Optional skate for #RedWings with about half the team. They’ll look to snap 7-game skid tonight vs. @NHLJets at @lca with Jimmy Howard in net. pic.twitter.com/zM9YbXha7I— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) December 5, 2017
Festive locker room!
Holiday nameplates in #RedWings dressing room. pic.twitter.com/DO2GvDmK5I— Dana Wakiji (@Dwakiji) December 5, 2017
Red Wings Projected Lines
Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar - Dylan Larkin - Anthony Mantha
Darren Helm - Frans Nielsen - Luke Glendening
Andreas Athanasiou - Martin Frk
Danny DeKeyser - Mike Green
Jonathan Ericsson - Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall - Nick Jensen
Jets Projected lines
Mathieu Perreault - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler
Nikolaj Ehlers - Bryan Little - Patrik Laine
Andrew Copp - Adam Lowry - Brandon Tanev
Shawn Matthias - Matt Hendricks - Joel Armia
Josh Morrissey - Jacob Trouba
Ben Chiarot - Dustin Byfuglien
Dmitry Kulikov - Tyler Myers
Keys to the Game
“Leave Your Stupid Comments In Your Pocket!”
Zetterberg was nearly lost for words after the game on Saturday, and from his comments yesterday his current strategy sounds like acknowledging that yes everyone on the Wings should feel horrible about how they played but that they have to leave those negative feelings in the locker room.
Play confidently, even when you’re at your worst, especially when you’re at your worst, because it’s the only way to turn things around. Be the Wings team that beat the Flames 8-2.
Heart, Hustle, and GRIT
The Wings held a grueling practice yesterday where they spent a lot of time on 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 drills with sprints in between followed by more canned statements about compete level, win battles, find a way to win, blah blah blah. We are hoping to see that emphasis on small battles pay off with our guys reaching the puck first, forcing turnovers, winning face-offs, and generally having that extra jump.
Beware the False Start
What we want to avoid is looking like we’ve turned over a new leaf, and then 10 minutes later we completely fall apart and are down by three goals. Show you can keep the energy up for 60 minutes and the wins will come.
Let’s Go Red Wings!