Dallas – When the Red Wings finished Monday’s skate, there was about 90 minutes left before the NHL trade deadline of 3 p.m. Eastern.
Coach Jeff Blashill and his players were monitoring coverage on the NHL Network and on their phones, and they all had the same opinion: If the Red Wings didn’t make a move, everyone felt good about this team heading into the remaining 20 games of the regular season, starting with Monday night against the Stars.
“I’d say more than comfortable,” Blashill said. “I’m excited about the roster going forward. As I said the other night, (Tomas) Tatar and (Gustav) Nyquist are going to get going (offensively). I know that. They’re proven scorers.
“Where else are you going to find 29- and 27-goal scorers (from last season)? We have guys here who I believe in a ton.
“It’s easy to want to add, but lots of times those end up being mistakes. I’m very pleased with our group.”
Tatar has 17 goals and 35 points and Nyquist has 15 goals and 33 points.
The number of attractive names available was dwindling as the hours passed, and general manager Ken Holland said all last week he wasn’t interested in giving up draft picks or prospects for rental players.
Blashill likes this team’s chemistry, too, and that could be fractured with a big addition this late in the season.
“Chemistry is real important and you build chemistry through time,” Blashill said. “We’ve got a good group of chemistry.”
Goalie Jimmy Howard was to start Monday against the Stars.
Howard is coming off his season-best performance last week in a 1-0 overtime loss (29 saves) to the New York Rangers. Howard hoped to build off that performance.
“Just doing my best to hold onto that performance mentally and build off it,” Howard said.
Blashill continues to maintain confidence in Howard.
“He feels very confident about his game, but it goes further than just the New York Rangers,” Blashill said. “He knows that he can excel at this level and he’s confident in himself.”