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Videos- The Wings Are 1-0 In Th Preseason

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Michael Rasmussen scored a power-play goal with 4:37 remaining in the third period Tuesday to lift the Detroit Red Wings past the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 in their preseason opener at Little Caesars Arena.

Rasmussen, the 6-6, 221-pound forward the Red Wings selected ninth overall in the 2017 draft, is competing for a roster spot after appearing in 62 games with the Red Wings last season as a rookie. He wasn’t able to play in the AHL in 2018-19 (except for a brief conditioning stint) because he still had junior eligibility.

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Open Post- Preseason Game #1 For The Detroit Red Wings

Feel free to comment on the game or anything Wings related.

The game against Chicago starts just after 7:30pm and is on FSD+.

Probably no recap of the game until tomorrow morning but who knows, I just may be motivated later tonight.

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Videos- After Today’s Morning Skate

More videos will be added below if available.

First up is Calvin Pickard and below is Michael Rasmussen and Jeff Blashill.


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The First Preseason Game For The Wings Is Tonight

Fox Sports Detroit Plus will have coverage, puck drop is just after 7:30pm.

If you want to discuss the game, there will be an open post for it on A2Y close to game time.

It's preseason and you can tell just by looking at the Blackhawks (below) roster tonight.

I am sure the spotlight will be on the youngsters tonight and the Wings play in Chicago tomorrow night.


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Battle For A Position Begins

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Several former first-round picks will be vying for roster spots -- forwards Evgeny Svechnikov, who missed all of 2018-19 due to a knee injury, Michael Rasmussen, Filip Zadina and Joe Veleno and defensemen Dennis Cholowski and Moritz Seider.

Undrafted free agents in the mix include wingers Taro Hirose and Ryan Kuffner and defenseman Oliwer Kaski.

“It just gives us a real good chance to watch a whole bunch of guys in action,” Blashill said. “The challenge in the exhibition season is the varying rosters. Sometimes you are seeing guys that are real NHL players and sometimes you’re seeing guys that’ll probably play in the American League. You try to balance that.

“You’d think that when we go to (Pittsburgh) we’ll probably see a really good roster (on Sept. 25), so you try to put a similar roster together. When you go to the New York Islanders (Sept. 23) I’d like to get a hold of (coach) Barry Trotz and have a conversation, just so we know if we can try to match up rosters the best we can. We got a whole bunch of competition for jobs. I think that’s shown in how competitive each practice was. This gives us a chance to see those guys play.”


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Notes From Traverse City

from Dana Wakiki of DetroitRedWings.com,

There are still some things to be determined before the Wings decide who will play Tuesday night at home against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first preseason game.

"The challenge for guys like (Joe) Veleno and (Filip) Zadina is they already played four in five nights at the Prospect Tournament," Blashill said. "I've talked to Steve (Yzerman) about this -- is it beneficial for them to have an extra day off? I'm going to look at that as soon as I get back."

Although it's a bit of a hike from Detroit, Blashill said coming up to Traverse City every year is always a great experience.

"I think I prefer it, our guys prefer it. We like coming up here," Blashill said. "There's multiple reasons. One, you get to come up here, you're kind of away for a little bit. Your guys get to play some golf. It's beautiful up here. It's a little getaway. It's not super long. It's great. Traverse City's a beautiful spot in the world.

"Me personally, both my sister and my parents live here. I definitely like coming up here. Just from an aspect of team, it's really worked well. People up here are great. You also get to hit a whole of Western Michigan and Northern Michigan that you don't get to hit on an everyday basis in Metro Detroit."

Being away from home, the players and coaches also get to focus on hockey, which led to a successful camp.

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How Did Camp Go For Some Of The Young Detroit Players?

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

...let’s take a look at the some developments from the past few days here in Traverse City, which remains a fine spot to get hockey underway.


Can defenseman Moritz Seider make the jump from playing hockey in Germany to the NHL?

It’s not likely to happen immediately. But it might not take nearly as long as maybe originally thought.

You see North American 18-year-olds who’ve played against stronger competition than Seider has struggle to simply adjust to the minor pro leagues here, never mind the NHL.

It will be intriguing to watch Seider these next two weeks against NHL competition getting ready for this season.

Seider’s approach to the game, his demeanor, and size and talent, are beyond most 18-year-olds. That should serve him well in the years ahead.

You have to think Seider is best served by playing, at least for a while, in Grand Rapids and getting acclimated to North American pro hockey.

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Video- Training Camp In Traverse City Is Over Today

I will add more videos to this post if they become available.

added 1:31pm, Below, over six minutes with Jeff Blashill.


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Wings Want Filip Zadina To Go To The Net

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

There was a sequence during Sunday’s Red-White game when Frans Nielsen drove to the net and slipped a pass to Filip Zadina, who tried to stuff the puck around the goal post.

That’s where the Detroit Red Wings want Zadina to be: in a rectangular area around the net, roughly from hashmark to hashmark and hashmark to goal line, where the Wings say an estimated 40% of NHL goals are scored.

It’s the same message the Wings stressed to Anthony Mantha a couple years ago: find ways to be around the net and the goals will start piling up....

“Probably it’s going to be my game — go more to the net and I’ll be more productive,” Zadina said Sunday. “There are some places around the net where you can score more goals than the other, so if I will be there more, I will probably get more goals.”...

“The secret is learning how to earn your own confidence through the work you put in, and being mentally tough enough when your place slips a little bit that you know it’s going to come back,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “But that comes back to putting the work in and having that true self confidence where you know you have the skill set to succeed and you know you’ve put the work in to succeed.”


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Jeff Blashill After Today’s Scrimmage

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Kaski, the MVP of the Finnish league signed as a free agent, hopes his offensive ability earns him a job on defense. Blashill said the 6-1, 190-pound right-handed shooter will get power play time in the preseason.

“One of the things that can really separate him is his offensive ability,” Blashill said. “He can really pass; he can really shoot. He’s got to learn to move his feet a little more consistently defensively.

“If you one-time pucks, you have a way better chance of scoring than if you stop and shoot it. I’m really intrigued with his skill-set. Now he’s got to show he can defend on a regular basis.”...

Filip Larsson, the organization’s top goaltending prospect, stopped all nine shots he faced in 25 minutes before allowing the shootout goals....

“He’s got to stay healthy. That’s been something he hasn’t done,” Blashill said of Larsson. “Then he’s going to see a high, high level of shooter in the American Hockey League that he’s got to prove that on a consistent basis he can stop in that high 90-92 (miles per hour) range. But he looks like a good goalie so far.”


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