Media availabilities from Thursday’s practice: Mantha, Blashill

The Red Wings spoke with the media after Thursday’s practice in Detroit, and a Zoom conference call with Anthony Mantha kicks off the proceedings…

I’m sure that coach Jeff Blashill will follow shortly.

Update: Here’s coach Blashill:

Thursday Tweets from Red Wings practice: ‘small groups’ skating, as is Bobby Ryan

The Detroit Red Wings hit the ice at Little Caesars Arena just after 12 PM EST, preparing for a set of 4 road games to be played over the course of 7 nights.

The Wings’ road trip begins with a back-to-back set of games against the 0-3-and-1 Chicago Blackhawks (on Friday and Sunday), so the Wings need to be prepared for something of an ambush tomorrow night (and Sunday…morning…):

#RedWings practiced in four small groups today using both rinks. The early groups are done. The later groups feature:
Zadina, Larkin, Helm
Nemeth-Hronek
And
Ryan, Rasmussen, Mantha, Smith
DeKeyser, Djoos pic.twitter.com/OpIooOxSaq— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) January 21, 2021

Red Wings practicing in small groups. Bobby Ryan skating (briefly left Tuesday game after awkward fall, but returned). Wings at Chicago Friday & Sunday. pic.twitter.com/530dQZVD0w— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) January 21, 2021

Update:

Neither Robby Fabbri or Adam Erne will travel to Chicago, Jeff Blashill says— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) January 21, 2021

Jeff Blashill says Fabbri & Erne (covid protocol) will not travel, Helm and Djoos possible for Red Wings’ weekend series at Chicago.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) January 21, 2021

#RedWings Blashill said a couple of players were unavailable for practice today. Declined to say who. Said Fabbri and Erne (COVID protocol list) not going on four-game trip. Helm and Djoos are available to play.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) January 21, 2021

#RedWings life on the road will be different – Mantha says plenty of guys will be bringing Xbox for time being— Ted Kulfan (@tkulfan) January 21, 2021

Filip Hronek makes NHL’s ‘Top 10 saves from week 1’ highlight cilp

Red Wings defenseman Filip Hronek earned a nod as the 9th-best save made over the course of the first week of the NHL season for a stop made behind Jonathan Bernier during a Carolina Hurricanes flurry of shots:

Tweet of note: Griffins on ice at Van Andel Arena

This is good to see:

🎵The Boys Are Back In Town, The Boys are Back in Town! 🎵 pic.twitter.com/cARp7OPr7P— Grand Rapids Griffins (@griffinshockey) January 21, 2021

A little more than 10-months later….. pic.twitter.com/24ZV31sO5M— Bob Kaser (@bkaser1) January 21, 2021

Burchfield on the Bobby Ryan redemption tour

97.1 The Ticket’s Will Burchfield posted an article giving Bobby Ryan due praise for his tremendous start on something of a redemption tour with the Red Wings:

Detroit was a comforting situation for Ryan. So much had changed in his life over the past year. Here was a chance to retain his role as a leader. And here was a chance to play. Here was a chance to chase those dreams in the back of his mind of racking up goals and lighting up crowds and “getting back to the Bobby Ryan I was.” Ryan calls these dreams ‘selfish.’ Another word might be ‘human.’

“For me personally, this was a prove-it year,” Ryan said Monday after his two-goal game. “And an opportunity to take the step that I should have taken years ago but hadn’t been able to because of the outside stuff. So (this start) means a lot.”

For now, that’s all it is. A start. Ryan has put seven pucks on goal and four have gone in. That won’t continue. But the jump in his step is back, and he never lost his nose for the net. They were right about Bobby Ryan. He’s the kind of player you want in your locker room. Perhaps they were wrong about him, too. He’s still the kind of player you want high in your lineup.

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Khan, Kal and Olczyk to appear on The Word on Woodward at 12 PM EST

Per DetroitRedWings.com’s Daniella Bruce:

Roughly Translated: Moritz Seider speaks with Hockeysverige.se regarding his SHL adventure (thus far)

Red Wings prospect Moritz Seider has had a significant impact upon Rogle BK during his season on loan from the Red Wings to the SHL, and Seider spoke with Hockeysverige.se’s Samuel Josefson regarding his adventure thus far. What follows is roughly translated from Swedish:

“Everyone is happy that I’m in Sweden and the SHL”

He is one of German hockey’s great future prospects. Moritz Seider is currently successful in the SHL with Rogle–where he is on loan from Detroit this season.

“I like it so far,” says Seider to Hockeysverige.se.

Only 19 years old, he’s charmed the Swedish audience in the SHL with a mature defensive game. The love of hockey was already aroused in kindergarten by Moritz Seider. In his hometown of Zell, Germany, he quickly made friends with similar interests.

Ice hockey, which is far from the biggest sport in soccer-mad Germany, became a big part of Moritz Seider’s upbringing.

“In kindergarten we played once a week and I fell for it right away. I loved playing ice hockey. I also played soccer when I was younger, but it could not be compared to playing ice hockey. My upbringing was very good and fun. It was a lot of hockey all the time and I had many friends that I used to play with,” Moritz Seider tells Hockeysverige.se.

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Praise for Keith Petruzzelli during shutout streak

Red Wings prospect and Quinnipiac Bobcats goaltender Keith Petruzzelli is currently on a three-game shutout streak, and his strong play of late has significantly bolstered his team’s 2020-2021 campaign, as noted by USCHO.com’s Nate Owen:

It’s been a long line of zeroes lately for Quinnipiac and goalie Keith Petruzzelli. Petruzzelli and the Bobcats shut out Colgate 3-0 Saturday, extending the senior’s shutout streak to three games. He’s the second goalie in program history to record three consecutive shutouts, joining Michael Garteig, who accomplished the feat in 2015.

“I think he’s locked in right now,” Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said. “He’s seeing the puck well, he’s moving well, and he’s controlling his rebounds. His compete level has been excellent. We’ve been playing well in front of him too. The PK has gotten better as we’ve gotten more reps.”

Petruzzelli has started all 15 games for the Bobcats this season and already has a career-high four shutouts to go along with a .930 save percentage. He hasn’t allowed a goal over his last 198:27, a mark that is second in program history to Garteig’s 209:31.

“The boys have been great, blocking shots and selling out,” said Petruzzelli, who was named the league’s player and goalie of the week. “They’re making my job easy.”

Petruzzelli has been a rock lately for a Quinnipiac defense that has no seniors and five underclassmen that have seen playing time this season. There have been some bumps – Quinnipiac allowed 12 goals in the three games prior to the current shutout streak – but the defense has improved as the season has progressed.

“We are young on the backend, but [we’ve] just been building that trust and levels of communication,” Petruzzelli said.

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Off-day notebook round-up: Wings’ ‘new faces’ help fuel solid start

Both the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan and DetroitRedWings.com’s Josh Berenter focused on the “new faces” on the Red Wings roster who are contributing to the team’s 2-and-2 start over the course of Kulfan and Berenter’s respective notebook articles on Wednesday.

Kulfan duly noted that the Red Wings are feeling fairly satisfied with themselves after Tuesday’s 3-2 OT win over Columbus, and that’s in no small part due to the impact of their roster reinforcements…

“We are feeling good,” said forward Tyler Bertuzzi, who scored Tuesday’s winner, essentially banking in Dylan Larkin’s pass off a 2-on-1 rush. “We have a really good team this year and if we can play like that and keep doing the right things we’ll get rewarded with these one-goal wins.”

At least in the first 240 minutes and 15 seconds of hockey this season, general manager Steve Yzerman’s free-agent and trade acquisitions have been impactful on and off the ice. They’ve added an air of professionalism, and stability, that was much needed.

Forwards Bobby Ryan (four goals in three games), Vladislav Namestnikov and Mathias Brome; defensemen Marc Staal, Jon Merrill and Troy Stecher; and goalie Thomas Greiss have solidified the roster in various ways.

“The fresh faces have calmed our bench down a little bit,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We don’t seem to be as excitable as we’ve been. Is that growth in some of our guys that have returned? Probably. Is it new, fresh faces and not necessarily wearing previous years’ losses or struggles? Probably. We just keep playing, and that’s the approach I like. To a man, nothing has bothered us so far. We’ve just kept playing.”

Kulfan continues, and Berenter discussed the topic from a similar perspective:

And while the back end has been re-tooled, the offense was also in need of increased depth, as the top line of Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi accounted for more than a third of the team’s points last season.

The addition of Ryan has definitely helped take the burden off the Wings’ top line, as Ryan became the first player in franchise history to score four goals in his first three games with the club. Namestnikov hasn’t cracked the score sheet yet, but he can play all three forward positions and provides much-needed versatility up front.

Mantha said Ryan and Namestnikov have been crucial additions to Detroit’s offensive attack.

“It’s huge,” Mantha said about the added depth. “If you look up front, Namestnikov and Bobby are two guys that like to control the puck, and I think that’s a little bit what we were lacking last year. Giving the puck away a little too easy, and if they can slow down the play and make good plays, we’ll play with the puck more often.”

Berenter also continues