OctoPulse podcast: Jeff Blashill on hot seat, Gordie Howe's last NHL season at age 52

The Detroit News

Red Wings beat reporter Ted Kulfan and Detroit News assistant sports editor Mark Falkner take a look at coach Jeff Blashill on the hot seat after a 4-10-1 start and former NHL goalie John Garrett talks about playing alongside Red Wings legend Gordie Howe in Howe's final season at age 52 in 1979-80.

Marty Howe, left, Colleen Howe, Mark Howe and Gordie Howe have a family discussion during a break after practice in Houston, Texas in 1974.

Here are some of the highlights of Episode 5 of OctoPulse, taking the pulse of the Red Wings' rebuild in Year 1 under GM Steve Yzerman:

1:50: Jeff Blashill on the 'fragile' nature of the team

3:45: Blashill on the hot seat

6:00: Predators analyst Hall Gill on the Red Wings' defensemen

8:25: John Garrett on playing alongside Gordie Howe

12:20: Howe had 15 goals, 26 assists at age 52

14:40: Howe in the All-Star Game at Joe Louis Arena

18:50: Colleen Howe tells Bill Dineen what she thinks of his lineup

20:00: Lunch with Gordie at the old Lindell AC

23:00: Overtime: Looking at the week ahead

Gordie Howe speaks to the media  before the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame's 27th Annual Enshrinement Dinner at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

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The OctoPulse podcast, taking the pulse of the Red Wings' rebuild under GM Steve Yzerman.