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Slightly belated Wings-Bolts post-game comment videos

The Red Wings posted post-game comment videos from last night's 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning this morning, and their videos feature Henrik Zetterberg...

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Too Many Mistakes By The Detroit Red Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings season opener, against one of the best teams in the NHL, in a venue where they have had little recent success, was there for the taking.

Self-inflicted wounds were their undoing in a 6-4 loss Thursday to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena, according to coach Jeff Blashill.

The Red Wings lacked discipline -- they were shorthanded six times, including twice for too many men on the ice. They allowed three power-play goals. They surrendered breakaways and odd-man rushes. They couldn't protect a two-goal lead in the second period.

"We got to be better than that defensively," Blashill said. "I thought we kept generating chances. We even had chances after we got down. But we got to be better defensively than we were tonight. This is a team that's going to test you for sure defensively, but if we want to be an elite team we got to do better than that defensively."

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Red Wings-Lightning wrap-up and overnight report: discipline is key

The Red Wings' 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning looked like a tale of two games. Over the first period and the first half of the second period, Detroit's pop-gun offense and stellar goaltending were too much for the Lightning to handle;

Over the second half of the game, however, Detroit found itself chasing the Lightning's puck possession game, and between some undisciplined penalties (including two too-many men calls), shaky special teams play and iffy goaltending by Petr Mrazek, Detroit's 3-1 lead unraveled and Tampa Bay plain old took over the game.

The Lightning were well aware of the fact that a "lucky" 3-2 goal and a 3-for-3 power play allowed them to swipe control of the game from the Red Wings, as Cedric Paquette told the Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith...

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Red Wings-Lightning quick take: Bolts still hex the Wings

Here's my quick take on the Red Wings' 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, a game in which the Red Wings played very, very well at the start but had a shitty, penalty-filled finish in which too-many men calls and some shaky goaltending by Petr Mrazek helped the Wings chase the Lightning around the offensive zone instead of taking the play to the Bolts...

I think that there is a lot of room for improvement for this Wings team, but it's going to have to un-learn a lot of bad habits from last season, and while the Wings did a fine job driving possession at the start, they struggled on both set plays and special teams during the second half of the game.

The Wings will have to play more consistently and a whole lot better on Saturday vs. the Panthers.

The 1st period began with Nyquist, Helm and Vanek facing Killorn, Johnson and Kucherov, with DeKeyser and Marchenko opposing Hedman and Stralman on defense and Mrazek squaring off against Bishop in the net.

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Griffins post a trio of videos previewing the 2016-17 season

The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a series of team previews, focusing on the team's goaltending, defense and offense, and here are those three previews:

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Prospect news: Injuries still persist; Griffins file press release ahead of Friday’s home opener

Of prospect-related note:

In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo didn't take part in TPS Turku's 3-2 loss to SaiPa;

In the SHL, Axel Holmstrom (knee) missed Skelleftea AIK's 5-0 loss to Farjestads BK;

Christoffer Ehn played 9:01 in the Frolunda Indians' 2-1 win over Rogle;

And on this side of the pond, in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins posted their weekly press release ahead of tomorrow's home opener against the Chicago Wolves:

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Video- Game Day Preview

Ken Kal back at it...

Update: The Lightning posted a game-day preview as well:

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Expect Mike Green To Be More Involved With The Offense

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Mike Green's average of shots per game has declined each of the past four seasons. Last year he averaged less than two shots per game (1.68) for the first time since his first full season in 2006-07.

"We've really stressed to him that his drive in his play is his shots, so let's make sure he's attacking, he's shooting the puck," coach Jeff Blashill said before Thursday's season opener at Tampa Bay. "We'll judge him on shots per 60 (minutes), that'll be a measurable we'll look at a lot to see how he's playing.

"We want him skating forward as much as he can up the ice and then skate forwards to defend coming back towards his own net."

Having Green more involved offensively is one of the ways the team can boost its goal total. A better power play – Green is manning the point on the first unit – could help the skilled, right-shooting defenseman's production. He had seven goals and 35 points last season.

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The New Look Detroit Red Wings

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

"You can't replace a guy like Datsyuk but if you're going to try, they did a heck of a job in doing it with Nielsen," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "I think he's one of the most underrated players in this league. He was outstanding in the World Cup. They've got some veterans back. (Drew) Miller's back, he missed the whole year. They've got a little bit of a spark in there with Ott in the lineup. Missing Kronwall, I'm sure they'd rather have him in the lineup but they've got some new guys there. They've changed a little bit at forward, they've thrown a sniper in there in Vanek. So they changed their team a little bit so it's going to definitely be a different look."

Wings coach Jeff Blashill said the team is trying to forge a bit of a new identity.

"For years here in Detroit it's been a little bit of a slow, methodical approach up the ice," Blashill said. "We're transitioning to a faster approach up the ice, making sure we're getting relentless pressure, utilizing our speed, beating people up the ice."

Lightning star Steven Stamkos still believes the Wings have a winning formula.

"They brought in some veteran players that know how to win," Stamkos said. "That's kind of been the Detroit Red Wings for a long time. They have guys that have that experience. They have a couple younger faces in there we don't know a lot about, but they're a team that makes it tough to play against. We've seen them in consecutive years in the playoffs and in the regular season a bunch. We know what to expect. We know it's going to be a tough test and we're going to treat it that way."

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Samuelssen weighs in on the Red Wings’ win-now philosophy

The Free Press's Jamie Samuelssen argues that the Red Wings need to "change their philosophy":

You may have heard this, but the Red Wings are closing out Joe Louis Arena this season. The team could stink next year, and fans still will flock to brand-new Little Caesars Arena. It’s the following season and the season after that when the Red Wings need to contend to draw fans. A good way to ensure that happening is to make sure that today's young players are veteran contributors in two years.

I don’t believe in tanking. I don’t believe in a total direction change for this team. The Red Wings have been a great franchise for decades. They’ve been a good franchise for the past few years. In order to get back to great again, Holland needs to draft and develop better than he has recently. I think he has carte blanche to do it.

Fans support a winner. But fans also want to see a team moving toward winning. The Wings have been spinning their wheels for the past few years. Most are willing to take a step back with the understanding that it gives them a better chance to take two steps forward.

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