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On the Chychrun freakout in Detroit

There are groups of Red Wings and Detroit sports fans who are absolutely furious right now, and I'm not sure whether their anger is reflexive, misplaced or just plain illogical.

These groups of fans are freaking out about the fact that the player the Phoenix Coyotes picked with the 1st round pick Detroit traded to Arizona in the Pavel Datsyuk trade, one Jakob Chychrun, has posted 1 goal, 2 assists and 3 points in 4 games while displaying a significant amount of talent and maturity.

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Kulfan on ‘Nyquist on the rebound’

Among the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's notes:

The Detroit Red Wings’ Gustav Nyquist admits he didn’t score enough goals last season. He had just 17, after netting 28 in 2013-14 and 27 in 2014-15. So when he began the season playing well but goal-less in four straight games, it started to eat at him a bit.

But that drought ended over the weekend, when he scored once against Nashville and twice against San Jose. With three goals in two games, Nyquist now has seven points, tying Mike Green and Thomas Vanek for the team lead. Nyquist has a point in all but one of the Red Wings’ six games.

Coach Jeff Blashill has pointed out on several occasions Nyquist has been one of the team’s best players to start the season, thanks partly to Nyquist’s ability to win puck battles and being a factor at both ends of the ice. But being a natural goal-scorer, finding the net had to feel nice.

“I don’t know about pressure,” Nyquist said of ending that goal-less streak. “It felt good to score those goals over the weekend. I didn’t score enough last year.”

Nyquist, 27, certainly has heard plenty about last season. But playing on a line with Darren Helm and Vanek this season, Nyquist has been creating chances and has been on the receiving end of them.

“Goal scoring, sometimes there will be slumps and it’s something you go through,” Nyquist said. “The last couple of games the puck has been going in for me and it’s nice. Every time you score, it gives you confidence.”


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Red Wings Productions posts a video of the Wings touring Little Caesars Arena

Red Wings Productions posted a clip of the Wings touring Little Caesars Arena:

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Red Wings-Hurricanes game-day articles: No Abdelkader for DET, Skinner for CAR; Nesty, Frk return

Updated 6x at 3:11 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face the Carolina Hurricanes this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed that neither Detroit's Justin Abdelkader nor Carolina's Jeff Skinner will play for their respective teams this evening. As a result, the Red Wings will see Andrej Nestrasil and Martin Frk playing for Carolina as the Wings attempt to extend their winning streak to five games.

The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with the Wings about the challenges the Hurricanes present:

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Givani Smith named to OHL team for Canada-Russia series

Via Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus, the Ontario Hockey League has named its roster for the Canada-Russia series, and Red Wings prospect Givani Smith will play in both North Bay on November 10th and in Hamilton on November 14th.

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Toledo Walleye to honor Gordie Howe’s memory with #9 helmet stickers

From the Toledo Walleye:

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Red Wings-Hurricanes morning skate Tweets & articles: Abdelakder iffy on Larkin bobblehead night

Updated 5x at 12:08 PM : Abdelkader is out tonight for Detroit; Skinner is out for Carolina.

The Detroit Red Wings hope to push their winning streak to five games as they host the Carolina Hurricanes this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM; tonight is Dylan Larkin bobblehead night at the Joe), and whether the Wings would do so with the services of Justin Abdelkader ("mid-body injury") was up in the air as of the morning skate.

Before the morning skate, the Wings said, "Hello" to some old friends...

And then the morning skate began, per Khan:

Justin Abdelkader (lower body injury) skating this morning for #RedWings.

In the game preview department,  MLive's Brendan Savage penned a game-day article...

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All about Evgeny Svechnikov

From the Grand Rapids Griffins' Mark Newman:

Evgeny Svechnikov is on a journey.
At the age of 19, he has traveled farther than most to pursue his dream, and yet he still has miles to go before he reaches his ultimate destination – the National Hockey League.
The saga of Svechnikov starts in Neftegorsk, Russia, an oil-producing settlement on the northern end of the island of Sakhalin where his family lived until 1995, the year a devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake killed nearly 2,000 of the town’s 3,500 inhabitants, including all but one of his grandparents.
His parents moved 480 miles south to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a city that had been called Toyohara until Japan lost control of that portion of the once-disputed island in the final days of World War II. It was in this Soviet outpost that Evgeny was born on Oct. 31, 1996. His family soon moved again, heading some 3,783 miles west to Barnaul, or roughly the distance from Detroit to Anchorage.
Located on the West Siberian Plain, not far from the borders of Mongolia and China, Barnaul is where young Evgeny’s dream really started. His parents, Elena and Igor Svechnikov, bought him a pair of figure skates when he was about 5 years old.
“I just loved those skates,” he recalled. “It was a long time ago, but I remember crying because I was running around the apartment in skates and my mom kept yelling at me to take them off.”

Newman continues, and his article's more than worth your time...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Hurricanes set-up

The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to push their winning streak to 5 games as they host the Carolina Hurricanes this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM).

The Hurricanes are coming off a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, and they're wrapping up a 6-game season-opening road trip with a 1-2-and-2 record; they also practiced on Monday minus leading scorer Jeff Skinner, as the Raleigh News & Observer's Chip Alexander noted:

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Oakland County claims that the Pistons are in the ‘final stages of negotiations’ to move downtown

You can take this from Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea for what you will:

Oakland County rejected an offer this summer to buy the Palace of Auburn Hills for $384 million in a sale-lease back deal.

County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in an interview with Crain's on Monday morning that he and his administration determined it would have been "a bad move" financially to buy the home of the Detroit Pistons, who are said to be in the final stages of talks to relocate in 2018 to under-construction Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit.

"We aren't going to buy it at the expense they were asking for," Patterson said in his office in the Executive Office Building in Waterford Township.

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