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Wings/Bruins Notes Before Tonight’s Game

The puck drops just after 8:00pm ET and is exclusive to NBCSN in the US and is on TVA and SN1 in Canada.

Also, look for a new look live blog tonight, submitted by a KK member.

Detroit could use some goals from players like Franzen, Zetterberg and Tatar. The team has only scored 4 goals in three games but on the plus side, have given up on 4 goals.

Dan Rosen of NHL.com previews the game..

Here are five things to watch in the second of five games between the Bruins and Red Wings this season:

The Red Wings are trying to use their speed -- Detroit wants to be one of the faster teams in the League in order to gain more time with the puck and better scoring chances.

The Red Wings speed worked to their advantage against the Bruins last week, when they controlled the play for most of the game by holding onto the puck. They outshot the Bruins 24-17, including 20-9 through two periods, when they built their 2-1 lead that stuck until the final buzzer. They had 46 shot attempts to the Bruins' 29.

"We haven't scored a lot yet and I still think we're going to score," Babcock said, "but I think we're a way, way quicker team [than last season]."


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Good Sign For Jimmy Howard

ESPN has the Detroit Red Wings ranked 15th this week, up five spots from last week.

This from Scott Burnside on the Wings..

Offense has come slowly in the early going for the Red Wings, although they have allowed just four goals through two games, which is a good sign for those concerned about Jimmy Howard.

With that, how do you feel about the early play from Jimmy Howard?

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The Ducks Are In Town So Let’s Live Blog It

Making it a short one tonight.

Puck drops just after 7:00pm ET on FSD and whatever streams you find.

Same lineup for the Wings as Thursday night.

Meanwhile the Ducks are 0-1-0 after scoring four goals (Perry with 3) on Thursday in Pittsburgh but giving up six.

I think most of us will agree the Wings played a full 60 in game one and hopefully we see it again tonight.

Jimmy was solid after the first shot/goal, defense was good and forwards kept the pressure on.

It's a live blog...

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It’s A Live Blog And The Andrej Nestrasil Era Begins

Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET on FSD and NESN, plus Center Ice has a free preview for until October 25th.

Cleary, Weiss and Lashoff are your healthy scratches and Andrej Nestrasil makes his NHL debut tonight.

The Bruins checked in to their Detroit hotel around 2:15am this morning after beating Philly at home last night and no word yet if Rask will start back to back games early in the season. (just in Rask is starting)

In case you missed it, a bit of an update on our Command Master Chief in today's GDT.

Glad to have Keith Gave back, now with FSD?

So next year at this time, we'll be writing about the new young coach behind the Wings' bench, Jeff Blashill, and wondering if he can coach all those kids he groomed in Grand Rapids into the NHL playoffs for a 25th consecutive Red Wings season.


That is all I have except for...

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You Can Call It A GDT If You Want

First off an update on the Command Master Chief.  I shared a few texts with Bill (Facebook) last week and wanted to inform you his ship, the USS MILIUS deploys in about 10 days for nine months.

I am sure we all wish him weill and a safe return home.

Now to get you in the mood for the season...


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The Last Preseason Blog Of The Year

Puck drops 5:30ish PM and is on the NHL Network in the USA.

The last preseason game is usually played quickly, players trying to avoid injuries and just want to get their timing down.

However, some prospects in the lineup and they want to make a good showing.

Lineup is below...

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs preseason live blog

The Red Wings begin a set of back-to-back games closing out their exhibition season against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight (7:30 7:45ish -:8:00PM EDT on FSD/Sportsnet/97.1 FM), and the team will head to Boston to play the Bruins on Saturday (5:30 PM EDT on the NHL Network U.S.)

The Wings won't have Tomas Tatar, Darren Helm or Jonathan Ericsson in the lineup this evening, and the team officially placed Pavel Datsyuk on the IR though he practiced (albeit in a non-contact jersey) with the team on Friday.

DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reported that the Wings took a large roster to Toronto...

MLive's Ansar Khan listed tonight's Wings lineup...

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Beat Writer Likes The Joe Louis Arena

Jason Mackey of Chipped Ice at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review with a quick look at the Joe Louis Arena...

Joe Louis Arena is a dump, I was told. Worst in the league. You’ll hate it. Just wait for the new place to open. Things will be so much better.

Have to admit, I kind of liked the Joe. Don’t know what it is.

Maybe it’s the surprisingly beautiful walk along the river from my hotel to the rink.

Or the killer music — Green Day, Weezer and more — played during games.

Or the sense that something special happened here.

The Penguins winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, sure, but there’s so much more. The rafters are packed full with banners. In the home dressing room, pictures of Red Wings legends hang above players’ lockers.

The seats and concourse level reminded me, honestly, of Mellon Arena. Your shoes stick to the cement when you walk to your seat. There are urinal troughs in the men’s restrooms.


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It’s A Preseason Live Blog- Pens/Wings

Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET and is on NHL Network US, FSD and Root.

Wings lineup via Bill Roose at the Wings's site (more news too).

Gustav Nyquist-Henrik Zetterberg-Johan Franzen
Tomas Tatar-Riley Sheahan-Tomas Jurco
Andrej Nestrasil-Stephen Weiss-Mitch Callahan
Justin Abdelkader-Luke Glendening-Landon Ferraro

Niklas Kronwall-Danny DeKeyser
Kyle Quincey-Jakub Kindl
Brian Lashoff-Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard

Here is the Penguins lineup.

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A Name From The Past Returns

Don't ask me why I left. It wasn't my finest hour, though I did have the privilege of watching a fine city and a great big state fall hopelessly in love with hockey when the Stars won the Stanley Cup in Dallas in 1999. For the last decade or so, I've spent most of my time in front of a classroom rather than behind a keyboard.

You teach, you learn. So I like to think that in my encore as a sportswriter I'll deliver something a little better. Suffice to say, I am grateful beyond words that we have this opportunity again.

For starters, I suspect I'll have to overcome some misconceptions. 

That's Keith Gave now of FoxSports Detrot where you can read more...

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com


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