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Free Press story reports Detroit Red Wings giving Coach Jeff Blashill contract extension for 2 years


DETROIT(CCN) — The Detroit Free Press is reporting that a source with "knowledge of the situation" confirmed that the Detroit Red Wings will be giving Coach Jeff Blashill a two-year contract extension.

The deal is likely to be announced by the organization on Tuesday, according to the Free Press, when the Red Wings host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Little Caesars Arena. Blashill is in his fourth season as head coach. His first team made the playoffs but lost in the first round, yet this season marks the third in a row that Detroit is in the lottery for the top draft pick after missing the playoffs. After a 40-30-11 record in his rookie season behind the bench, Blashill's teams were  33-36-13 two years ago and  30-39-13 last winter. A 6-1 record in their last seven starts has the Red Wings standing at 30-38-10 as they head into the last week of the 2018-19 campaign. They're only two points ahead of the New Jersey Devils and 8 points ahead of the Ottawa Senators. With only four games remaining, they're only two points behind the Buffalo Sabres and only three points behind the New York Rangers.

Detroit Pistons win without Blake Griffin; Stop 6-game winning streak of Portland Trailblazers 99-90


DETROIT (CCN) — On a night they honored the "Bad Boys" at halftime, Detroit Pistons' fans began to sense clinching a return to the playoffs Saturday night. With star big man Blake Griffin out of the line-up because of a bad knee, others picked up the slack as Detroit ended Portland's six-game winning streak with a 99-90 triumph over the Trail Blazers in front of xx,xxx fans at Little Casesars Arena in Downtown Detroit.

Reggie Jackson scored 28 points to lead the Pistons and Andre Drummond added a double-double effort with 22 points and 19 rebounds. It was Detroit's 11th straight home court victory and it allowed the Pistons to maintain a half game lead over the Brooklyn Nets in the battle for the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Only the top eight teams qualify.

Griffin was a late scratch in the line-up because of a sore left knee, according to Coach Dwayn Casey.  "He told me he would give it a try in warmups, but he couldn't go," Casey said. "That's a shock for the rest of the team — one minute he's out there and then he's not." Casey didn't say if his big man would return to the line-up on Monday when the Pistons go to Indiana.