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Predicting Detroit’s Opening Lineup

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answered a question from a fan regarding Detroit's openng lineup...

On defense, I think Moritz Seider will be in the lineup on opening night. The 19-year-old defenseman is currently with his former team, Adler Mannheim in Germany, part of a group of Wings loaned to European teams until the NHL gives the go-ahead on camps. Seider did well playing for the Griffins last season, and would have been called up to play a few games had the pandemic not interfered. Danny DeKeyser or Patrik Nemeth can serve as his partner, with Filip Hronek completing the top four.

Gustav Lindstrom showed he can play a safe, dependable game. So did veteran Alex Biega, who Yzerman acquired last October in a trade with Vancouver, flipping underachieving prospect David Pope. Those are front-runners to form the third pair, though Madison Bowey, if he is re-signed, should challenge for one of the spots.

Dennis Cholowski started last season with the Wings but he didn’t make a strong impression and finished in the minors. His fate may be partially determined by whether minor leagues are operational, which they aren’t likely to be without fan attendance.


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d ca's avatar

Wow HSJ really went out on a limb on this article <smh> I mean look at all those free agent signings and cap additions for draft picks in this proposed lineup.

20-21 Detroit lineup
1st line:      BLM line
2nd line:      Zadina, Filppula, (insert cap casualty any forward position)
3rd line:      Glendening, Helm, Timashov
4th line:  Svechnikov,  Rasmussen, Erne
scratches:  Nielsen, Abdelkader

1st pair:  DeKeyser, Krug
2nd pair: Nemeth, Hronek
3rd pair: Lindstrom (off-handed), Seider
scratched: Cholowski

Goalies: Bernier, Talbot

even that is not going out on a limb….They take on 1 bad contract for asset(s), sign an UFA with area-ties (so his and her in-laws can help with a young daughter), promote a few of the older prospects, and sign an UFA tier 2-3 goalie.

Going out on a limb would be letting young prospects with options play overseas and then promoting the younger NA skaters that don’t have those development options.

Posted by d ca on 09/16/20 at 03:26 PM ET


dca, you forgot Fabbri!  But Helen’s lineup was horrendous… my god we need to shed dead weight.  I don’t even care if it’s to compete, just for some excitement, I am so tired of some of these guys declining year after year and still watching them.

couple notes, please, please, don’t have Filppula (or Nielsen) as our 2nd C next year… I’d even take Fabbri there even though that might be horrendous defensively.

If we have all of Helm, Glenny, Erne, Timashov, Nielsen, Filppula and Abby on this team next year… sigh. 

That D too…. I like yours though with the addition of Krug.  We don’t need to try not to finish last…but lets get a few more exciting players at least.  Lets lose with some flare, some excitement, some speed….

Posted by DieByTheWing on 09/17/20 at 08:27 AM ET

d ca's avatar

Oops…good catch.

Fabri in. Erne out.

Filppula moves down to the 3rd line. Timashov to the 4th line.

Posted by d ca on 09/18/20 at 10:49 PM ET

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