Detroit Red Wings is low at the time to show dads they can win

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What many dads seem to have on the trip. Filming February 11, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn.
Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The cabinets were photographed in the hall outside of the visiting car park, chatting with each other before going on to the staff bus. Others managed to walk around downtown Nashville.

The fathers, brothers or friends did not have much joy Detroit The Red Wings players and committees have entered this tour, which ends with the Tuesday game against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The trip to date has shown that the Wings lose to Buffalo Sabers and Chicago Blackhawks, and that they fall into habits that have not been seen since the New Year. The energy that brought them on was not streak by winning a game.

"There are not the last two games we played," said Thomas Vanek. "In Buffalo, we started well, it was not possible to get that first goal. Then, we have to be a little frustrated, give up some penalties and before you realize that we were continuing the game and then adds a bit to us to get our groove again. That is a Chicago example – it did not play well, there were bad visitors, down two and then we got slowly on our game again, but it was too late then.

"It's a pity that we did not get any point. It's special for dads to be here, but of course they recognize that we have more fun when we win games. We hope we can finish it with a win."

Coach Jeff Blashill said the defendant Trevor Daley (cos) said it would be available against the Predators. If so, it could cost the rookie game Dennis Cholowski on the line, as he was going out in Chicago. Next, Tyler Bertuzzi (head / neck) was first practiced since January 22 injury at Edmonton, but is not expected before the weekend.

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Thomas Vanek and his dad, Zdenek, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Monday, February 11, 2019 (Photo: Helene St. James)

Luke Witkowski and Martin Frk are the only healthy players. He was on the father's trip last year, in Nashville, who made Witkowski to score one NHL goal. It seems suspicious that Frk will enter the line; He has one goal in 25 games and has only been the same for the last 19 games.

Are any of the dad's lobbying for their son?

"They're sorry," said Blashill, laughing. "Of course, they want their kid to play more.

"We have a large group of people in our boxboxroom. We have paid people and believe when you talked to their fathers, you know why. The apple rarely comes from the tree, and that is It is truly indicative when I interact with everyone's dad. It is a special group of people. "

While it's nice for the player to play the player, the line decisions can not be declared.

"You definitely know, but in the end we have to make decisions about how to win the best chance," said Blashill. "As long as you love being able to do that, you have to make the decision that gives you the best chance to win."

Guests are responsible for going to Detroit, but when they go into the team, everything is being taken care of. They go on the staff airplane (which offers other personnel to fly commercially), a room with their son, and sit together at the stands. There was a scheduled staff dinner for a Monday night. After the practice, Vanek and his dad, Zdenek, walked around downtown. Vanek suggested that his father was on the journey of five fathers.

"It's really pleasing to see how we travel and how we see," said Vanek. "I think it's more delicate after those five days than we are. It understands what goes on. How we go to the plane after games and take it out, go in the city late and go to The hotel prepares everything. He said he did not know how much he was flying and how late we get and how he spends you the next day. "

The Wings sent a petition to the NHL, which makes these trips on two games, rather than an exception because they really liked Buffalo and Chicago to start early afternoon, which will allow the Wings to reach their destination at dinner . Now, the time running is something to inspire them rather than goals from Dylan Larkin, Christoffer Ehn and Gustav Nyquist.

Vanek played a four-point point streak in Chicago. He has four goals and six people have helped in the past 10 games, looking more like their own, creative self-confidence since knee injury was in November.

"Its level of competition is really high," said Blashill. "It's skating well. I think he was on this arcade when he was injured in Columbus and then he took a bit out of it. I think he's back to the Thomas that I know. He's playing good. "

Contact Helene St. James ag hstjames@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter @helenestjames. Read more on Detroit Red Wings and sign up for our Red Wings newsletter.

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