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The Daily: What Blues Say About Vrana; Another Shero in Philly?



Jakub Vrana, Detroit Red Wings
Jakub Vrana scored his first goal as a member of the St. Louis Blues Thursday

Jakub Vrana scored his first goal as a St. Louis Blues player Thursday. It was the game-winner in a 4-2 win against the San Jose Sharks. It was his first NHL tally since Oct. 15.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch offered a look at Vrana’s fresh start in St. Louis. Detroit fans know the Vrana back story.

Here what the Blues told the Post-Dispatch about Vrana:

“You can tell he’s got a good touch and he’s a great guy,” Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington said. “Got to know him a little bit in Arizona, hoping just to continue to build that. But he’s got the touch, he’s got great offensive touch and you can tell he cares.

“He’s excited to be here. You can see the excitement after he scored that goal. That’s what we want to be a part of, so it’s good.”

Coach Craig Berube said this: “For me, it’s about using his speed all the time. He has to skate and become a worker, and let his skill take over. That’s the thing I’m going to try to drive into him is work, work, work and skate and work. Let your skill take over and then just about puck battles, win your puck battles, little things like that. That’s all going to make you a better player.”

Berube analysis doesn’t sound any different than what Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said when Vrana was in Detroit.

In case you were wondering, Vrana played on a line with Kasperi Kapanen and Pavel Buchnevich. It’s unknown whether that line will stay together.


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Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings (29-26-9) play the Boston Bruins today (1 p.m.). This will be the Red Wings’ first game against Tyler Bertuzzi since he was traded to the NHL’s No. 1 team. Bertuzzi has played one game and had an assist playing on the Bruins’ third line with Charlie Coyle and Trent Frederic.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: After losing to the Edmonton Oilers, the Bruins are looking to get their third-period identity back. Boston Bruins.

Colorado: Evan Rawal looks at the Gabriel Landeskog timeline and reports that Erik Johnson is “ahead of schedule.” Colorado Avalanche

Florida: The Florida Panthers had to fight to the finish to down the Chicago Blackhawks. They are acting like a team desperate to make the playoffs. Florida Panthers.

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Montreal: Bad news on injuries just keeps coming for the Montreal Canadiens.

New York: Stefen Rosner analyzes Pierre Engvall’s value after three games with the New York Islanders.

Philadelphia: Sam Carchidi supplies all of the details surrounding the firing of general manager Chuck Fletcher. Philadelphia Flyers. Carchidi says don’t rule out Ray Shero as a possible successor.

Pittsburgh: The Penguins made an emergency recall of Alex Nylander because they might not have 12 healthy forwards for their Saturday game (3:30 pm) against the Philadelphia Flyers. Pittsburgh Penguins.