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Sunday Lines

11/27/2022 at 11:26am EST

Good Deal

11/27/2022 at 10:43am EST

from Nate Grown of Detroit Hockey Nows,

ave truly paid off. It’s broken down with one player per position and with one of each acquired through the draft, free agency, and trade.

Filip Hronek – $4.4M Cap Hit; 2 Years Remaining

How Acquired: 2016 Draft Pick – 53rd overall
Current Season – 20 Games (6-12-18)
Last Season – 78 Games; (5-33-38)
Cap Hit by Percentage: 5.3% (via CapFriendly)

When signed, it made a lot of sense as Hronek was only 23 years old, was easily Detroit’s best defenseman, and appeared to be a stalwart for years to come....

Dominik Kubalik – $2.5M Cap Hit – 2 Years Remaining

How Acquired: Free Agent (2022)
This Season So Far: 20 Games (9-12-21)
Last Season with Chicago: 78 Games (15-17-32)
Cap Hit by Percentage: 3% (via CapFriendly)

Kubalik was not pursued by the Chicago Blackhawks, opting to be cut loose by his former team when he wasn’t tendered a qualifying offer. When he signed with Detroit, Kubalik ended up taking $1.2M less than his previous contract....

Ville Husso – $4.75M Cap Hit – 3 Years Remaining

How Acquired: Trade with St. Louis (73rd overall pick in 2022 NHL Draft)
This Season So Far: 14 Games (9-2-3) .919 Save %; 3 shutouts
Last Season with St. Louis: 38 Games (25-7-6) .919 Save %; 2 shutouts
Cap Hit by Percentage: 5.8% (via CapFriendly)

He’s a fan favorite already, his name chanted after every big save. Husso has bailed the team out several times this season, as recently as the 3-0 victory over Nashville this past Wednesday....

more on each of the above

Playing As A Team

11/26/2022 at 6:16am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have a different disposition than they’ve shown in recent years.

They have more bite to them and more fight in them. Coach Derek Lalonde referred to it as pushback. And they pushed back Friday against the Arizona Coyotes in more ways than one.

The Red Wings lost the lead in crushing fashion – with 26 seconds remaining in regulation. But they pushed back by winning 4-3 in a shootout on Dylan Larkin’s goal.

In winning their fourth consecutive game, the Red Wings (11-5-4) also pushed back physically in a chippy game.

“(The Coyotes) have a lot of toughness,” Lalonde said. “There’s going to be games like this. We’re not built like that, but we’re going to need to push back. Sometimes that push back is not 1985, where it’s a five-on-five brawl and gets out of hand like that.

“Stick up for teammates, push back, there’s moments it’s going to get chippy. Don’t want to get pushed around. We’re not built for that type of hockey necessarily all the time, but anybody can push back, and I thought we did that tonight.”


from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Videos- The Talk After A 4-3 Home Shootout Win.

11/25/2022 at 11:18pm EST

Dylan Larkin with the only shootout goal up first. Below find Lucas Raymond/Filip Hronek and Derek Lalonde. The game highlights are there too.

Quick Recap- Wings/Coyotes

11/25/2022 at 10:51pm EST

Recap of the first period.

After 40 minutes.

In the third period, the Coyotes scored with 26 second left and their net empty to tie the score 3-3.

In overtime there was no scoring although both teams had great chances.

In the penalty shot segment of the game, Arizona could not score, Detroit netted one goal and won 4-3.

Team stats

Detroit goals are below along with an Andre Copp interiew.

Exciting Hockey

11/25/2022 at 7:30pm EST

Heya everyone! I’m thinking we’re all still riding high after the last three games. The Wings have been not bad, and Husso has been very, very good in goal for us.(Stealing one on Wednesday.) He’ll be starting tonight as well. The Wings put in a solid effort in a game that could have gone either way against the Preds.

It’s probably one of the better all around games so far this season, with Husso backstopping, and Larkin and Hronek once again leading the way. It’s been exciting hockey for sure, with everyone pulling their weight, and it’s hard trying not to get too far ahead of ourselves.

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and are still able to stay awake for tonight’s tilt. It’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night at the LCA, also known around here as the Pizzarena, and the Dough Joe.

It’s the Coyotes vs the Wings. The puck is set to drop around 8:00 PM, 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 BSAZX.

It’s a Live Blog!

Today's Morning Skate

11/25/2022 at 10:40am EST

via Ansar Khan tweet,

lines at the skate same as previous game:
Hagg-Lindstrom (extras)
Soderblom still not practicing.
Husso starting/Nedeljkovic backup.

Confidence Level On The Wings

11/25/2022 at 10:04am EST

from The Athletic,

The Athletic asked the writers who know each NHL team best two questions: 1) How confident are you in the team’s playoff chances? And 2) Will the team be a buyer or a seller at the deadline?

Here’s what they said.

Record: 10-5-4, 3rd in Atlantic

Playoff tier: They’ll be on the bubble

Trade deadline buyer or seller? Seller

Analysis: Detroit’s underlying numbers are more concerning than their record, and they could go from “bubble” to “long shot” over the course of the next month — and the best guess is still that they’ll be on the wrong side of that bubble when all is said and done. Still, though, that’s an improvement over past seasons, and the Red Wings don’t look like they’ll go down without a fight. The real question, when it comes to the deadline, is whether they’re more likely to sell or stand pat. Buying (or at least renting) feels unlikely until they’re more of a sure thing, but you could see a case for them to forego a fire sale if they’re still hanging around that bubble come February. — Max Bultman

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Special Teams A Key To The Wings Early Success

11/25/2022 at 8:58am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Having special teams they can rely on — especially the power play — is part of the growth the Wings are enjoying this season.

"We had a good start last year, and I remember we just couldn’t get anything going on our special teams," Dylan Larkin said after the Predators game. "Our special teams let us down a lot. Now our special teams is winning us games. It’s different players that are in our lineup now. I just think we’re rolling right now, we’re taking care of the puck on the power play and on the penalty kill, things are going well. We’re blocking shots or getting sticks in lanes or getting big saves."

Larkin ranks second on the team with eight power play points, two behind leader Dominik Kubalik. Adding veteran David Perron in the offseason has been a big part of the transformation — he makes such good decisions with the puck, hustles on retrievals and is dangerous making passes and unleashing his one-timer.

Larkin was part of Wednesday's 5-on-3 kill, along with defensemen Filip Hronek (who later scored the power play goal) and Olli Määttä — who were called to duty because the two skaters the Wings were without were their top defense/penalty killing duo, Moritz Seider and Ben Chiarot.

The Wings' power play is clicking at 21.7% and the penalty kill at 80.7%. At the end of last year, they were at 16.3% and 73.8%, respectively. Of the Wings' 62 goals, 17 have come on man advantages (including pulling the goalie for an extra attacker), five have been empty-netters, two shorthanded, and one four-on-four, with the rest (37) coming at during five-on-five play.

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Learning To Win The Right Way

11/24/2022 at 9:32am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"I think we’re starting to understand each other better, to anticipate each other a little bit more, anticipating where the puck is going to go," Andrew Copp said. "There have been a lot of improvements, but we’ve still got a long ways to go."

A fifth of the way through the season, the Wings show improvement compared to this point last season in numerous per-game averages: Goals for (3.28 vs. 2.83), goals-allowed (3.17 vs. 3.33), power play percentage (20.9 vs. 16.7) and penalty kill percentage (79.6 vs. 77.6). One of first-year head coach Lalonde's best traits is how calm he has been, through the five-game point streak that began the season, and through some doozy mishaps like giving up eight goals in games at Buffalo and at home to the Rangers. He's realistic about the talent the Wings have — or rather, haven't — and complimentary of the determination that has led to being in playoff positioning.

"It's blocked shots, tracking, back checking, getting above plays," Lalonde said. "All those hard things you have to do to be successful. There are nights we are just not going to out-talent a team. I was fortunate to be in Tampa where if we didn’t play our best, our big talent got us through some games. We’re not going to get many of those nights here."...

"There’s a difference between winning hockey and, unfortunately, where they were at the end of last year," Lalonde said. "It was a tough situation — depleted lineup, they had no chance of making the playoffs. What are you playing for? We talk about our ‘why’ in the room all the time, and what was the ‘why’ then? Are guys cheating for points? It’s a little tougher in those situations to put your body on the line.

"Our goal all along was improving our team defense and playing meaningful games later in the year. We’re not there yet, but hopefully we can get there."

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Not Good News Regarding Mark Pysyk

11/23/2022 at 10:32pm EST

Video- Post Game Interviews

11/23/2022 at 10:01pm EST

Ville Husso has 3 shutouts in his 13 starts with the Wings. He talks about tonight's 3-0 win.

Below find Husso/Dylan Larkin and coach Lalonde. The game highlights are below too.

Quick Recap- Detroit Red Wings/Nashville Predators

11/23/2022 at 9:30pm EST

A nice way to start the Holiday. Wings win 3-0.

Key to the game was Detroit killing a 1:36 5 on 3 penalty in the second period.

Another outstanding game by Ville Husso.

Team stats

Detroit goals are below.

Coming In Hot

11/23/2022 at 6:30pm EST

Good evening and welcome to one and all on this Thanksgiving Eve. The Wings are coming in hot tonight to begin a five game home stand after a decent road trip which saw them take five of eight possible points.
They’ve enjoyed back to back wins with big contributions coming from the defense corps. Hronek is leading the way this season on the back end, with every one making big contributions. The D have combined for six goals in the last two games, and Husso has to get his props as well. After all, the goalie is the last line of defense. It’s a nice change from what we were used to watching. During this trip, Seider scored his first goal of the season as well as T-Bert. I’ve said enough for now, as not to jink the team. Knock on wood….

As always, I will say that how very thankful I am for Paul Kukla, for giving us a place to gather for what seems like a very long time now. For Bill Houlihan, our founder and Chief, who we miss, and encourage him to visit more often, and most of all, for each and every one of you 19 rascals that manage somehow to have made the time we’ve spent here a great reminder of what time well spent means. Through good times which were many, and the bad patches which we have endured.
We’re a tight knit group around here, but will welcome anyone, anytime. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

It’s the Preds vs the Wings. The puck is set to drop at 7:00 PM, 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 BSSO.

It’s a Live Blog!

Wings Claim Magnus Hellberg

11/23/2022 at 2:07pm EST

Played one game in goal for the Wings last season.

Video- Coach Lalonde Today

11/23/2022 at 1:03pm EST

After the morning skate.

Video- Getting Defensive And Welcome Back

11/22/2022 at 6:21pm EST

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

It’s fun to wonder if the Detroit Red Wings’ 13 goals over the past two games represent a breakthrough with the offense. But’s it is the team’s defensive numbers that illustrate the true improvement.

Last season, the Red Wings, according NaturalStattrick.com, gave up more high danger scoring chances than every other NHL team. Their goals-against average (3.78) was also the league’s second-worst.

Today, as the Red Wings approach the quarter pole of this season, they currently rank 10th in giving up the fewest number of high danger chances. Their 3.17 GAA ranks 14th out of the 32 teams.

“Yeah, I think there’s a difference between winning hockey and unfortunately where they were at the end of last year,” Coach Derek Lalonde said. “It was a tough situation for everyone. Depleted lineup, they had no chance of making the playoffs. What are you playing for? We talk about our ‘why’ in the room all the time, what was their ‘why’ then. Are guys cheating for points? It’s a little tougher in those situations to put your body on the line. I understand it.”


Below, watch the latest version of the Winged Wheel.

Any Interest In Bo Horvat?

11/22/2022 at 2:00pm EST

from Frank Seravalli of The Daily Faceoff,

That means it’s time for our first Trade Targets board of the 2022-23 season. With an eye toward the March 3 trade deadline, here are 20 names in play – or who soon will be:

Trade Targets

1. Bo Horvat
Center, Vancouver Canucks
Age: 27
Stats: 19 GP, 15 G, 6 A, 21 Pts
Contract: Pending UFA, $5.5 million AAV
Scoop: Communication has been scarce between the Canucks and Horvat’s camp, with the belief that contract talks broke off before training camp and have not resumed. Canucks president Jim Rutherford alluded to the idea that Horvat’s sizzling start means the captain could be the catalyst for core reconstruction: “The better he plays, the better return we can get for him,” Rutherford told Sportsnet 650 earlier this month. There is no shortage of teams interested in a top flight center, either as a rental or long-term fit: Colorado, Detroit, Boston and Edmonton, to name a few.

more trade targets...

Another Day Of Practice

11/22/2022 at 11:32am EST

via Ansar Khan tweets,

practice lines same as yesterday:
Soderblom (lower body injury) out. Fabbri, Pysyk in blue non-contact jerseys.

Power play below.

Coach Lalonde On The Playoffs And Jonatan Berggren

11/21/2022 at 6:35pm EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings might wake up on Thanksgiving in postseason position.

Nobody is printing playoff tickets with more than three-quarters of the season remaining. But for years NHL people have used Turkey Day as a gauge for determining if their team is postseason material.

Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde isn’t one of them, even with his team occupying the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference after returning from a 2-1-1 trip.

“I did with a couple of my Tampa teams because I knew how talented they were, and that was probably real,” Lalonde said. “Not with this team. We’ve got a long ways to go. We’re there right now with sheer will and commitment. It’s a huge credit to our guys, but those underlying numbers, there’s some truth to them, too. We’re willing our way to where we are right now. How sustainable is that? We’ll find out from this group.”


from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Practice Lines

11/21/2022 at 11:25am EST

via Ansar Khan tweet,

lines in practice:
Hagg-Lindstrom (injured)
Soderblom (injured) not skating. Fabbri and Pysyk (IR) skating in blue non-contact jerseys

At Home And Positive Trends

11/21/2022 at 8:32am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Before the Detroit Red Wings hit the road, Dylan Larkin remarked that points were available during a four-game trip. The Red Wings then gained five of a possible eight points, finishing strong by beating San Jose 7-4 and Columbus 6-1.

Now the Red Wings (9-5-4) have a good opportunity to accumulate more points with a five-game homestand, their longest of the season, which begins Wednesday against Nashville (7 p.m., Bally Sports Detroit).

They host Arizona Friday, Toronto on Nov. 28, Buffalo on Nov. 30 and Vegas on Dec. 3.

The Red Wings, with 22 points, are ahead of last season’s pace after 18 games (8-8-2, 18 points).

Here is a look some trends:

  • Filip Hronek is their hottest player, picking up four goals and six points on the trip to give him 10 points for the season. His four goals are one short of his total in 78 games last season. His plus-8 rating is a sharp improvement from his minus-29 in 2021-22. He was a career minus-95 heading into the season.


from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

On The Playoffs, Hronek And Copp

11/21/2022 at 12:10am EST

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Teams that are in a playoff position on American Thanksgiving are likely to qualify for the playoffs in the spring.

Most of those beliefs are at least rooted in the sport’s history, even the one about Thanksgiving, provided you accept that a 75% probability is a likely occurrence. In the salary cap era, 76% of teams in a playoff spot on the American holiday (based on percentage of available points earned) have gone to play in the postseason. Those numbers exclude any season when a full schedule wasn’t played.

Last season’s results fit that model: 12 of the 16 teams that were in an NHL playoff spot on Thanksgiving were still there at the end of the season. That’s 75%.

Seventy-five percent isn’t a guarantee. But most gamblers would like that probability. Detroit Red Wings fans would certainly like that fact if their team could hold one of those spots on Thursday. As this story is being written on Sunday afternoon, the Red Wings (9-5-3), according to the NHL.com, are the No. 1 wild card team in the Eastern Conference. They are the only wild card team, in either conference, with a points percentage above .600.


Below, Ted Kulfan on Filip Hronek and Helene St James on Andrew Copp,

Videos- Post Game Talk And Game Highlights After A 6-1 Win In Columbus

11/19/2022 at 10:19pm EST

Coach Lalonde is happy with the offense tonight and proud of the group heading home after the road trip.

Below find Ville Husso, Moritz Seider, Filip Hronek and the game highlights. added 11:17pm, A little longer version of Husso, Seider and Lalonde is way below.

Quick Recap- Detroit/Columbus

11/19/2022 at 9:37pm EST

The last game of a long road trip can be tough on a team. So tonight's 6-1 win by Detroit is an encouraging sign.

Next game is Wednesday with the Nashville Predators in town.

Team stats

Below are a few pregame videos and the Detroit goals

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