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Breaking Old Habits

Ya. After the typical tying goal in the last two minutes, followed by the game winner in OT, you'd think we would be learning how to break the old habits. I don't know aboot the rest of you, but it's always disappointing to lose. Unacceptable.

It's a Live Blog!

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Opening Night Lineup?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

With two weeks to go, here are projections for the opening night lineup (subject to change because of injuries)....

Line 1: Dylan Larkin centering Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi

Line 2: Frans Nielsen centering Andreas Athanasiou and Taro Hirose

Line 3: Valtteri Filppula centering Adam Erne and Christoffer Ehn

Line 4: Luke Glendening centering Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm

Pair 1: Patrik Nemeth and Mike Green

Pair 2: Danny DeKeyser and Filip Hronek

Pair 3: Trevor Daley and Madison Bowey

more on each of the lines plus reserves and goalthending...

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A Healthy Jacob de la Rose

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

"Obviously, it's scary when it's your heart," de la Rose said after Saturday's practice at Little Caesars Arena. "You don't really know what's going on. You know right away it's something serious when it comes to the heart. I knew I was in good hands with the doctors and everything. It was the second time it had happened, too. It happened in Montreal in training camp last year, so I kind of knew what it was this time.

"We decided to have a procedure done and everything went well. I feel normal. I had a good summer and was able to work out as usual, so I feel fine and I feel excited to get this season going."

The 24-year-old Swede experienced no trouble in playing back-to-back games against the Chicago Blackhawks to start the preseason.

In the first game, at Little Caesars Arena, de la Rose had 23 shifts for 20:19, had one shot, three hits, one giveaway and was an impressive 10-for-13 in face-offs.

In the second game, at Chicago's United Center, de la Rose had 21 shifts for 18:10, had one shot, three hits, one giveaway, two takeaways and was 5-for-14 in face-offs.

read on plus more notes after today's practice...

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A Practice Day For The Detroit Red Wings

Next game is Sunday at 5pm with the Wings hosting the Penguins.  The game is on the NHL Network and Fox Sports Detroit.

The only report is Justin Abdelkader was in the ice with the team this morning.

That's about it, enjoy your Saturday and I will update as needed.

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Video- Talk After Last Night’s Game

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“One of the things we got to get Zadina to understand is it’s super hard in this league to self-create,” Blashill said. “In order to self-create, you’ve got to be super-fast or super big and strong and he’s not either one of those, so what he’s got to do is make sure he does a really good job in his give-go game.

“I think sometimes Filip wants to score so bad that he’s trying to do it all himself. We’ll just keep working on trying to get better opportunities to have a give-and-go, give it, dart to areas and get it back.”

Zadina, who is competing for a spot on the NHL roster, said he’s been through stretches like this before.

“I just want to be patient,” Zadina said. “It’s not about the goals. I just want to play hockey, have fun and win the games.

“I’m not a selfish guy, so I just want to pass it back. For sure I want to keep the puck but at some point, (but) I got to pass it back quicker and I can keep the puck on my blade longer.”

more and othe topics too

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

A disappointing finish for the Red Wings, exhibition season or not.

Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier forced overtime with a late goal, then won it 32 seconds into overtime, giving the Islanders a 4-3 victory.


Below watch Moritz Seider, Anthony Mantha, Filip Zadina and Jeff Blashill after the game.

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Watching And Waiting

The best part of the preseason is watching the kids that really want to make an impact and make the Team. The boring part of the preseason is waiting for the vets to show up and play half as tough as the youngsters.

It's another preseason Live Blog!

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Notes Before Tonight’s Pre-Season Game

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Detroit Red Wings fans will get to see a fresh face and some welcome young veteran faces when the team hosts the New York Islanders in their third exhibition game tonight at Little Caesars Arena.

The fresh face is Oliwer Kaski, the free agent Finnish defenseman the Wings signed May 28.

Like several other players, Kaski was nursing a tweak or two after a tough training camp but is finally ready to play.

During the morning skate, Kaski was running the point on the power-play unit that had Michael Rasmussen, Taro Hirose, Adam Erne and Filip Hronek.

"I want to see him on the power play," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said of Kaski. "Obviously, see (Dennis) Cholowski on the power play and Hronek. You only have so many spots but a real good chance for Kaski."

continued with more topics...

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Videos- The Talk After The Morning Skate

Blashill up first, below are Mantha and Rasmussen.


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Morning Skate At The LCA

Tonight's game will be streamed on the Wings' website and the FoxSports Go app but you have to be in the Detroit market to watch.

Puck drop is 7:30pm ET.

via Ansar Khan tweet,

lines at the skate:
Howard (starting)

Detroit and NYI rosters are below.

added 10:49am, Khan...

power-play units tonight:
Bertuzzi (net front), Zadina (slot), Athanasiou-Mantha (half walls), Cholowski (point)
Erne (net front), Rasmussen (slot), Hronek-Hirose (half walls), Kaski (point)

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Keys To Detroit’s Season

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

1. Yzerman's evaluation

This season is essentially an audition. Steve Yzerman took over as general manager April 19 after nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning -- the first eight as GM, the last as senior adviser -- and said he wanted to proceed somewhat slowly and get to know everyone in the organization. In large part because of that, the Red Wings didn't change coaches or name a captain. A methodical, meticulous executive, Yzerman will make up his own mind about what Detroit has and what it needs before making big decisions. That presents an opportunity.

2. Young players' development

Center Dylan Larkin (32) and forwards Andreas Athanasiou (30), Anthony Mantha (25) and Tyler Bertuzzi (21) each set an NHL career high for goals last season. Each must continue growing and taking a leading role, and the next wave of young players must follow the example. Can 23-year-old forward Taro Hirose produce consistently over a full season on the second line? Can 21-year-old Filip Hronek excel as a top-pair defenseman?

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