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Wings Preparing For The Leafs

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings, seeking their first victory, will face one of the highest-scoring teams in the NHL with a depleted defense.

Rookie Dennis Cholowski is out for Thursday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Little Caesars Arena (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) due to an upper-body injury. Coach Jeff Blashill said Cholowski might also miss Saturday's game in Boston, which has been switched from 7 p.m. to 3 p.m. due to the A.L. Championship series game between the Red Sox and Astros that night....

The Leafs (3-1-0) are averaging five goals per game and coming off a 7-6 overtime win in Chicago and 7-4 victory at Dallas.

This will be biggest challenge in the young careers of defensemen Joe Hicketts, Libor Sulak and Filip Hronek. They got a preseason preview on Sept. 28, when the Leafs prevailed 6-2 at Scotiabank Arena.

"We know how fast they can come at you and I think we're better prepared having (faced them)," Blashill said. "That doesn't mean we'll meet that challenge. If they're coming at us flying 100 miles an hour the whole night, it'll be a long night. We better put the puck in behind him, grind them in their zone and make them defend as much as possible."

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The one benefit, said Kronwall, of having so many injuries is the fact the young defensemen (Cholowski, Joe Hicketts, Filip Hronek, Libor Sulak) have had an opportunity to show what they can do at the NHL level.

“It really is crazy,” said Kronwall of all the injuries. “But in saying that we’ve been able to see the younger guys even more and they’ve done a tremendous job. It’s encouraging to see, not just in the short term but in the long-term, what you have in the organization.

“It's been extremely encouraging to see.”

Maybe the most frustrated Wings player on the completed two-game southern California trip was Andreas Athanasiou.

Snakebit on various scoring chances – including missing on two breakaways, fumbling one puck into the corner – Athanasiou is confident his luck will change.

“The chances are there and eventually they’ll go in,” Athanasiou said. “I’ve had a lot of breakaways before, and sometimes those things happen. It’s not going to be my last breakaway. It’s not a good feeling when you don’t get a shot off on a breakaway, but I know the next one I’ll be ready for and hopefully it’ll go in.”


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Paul's avatar

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

If only there was a pause button during games.

As the Detroit Red Wings seek their first victory of the season, one of the focal points is to not pass up quality scoring chances by passing instead of shooting. The Wings have scored two goals in each of their first three games, and if that doesn’t improve, the losses will continue.

“We have been passing up too many shots in the slot where there is a grade-a scoring chance and we’re trying to look for somebody back door for a tap-in,” Gustav Nyquist said Wednesday. “It usually hits someone’s skate or someone’s stick and then it deflects in the corner and then it’s not a scoring chance any more.

“I think it’s a matter of when you have a good scoring chance, take it and shoot yourself. The guy who is waiting for a back door tap-in can get to the rebound.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/10/18 at 02:28 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

The Leafs (3-1-0) are averaging five goals per game

They are also giving up 4.something goals per game, so hey - maybe we’ve got a chance to score THREE goals instead of two this time!

Posted by TreKronor on 10/10/18 at 02:52 PM ET


——-We have been passing up too many shots
——-That has been said weekly for the last 5 years?

Posted by VPalmer on 10/10/18 at 04:02 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

My suggestion…..stay out of the box, or prepare to be embarrassed…

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/10/18 at 08:30 PM ET

dougie's avatar

The Detroit Red Wings, seeking their first victory, will face one of the highest-scoring teams in the NHL with a depleted defense.

Have the interns check my math, but hasn’t that pretty much been the case since Rafalski retired?

Posted by dougie on 10/11/18 at 07:21 AM ET

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