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Filip Zadina Excited About Tonight’s Preseason Game

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from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

As a member of the Detroit Red Wings, it was not something that you reveal right when you get drafted.

But Filip Zadina let the cat out of the bag after Thursday's morning skate.

"I'm so excited about this game, it's going to be huge game against Chicago, that was my favorite team when I was growing up," Zadina said. "It's going to be huge game. Excited about it. Ready for it. Hopefully, we'll play well and able to win my first game at home. It will be awesome."

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The Morning Skate Before The Preseason Game Tonight Against The Blackhawks

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added 12:12pm,

 

 

added 12:15pm, Watch Jeff Blashill below after today's skate.

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Names Disappearing From The Stanley Cup

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from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

Four of the greatest players in NHL history are among those who are about to have their names forever removed from the Stanley Cup. And Ted Lindsay, Glenn Hall, Alex Delvecchio and Bobby Hull are entirely fine with that. They are honored to have been on the trophy for more than a half-century, carrying with them indelible memories of their teams and titles, and happy to make room for future champions.

The retirement of the top band of the Stanley Cup to the vault in the Hockey Hall of Fame later this month will remove 12 Cup-winning teams from 1953-54 to 1964-65, champions coming off to make room for a fresh bottom band that begins with the 2017-18 Washington Capitals. Beginning Friday, each day through Oct. 2, NHL.com will look at one of the teams leaving hockey's most coveted trophy.

The removal of the band also means 16 Hall of Fame players, winners of a combined 63 championships, are leaving the barrel of the trophy.

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Brendan Smith Looking For A Bounce-Back Year

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from Colin Stepehnson of Newsday,

Brendan Smith was more than willing to say that, yes, he did lose weight from a year ago, when he struggled so much in the early part of the season that the Rangers eventually sent him down to Hartford in midseason.

He wouldn’t say how much weight he lost, but officially, the Rangers have the 6-2, 29-year-old defenseman listed at 195 pounds, which is 16 pounds less than the 211 he was listed at last year. Being lighter, Smith said, makes him feel quicker in a game that has continually gotten faster since he broke into the NHL in 2011.

“I feel good,’’ he said before the Rangers lost to the Flyers, 6-4, in their second game of the preseason Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. “Hopefully there’s a little bit more pep in my step because I’m lighter.’’

Smith is hoping for a major bounceback from his disastrous 2017-18 season, and the Rangers are, too. The rugged, take-no-prisoners defenseman was such a force for the Blueshirts down the stretch and during the playoffs in 2017 after he was acquired at the deadline that they rewarded him after the season with a four-year, $17.4 million free agent contract. But after signing the contract, and getting married over the summer, Smith showed up to camp overweight and things did not go well.

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The Bottom Line On Gambling

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from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,

They’ve yet to play a meaningful game, but already the New Jersey Devils and Las Vegas Golden Knights are the big winners of the 2018-19 NHL season.

The Devils and Knights both announced this week they have gone where no NHL team had before — signing lucrative sponsorship deals with companies that specialize in sports gambling....

So what happens now if we see American-based teams swimming in new gambling money, while Canada’s seven franchises continue to be shut out at the windows because of this country's ban on single-proposition sports betting?

On the one hand, the NHL salary cap serves as the great equalizer. No matter how much money your franchise generates, the existence of a cap means you can only spend so much of it on hockey players before you reach the limit.

In other words, while all this new gambling money will make a team such as the Knights more profitable off the ice, it won’t necessarily help make it any better on the ice.

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Name This Product

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from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

When NHL players were sent down to AHL affiliates, Sandler found the minor league trainers calling him for shipments.

There's also team-to-team marketing. In 2013, the Ducks felt good after going up 3-2 on the Detroit Red Wings in the first round, so they put in an express order for 60 cases to be delivered to Detroit. But when Detroit won back-to-back games to clinch the series, Ducks trainers didn't know what to do with the remaining 30 cases. The Red Wings trainers offered to buy them, but the Ducks gave them as a gift. A year later, the Red Wings became clients.

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Videos- The Detroit Red Wings Won Their First Preseason Game

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"These young guys are pushing, it's just going to push everyone to be better," Larkin said. "There's opportunity there for jobs. Guys understand there's minutes and power-play time and these young guys are pushing. I'm excited about it. It's definitely in the back of my mind a little bit that these guys are coming and they're players and they're only going to help us. It wouldn't surprise me by Day 1 we have some fresh faces. They're energized, they're skilled and they can play the game.

"It could be the first time I'm not the youngest guy on the team. That's why I'm growing out this beard."

Cholowski assisted on two goals, including Rasmussen's. Cholowski's shot hit the post. Larkin corralled the rebound and passed to Rasmussen at the net-front for an easy tap-in, just one second after a power play expired.

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Rasmussen started slowly but got better as the game progressed.

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Below, watch extended game highlights, Jeff Blashill post-game and a few more videos.

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Video- Max Domi With A Sucker Punch

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Match penalty.

 

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A Captain Or Not?

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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Management has not announced a decision on the succession plan and is unlikely to do so until near the end of this consequential preseason.

Designating three alternate captains would also indicate the leadership-by-group the Red Wings think they are likely to experience, in their captain’s absence, during a season of diminished expectations.

“I think, for us, he’s always been our leader,” Jimmy Howard said of Zetterberg. “But, it’s one of those things where we’ve still got great leadership in the room.

“As far as the C goes in the room, I don’t think it’s really a big concern.”

If they do decide to stitch a “C” to a jersey, the Wings’ possibilities are several.

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Live Preseason Blog- The Penguins Are In Detroit

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Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET and is on FoxSports Detroit and the NHL Network.

Keep an eye out on the youngsters.

The comment section is yours.

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