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Wings Prepare For The Blackhawks

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I think that's one of the things about this lineup tonight, it gives young guys a chance," Blashill said. "I have not seen their lineup yet but I assume they're going to have some good players in there, it'll give those young guys a chance to play against elite players in the NHL. It's one thing to go head-to-head in exhibition against guys you played against last year in the American League, I want to see these guys go head-to-head against the best players and see how they do."

The most intriguing line features Dylan Larkin centering Anthony Mantha and Teemu Pulkkinen.

"All three of those guys have great ability, they have great skill set," Blashill said. "I think it's a pretty good match of size, you have speed, you have skill. All those guys want a chance to show they can be impact players in the NHL. They're going to play against a good line I assume in Chicago and so it gives them a chance to show not only are they good young players, but they can just be good players in the NHL.

"All three of them can shoot it. Dylan can definitely shoot it in the net for sure in his own right. They're going to have to make sure they're able to make enough plays. I think it's a line that can have some good chemistry. We'll see where it goes tonight."

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I will probably add to this post as more post-practice reports file in...

added 1:16pm, from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

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About The Wings First Preseason Game

The puck drops in the Wings first preseason game tonight in Chicago, just after 8:30pm ET.

NHL.com reports the game is only on WGN.

Lineups for the game are below...

added 11:15am, Added the preseason schedule below, including TV listings...

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Petr Mrazek Or Jimmy Howard?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

For the first time in many years the Detroit Red Wings head into the preseason without having determined their starting goaltender.

Will it be young Petr Mrazek, who seized the job during the final game in 2014-15 and performed well during the first round of the playoffs against Tampa Bay?

Or will Jimmy Howard reclaim the job that he's had since 2009-10, when he finished second in Calder Trophy voting as NHL's rookie of the year?

This will be sorted out during the eight-game exhibition schedule. Or maybe it won't. Perhaps all that will do is determine who start the season opener Oct. 9 against Toronto.

First-year coach Jeff Blashill anticipates an ongoing competition. And that will be healthy for the team as both goalies push each other, hopefully bringing out the best in themselves.

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The overnight report: Regarding 3-on-3; on Helm’s concussion, Brad Richards and Wings-Avs

Of blog-related note this evening:

1. The Red Wings (link = roster) play the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night at 8:30 PM EDT. The game isn't on Metro Detroit TV or radio, but it will air on WGN TV in Chicago, and between you, me and the rest of the internet, someone is going to have a stream of the game online by game time tomorrow. Either I or Paul will set up some sort of game thread so that we can discuss this concept of illegal streaming and how it's morally murky (links to said streams probably included).

2. The Red Wings also play against the Blackhawks on Wednesday at 7:30 and against the Penguins on Thursday at 7:30, with both games occurring at Joe Louis Arena and on Fox Sports Detroit. Fewer of you will be needing to discuss the morality of illegal streams then, but the whole conversation about the game part is still a good thing. I will be driving home on Wednesday.

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Holland on enforcers and writing made easy

This Canadian Press story sure feels like something that has become a common theme--ask Ken Holland about the role of enforcers in the NHL, and get a "lede,"  also known as a headline. So here is Ken Holland on enforcers, and a lede.

Goons are pretty much gone in the NHL. More and more teams are rolling four lines of forwards who can skate — and score. The days of having seldom-used tough guys on the fourth line just to throw punches or protect stars are over.

"One-dimensional players are almost extinct," Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "The game is faster than ever. Teams that used to want a physical and intimidation factor on the fourth line now are more interested in having four lines that can contribute offensively and play with discipline to stay out of the penalty box."

Fights are down, and playing time is up for more players.

There were 0.63 fighting majors per game last season, the seventh straight year in which there was a decline, according to STATS. And, the number of forwards who play 10-plus minutes has been trending up for years.

"Because of the competitiveness of our league, teams are more focused on having skilled players to make a difference," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said.

Here the denouement (a fancy French word for the end, and in terms of the "spirit of the thing," the "payoff"):

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Training camp ‘15: Impressions from the Red vs. White game

The Red Wings concluded training camp with a short practice for the non-participants in the Red vs. White game and then the Red vs. White game itself; Team Red defeated Team White 6-2 on the strength of Anthony Mantha and Tomas Nosek goals, and Petr Mrazek and Tom McCollum couldn't out-duel Jimmy Howard and Jared Coreau.

Prior to the game, the following players took part in a practice that involved the non-participants--Richard Nedomlel, Adam Prochno, Nathan Paetsch, Jared Nightengale, Scott Czarnowczan, Martin Frk, Kurt Etchegary, Zach Nastasiuk, Colin Campbell, Joel Reichlicz, Marek Tvrdon, Mark Zengerle, Jake Paterson and some guy named Daniel Cleary, who honestly looks very good out there.

The non-participants worked on transition plays through the neutral zone and "gapping up" defensively before ending their scrimmage with an "everyone must score before we go off the ice" drill (which Nastasiuk failed), and they were off the ice at David's Rink by 11:05.

The West Rink slowly but surely came to life as fans piled in for the Red vs. White game itself, filling the stands, bleacher seats at the south end of the rink and mezzanine, and while the Red Wings only played 2 25-minute periods (with the last 5 minutes of the game yielding 3-on-3 play), the Wings delivered an incredibly entertaining product.

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Kris Draper talks Wings-Avs alumni rivalry

From the Denver Post's Mike Chambers:

At a Coors Field press conference Monday that included NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Avalanche owner Josh Kroenke and Gov. John Hickenlooper, a guy from Detroit stole the show. Kris Draper, the former Red Wings forward and current Red Wings executive, made the most poignant message: fierce rivalry hockey might go beyond the Feb. 27 NHL Stadium Series between Detroit and Colorado.

Draper suggested the Feb. 26 alumni game between the organizations might be just as entertaining. The 20-man rosters for that game will be comprised of those who played for the Avs or Wings from 1996 to 2002 — a seven-year span in which the teams combined to win the Stanley Cup five times.

"What we went through in 1996 to 2002, I guess it's going to be interesting to see how that game plays out," Draper said. "Every time the Detroit Red Wings get mentioned up here, everyone kind of smiles and laughs. I think I know why."

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Sakic will play in the alumni game along with Avs coach Patrick Roy and former teammates and fellow Hockey Hall of Famers Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake. Others former stars such as Adam Foote and Milan Hejduk also will play.

Draper said the Red Wings will counter with Hall of Famers Steve Yzerman and Paul Coffey and 2015 inductees Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom, plus goalies Chris Osgood and Mike Vernon. Draper hopes to also recruit Hall of Fame goalie Dominic Hasek.

"We have some outstanding names that were apart of, to me, probably the most heated rivalry in professional sports from 1996 to 2002," Draper said. "Some of the greatest hockey players that ever played our game, guys that continue to go into the Hall of Fame."

Continued, and here's Draper speaking via the NHL Network and RedWingsFeed:

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Training camp ‘15: MSM takes from the final day of training camp & Red vs. White game

Updated 2x at 5:11 PM: I'm staying in Traverse City this evening, so I have the luxury of taking a little longer to file my impressions of the Red vs. White game; the Wings' media corps is leaving early, so their takes on the 6-2 Team Red win and the comments made after said game are going to hit the wires before mine.

The Free Press's Helene St. James took note of Anthony Mantha's performance during the game...

Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha contributed two goals to lead the Red team past the White team, 6-2, in today’s end-of-training camp scrimmage at Centre Ice Arena. Tuesday, he will be part of the group that travels to play an exhibition at the Chicago Blackhawks.

"I can't wait for the puck to drop tomorrow night," Mantha said. "I will try to do the same thing as tonight, bring some offense, play good defensively, get my game going."

Mantha, Detroit's first-round pick from 2013, is penned onto a line with 2014 first-round pick Dylan Larkin and Teemu Pulkkinen.

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Roose: Jerome Verrier’s going to college

From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

No news as to whether Verrier will play hockey at McGill.

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Training camp ‘15: Audio from Helm, Kronwall, Mantha and coach Blashill after the Red vs. White game

The Red Wings conducted their final day of training camp at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City today, having a practice for mostly Grand Rapids Griffins and Toledo Walleye-bound players before staging their annual Red vs. White game.

The Red vs. White game consisted of 2 25-minute periods, with the last 5 minutes played 3-on-3, and Anthony Mantha had 2 goals Tomas Nosek had 2 goals, Andreas Athanasiou had a goal and 2 assists, Tyler Bertuzzi had 2 assists and Tomas Tatar had 2 assists en route to Team Red's 6-2 win over Team White.

After the game, Darren Helm spoke with the media, and while admitting that he still feels a little "off" and that he's dealing with headaches, Helm suggested that he should be back on or just after the Wings' home opener against Toronto on October 9th, and he suggested that he's going to have to win his spot on the Richards-Tatar line back:

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