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Niklas Kronwall On His Health

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I feel pretty good," Kronwall said. "It's definitely getting there, just got to get the legs and lungs going."...

"The knee's feeling pretty good, a lot better than it was this time of year last year," Kronwall said. "Changed a few things over the summer.

"Last year I wasn't able to skate throughout August at all. This year from Aug. 6 or 7 or so, we've been skating at least four times a week. So been on the ice up until obviously last week."...

"Once the season starts, everything is up and running, I will approach it like any other season," Kronwall said. "Obviously, last season, not a lot of things went the way I wanted to for myself nor the team. So, I think there's a lot of guys in here that feel like they just want to get back out there and go after it and redeem themselves."


added 2:32pm, Below, video of Blashill talking with the media after practice.

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After Practice Talk


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No Game Tonight So The Wings Practice Today



added 11:06am, via Khan,

Justin Abdelkader (groin) still not skating. PA Parenteau (back) back on ice. 

added 11:17am, Khan...

Howard is starting tomorrow for #RedWings in their Little Caesars Arena preseason debut vs. Boston (7 p.m.).

lines at pract. (possibly for game)

defense pairs at practice:
Sproul also skating.

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Skating With Riley Sheahan

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

Watching, there was no way of knowing Zack shouldn’t have been on the ice in the first place, at least not holding a hockey stick. A few days earlier, he’d made an ill-fated leap on the monkey bars according to his mom, one rung too far before he came crashing to the ground. His wrist snapped. He was in a cast.

But he wasn’t going to miss this. Skating with Sheahan, who in this session taught him how to make plays with one good hand, was now a yearly ritual he looked forward to more than anything else.

It's a tradition Sheahan and Zack enjoyed even before tragedy struck Zack’s young life, changing it in a way he has no way of comprehending, even as the months have passed from the moment that changed everything.

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Videos- Recap Of Detroit’s 6-1 Loss To The Chicago Blackhawks

from Marlowe Alter of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit Red Wings first-round pick Michael Rasmussen scored his first NHL goal Thursday night in Chicago. That was about the only bright spot, as the Wings were smothered by the Blackhawks, 6-1, in their third exhibition game of the preseason.

Rasmussen scored off his own rebound in the second period to cut the deficit to 4-1.

Petr Mrazek was in net for the Wings (0-2-1), and stopped just 34 of 40 shots.


Below, watch the Rasmussen goal and complete game highlights...

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Tonight’s Game Against The Blackhawks

Tonight's game will be joined in progress by the NHL Network after the conclusion of the Bruins/Flyers game which starts just after 7:00pm ET.  The puck drops in Chicago around 8:35pm.

Below you can find the lineups for the game.

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$600K Gap Between Athanasiou And The Wings

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How Are You Feeling Jonathan Ericsson?

from Dana Wakiji and Art Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

It's probably the most anticipated exhibition game for Jonathan Ericsson since he was a rookie.

The veteran Red Wings defenseman will be playing in his first game since Feb. 9, when he suffered a broken wrist on a hit by Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom.

"It's been a long process," Ericsson said. "But I feel like it's feeling pretty good. I got cleared a week and a half ago, two weeks ago maybe."

Ericsson said he was very limited in what he could do, especially with that arm. Doctors didn't even want him on the ice.

"I didn't skate until August," Ericsson said. "I couldn't do anything with a stick anyways, so I stayed off and let the hip rest."

Ericsson also has a chronic hip ailment that he has been dealing with for the last few years.

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Detroit Adjusting To The Slashing And Faceoff Crackdown

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“Last night’s (violations) were a little bit different; they called it a little bit different (from Tuesday’s game), we’re all getting adjusted to it,” Blashill said.

Blashill said he heard a good point from center Darren Helm regarding the rule enforcement.

“In effect, he said it’s black and white now — they have to call it 100 percent,” Blashill said. “Last night it wasn’t called 100 percent. It’s a heck of a responsibility they put on the linesmen. I get it, it’s hard as it can be. But if it’s going to be called once, it has to be called 100 times if it happens 100 times.”

As for the slashing, Blashill felt officials gave a good description of what will be penalized.

“The top half of the stick is the red zone. It’s going to get called every time, one- or two-handed, it doesn’t matter,” Blashill said.

more, inlcuding Blashill on Hicketts...

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Waiting On Athanasiou

via Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

The longer this takes, the more you think a Detroit-Pittsburgh trade is contingent on his signing with the Red Wings. At his season-opening media conference, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford indicated there were three options for the Penguins to consider. Riley Sheahan is one, and I think the parameters are all but agreed to. (I’m wondering if Derrick Pouliot is a possibility, he seems like a sensible gamble for Detroit.) But, I don’t know how the Red Wings feel about potentially losing both Athanasiou and Sheahan, which could be holding up the deal. Of course, Pittsburgh could decide to move on, too.

added 2:33pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The absence of restricted free agent Andreas Athanasiou is creating an opportunity for the likes of Frk and veteran P-A Parenteau, who is at camp on a professional tryout. Parenteau was scheduled to play at Chicago, but left the morning skate early and told the Free Press it was because of hurting his back. Parenteau would have been on one of the power plays, as that is where the right-handed shot is most likely to make an impact. Until Athanasiou shows up (he is mulling a KHL offer that is now a month old), there is an opening. “Not to say that somebody like P-A couldn’t win a spot regardless if AA was here,” Blashill said, “but certainly if AA is not out there, there is a spot that was spoken for through our summer plans that’s not spoken for anymore. So if that is the case, somebody has a chance to win that spot.”

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