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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,

There were plenty of occasions last season when the Detroit Red Wings defense was downright offensive. During the month of November, Detroit’s defense has also been in an offensive mode, but as Filip Hronek put it, this version of offensive defense feels much better....

“I think we’re playing better like a hockey team,” Hronek said. “The forwards are using us, that’s why we are getting into the chances.

“We’re playing good all around.”

Last season, Detroit got 20 goals all season from the team’s rearguard. Meanwhile, the club finished 31st in the NHL in goals against.

The current brand of offensive defense is much more palatable. During the month of November, the Red Wings defense has accounted for 26 points. Through the club’s current four game win streak, the D has delivered nine goals and 15 points.

read on


Extended game highlights in two parts.

part 1

part 2


via Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

There are published reports suggests that Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mark Pysyk suffered a serious setback in his rehab from an offseason Achilles injury. If that is indeed the case, it appears to be news to Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde.

“Not sure on Pysyk,” Lalonde said. “The ups and downs with the skates, I don’t know the exacts on it. He’s been pushing really hard.

“The time frame, I don’t know where he is at. Obviously, we’re on top of everything but things are on their own, a little injury skate, off skate. Not completely clear where Pysyk is.”

Well, that certainly straightens things out.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday signed forward Alex Chiasson(SHAY-sahn) to a professional tryout.

Chiasson, 32, has spent the past nine seasons in the National Hockey League with stints at the Dallas Stars (2012-14), Ottawa Senators (2014-16), Calgary Flames (2016-17), Washington Capitals (2017-18), Edmonton Oilers (2018-21) and the Vancouver Canucks (2021-22). Chiasson lifted the Stanley Cup with the Capitals in 2018 when he bagged two points (1-1—2) in 16 playoff appearances. Through 631 NHL games, the Montreal, Quebec, native has 224 points (114-110—224) and 353 penalty minutes. Chiasson has also spent time in the AHL with the Texas Stars (2011-13), totaling 14 goals, 26 assists and 52 penalty minutes in 66 contests. Prior to turning pro, the 6-foot-4-inch forward competed at Boston University (2009-12) and posted 99 points (36-63—99) in 108 outings.

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