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Fox Sports Detroit will air 70 Red Wings regular season games

From Fox Sports Detroit:

FOX Sports Detroit will televise 70 regular-season and three preseason games during its coverage of the 2015-16 Detroit Red Wings.

Regular-season coverage begins Oct. 9 with the home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs. We will kick off Opening Night with a special one-hour Red Wings Live, featuring Jeff Blashill's first game as Detroit's head coach against former Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock.

Among the 70 games produced by FOX Sports Detroit, 12 are slated to air on FOX Sports Plus. The preseason schedule includes three games: Sept. 23 vs. Chicago, Sept. 24 vs. Pittsburgh and Oct. 2 vs. Toronto.

All 82 regular-season games, including 16 Original Six match-ups, will be available on television with 12 games on NBC or NBCSN.

"We can't wait for this new season to get started," said Greg Hammaren, senior vice president/general manager of FOX Sports Detroit. "The Ilitch family's commitment to the Red Wings and Detroit compels us to bring our best effort each and every night."

Continued, and here's their schedule:

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Here’s the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 2015-16 regular season schedule

From TheAHL.com and the Griffins' website, here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' 015-16 regular season schedule:

2015-16 SCHEDULE RELEASED

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday released their schedule for the 2015-16 season. It will mark their 20th campaign overall, 15th as members of the American Hockey League and 14th as the primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

The Griffins and new head coach Todd Nelson will begin their 76-game slate with an Oct. 9-10 road trip to Bakersfield and San Diego, marking the Griffins' first visit to California since 2004 and their only road battles against new franchises from the Pacific Division. Grand Rapids will open the home portion of its schedule on Friday, Oct. 16 when it faces the San Antonio Rampage at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena.

Highlights of the 2015-16 schedule include:

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Morning news: On Glendening’s flight with the Blue Angels & reasons why ‘Detroit won’t win the Cup’

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

Updated 4x at 12:04 PM:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji adds one more Luke Glendening article to the reports discussing his flight with the Blue Angels on Wednesday afternoon...

After Glendening got some pre-flight instruction, he and his pilot, Capt. Jeff Kuss, taxied away from Ypsilanti's Willow Run Airport in the F/A-18 Hornet.

After gaining speed, the plane took off and then immediately went vertical.

"Unbelievable. It was like the Dragster (Top Thrill Dragster) at Cedar Point times 10," Glendening said. "It was awesome."

Glendening admitted that he had a few nerves beforehand after talking to teammate Danny DeKeyser. DeKeyser flew with the Blue Angels last year.

"He gave me a little information and I was a little nervous but it was a blast," Glendening said.

Wakiji continues...

And our second item comes from USA Today's Kevin Allen and USA Today's hockey writers, who penned reasons why "Your Favorite Team Won't Win the Stanley Cup":

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The Outlook For Landon Ferraro This Season

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The club's top pick in 2009 (second round, 32nd overall) was slow to develop during his first three AHL seasons and didn't appear to have a future in the organization after being waived. But he had a strong season with the Griffins and seized the opportunity when called up in the final week.

Now Ferraro appears to have a future in the NHL, though not as the top-six scoring forward he was in the minors, in all likelihood. He has the speed, forechecking ability and versatility (can play center or wing) to be a fourth-line grinder.

Ferraro should be able to make the roster out of training camp, especially since Pavel Datsyuk isn't expected to be ready for the start of the season and Johan Franzen's status remains questionable. He might be competing with Joakim Andersson for a spot in the lineup. Being one of only two right-handed shooting forwards on the roster (Pulkkinen is the other) doesn't hurt Ferraro's cause.

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Evening news: On Glendening’s Blue Angels flight and arena construction news

Updated 3x, very substantially, at 10:54 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Michigan Hockey's YouTube page posted a post-flight interview with Luke Glendening, who played "backseater" on a Blue Angels flight today:

[Edit: Via RedWingsFeed, here's MLive's Ansar Khan's article about Glendening's flight:

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NHL.com’s Rosen: Nyquist, Tatar need to shoot more to approach 40-goal marks

From NHL.com's Dan Rosen's "Over the Boards" blog's mailbag:

Do you think that Tomas Tatar or Gustav Nyquist have the ability/opportunity to hit the 40-goal, 70-80-point plateau? -- @purdstheword22

It's realistic to think that one of them could do it this season, but they're going to have to shoot the puck more than they did last season. I'd want to see them both to reach 250 shots on goal, if not more. Is that realistic for them both to shoot that much? Why not? Dallas Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin each had more than 250 shots on goal last season. The same with San Jose Sharks forwards Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski, each of whom had more than 260 shots. Montreal Canadiens forwards Max Pacioretty had 302 shots and Brendan Gallagher had 254 while Tomas Plekanec had 248. Zach Parise and Jason Pominville each had more than 250 shots last season for the Minnesota Wild.

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Afternoon news: Luke’s off!; fantasy forecasting Green, Kronwall and the Atlantic Division standings

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Luke Glendening is off to have an adventure with the Blue Angels:

2. Back here on the ground, Yahoo Sports' Darryl Dobbs has penned a list of the best fantasy hockey defensemen for the 15-16 season, and he's deemed Mike Green to be a "boom or bust" defenseman, and Niklas Kronwall one to not be overrated:

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‘Three Things’: A Babcockian farewell in comic form, a video from MSU Pro Camp and a Kindl outlook

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. This was inevitable, and at least it's funny:

2. The Wings posted a video of Justin Abdelkader and Jakub Kindl at the MSU Pro Camp...

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The Detroit Red Wings Release Training Camp Schedule

DETROIT – The Red Wings today released the 2015-16 training camp schedule, which will commence on Thursday, Sept. 17 with the 16th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa prior to four days of on-ice practices from Friday, Sept. 18 to Monday, Sept. 21, held at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich.

The Red Wings will first participate in the Training Camp Golf Classic, presented by Eitel Dahm Motor Group, on Thursday, Sept. 17, which takes place at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa at 1:00 p.m. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Involved Citizens Enterprises (I.C.E.), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing affordable skating programs in Northern Michigan.

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‘Two Things’: On Tomas Tatar’s learning curve and Igor Larionov II’s WHL journey

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Craig Peterson looks back on Tomas Tatar's "Red Wings Highs," also known as his 30-goal, 56-point 2014-15 season, and as you might expect, Tatar provides his own narration regarding his levels of confidence and performance:

Appearing in all 82 games this season, Tatar impressed by not just matching his totals from a season ago but drastically improving upon them with career highs in goals (28), assists (29), points (56), power-play goals (9) and game-winning goals (7).

“That’s what most people are telling me that the second season is hard to repeat but I feel like in Detroit it’s not as much because you wait for your chance for so long,” Tatar said. “They make sure you’re ready to be in the NHL, so the first year is not any different. The more years you play, you feel more experienced and you can play better.”

The Ilava, Slovakia, native posted three separate five-game point streaks and four multi-goal games en route to a team-high in goals.

Skating as a top-six forward, Tatar spent much of the season alongside players like Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist. Playing with some of the top forwards in the NHL, Tatar came into his own and was a constant source of offense.

“I feel way more confident,” Tatar said. “(I have) established myself more here, you know, first year I had to try and find my role and I feel like now I know what I’m supposed to do to help the team. It’s just different for me.”

Peterson continues...

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