Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 2:48 PM EST Nov 8, 2018 The aggressiveness at times can wear on the coaching staff, but the overriding feeling is one of confidence. The Detroit Red Wings have two functional special teams, their power play and penalty kill both ensconced in the top 10 in the NHL. That’s gratifying, especially after both finished in the bottom third last season, and it’s come even as a rash of injuries have impacted both units. “The power play has been scoring big goals for us,” Dylan Larkin said Thursday. “We’re simplifying it. We’re using different looks. Guys have been out of the lineup, key guys on our power play and penalty kill, and we’ve had great depth with guys coming in and scoring big goals. Penalty kill, we’re getting up ice and we’re creating pressure, but when we come back, we’re tight and we’re bumping pucks to each other then clearing it. “We … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings: What’s behind success of special teams?
Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 3:04 PM EST Nov 7, 2018 The Detroit Red Wings expect to have two forwards back for reinforcement soon. Andreas Athansiou and Frans Nielsen are both targeting a return Friday when the Wings host the New York Rangers (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit). Athanasiou (leg) will pretty much just have to give his own OK to return, while Nielsen will have to pass a concussion protocol test – something he appreciates, even while he feels fine, as an important step for his long-term health. Both forwards have been injured since the Oct. 28 game against Dallas. The two skated Wednesday on a line with Gustav Nyquist. They had been trending in the right direction on a line with Thomas Vanek, who suffered a knee injury the game after Nielsen and Athanasiou were hurt, Oct. 30 at Columbus, and is out at least another week to three weeks. Nyquist is a deft passer (he has a team high 11 assists in 15 games) and the thinking is that could … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings’ Frans Nielsen hopes to pass concussion test
Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 1:28 AM EST Nov 7, 2018 A few weeks ago, the Detroit Red Wings would have lost the game, and afterward, lamented their inability to push back. Now they’re finding ways to win. They have four victories in their past five outings, the latest a 3-2 shootout rally Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks at Little Caesars Arena. Jimmy Howard was excellent, as were the special teams, and Dylan Larkin was rewarded for all the time he puts into practicing shootout moves. “I think we’re learning as a team,” Justin Abdelkader said after contributing a power-play goal. “Hey listen, we’re down by a couple goals, we’re not getting down on the bench. We know that we just have to continue to go out and fight for that next goal. We got some momentum and started playing and had some chances and took over the game, I thought, for a while there.” Analysis: Should Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill be … [Read more...] about Newly resilient Detroit Red Wings rally for 4th win in 5 games
Ted Kulfan The Detroit News Published 12:10 AM EST Nov 7, 2018 Detroit – Goaltender Jimmy Howard continues to give his team a chance to win, and the Detroit Red Wings are taking advantage of it. Howard was arguably the Wings’ best player again Tuesday and it resulted in a 3-2 shootout victory over Vancouver. Howard stopped 40 shots in regulation time and overtime, then stopped all three Canucks shooters in the shootout. Dylan Larkin scored the lone goal for the Wings in the shootout, but it was enough to get the Wings an extra points in the standings (5-8-2, 12 points). BOX SCORE: Red Wings 3, Canucks 2 (SO) But if not for Howard’s performance, the Wings wouldn’t have had a prayer to even swipe a point. “I would say so,” said forward Gustav Nyquist, of whether Howard has been the team’s most consistent player. “It’s hard to argue that with the way he’s playing every game. He’s giving us a chance to win. It’s … [Read more...] about Jimmy Howard ‘huge’ again, Red Wings prevail in shootout
Ted Kulfan The Detroit News Published 10:44 PM EST Nov 6, 2018 Detroit — The Red Wings earned a first Tuesday night — their first shootout win of the season. They defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2, thanks to a 1-0 shootout edge in the shootout. Dylan Larkin was the lone player to score in the shootout. The Wings moved to 5-8-2 for the season, while Vancouver is 9-6-1. BOX SCORE: Red Wings 3, Canucks 2, shootout Vancouver outshot the Wings 42-30, as Howard made 40 saves and completed the whitewash in the shootout. Both teams had decent chances in overtime, but Howard and Jacob Markstrom were up to the task. Howard denied Vancouver's Bo Horvat breaking in alone on the first shift of overtime, while Markstrom stopped Gustav Nyquist in close later. Nyquist tied the score at 2 at 1:37 of the third period, Nyquist’s second goal of the season. Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom made the save on Jacob de la Rose’s shot from the wing, but left a juicy rebound … [Read more...] about Red Wings hold on to defeat Vancouver in a shootout 3-2