Detroit Red Wings’ Michael Rasmussen soaking up faceoff tips, knowledge from Luke Glendening
Detroit – Michael Rasmussen has been spending as much time as possible on the ice with Luke Glendening these days.
The point is to deepen the knowledge of Glendening, who led the NHL and led the NHL on Monday with 67.7% of his draws.
Glendening is often viewed as one of the NHL’s better defensive strikers, but especially when working on faceoffs, he passes what he knows on to Rasmussen.
“It’s unreal how he plays in the center and plays faceoffs,” said Rasmussen on Monday during a media zoom chat. “It’s pretty crazy. He started a game 15-1 the other day (won 15 out of 16 draws) and if I can watch him or if he can help me, that’s great.
“It’s (Faceoffs) a big part of the game and if he can tell me about the guys’ techniques or tendencies, he’s been a huge help, not just with that but with everything.”
Well, what might work for the 5-foot-11 glendening doesn’t necessarily have to translate physically to the 6-6 Rasmussen.
But there are definitely details and tricks of the trade that Glendening can impart.
“He’s just telling you what works for him,” Rasmussen said of the post-workout exercises. “We are of different sizes and have different hands. So what works for him doesn’t necessarily work for me. But he gives me pointers and faceoffs me and sees where I can improve.
“I just record it all and listen to what he has to say.”
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For any center young or old, veteran or novice, taking and winning faceoffs becomes a crucial part of the NHL game. You want to own the puck and you quickly realize the importance of a facet that is on a professional level.
But it also seems that it is a part of the game that is not easy to master and experience becomes a needed tool.
What has Rasmussen felt so far, what is important to be effective in a tie?
“It’s different for everyone,” said Rasmussen. “For myself, I’m a bigger guy, so out-muscle types. The timing is huge too.
“You just have to do a few moves that you rely on and somehow master them and keep working on them because it’s a tough gig that requires a lot of faceoffs. You have to be consistent. “
Rasmussen, 21, has three points (all assists) in 10 games with the Wings this season. He has had two separate stays between seven games at Grand Rapids, where Rasmussen has two goals and four assists.
Coach Jeff Blashill has noticed that Rasmussen, the Wings’ first choice in 2017, is playing with a little more confidence in the line-up this time.
“He’s playing faster and that has been clear in the last couple of games we’ve played,” said Blashill. “Is it because of an actual physical element or trust? I can not answer that. Both play into it. He’s been working hard on skating over the summer, but the first time he got up (this season) the processing wasn’t fast enough to make decisions and with the puck.
“He’s played a lot faster since he came back and I would attribute most of that to confidence. He put a lot of pressure on himself early on and that can happen sometimes. You just have to play and try like you have nothing to lose and he’s certainly had that attitude since he came back. “
The Wings have allowed 16 goals in the last three games. That’s not a recipe for success for high profile crimes like Tampa, Carolina, and Dallas visiting during a six-game homestand.
Blashill felt that the wings were well defended for the last three games but then got away from it and then things would go wrong.
“Our guys know our system and what to do. They have to go out there and do it,” said Blashill. “You can’t go back to your own end (the rink) and swing back (offensively). You have to stop and that little detail is important. The attention to detail in these situations we have to be better.”
The way the lines were set in Monday’s training session looked like striker Evgeny Svechnikov (four points in four games) was off the line-up. But Blashill isn’t sure about that yet.
“We’re still waiting to be healthy and see where some people are and that will dictate (line-up decisions),” Blashill said. “He’s skated with the extras but Svech does a good job. He tries hard every shift and works hard every shift. He does a solid job. I didn’t make a decision and that’s just the reality.”
… Blashill said Dylan Larkin and Troy Stecher, both out with upper body injuries but trained for the past two days, will make decisions about Tampa game time.
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Outlook: The Red Wings (7-16-3) and Lightning (17-4-2) begin a two-game series. … Tampa has won both games against the Wings this season. … The defending Stanley Cup champion has the second most points (36) and the second best profit share (0.783). Victor Hedman (19 assists, 24 points) leads offensively.