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The Season Outlook For Dylan Larkin

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2016-17 outlook: Larkin was a bit of a savior last season for a team that struggled to score, stepping up big from the start as a 19-year-old. Perhaps the rigors of his first NHL season caught up with him after the All-Star break, when he produced just five goals and seven points in his final 28 games.

Larkin, who can play all three forward positions, was used mostly on the wing as a rookie. Now, he will have new responsibilities as the first-line center. He'll be playing head-to-head against a lot of top centers, so he'll need to be reliable defensively. He could also improve his playmaking skills. And, as is the case with all young player, he needs to get stronger.

He has elite speed, a motor that keeps churning and a terrific shot, so he has the ability to increase his production. Henrik Zetterberg, Larkin's center most of last season, is expected to start the season at wing on a line with Frans Nielsen. Larkin might play with Justin Abdelkader and either Gustav Nyquist or Tomas Tatar. Or perhaps Zetterberg will wind up back on that line.


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AWood40’s playoff goal highlights continue with the 1992 season

AWood40's playoff goal highlight reel continues today with the Red Wings' playoff goals from the 1992 season. This clip includes one of my favorite Wings goals ever--Sergei Fedorov's OT and series-winning goal over the Minnesota Wild, which was the first playoff goal to be confirmed via video review:

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Tweets of note: DRW promotions, the Kocur Foundation softball game and Wings fantasy camp

Of Twitter-related Red Wings note this evening:

1. The Wings released their promotional calendar today:

2. The Joe Kocur Foundation's annual charity softball game took place today in Highland, MI, and a good time was had by all (despite the rain):

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‘Three Things’: Al Sobotka’s favorite JLA memory, on ‘Ice Guardians’ and an interview with Ehn

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Fox Sports Detroit's "The 313" spoke with Al Sobotka about his favorite moment at Joe Louis Arena...

2. In the "coming attractions" department, there's a movie coming out called Ice Guardians, which will chronicle the evolution of the enforcer, and Joe Kocur will appear in the film:

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‘Roughly Translated’: Niklas Kronwall discusses his troublesome knee

Niklas Kronwall spoke with NHL.com/sv regarding his knee issues on Friday, and this morning, he addresses his knee problems in a conversation with Aftonbladet's Tomas Ros. Here's a rough translation thereof:

Kronwall: "Incredibly sad to miss"

On Tuesday it was announced. The veteran and captain at the Olympic Games, Niklas Kronwall, will miss the World Cup.

Now he speaks out about the disappointment.

"It will be one of the better tournaments played, and it had been an awesome experience. Incredibly sad to miss it," says Kronwall.

On Tuesday, Niklas Kronwall went on the ice in Segeltorp. It felt OK--for a few minutes. But after only 15 minutes, he decided to get off the ice.

It didn't work. His NHL-worn knees couldn't and didn't work as they should in the World Cup.

"I pulled back earlier in the summer, too, and knew all along that there was a risk that I would miss the World Cup. I've worked in the gym and was on the ice for 40 minutes on Monday, but on Tuesday, I couldn't go," says Niklas Kronwall.

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Early overnight report: On Q and A’s, events to come and a would-be vacuum salesman

Of very disparate Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. If you are interested in heading out to the Pure Michigan 400 in Brooklyn, MI this weekend, MLive's Taylor DesOrmeau reports that several sports luminaries will be holding Q and A sessions at the track...

Meeting your favorite driver

Numerous NASCAR drivers are making Q&A appearances throughout the weekend including Danica Patrick, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and others. Detroit Red Wings head coach and Pure Michigan 400 grand marshal Jeff Blashill also is conducting Q&As throughout the weekend.

For a full list of events in and around the track for fans, visit http://mispeedway.com


2. In the "future events" category, the Michigan Warriors hockey team will take on the Red Wings Alumni at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth this November 19th;

3. In the "present event" and prospect news category, the Champions Hockey League has started up, and Julius Vahatalo played center on TPS Turku's 4th line as TPS defeated Bili Tygri Liberec 2-1 in a shootout on Friday;

4. In the land of mischief, Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples navigates you through Johan Franzen's latest Instagram caper;

5. In the, "Would'a, could'a, should'a" department, from InfoNews.ca's Charlotte Heston:

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Reminder: Joe Kocur Foundation’s charity softball games take place on Saturday

Via RedWingsFeed, here's one more reminder that the Joe Kocur Foundation's charity softball games will take place on Saturday at Duck Lake Pines Park in Highland Township, MI--from WXYZ's Brad Galli:

Joe Kocur is hosting his annual softball games to benefit his foundation this Saturday.

The former Red Wings forward expects Dylan Larkin and some of his teammates to join Darren McCarty and other alumni.

Gates at Duck Lake Pines Park in Highland open at 11 a.m. There are three games: 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.

WXYZ's Brad Galli will participate in a game.

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Video- The Playoff Streak For The Detroit Red Wings Started In 1991

from awood40,

19 of the 20 Goals scored by Detroit Red Wings from the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

1991 was the first year of the Red Wings current Playoff Streak. This '91 squad is easily the worst team during the streak, as they finished with only 76 Points and 8 road wins.

They faced off against the St.Louis Blues in Round 1. The Blues finished 2nd in the league with 105 Points and were the heavy favorite going into the series. The Wings surprisingly took a 3-1 series lead, but eventually lost in 7 games. 

more includes a list of the goals scored by the Wings...


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Saginaw Spirit announce signing of Wings prospect Filip Hronek

Great news for the Red Wings; Filip Hronek will play for the OHL's Saginaw Spirit this upcoming season after spending his 2015-16 campaign shuffling from the Czech Extraliga to the Under-20 league and back:

Here's the Spirit's press release:

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‘Roughly Translated’: Tomas Tatar discusses the World Cup and his offseason outlook

Pravda.sk's Michal Gavron spoke with Tomas Tatar regarding a set of topics after Tatar was named the best Slovak forward via a poll of Slovak players. Here's a rough translation of Tatar's interview:

Tatar: Datsyuk will be missed. We understand that.

The award for the best forward in a poll of Slovak hockey players for 2016 is considered a great honor. Although Tomas Tatar (25) had a second season in the swing, he moved backwards.

"It's not fun when you're playing in a game in the lineup and then you're suddenly on the fourth line. It was a strange year, it's not for me," says the native of Dubinca. After September's World Cup, where he will play for Team Europe, he will begin his sixth season in the NHL.

What does it mean to you to e named the bet Slovak attacker of the 2015-16 season?

"It's a great honor. I'm glad I joined the other famous players who've won it before me. It's also a motivation for further work. It's a slightly different pace than the one I've won a few years ago as the best 20-year-old player. I want to thank everyone from my teammates to coaches and loved ones. I'm happy that I can hold this in my hands. With them I won't fail."

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