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Video- Olli Maatta On Life In The NHL And Playing With The Wings

It's a 16 1/2 minute video.


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Video- Brad Galli After Today’s Practice/Skate

via his YouTube page,

The Red Wings roster is still taking shape. Derek Lalonde said today it’s still “wide open,” especially with younger guys.





Morning skate lines are below.

added 1:15pm, Watch coach Lalonde and Joe Veleno below.

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A Delightful Drill

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings face their sixth preseason game Wednesday at the Washington Capitals, with a home-and-home against the Toronto Maple Leafs still on the horizon this weekend. It was, therefore, a welcome distraction to end Tuesday's practice with both nets in the same zone and facing the same way, rather than face one another....

Groups of three players aside competed against one another. The nets were minded by Ville Husso and Alex Nedeljkovic, both of whom had a good laugh afterwards about the unusual placement of the nets.

"You have to be really aware of what's going on around you," Nedeljkovic said. "It's a tricky one if you're in the high net.

"It's good for competitiveness. Nobody wants to lose. Newsy's bag skates have been pretty tough if you lose. It's great. It's been a good camp so far, all around."

With the season opener still a ways away Oct. 14, adding something lighthearted to practice delighted players.


added 10:31am, Below is Detroit's lineup for tonight.

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Videos- Derek Lalonde and Moritz Seider Today

Coach Lalonde first, Mo Seider is below.


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Where Will Simon Edvinsson Start The Season?

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

With each passing day, two factors are becoming abundantly clear in regards to Red Wings rookie defenseman Simon Edvinsson.

Firstly, he’s getting better all the time. Secondly, where he’ll continue that upward trend once regular-season play gets underway is entirely going to be a decision made by Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman.

“Steve’s job is the big picture,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said. “I’m the coach, I want to win every game. Steve’s probably got to protect the big picture.”...

The read from talking to people in the game is that the Red Wings probably came into camp leaning toward Edvinsson going to Grand Rapids. Then again, the same could’ve been said a year ago of Lucas Raymond, and that plan didn’t take long to be changing.

Where is Edvinsson going to be playing on opening night? At this point, it’s anyone’s guess. Even the Red Wings decision makers are admitting that right now, they can’t be certain of anything.

“We have a couple more games,” Lalonde said. “I’m not being guarded. I really couldn’t tell you how this is going to play out next week.

“The fact we’re going to have some of these tough decisions is certainly a positive going forward.”


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Is Jason Robertson A Fit With The Wings?

from Joe Yerdon of the Bleacher Report,

One of 2021-22's biggest breakout seasons belonged to Dallas Stars winger Jason Robertson. The 23-year-old from Arcadia, California, exploded for 41 goals and 79 points and even earned some MVP votes for his efforts in helping the Stars get to the postseason.

Conveniently enough for him, that monster season occurred in the final year of his entry-level contract, and although the Stars' season begins on Oct. 13, Robertson is still unsigned....

One of the most aggressive teams during the offseason was the Detroit Red Wings. General manager Steve Yzerman has guided the organization through its rebuilding years, and with many of their up-and-coming prospects are either in the NHL or ready to make an impact there soon, Yzerman sprang into action to give them veteran depth.

After all, with Moritz Seider, Filip Zadina and Lucas Raymond playing alongside Dylan Larkin and Jakub Vrana, adding Ville Husso in goal and Andrew Copp and David Perron up front made a ton of sense to give the Red Wings more pop in the lineup. Adding Robertson on the wing would rightfully start making people think about the Red Wings of recent history.

The last time the Red Wings had a 40-goal scorer was Marian Hossa in 2008-2009 in his one season with Detroit. Bringing in Robertson would give them a perennial threat to score prolifically the way Brendan Shanahan or Sergei Fedorov used to do in Motown in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

It’s been long enough since the Red Wings were any real threat to the rest of the NHL, offensively or otherwise, but acquiring Robertson by using any of the bevy of prospects they’ve drafted over the past few years and using draft picks to sweeten the offer would force Detroit back into the conversation for the postseason once again.

four more teams mentioned to acquire the services of Robertson...

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Video- Bert’s Back

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde liked Bertuzzi’s play when he didn’t have the puck as much as the play he made with the puck to set up that goal.

“Impact on the game,” was how Lalonde was assessing Bertuzzi’s performance. “He’s gonna be all over the positives when it comes to the chances for. Obviously made a play on the goalie pull.”

Lalonde also pointed to a play Bertuzzi made early in the third period as a sign of how he’s buying into what the coach is selling to the team.

“Him not being around us a ton, what we’re trying to do away from the puck, kind of take that poach, cheat and lean out of our game, I like that he was committed to some of those things.,” Lalonde said.

“I think his offense happened correctly. It’s a small play but I go to, we’re down 3-0. We get a 2-on-1 our first shift into the third period. It started with a D zone stop which he created. And then the north play ended up with Larks on a 2-on-1 and then a half breakaway there. It started with him being committed in our end.”


Below fine Jonatan Berggren, Dominik Kubalik and Derek Lalonde in a 2:45 minute video.

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Videos- On The Wings Lose To The Penguins Tonight

While the Wings were working on their structure, the Pens took a 3-0 lead into the 3rd period.

Detroit did score two goals to make it 3-2 but that was it.

Team stats

Below find four feature type videos and the Detroit goals.

added 10:39pm, way belo, watch the game highlights.

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Penguins at Wings Preseason-Open Post

The Wings played one of their better preseason games the other night against the Hawks. Let's hope that carries through tonight.

Tonight's game will be broadcast at 7:30 on Bally Sports Detroit Extra, and, WWJ Newsradio 950 in Detroit. Also NHLN. 

It's another preseason Open Post!

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Givani Smith Is On The Bubble

from Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,

Looking up and down the Red Wings lineup, Smith is one that is likely on the bubble. There’s competition everywhere, from prospects Elmer Soderblom and Jonatan Berggren to veterans Adam Erne and Joe Veleno. So while Smith has showed a knack for goal scoring at times, he’s clearly using his talent to upend and defend as a means to carving out his spot on the final roster.

Detroit is certainly not flush with the physically-minded players. Last season, there was concern about the targeting of the team’s more skillful players by other teams–at times in ways that would warrant punishment if the other way around.

Smith’s role then is no different than a Veleno. Or Erne. Heck, it harkens back to that of former Red Wing Justin Abdelkader, a hard-nosed forward with a penchant to find the net.

It remains to be seen if he’ll have the same output as Adbelkader did earlier in his career. It’s still a question as to whether Smith ends up on the final roster. Pointedly, if exposed to waivers, would another team snag him?

It’s a fact that Smith may end up staying in Detroit due to the requirement of passing through waivers before being being sent down. That being the case, it wouldn’t be surprising for him becoming a rotating forward in the lineup.


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