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Before The Puck Drops At The LCA

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It’ll be even more special and exciting when the game is in Vancouver in January.

But the Red Wings game against the Canucks on Tuesday was still expected to be special for Detroit rookies Dennis Cholowski and Michael Rasmussen.

The two are Vancouver natives.

“It’s pretty cool playing the Canucks, for sure,” Rasmussen said after Tuesday's morning skate. “A cool experience.”

Rasmussen’s parents had season tickets to Canucks games throughout his childhood.

“I want to say (Section) 117, about 15 rows up, seats 1 and 2,” Rasmussen said. “The Sedins (twins Daniel and Henrik) were my favorite players growing up. Then the two President trophies (league’s best record) seasons, those years, and going to the Stanley Cup Finals (in 2011), those were memories of my childhood, for sure.”

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Christoffer Ehn from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Ehn began the season with Detroit and skated in the team’s first nine games, making his NHL debut on Oct. 4 vs. Columbus and registering his first NHL assist on Oct. 11 vs. Toronto, prior to being assigned to the Griffins on Oct. 25. During his time in Detroit, Ehn logged one point, a plus-two rating, four penalty minutes and seven shots on goal in 9:36 average time on ice. In five games with Grand Rapids this season, the 22-year-old has picked up four points (1-3-4), a plus-five rating, two penalty minutes and three shots on goal. He helped the Griffins pick up five of a possible six points over the weekend (2-0-0-1) after back-to-back multi-point games, which included his first AHL goal and assist on Nov. 3 vs. Milwaukee.

added 2:17pm, Athanasiou and Nielsen talk after the skate, watch below.

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

THE BIG MATCHUP

Elias Pettersson versus Jimmy Howard

Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said he’s “a real big fan” of Elias Pettersson and gushed to the point Monday where he added that “he loves” the slick Swedish centre. Part of that is the manner is which the Canucks rookie became just the 16th player in NHL history to score at least nine goals in his first nine games. Part of that is being named rookie of the month for October and the league’s second star the past week. Said Blashill: “Lots of players are fast and big and he’s probably neither, but man does he create a lot of space. Good on his edges, very smart and a fun player to watch and I hope he’s not fun tomorrow (Tuesday) night.“

FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME

1. Pettersson’s prime-time playmaking

Pettersson will draw added attention on this trip and the best way the 19-year-old rookie centre can clip the Wings is to do what he does best. 

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damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

These head injuries are ruining this sport. Not sure why the league will not reduce the size of shoulder and elbow pads. It would definitely decrease some of the contact, but I would like to believe it would minimize some brain trauma also. they are fine reducing the goalies equipment to increase goals, but nothing to stop brain injuries. Greedy.


I know I am going to get jumped on for saying this; bring back the redline. That would help reduce head injuries, IMHO also.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 11/06/18 at 04:08 PM ET

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Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 11/06/18 at 04:08 PM ET

Its not so much the size of the pads as it is the hard outer shell, though there is something to be said about tossing your body around when your in the ironman suit. 

You can’t tell me with today’s technologies in materials that they can’t come up with some sort of protection that has absorption and give on both sides of the equation.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 11/06/18 at 04:34 PM ET

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You can’t tell me with today’s technologies in materials that they can’t come up with some sort of protection

There is a solution,  Brendan Shanahan & Chris Chelios proved it for 20 years….Soft cap shoulder pads. Those guys played with them without injury, and neither would be considered a meek player. Its absolutely fixable tomorrow!!  sick

Posted by Down River Dan on 11/06/18 at 04:43 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 11/06/18 at 04:34 PM ET

osted by Down River Dan on 11/06/18 at 04:43 PM

Both of you make great points but why isn’t the league making these changes in equipment?

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 11/06/18 at 06:35 PM ET

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Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 11/06/18 at 04:08 PM ET

Shany’s shoulder pads. Lol.

And agree on the first premise.

Posted by ilovehomers on 11/06/18 at 10:02 PM ET

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