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The Athletic's Max Bultman and analytics expert Prashanth Iyer offer up weekly thoughts on, and opinions, and analysis of, The Detroit Red Wings...and Al, everyone's favorite octopus mascot.

The Athletic's Max Bultman and analytics expert Prashanth Iyer offer up weekly thoughts on, and opinions, and analysis of, The Detroit Red Wings...and Al, everyone's favorite octopus mascot.


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The Athletic's Max Bultman and analytics expert Prashanth Iyer offer up weekly thoughts on, and opinions, and analysis of, The Detroit Red Wings...and Al, everyone's favorite octopus mascot.




Analytics conference, Cholowski demotion, Seider, Veleno & Rasmussen player comps

1:50 Jonathan Bernier steals another 4:20 What could Detroit do differently to help out their goalies? 8:35 Andreas Athanasiou increases trade value with two goals 12:05 Analytics conference 16:05 Dennis Cholowski sent to Grand Rapids again 29:00 Evaluating Gustav Lindstrom's first three games in the NHL; What's his outlook? 33:10 Robby Fabbri leaves early against the Bruins 35:30 NHL player comps for the top four prospects in Detroit's system: Joe Veleno, Michael Rasmussen, Moritz...


Rest of season over/unders and most realistic deadline trade

2:00 Filip Zadina sidelined for 2-3 weeks; Andreas Athanasiou set to return 7:00 Back-to-back losses to the Rangers 11:00 Team MVP 12:00 Goal differential; Where does this Detroit team stack against some of worst teams of all time? 26:30 Rest of the season Over/Unders: Dylan Larkin's point total, Jimmy Howard wins, Detroit point total and more 40:00 Listener questions; Ken Holland's drafted prospects, extending Filip Hronek, realistic deadline trades and more Follow Max on Twitter:...


GR prospect updates, potential call-ups & all-time Red Wings skills competition

1:30 Grand Rapids playoff push; Prospects look good! 6:40 Who should the Red Wings promote before the season ends? 13:20 Moritz Seider's ready for the show; Who else may be? 20:00 Tyler Bertuzzi shows up in the All-Star Game 21:40 All-Star skills competition - Detroit Red Wings style. Max and Prashanth draft former and current Detroit players to participate in the skills and 3-on-3. Who wins? 37:00 Listener questions; How many games will Detroit win in February and March? If Andreas...


Fixing special teams, 2020 defense core and prospect updates

1:30 Dumb penalties ruin good showings from Jimmy Howard 6:55 How to fix the special teams 26:25 Valtteri Filppula suffers injury; Who would fill the void if Filppula missed time? 33:15 Jonatan Berggren may be done for the season 38:00 Elmer Soderblom set for a new test 43:45 Listener questions; 2020 defense core, trade candidates and more Follow Max on Twitter: @m_bultman Follow Prashanth on Twitter: @iyer_prashanth for 40% off subscription to The...


Tumultuous power plays, Filip Hronek's strong play and return of the prospects

1:45 Possession and shot quality not enough for a win against Buffalo 3:50 The power play continues to let Detroit down; What's been the problem? 12:30 Madison Bowey trending up 16:50 Jonathan Bernier strong in 3-2 win against Ottawa; Shootout talk 27:45 Bernier scratched Sunday due to injury; Calvin Pickard recalled 32:50 Dylan Larkin in a groove, Filip Hronek's strong play and future outlook 42:50 Grand Rapids getting some reinforcements back 46:00 Listener questions: Michael...


Zadina keeps producing, 2nd period struggles & World Junior wrap-up

2:20 Filip Zadina keeps producing; Second period struggles continue 10:45 World Junior wrap-up 23:40 Special teams let Detroit down against Dallas 30:30 Listener questions Follow Max on Twitter: @m_bultman Follow Prashanth on Twitter: @iyer_prashanth for 40% off subscription to The Athletic


Is Mantha injury prone? Trade Bernier? World Juniors breakdown

1:30 Jonathan Bernier can only do so much... 5:15 Detroit PP vs Tampa Bay PP 9:40 Game Score: Dylan Larkin & Tyler Bertuzzi struggle vs TB 15:45 Anthony Mantha out another month: Where will the offense come from? 18:40 Is Mantha injury prone? 22:40 Valtteri Filppula's injury is going to be a problem for Detroit 26:00 Bernier vs Jimmy Howard 30:30 World Juniors 46:40 Evaluating Joe Veleno and his one game suspension 60:30 Listener questions: Should Detroit trade Bernier? Draft...


Ugly finish in Toronto, Tyler Bertuzzi's strong play & World Juniors preview

2:15 Lack of scoring continues; Where will the offense come without Anthony Mantha? 7:45 Ugly ending in Toronto; A look into player safety, fighting, hitting and concussions 22:45 Tyler Bertuzzi's strong play & Jimmy Howard struggles again in first game back 30:45 How many points will Detroit end up with? 35:15 World Juniors primer; Who to watch and what to expect 52:35 Quinton Byfield's outlook; Other top prospects 58:30 Listener questions; Future in net, potential free agents and...


Evaluating Zadina after 10 games, 5-on-5 play and Kyle Wood addition

2:46 Five-on-five expected goal percentage and power play struggles 10:20 Filip Zadina here to stay; Evaluating his play after 10 games 25:15 Detroit adds Kyle Wood from Carolina in exchange for Oliwer Kaski 32:15 Detroit prospects headed to the World Juniors 35:05 Listener questions: Grand Rapids, Sven Baertschi, Robby Fabbri at center, best and worst moves by Steve Yzerman 1:01:46 What are the Red Wings going to do with three goalies? Follow Max on Twitter: @m_bultman Follow...


Prospect watch, Eric Comrie's debut and Filip Zadina's place in the lineup

1:40 Top line struggles vs PIT; Late push by Dylan Larkin 6:30 Filip Zadina evaluation; Where should he play in the lineup? 14:40 Eric Comrie's debut; Will he play this week? 21:15 Prospect watch 28:40 Andreas Athanasiou and other trade chips 37:10 Pleasant surprises; Defense core 42:20 Listener questions: Future blue line in Detroit & Grand Rapids; Possible free agent signings and more Follow Max on Twitter: @m_bultman Follow Prashanth on Twitter:...


Get to know Eric Comrie, how to generate more offense and system changes

1:30 Red Wings remain fragile 7:40 High danger scoring changes; How can they generate more offense? 23:40 Changing assignments, roles and systems 26:40 Red Wings pick up Eric Comrie from Arizona; Thoughts on carrying three goalies 38:40 Prospect evaluation; Better or worse? 47:30 Listener questions; Is Robby Fabbri part of the future? Line combinations, systems, potential first pick and more for 40% off subscription to The Athletic


The 2010s: The Detroit Red Wings All-Decade Team

3:10 Best team of the decade 9:25 Center 12:25 Left wing 14:25 Right wing 20:30 Defense 23:40 Goaltender for 40% off subscription to The Athletic


Life without Anthony Mantha, Filip Zadina's 2019 debut & Dylan Larkin's game

1:40 Anthony Mantha suffers injury Saturday and misses Sunday's game 7:00 Filip Zadina makes 2019 debut Sunday 13:30 Do you burn Zadina's entry level contract? 24:15 Thin on defense 27:20 Detroit prospects who may play at the 33:00 Dylan Larkin concerns? 42:00 Twitter questions; How do you see the Red Wings down the middle in 2020? for 40% off subscription to The Athletic


Additional scoring, goals above replacement and defense core

1:40 What's working over this current five-game point streak? 6:40 Strong play from the second line 9:40 Goals above replacement in the bottom-six 14:40 Anthony Mantha & Dylan Larkin 16:25 Defense core 20:10 Projecting goalie starts with four games this week 23:00 Andreas Athanasiou's turnaround 26:25 Twitter questions for 40% off subscription to The Athletic


Evaluating Robby Fabbri, goaltending and other trade targets

1:10 Evaluating the Robby Fabbri trade 10:30 Jimmy Howard vs Jonathan Bernier 20:00 Who should Fabbri play with? 23:30 Other possible buy-low trade targets around the league 33:15 Twitter questions for 40% off subscription to The Athletic


Historic pace, Grand Rapids report, Brendan Perlini's debut and future

1:30 Rough weekend for the Red Wings 9:30 Evaluating Detroit after 15 games 15:00 Brendan Perlini's debut and future with Detroit 30:30 Detroit on pace for one of its worst seasons ever 35:30 Grand Rapids report 40:30 Twitter questions for 40% off subscription to The Athletic


Top-six shuffle, what has to improve and Givani Smith's debut

1:30 Top-six shuffle 10:30 Biggest issue 20:30 Givani Smith takeaways after NHL debut 26:30 Evaluating Taro Hirose's game 31:30 Grand Rapids report 39:30 Twitter questions for 40% off subscription to The Athletic


Evaluating Darren Helm, Andreas Athanasiou, zone starts & special teams

3:00 0-3 Canadian trip 6:00 Juggling the lines 8:00 A deeper look into Darren Helm's numbers 12:00 Zone starts 17:00 Special teams 26:00 What's going on with Andreas Athanasiou? 33:00 Twitter questions 51:00 Biggest missing piece in Detroit


Expected goals for and should Detroit trade Jimmy Howard or promote Justin Abdelkader?

1:30 Takeaways vs Maple Leafs 4:00 Expected goals for 18:00 Should Detroit break up its top line? 21:00 Does Justin Abdelkader deserve a promotion? 27:00 Five game sample; How good are the Red Wings? 33:00 Twitter questions 43:00 El Camino; *SPOILERS for 40% off subscription to The Athletic


Anthony Mantha's hot start, impressive takeaways and Alex Biega

1:00 What kind of player can Anthony Mantha be? 8:00 Impressive takeaways after two games 13:00 How good is Detroit's top line and how good can they be? 26:00 Should they go to 11 forwards and 7 defensemen? 29:00 Red Wings trade for Alex Biega 33:00 Grand Rapids' season debut 38:00 Questions from Twitter for 40% off subscription to The Athletic