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Daniel Brickley Won’t Be Signing With The Wings

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Game Day Notes- Evgeny Svechnikov In Learning Mode

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

"Just being around the team, around the guys, around the system, learning so much," Svechnikov said. "It just feels like I'm in my place. It feels way more comfortable.

"Every game is better and better and every shift, I try to do my best. Try making plays, be responsible. Obviously I'm going to make mistakes. I'm here to make it and I'm learning. I'm still young and it's only been 10 games. I'm more calm and trying to make plays."

Svechnikov is gradually getting a little more ice time, with a season-high 10:42 in the team's 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday.

"I think we're getting a better feel," Blashill said. "Getting to 10 minutes gives him a better feel. I think the biggest thing though is you still want to make sure you learn the lesson that you got to beat other guys out. That's what Tyler Bertuzzi ultimately did. He didn't have lots of minutes, but he showed enough in those minutes that now he's on the first line.

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added 3:30pm, projected lineup is below...

added 4:04pm, Game day preview below too...

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It’s Early October 2018

Let's look ahead.

Who won't be back for opening night from the Wings' current roster?

Of course you can comment on who you don't want back but make sure to include who you think won't be on the roster.

The current roster is below if you need help.

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Wrapping Up Detroit’s Win Over The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

A little bit of the old and new combined to make the present a little more enjoyable Tuesday around the Red Wings.

On a night veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall notched his 400th point and young defenseman Joe Hicketts earned the first two points of his career, the Red Wings earned a rare win, a 5-2 victory over the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

The victory was only the second in the last 14 games (2-11-1) for the Red Wings, and it certainly will not help their odds of getting a higher draft pick.

But forget all that. The Red Wings needed a victory badly, and to do it against Pittsburgh made it that much special.

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Below, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press on Joe Hicketts and the extended game highlights.

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Video- Post-Game Comments

Zetterberg, Hicketts, Kronwall and Blashill.

 

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Wings/Penguins Recap

Four unanswered goals by the Wings and they defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2.

Wings looked good, Penguins looked tired.

Goals and Detroit team stats are below.

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Donate and Lose

No reason to hope for a victory tonight.

In fact, no real reason to watch...but I know you will. 

What you need to do is keep this place going.  Go here to see how.

It's a Live Blog...

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Video- Your Game Day Preview

via the Wings' YouTube page,

Featuring Carley Johnston, Ken Kal, Henrik Zetterberg, and Jeff Blashill 

 

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Report- Ken Holland Expected Back

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Ken Holland will return as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings next season, with or without a contact, a source told MLive.

Holland's future has been in question from the start of the season because, unlike previous years, he wasn't extended prior to the final year of his contract.

But ownership has decided Holland, the GM since 1997, should head the rebuilding job the franchise faces after missing the postseason two years in a row, following a 25-season playoff streak.

It is unclear whether an official announcement will be made before the end of the season, but some clarity was expected before the team gathers for photo and locker cleanout day, shortly after the season finale on April 7.

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added 4:16pm, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Ken Holland is expected return as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings next season, the Free Press has learned.  It's unclear how the contract will be structured.

"He's going to be back as the GM," a person familiar with the situation told the Free Press on Tuesday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Wings, who will miss the playoffs for the second straight season, have not addressed Holland's future..

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The Stanley Cup Champions Are In Town Tonight

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

No reports today on a morning skate for the Wings and the Penguins did with Matt Murray first off the ice.

If you missed it last night, Joe Hicketts is back with the Wings and I would imagine will play tonight.

Other than that, carry on.

Six more games, then who knows?  Remember, Eilliotte Friedman mentioned on Saturday the future of Ken Holland may come out this week.

added 12:05pm, Below, a snapshot of the bottom 6 teams in the NHL.

added 2:40pm, projected lineup is below, Hicketts not listed.

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