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Notes Of Interest

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Green told coaches that did not have his usual energy so they held him out of practice and sent him to see the doctor.

"He's not available right now," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said after Friday's practice at the BELFOR Training Center. "He's got a virus that attacked his liver, so he's seen an infectious disease person today and we should know more here in the next little bit. I don't know how long he's going to be out. I don't know the totality of it. He's got a virus."...

"I had a good summer, the first summer that I wasn't hurt. It was a good summer in the gym and I'm excited to be back," Bertuzzi said. "I got to skate all summer, too. I feel faster, stronger on the puck. I feel really, really good out there."

In previous summers, Bertuzzi had been limited by injury or illness.

Now he has added five to six pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-frame.

"He looks excellent," Blashill said....

"I feel so good. Good start," Sulak said. "First game and I'm so glad I can play here and I will do everything to stay here, play good defense, play good offense, play good neutral zone and help team, listen to my coach and I will do that."

His defense partner, Daley, was impressed.

"I thought he was great," Daley said. "He's big, he's strong, he skates great. He's got everything that you want as a defenseman. He's really given himself a good opportunity."...

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Videos- After Detroit’s Practice Today

As is the norm, I will add to the post if more videos become available.

First up is Dylan Larkin and Niklas Kronwall is below.



added 3:51pm, Jeff Blashill below.

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Season Preview For The Detroit Red Wings

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The 2018-19 NHL season begins Oct. 3. With training camps open, NHL.com is taking a look at the five keys, the inside scoop on roster questions and the projected lines for all 31 teams. Today, the Detroit Red Wings.

Making the cut

Rasmussen seems likely to break into the NHL on the wing, the way Larkin did in 2015-16. The big question is Zadina: Will he make the initial roster, especially now that Zetterberg is gone and Athanasiou has moved to center, opening a spot on the wing? Will he start with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League, represent the Czech Republic at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship and then come to Detroit?

Filip Hronek, 20, seems likely to be the seventh defenseman but is competing with Dennis Cholowski, 20, Joe Hicketts, 22, and Libor Sulak, 24.


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Mike Green Dealing With Fatigue, May Miss Start Of The Season


added 10:37am, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green may miss the start of the season after fatigue led to blood work, and subsequently an appointment with a specialist.

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press Green “hasn’t had a lot of energy. He’s trying to see a doctor today or Monday.”

Early thinking is Green may have a virus, but “we don’t really know the extent of exactly what he has got,” Holland said. “But we are shutting him down pending what information we get from a specialist.” 


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Remembering The 1953-54 Stanley Cup Champions Detroit Red Wings

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

Every 13 years when the bottom band of the Stanley Cup is filled with names of champions, the top band is removed and retired to be displayed in the vault of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The current top band, featuring NHL championship teams from 1953-54 to 1964-65, is coming off, and four bands below it are sliding up one place to make room for a fresh fifth band at the bottom that will begin with the 2017-18 Washington Capitals. Each day through Oct. 2, NHL.com will look at one of the 12 Cup-winning teams leaving hockey's most coveted trophy.


Regular-season record: 37-19-14 (88 points), first in NHL
Coach: Tommy Ivan
Captain: Ted Lindsay
Names on the Cup: 28
Players on the Cup: 20

Future Hall of Fame players on the Cup: Alex Delvecchio, Gordie Howe, Red Kelly, Ted Lindsay, Marcel Pronovost, Terry Sawchuk

Stanley Cup engraving anomalies: Coach Tommy Ivan (full name Thomas N. Ivan) appears as Thomas Nivan; Alex Delvecchio appears as Alex Belvecchio; Tony Leswick appears as Tony Leswich.

A name on the Cup: Stickboy Walter Crossman appears as W CROSSMAN ST BOY. He was promoted to assistant trainer in 1954-55 and was on the staff for that Red Wings championship, but his name doesn't appear that year.


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Videos- Libor Sulak Impresses In Detroit’s Win Over Chicago

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The four-way battle for what appears to be just one available spot on the Detroit Red Wings defense has just begun.

Libor Sulak made a favorable first impression Thursday, picking up a pair of assists and using his skating ability to create scoring opportunities in a 4-2 preseason victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Little Caesars Arena.

"I like him a lot," Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek said. "I didn't know much about him. He's really good, the way he skates, the way he battles. He's not afraid to take shots, he's not afraid to jump up in the play. I thought he was one of our best players.

"If you can skate like that, you better join (the rush). I wish I had a quarter of his speed. He was great. Hopefully he can keep this up. It definitely helps our team."


Below, watch Jeff Blashill and select players doing their post-game interviews.

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Another Live Preseason Blog- Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks

The game starts around 7:37pm and is on FSD+ and the NHL Network.

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are expected to be in the Chicago lineup.

Comment away and game rosters are below.

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Henrik Zetterberg Joins Elliotte Friedman And Jeff Marek

Henrik Zetterberg joined Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek on their 31 Thoughts Podcast.

You can start at the 50:50 mark if you just want to get to the Zetterberg talk.

Listen here.


added 4:40pm, if you want a look at the lineups for the game tonight, Ken Kal has it for you below.

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Filip Zadina Excited About Tonight’s Preseason Game

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

As a member of the Detroit Red Wings, it was not something that you reveal right when you get drafted.

But Filip Zadina let the cat out of the bag after Thursday's morning skate.

"I'm so excited about this game, it's going to be huge game against Chicago, that was my favorite team when I was growing up," Zadina said. "It's going to be huge game. Excited about it. Ready for it. Hopefully, we'll play well and able to win my first game at home. It will be awesome."

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The Morning Skate Before The Preseason Game Tonight Against The Blackhawks

added 12:12pm,



added 12:15pm, Watch Jeff Blashill below after today's skate.

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