Detroit – Like many of his teammates, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson entered this season with renewed motivation.
The end of last season was rather sour, Blackhawks Women Jersey, while Ericsson was planning to change things once training camp opened in September.
“I know I did not finish the season the way I wanted,” said Ericsson, who, by opening two weeks was one of the best defenders of the Red Wings. “I’ve done this I could in the offseason to prepare and I felt a hand come back and prove that I can be much better player. ”
But it was a much more assertive Ericsson and confident in programming at the beginning of the season.
“A lot of guys feel the same,” said Ericsson, to have a chip on their shoulders entering this season. “We want to go further way into the playoffs. We were stopped early for the last two years and it is not fun. ”
The Wings have won four straight and are tied for second in the Eastern Conference with eight points.
Coach Jeff Blashill said there are many players who entered this season wanting to forget out of the playoffs in the first round last season.
“They felt they had something to prove as individuals,” said Blashill. “As a team, we believe we have something to prove every day, and the coaching staff.
“We obviously high here and we want to ensure that we are living that standard.”
Ericsson continues to manage a hip injury encroachment. It will likely need surgery at some point, but want to put it off as long as possible.
“It’s something I play with,” Ericsson said. “I did what I could in the offseason to improve mobility and strength-wise sage.”
The Red Wings killed all four San Jose power plays in the 3-0 victory Saturday, but the penalty kill – along a power play that went scoreless in six attempts – were areas that were addressed during practice Monday.
“The penalty kill, in large measure, we won the game on Saturday,” said Blashill. “But we want to continue to better things get regardless of what the outcome was.”
“Pucks are going in, even if (teams) break sticks and find ways to get through,” said Ericsson. “We are not near where we want to be. It is something that we want to clean up. We try to be a unit moving together.”
Honor for Green
Defenseman Mike Green was named the NHL’s third star of the week.
Green scored three goals against Ottawa, and is tied for the team leader with seven points.
Blashill said Green, in his second season with the Red Wings, is more comfortable than last year.
“Sometimes we look at these guys as players, but they are people and when you move from one organization to another organization, it is an adjustment,” said Blashill. “It is a social adjustment, with your family, an adjustment in many areas.
“It is much more comfortable and coaching (standpoint), we know better and that allows us to use the best. It was really good. ”
… Niklas Kronwall (knee) has yet to play this season and did not skate Monday. “He’s on a plane where it is a few days (skating) and a day off,” said Blashill, who added Kronwall skated with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. “He must come when he can go to full with us three days in a row before he has the chance to play.
… Tomas Jurco (back) made skating light and works off the ice, but should not start playing until mid-November.
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