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Hockey Thoughts On Mantha And The Wings

via Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Two very impressive wins for Detroit, ruining Nashville’s home opener and dropping Dallas to 0-3 in the Red Wings’ own. The word on Anthony Mantha was that there would be 15 or so games where he’d be “quiet.” You just wouldn’t notice him as much as you should. If he could change that, we’d see a dangerous, potentially dominant scorer. We’ve certainly noticed him so far. Four goals against the Stars, five overall.

He told Mickey Redmond in the post-game interview that the last of his four versus the Stars (1:02 mark of the video above) is a designed face-off play where Tyler Bertuzzi is supposed to make room for him. Dylan Larkin won the draw, Bertuzzi bumped Radek Faksa and went to the front of the net, Filip Hronek put it on the tape, and Mantha sealed the deal. Beautiful play.

10. Monday night, the Red Wings made several roster changes due to injury, calling up defencemen Oliwer Kaski and newly acquired Alex Biega. Out are Trevor Daley and Jonathan Ericsson. The Red Wings have a lot of bodies on the blue line, including three UFAs (Daley, Ericsson and Mike Green). Hronek, with two points in two games, averaging 22 minutes, looks like a keeper. If they wanted to, they could certainly be a target for anyone looking for defence (say, Winnipeg).

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from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

After Sunday night’s victory, the Wings made a late-night trade with the Vancouver Canucks, sending forward David Pope to Vancouver for defenseman Alex Biega.

Trevor Daley left Sunday’s game with a lower-body injury and the team placed Daley and Jonathan Ericsson on injured reserve Monday.

With that, the Wings recalled Biega and rookie Oliwer Kaski from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

“We did a lot of research,” Blashill said. “Steve (Yzerman) had talked to me about it the last few days. Every one of our coaches looked at his game on tape and offered opinions. That’s not our primary job, obviously Steve has got a great scouting staff whose primary job is that, but we want to know what we’re getting. We want to make sure we know and give our opinion ahead of time.

“I had a chance to talk to two guys who have coached him in different spots and get firsthand knowledge of what they thought of him. No. 1, glowing report as a character person. Glowing in terms of work ethic. Glowing in terms of team guy, Glowing in terms of self-accountability. No. 2, he’s somebody who uses his skating as a defensive weapon. It doesn’t mean he doesn’t push the play up the ice, but like Nick Jensen learned to use his skating as a defensive weapon, I think that’s what Alex has been able to do and I think over the course of Alex’s career he’s learned how to really manage his game with the puck and he seemed to always make the pass when the pass was there and make the hard play when the play wasn’t there.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/08/19 at 01:57 PM ET

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The Ducks are 2-0-0 this season.

Eric Stephens writes John Gibson in the net…


Larsson-Del Zotto

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/08/19 at 03:23 PM ET

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First game against a starting netminder.  Let’s see what sort of effort we’ve really got.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 10/08/19 at 03:51 PM ET

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But I dont think Saros and Khudobin are -bad- either. Isnt Saros supposed to be the next starter? They are quality tendies.

We’re not talking Michael Hutchinson or Michael Leighton.


Posted by ilovehomers on 10/08/19 at 05:08 PM ET


True, but Gibson was Anaheim’s MVP by far last season
and put up great numbers behind a shaky team beset with injuries and just starting the transition to a younger, faster lineup.

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/08/19 at 06:29 PM ET

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