1 at the end of the game.

Power play a problem again, Mrazek good again.

A pretty solid game, the Canes were on a four game winning streak.

Maybe it was me, but the Wings looked faster as a team tonight.

Discuss if inclined and goals are below...

added 9:37pm, team stats below too...

LB- Memories Of Carolina

02/02/2018 at 6:14pm EST

My turn.

Petr Mrazek starts and people will be watching, like scouts.

Whenever the Wings play Raleigh, this comes to mind.

It's live blog time.

Petr Mrazek On The Trade Talk

02/02/2018 at 3:08pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“No, I don’t really care about that,” Mrazek said after Friday’s morning skate, prior to his start against Carolina. “What’s going to happen is going to happen. It’s nothing I can control. It’s another three or four weeks before that, and whatever happens, happens.

“I don’t worry about that.”...

Mrazek came into training camp motivated and humbled, and after another slow start to his season, has seemingly righted himself the last several weeks.

That could interest another team, or maybe inspire the Red Wings to keep him around this summer (the Red Wings can qualify Mrazek for $4 million or he becomes an unrestricted free agent).

Trades, or anything that could happen this summer, is simply part of the business in Mrazek’s estimation.

“Players know it can happen, it’s just hockey,” Mrazek said. “That’s how hockey is. That’s the life, and you just move forward.

“I’m happy here. Every game I play makes me happy. I don’t worry about anything about it.”

read on plus other topics...

added 4:18pm, watch the game day previw below...

Shooting Defensemen

02/02/2018 at 2:22pm EST

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

For the most part, the Red Wings don't have defensemen like San Jose's Brent Burns, who shoot early and often.

Burns had nine shots of the Sharks' 31 shots against the Wings Wednesday and leads the league with 214.

However, as the Wings emphasized a shooting mentality, defensemen Mike Green and Nick Jensen led the way with six apiece, and the blue line contributed 18 overall.

"The 18 shots by the D included in that 44 I thought was real important," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said after the team's optional morning skate. "That's an area where I think if we're going to improve our shot total, a lot of it has to come from that back end. Everybody collapses in the O-zone, so when you get the puck low to high, you gotta find a way to get that puck to the net and I thought our D corps did a good job of doing that, and I thought our D was active. The shot total and the increased production from our D corps to me is two easy ways to increase our output."

continue with more topics too...

added 2:50pm, Detroit's projected lineup is below...

Stay In Detroit Henrik Zetterberg?

02/02/2018 at 1:45pm EST

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

According to an NHL source, as long as the current regime is in charge, Zetterberg won’t be asked to waive his no-trade clause if a contending team asks about him, out of respect for Zetterberg and his contributions to the franchise. That’s not to say they wouldn’t honor his wishes if he ever asked for a trade out, but that’s highly unlikely. As he said earlier this season, he wants to retire with the Red Wings.

His friends want him to do so as well.

“He’s had such a great career in Detroit,” Lundqvist said. “I would like to see him end it in Detroit. It’s a cool thing to just play for one organization. We’ll see what he decides to do.”

more (paid subscription), others weigh in on how much longer Zetterberg should play...

Wings Have An Optional Skate In Carolina

02/02/2018 at 11:46am EST

Dana Wakiji tweet,

Optional morning skate for #RedWings at PNC Arena.

Mrazek is scheduled to start and if any news comes out from Carolina, I will post.

On the Carolina side...

More Shots Needed

02/01/2018 at 3:45pm EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings head into Carolina on Friday freshly reminded they can put the puck on net if the mindset is there. The Wings hit the net a season-high 44 times against San Jose on Wednesday, and while it only resulted in one regulation goal, it led to offensive-zone time and limited the Sharks’ quality chances.

“Usually when you shoot the puck, you usually get it back again and it gives you extended zone time and chaos for the team that is defending,” Frans Nielsen said after Thursday’s practice. “It’s always tough when you face a lot of shots and you have to look for the puck where it is going. We ended up with 40 shots and I don’t think we’ve done that a lot this year. So that shooting mentality is huge for us going forward.

“If we keep generating 30-plus shots a game, I think we are going to score a lot more goals than we have been doing. That way you can trust each other, too - you know if a guy has the puck on the wall, you know you can go to the net because you know there is a good chance it’s coming there.”


Below, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News on Jimmy Howard sitting...

Detroit's Trade Deadline Playbook

02/01/2018 at 2:20pm EST

from TSN,

The Eastern Conference is a study in contrasts. The Atlantic Division is virtually wrapped up with three playoff teams and, most likely, five teams that are going to miss, which makes them likely sellers as the trade deadline approaches.

Scott Cullen breaks it down in the NHL Trade Deadline Playbook.

UFA in 2018:
LW David Booth, D Mike Green
RFA in 2018: LW Andreas Athanasiou, C Dylan Larkin, RW Anthony Mantha, RW Martin Frk, G Petr Mrazek
No-Trade Clauses: C Frans Nielsen (modified), RW Gustav Nyquist, RW Justin Abdelkader, C Darren Helm, D Mike Green, D Niklas Kronwall (modified), D Trevor Daley, G Jimmy Howard (modified)
Others of Interest: LW Tomas Tatar, D Xavier Ouellet
The Plan: As expected, the Red Wings are going to be sellers. Mike Green should be a popular commodity approaching the deadline, particularly for a contending team that might be more inclined to use him in a third-pairing and power play quarterback role. As Detroit attempts to rebuild, anything they can do to shed a bad contract or two would be advisable.

Cullen also lists Detroit's Top Prospects and the rest of the Eastern Confernce is there too.

For the West, follow this link....

Video- Jeff Blashill Today

02/01/2018 at 2:05pm EST

Jeff Blashill talked after Detroit's practice today and now they are off to Carolina.

Watch below...

added 2:08pm, Tatar post-practice is below too.

Mike Green Could Be A Fit For These Teams

02/01/2018 at 12:23pm EST

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

With the National Hockey League’s Feb. 26 trade deadline rapidly approaching, TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli plays TradeCentre Match Game: Proposing a number of potential team fits for players on the TSN Trade Bait Board.

Tampa Bay Lightning: GM Steve Yzerman covets a second pairing, right-shooting defenceman ahead of the deadline - which could be the only real hole in this Lightning lineup. There aren’t many right-shooting defencemen on the market and while Yzerman would prefer to plug in a player who can remain beyond this season, none have the ability or skillset of Green. It’s a good bet, that Tampa Bay’s first-rounder this season will be more like a second, if that makes parting with it any easier.

Toronto Maple Leafs: As Mike Babcock implored his team to turn the corner to try and convince brass to add at the deadline, a name like Green makes you wonder. With Toronto not really looking like a contender, paying a significant price for a rental like Green only makes sense if the plan is to re-sign him.

more on the Leafs and other teams too...

"A Character Win" For The Wings, 2-1 In A Shootout Over The Sharks

02/01/2018 at 7:19am EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“That’s a character win,” said Trevor Daley, who scored the lone regulation goal after missing three games with a lower-body injury. “We had the lead, lost it, and we managed to find a way to win. That builds character. We just have to build off it and get on a roll.”

Mrazek stopped 30 shots in getting the victory and earning himself another start Friday in Carolina.

Mrazek continues to play with confidence and under control, in his best stretch of hockey in two seasons.

“He feels real confident right now and everyone in this room has seen him at his best,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “When he’s confident like that, he’s a real good goalie. It’s just not on the goalie, it’s how you play in front of him. There have been times we haven’t played good enough in front of him.

“I talked to both goalies (including Jimmy Howard) out of the break, and if one gets hot, he’ll play. Both guys are very capable of it. We need elite goaltending and that’s what this league is. If you don’t get elite goaltending it’s hard to win on a regular basis.


Below, watch the game highlights, the full seven round shootout and post-game interviews.

Minus Malik, We Live Blog

01/31/2018 at 7:00pm EST

Well, that was expected yet a little surprising.

George Malik has moved on, and we wish him good luck.

Blogging is a tricky drug, and not necessarily a lucrative one. I've never tried to make a living doing it, and my family is thankful for that.

On Petr Mrazek Starting Tonight

01/31/2018 at 2:34pm EST

from Dana Wakiji and Art Regner of the Wings' website,

Petr Mrazek will make his third start in the last four games but Blashill said it was not because the team is trying to showcase him before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.

"Not for me, not one bit," Blashill said. "Petr's played pretty well lately, he's gotten us points and I got tons of faith in both of them and we're trying to win hockey games. We want to win tonight's game and put ourselves in a better position to be a playoff team."

Blashill said he has noticed an uptick in Mrazek's confidence of late.

"I think when you're more confident as a goalie, the puck sticks to you a little bit more, you play under control, especially him," Blashill said. "He plays under control. I think confidence is a big factor. I think he's worked hard on his game all year, going back to the summer. I think when he hasn't played, he's put himself in position to go out and play and done good work with Jeff Salajko, our goalie coach. Hopefully he can come out here and have a real strong performance for us."

more topics...

Question Time For The Detroit Free Press Beat Writer

01/31/2018 at 1:08pm EST

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers a few questions..

This question is about the Wings bringing in a veteran for a playoff run (really).

Her answer...

I don’t see any scenario in which the Wings are buyers at the Feb. 26 trade deadline. If they manage to do what they say they want to do — go on a run — and work their way into the Eastern Conference playoff picture (which, as I wrote this past weekend, I find doubtful), maybe they hold onto Mike Green, their top trade asset. Ultimately, though, I foresee the Wings will sell where possible. The front office knows the Wings are not contenders, that what the organization needs is a high-end draft pick.The Wings were not mathematically eliminated last year until March 28, but still sold at the March 1 trade deadline. The same needs to happen this year.

more on this question and other questions...

Detroit's Morning Skate Before Facing The San Jose Sharks

01/31/2018 at 10:44am EST

Dan Wakiji tweets,

Mrazek in starter's net.

Looks promising for injured #RedWings Helm, Abdelkader and Daley. Took line rushes in morning skate.

morning skate:
Bertuzzi-Larkin-Athanasiou (Booth extra)


I will update if needed...

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