Gameday Updates/Projected Lines
Jeff Blashill appears to be up to his old tricks again with the line juggling...
#RedWings lines at practice:— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) October 25, 2018
Abdelkader-de la Rose-Frk/Ehn
Darren Helm up on the top line? Okay then, Jeff.
Mike Green is expected to make his season debut after missing the first nine games with a liver infection. This should certainly be a welcomed addition to the 13th-ranked powerplay in the league...
Looks like Mike Green might be ready for season debut Friday, based on #RedWings defense pairs:— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) October 25, 2018
DeKeyser (hand) has retrurned to practice. They're hoping he's ready to play Sunday.
Once Danny DeKeyser returns to the lineup — there are rumblings it could be next Tuesday yet — it will be interesting to see who gets the short end of the straw there. Maybe Joe Hicketts?
#RedWings Howard first goalie off the ice after optional morning skate.— Dana Wakiji (@Dwakiji) October 26, 2018
Winnipeg Jets Projected Lines
Patrik Laine — Mark Scheifele — Blake Wheeler
Kyle Connor — Bryan Little — Nikolaj Ehlers
Andrew Copp — Adam Lowry — Brandon Tanev
Brendan Lemieux — Jack Roslovic — Mathieu Perreault
Josh Morrissey — Jacob Trouba
Ben Chiarot — Dustin Byfuglien
Dmitry Kulikov — Tyler Myers
Keys to the Game
Answer the Call
Blashill called out his team this week, citing a lack of effort...
Jeff Blashill postgame: "I can't, I can't explain it. We'll go to work tomorrow to get that corrected. That's no.. that's 100 percent inexcusable to not be ready to work, and not be ready to compete." (via FSD)— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 23, 2018
Prove him wrong. If he values everything that say Justin Abdelkader brings to the rink, then it’s up to leaders like that to take control of the locker room and push for a better effort tonight. Say what you want about Blashill, but if you’re not outworking your opponent, then you can’t expect to be handed a win.
If the Wings are going to get back in the win column, then they need a better effort from their goaltending. The Wings are last in the NHL in goals against (38) and you can point the finger at a lacklustre defensive zone effort, but something has to give between the pipes. Goaltending shapes a team and can go a long way to building confidence in a roster. If Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Bernier do their part, then it could get this team back on track.