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Another Live Preseason Blog- Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks

The game starts around 7:37pm and is on FSD+ and the NHL Network.

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are expected to be in the Chicago lineup.

Comment away and game rosters are below.

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Henrik Zetterberg Joins Elliotte Friedman And Jeff Marek

Henrik Zetterberg joined Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek on their 31 Thoughts Podcast.

You can start at the 50:50 mark if you just want to get to the Zetterberg talk.

Listen here.


added 4:40pm, if you want a look at the lineups for the game tonight, Ken Kal has it for you below.

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Filip Zadina Excited About Tonight’s Preseason Game

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

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Videos- The Detroit Red Wings Won Their First Preseason Game

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.


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

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A Captain Or Not?

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

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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Video- Jeff Blashill After Practice/Morning Skate

As the norm, I will use this post for all after practice videos from today.

First up, Jeff Blashill, watch below.

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Lineup For Tonight’s Preseason Game Against The Pittsburgh Penguins

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Jeff Blashill On Joe Veleno

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

It’s too bad that Veleno isn’t AHL eligible, because he’s really impressed throughout camp, aside from his brief absence due to injury. It sounds like he’ll play with Rasmussen and Abdelkader Wednesday night, and Tuesday Blashill said Veleno had an “unreal camp.”

Perhaps the more interesting Blashill quote on Veleno came after the Red & White game: “My question has been, what’s the elite skill that’s going to be transferable? And then today for me, watching him on his edges, he’s got elite edges. He controls the puck because he controls space with his edges. Excellent. He can make lots of plays in tight. So, I think Veleno’s showed very well. I’m hoping to get him a couple exhibition games.”

That Veleno has good edges won’t be news to those who have seen him skate much, but he’s clearly made an impression on the head man. He’s already one of the more well-regarded prospects in the organization, but that arrow could point even further upward if he continues his recent play over the next two weeks.

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