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Video- Jeff Blashill After Today's Practice

12/05/2022 at 2:08pm EST

Did I catch anyone off guard?

via the Tampa Bay Lightning,

Assistant Coach Jeff Blashill spoke to the media following Monday's practice at Amalie Arena.

Watch below.


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Certainly it'll be a little different emotions coaching against an organization I spent that much time with," Blashill told reporters. "Honestly, I hadn't thought much about it until yesterday, coming into today.

"We want to win a game, and they want to win a game. These games are super important, (but) I'd be lying if I said something different about emotions going on because certainly that's the case."

At the pro level, this is the first time Blashill can remember going through an experience like this one, facing a team he's so closely attached to.

"It'll be different," Blashill said. "I can't tell you how I'm going to feel until we're in the middle of it. A lot of guys, a lot of players in that room, I've coached a long time. Obviously the staff I was with throughout. It'll be different. It'll be interesting what those emotions will be like."...

Blashill has been impressed with the Wings' play thus far. The Wings are only two points from Tampa in the Atlantic Division standings.

"There's been times this year where I went to look at the stats and I thought I was looking at the wrong team," Blashill said.

Tampa plays at Little Caesars Arena on Dec. 21, and Blashill said that might be a different sort of feeling than Tuesday.

"There's probably some reality to that, going to Detroit would be different for sure," Blashill said. "Walking into the visitor's room, that'll be a different feeling, obviously. To a large degree, the chapter closed last June, but it will be good to kind of, once these games are over with and moving on past them just from an emotional standpoint."


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