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In Red Wing Land

Chirping is working for Red Wings’ Tyler Bertuzzi, Andreas Athanasiou | The Detroit News

“The last few games I always tell him to do something out there,” Bertuzzi said. “Just get on his nerves. He laughs it off, then he scores two, so it works.”

Athanasiou explained the pregame routine as simply trying to push each other.

“We kind of joke around with each other, trying to get each other pumped up,” Athanasiou said. “Any time he goes out for a shift I’ll say, ‘Show me something’, and he’ll say, ‘Do something out there.’

“It’s a good way to kind of get us going and help the team.”

This article is from a couple days ago, but I just stumbled upon it last night and got a good kick out it. Can Fox Sports Detroit please give us both these guys mic’d up for a game?

Around the League

The importance of having an NHL playoff spot at American Thanksgiving | Sportsnet

The Red Wings aren’t in the worst position if they want to be the team that comes out of nowhere to defy expectations and make the playoffs.