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Connor McDavid Focused On Team Goals

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from Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic,

You get the sense he could do it if he really wanted. He just might this season.

But Connor McDavid and 50 goals are a match that hasn’t happened — at least not yet.

“I definitely think he can,” linemate Kailer Yamamoto said. “He’s a pass-first guy, but his shot’s unbelievable.

“He’s been working towards that. He has a really good shot (to do it) this year.”

One thing is for sure: The Oilers captain isn’t going to compromise team success for any pursuit of one of hockey’s great scoring thresholds.

“This team has done the individual awards thing and the stats and all that,” McDavid said before his first preseason game Friday. “Our focus is on team only and winning games and getting ourselves into a good spot to continue to take steps forward.”

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Video- Ville Husso And Coach Lalonde After Friday Night’s Game

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from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

A 2-0 loss to the Washington Capitals at Little Caesars Arena was marking the third successive NHL preseason game for the Red Wings in which their goals for total diminshed. However, the talk of defensive systems on the Detroit bench and the display of defensive acumen on the ice was music to Lalonde’s ears and a sight to behold for his eyes.

“I kind of liked some of the things we did today,” Lalonde said. “We held them to one goal (and an empty net tally). We didn’t give up a lot of chances.

“Even the other night, despite giving up only three goals (and an empty netter in a 4-2 loss to Chicago), you saw many odd-mans, a two-on-0 from the blue line in.”...

“I think they’re starting to appreciate some things in our game, being above puck play, gapping,” Lalonde said. “I think there’s some positives. Would we have liked to create some offense tonight? Yes.

“The reality of camp, certain lineups, where you are in the camp, you’re going to have nights like that. They made probably one play more than us.”

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via Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Husso, in his Wings' preseason debut, stopped all 15 shots he faced before giving way halfway through to Brattstrom.

"It was nice to get out there and play an actual game," Husso said. "It's always a little different than practice or a scrimmage, so it was nice. We played great. Just the one goal 5-on-5, but for me as a goalie, you want to get out there and get the timing back and feel of the puck. It was nice to get out there.

"It's always nice to have those guys (a strong Washington lineup) playing against them. That's how it'll be during the season."

Below, watch Husso and Lalonde post gaem.

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Only Five More Preseason Games Left

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

It never was fixed, no video or audio for most of the first period, video did come back but no audio for the whoe game.

Was this worse, all the people haming it up during breaks?

As for the game, the Wings lost 2-0 to the Capitals.

Team stats

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Capitals at Wings Preseason-Open Post

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate-made in Detroit

Welcome once again to another preseason game. I hope you're all enjoying these get togethers.

Tonight's game will be streamed on DetroitRedWings.com and air live on WWJ Newsradio 950 in Detroit.

 

It's a preseason Open Post!

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Team USA Wins The International Para Hockey Cup Championship

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OSTRAVA, Czechia – Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) scored twice and tallied an assist, while Jack Wallace (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) and Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) each added a goal, to help the U.S. National Sled Team to a 4-0 victory over Canada here today in the International Para Hockey Cup championship game at RT Torax Arena. 

“It’s a great tournament win for us and real nice way to start the season,” said David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.), head coach of the U.S. National Sled Team. “I thought we played a real solid game from start to finish. Czechia put on a great event and we’re thrilled to win the IPH Cup.”

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Videos- Talk From The Players

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Andrew Copp first, below find Dominik Kubalik and Filip Zadina.  added 2:20pm, 13 minutes of coach Lalonde is below.

 

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Video- Great 5-on-3 Penalty Kills In Modern Times

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via the YouTube page of the NHL,

Relive some of the greatest and most memorable 5-on-3 penalty kills in the NHL - plus some 6-on-3’s as an added bonus!

 

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Lines Tonight

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

RedWings skate before facing Capitals tonight at LCA. These look like the lines, I think:
Kubalik-Rasmussen-Zadina
Spezia-Suter-Erne
Soderblom-Czarnik-Andreasson
Hirose-Worrad-Shine
Chiarot-Hronek
Edvinsson-Lindstrom
Sebrango-Kampfer

Husso and Brattstrom in goal

Berggren, not Spezia, on that second line.

power play units at the skate:
1. Rasmussen (net front), Suter (bumper), Zadina-Kubalik (flanks), Hronek (point).
2. Soderblom (net front), Czarnik (bumper), Berggren-Chiarot (flanks), Edvinsson (point).

added 12:08pm, Washington lineup for tonight is below.

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On Their Way Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

Here's a look at the most likely candidates to miss the playoffs -- and the most likely to leap into those open spots -- in each division for the 2022-23 season.

Most likely to leap: Detroit Red Wings
The Ottawa Senators were like a child banging on the kitchen pots with a wooden spoon this offseason, demanding attention as they acquired Claude Giroux and Alex DeBrincat. Hence, they've gotten the lion's share of the attention among the division's cellar dwellers and have become the hipster pick to challenge for a playoff seed.

Detroit GM Steve Yzerman doesn't roll like that. He's not out to make splashes. He wants to bide his time until it's time to strike. Last season saw Moritz Seider win the Calder Trophy and Lucas Raymond produce as a rookie forward. The offseason saw the Red Wings add a slew of veterans -- Andrew Copp, Ben Chiarot, Dominik Kubalik, Olli Maatta and most intriguingly David Perron -- as well as goalie Ville Husso to pair with Alex Nedeljkovic. He brought on Jon Cooper's assistant Derek Lalonde from the Lightning as the new head coach.

Perhaps this was all an attempt to push the Red Wings up the standings before they're ready. Or, perhaps, this was Yzerman sticking his finger in the air to sense where the wind was blowing for his team, and getting accordingly aggressive in the offseason.

I'm going with the latter, and looking for Detroit to motor up the standings this season, potentially even to a playoff seed.

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Battling For Power Play Time

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"We have a little more luxury, a little more depth, where we feel guys can battle for power play spots," Lalonde said. "I think you are going to see a lot of guys net-front. You may see Dylan Larkin in this exhibition net-front. You may see Tyler Bertuzzi net-front. You may see Raymond net-front. I think it’s a little combination of we want the puck maybe going through different guys on the half-wall. So all those guys, maybe outside of Mo on top, maybe outside of Perron and his one-timer side, those other three spots, we are going to be rehearsing many guys throughout those spots throughout camp."

Filip Hronek is, like Seider, a right-shot defenseman who has experience running power plays from up top. Larkin, Bertuzzi, Raymond and Perron and Jakub Vrana are shoe-ins to play roles. Robby Fabbri has been a power play regular, but he's out until mid-January recovering from knee surgery. Filip Zadina is another Red Wing who has been used on man-advantages, during which he likes to set up in the right circle for one-timers. Newcomer Dominik Kubalik has scored 11 of his 62 career NHL goals during power plays. Suter, Adam Erne and Michael Rasmussen also are options.

"We kind of worked back from our exhibition matrix, of the eight games, of getting what we foresee as our one and two units into games," Lalonde said. "Now, that will change throughout, even the next time you’ll see what we might foresee as our top unit, you’ll see some different personnel on it.

"Our penalty kill is 11-for-12. Our power play is 2-for-5. Again, it’s exhibition. Not really overly concerned about the numbers. But at least we’re getting looks and touches. It’s a good start to our special teams, but we’ve got a long ways to go."

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