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Videos- The Talk After Today's Practice

12/18/2022 at 3:06pm EST

Today we have coach Lalonde and below are David Perron and Jonatan Berggren.




from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Containing Ovechkin not only increases the Red Wings’ chances of stopping their five-game slide (0-4-1), it would be sort of a hat tip to all-time Detroit great Gordie Howe, coach Derek Lalonde said....

“I don’t think as an organization we want to see him second overall (on Monday), so hopefully our guys will take that a little personal, what Gordie Howe means to this organization, and try to push that (milestone) back for (another opponent).”...

“As disappointing as our game was (6-3 loss to Ottawa Saturday), as coaches we brought it up this morning, we were kind of hoping for Ovie to score a couple last night (vs. Toronto),” Lalonde said. “But I think that’s awesome, and it makes it exciting for the guys to be competing in a moment like that.”...

akub Vrana, in his second full practice since exiting the players assistance program, skated without a blue non-contact jersey.

“Pushing him more. Post-practice we increased his battle load, too,” Lalonde said. “The plan all along was day to day. He won’t be available (Monday) and then re-evaluate and go from there.”



from Nolan Bianchi of the Detroit News,

"A lot of it starts with battles off the faceoff, recovering pucks on the power play," Lalonde said. "(That was) a point of emphasis with video today, and we tried to execute that today. So, it's a little frustrating — both special teams, obviously, there is some execution issues there, but a little of it is power play, losing some battles, losing some 50-50s and they get it cleared."...

"The detail (can benefit) — perfect example, obviously we had a poor special-teams game yesterday, a huge part of the outcome. And some times throughout the season, you're not gonna get an opportunity to work on it," Lalonde said. "The fact that we did have a practice opportunity today, we were able to tackle it and work on our special teams, so hopefully it'll translate for (Monday)."...

"We will give (Veleno) a look there tomorrow. It's a perfect opportunity with where our power play has been to give some different looks," Lalonde said. As it pertains to Rasmussen, Lalonde explained, "I just think maybe trying to simplify our power play — at least through these moments where, now, we're gonna give (Rasmussen) an opportunity just to be harder in the blue-paint area, harder on the opposing goalie.

"There's been many holes within our power play, but I think one is that we got a little bit away from that identity," Lalonde said. "We get good movement, we get a shot we want, and our net-front guy is off to the corner, or he's — within a set play, he's peeled to the yellow instead of being in his positioning."...

Lalonde said Fabbri is "on target" for an early January return and has shown great flashes since taking off the non-contact practice jersey last week.

"He basically filled in for Larks today with him taking the maintenance day and he looked really good," Lalonde said. "... People forget, that's a big loss for us too. So I think we're on target for early January and I think he'll give us a nice spark to our group."

Jakub Vrana, who practiced for the first time Friday since being released from the NHL/NHLPA Players' Assistance Program, shed the non-contact jersey he wore in his return practice. Lalonde said he won't be available for the game against Washington, his former team, but said becoming a full participant in practice is indeed a sign of a step forward.

"Yeah, absolutely. I think pushing him more ... we increased his battle load, too. The plan all along was day-to-day. He won't be available for us tomorrow, and then we'll reevaluate from that and go from there."


Stopping history


The last time Ovechkin chased a Wing's record was when he tried to eclipse Federov's most goals for a Russian born player. Ovechkin had a ridiculous number of shots that night, but ultimately had to settle for doing it a few days later. I fully expect Ovechkin to try to do the same tonight. If the Wings don't give him open space for shots it will go a long way towards beating the Caps. Let Ovechkin tie/pass Howe another night.

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