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Praise For Nick Jensen

01/17/2019 at 5:08pm EST

from Arthur J. Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

"Nick is an excellent defender by the way that we want to defend, gapping through the neutral zone, closing on people in the D-zone," Blashill said. "If you don't create stalls, you spend the whole game in your end. He can create a stall because he's strong and he's tenacious. If you don't gap and end plays early, you got to sort out odd-numbered situations, which is probably the No. 1 way teams score in the league. He can do that.

"He's a real competitor. So, there's lots of positives to Nick's game. Like I said, at the beginning of the year for whatever reason he didn't have a great camp, but he's really done a good job since then."

Jensen was a healthy scratch on opening night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but hasn't missed a game since, emerging as a more than capable blueliner for the Wings.

In 47 games, Jensen has two goals among his 11 points, is minus-4 with an ice time average of 20:43, which is fourth highest on the team.

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