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Quinn Hughes Could Have Been With The Wings In Vancouver Tonight

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Quinn Hughes has shown enough dominance that one former teammate thinks he’ll be a star right away in the NHL.

The Detroit Red Wings could have had Hughes in their lineup, but instead they'll get their first look at Hughes at the NHL level Tuesday when they take on the Vancouver Canucks.

Hughes celebrated his 20th birthday Monday, but he already plays with a savvy beyond the nine NHL games he has played in his career.  He had an assist in his debut, already has his first goal and has two multi-point games among his six points.

“He’s been impressing people with his vision, and his offensive ability is up there,” Wings defenseman Alex Biega said. “I think he is going to bode well with a full season under his belt after this year. And who knows — he might surprise people and keep his pace and be the defenseman that they’re hoping for five years from now, he might do it right now.”

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Video- Talk After Today’s Practice In Vancouver

First up is Anthony Mantha and below is Alex Biega.  I will post any additional videos if they become available.

added 9:14pm, 10 minutes of Jeff Blashill below.

 

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Practice Lines

added 5:09pm,

 

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Successful Surgery For Jimmy Devellano

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This Time Dennis Cholowski Will Play In Vancouver

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

...The rookie defenseman had been struggling in his own zone but was shocked when coach Jeff Blashill scratched him against the Canucks, knowing it was a special game for Cholowski and his family.

“The past few games I had made a few mistakes and I was like, ‘I got to pick my game up a little bit,’ but I didn’t expect it,” Cholowski said.

“Big wake-up call, eye-opener, however you want to call it. It was tough, but I think it only made me better and stronger. I came back this year with a good attitude and a positive mindset.”

Cholowski’s much-anticipated homecoming will happen Tuesday when the Red Wings face the Canucks at Rogers Arena (10 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) in the start of a three-game Western Canada trip.

His parents, brother, other family and friends will attend.

“It’s huge,” Cholowski said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun; it’s going to be a big game. Being able to skate on that ice against the team I grew up watching will be pretty cool for sure.”

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Video- Checking In On The Grand Rapids Griffins

Game highlights below...

ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Grand Rapids Griffins picked up their second road win of the season after defeating the Rockford IceHogs 4-2 on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Filip Larsson earned his first professional victory in his debut, saving 24 shots.

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Detroit’s 4th Line Doing Their Job

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings don’t expect steady offensive contribution from their fourth line, like they have had the past two games.

They will be satisfied with consistent energy from Jacob de la Rose, Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader, strong forechecking, physical play and offensive zone time without sacrificing defense.

That is what the line provided Saturday, but it wasn’t nearly enough in a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Little Caesars Arena, because other lines weren’t clicking.

“They understand how they’re going to be successful,” coach Blashill said. “They’re a group that wants to put pucks behind people, they want to forecheck hard and they want to be physical and get to the net. I think it’s easily repeatable and that line can be a successful line for us.”

Said Dylan Larkin: “They kept it simple. They got pucks to the net and used each other as support. They were our best line tonight by far.”

Blashill said the fourth line has been “big, strong, heavy” and created scoring chances the past three games.

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Wings Outworked By The Leafs

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The numerous Toronto Maple Leafs fans had more fun Saturday than the numerous Red Wings fans.

The Leafs used a three-goal third period to defeat the Wings, 5-2, and send the Toronto faithful at Little Caesars Arena home happy.

But it was more than simply the goals, said Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, who felt the Leafs did something the Wings need to do consistently to have a chance of being successful.

“They were really competitive tonight, they outworked us,” Blashill said. “We have to make sure we outcompete and outwork teams. We didn’t outcompete and outwork them tonight.”

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Videos- Post Game Talk After Detroit’s Loss To Toronto

Jeff Blashill up first, below group talk and Mickey Redmond.

added 10:48pm, game highlights below.

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Videos- Quick Recap Wings/Leafs

Final- Toronto 5 Detroit 2

It was billed as the battle of the top lines, but it turned into a secondary scoring batlle which Toronto won.

Goals are below and Detroit stats too.

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