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Why Is Dennis Cholowski A Healthy Scratch Tonight?

02/14/2019 at 1:38pm EST

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

After recording four goals and eight assists in his first 22 games, Cholowski has two goals and one assist in his last 23 games. He has not recorded a point in his last eight games.

"As the defense got healthy, I had the opportunity to make decisions on who we felt should be in there," Blashill said." I think one of the things Cholo has had to learn is how to continue to get better on the defensive side of the puck. It's a hard league to outscore your mistakes. I think he has improved in certain areas.

"Points are part of it. We want to certainly drive some offense from the back end but you have to be efficient and great when you're defending and it's just something he'll continue to learn and get better at. I think where he's at today is a great spot. I watched him 2-3 years ago, he's light years ahead of where he was then. He's come a long way in short period of time, he's just got to keep grinding."

The Wings could opt to send Cholowski to Grand Rapids to play if he remains out of the Wings lineup.

"I think that's a legitimate topic for discussion," Blashill said. "If he's not earning his way into the lineup here, then is he better off doing what (Filip) Hronek has done down there. It's helped Hronek's game a ton. From the beginning of the year until now, Fil Hronek's confidence is at an all-time high, he's about a point per game in the American League. I can't remember the last time we had a defenseman doing that. I watched him, it looks like he's an elite player in the league. I think it's worth a discussion with management to see if that's the right move."

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