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from Steve Loung of Sportsnet,
Blashill tenure in Detroit begins with the team facing a number of questions. Pavel Datsyuk will likely miss the beginning of the season, and at age 37 with a history of injury issues, there’s a good chance he could go down again this season.
Fellow forward Johan Franzen will be turning 36 this season and his opening-night status remains up in the air as he tries to recover from a concussion he sustained back in Jan. 6.
And then there’s Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall. While these two will likely be ready to go when puck drops, they aren’t exactly spring chickens either.
It’s no secret that the Red Wings’ core is getting up there in age and that a decline in production is more than likely from its ageing stars. On the other hand, Detroit also has quite a bit of young talent that Blashill has coached before in Grand Rapids. This creates an interesting dynamic between the old guard and an exciting crop of youngsters.
Does Blashill, a rookie NHL coach, have the skills needed to control this diverse dressing room and lead Detroit back to the playoffs for a 25th straight season?
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. Comcast Sportsnet Chicago posted a highlight clip from the Wings' 5-4 preseason loss last night:
The Detroit Red Wings opened the preseason with a wild and woolly 5-4 OT loss to Chicago, and here is a very exhausted blogger's "quick take" on said tilt, written mostly during the 2nd and 3rd periods:
If you feel like discussing tonight's preseason game with the Wings taking on the Blackhawks, feel free to do so. The game starts just after 8:30pm ET.
WGN is supposed to be covering the game, but reading comments from some KK members, it may be hard to come by.
Mlive mentioned the Wings will be audio streaming on their website and reports the NHL Network will replay the game at 1:00am ET,
With that, your comments are welcomed.
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Johan Franzen spoke with WXYZ's Brad Galli regarding his attempts to recover from post-concussion syndrome, and Franzen's blunt regarding the concept that his career could be over if he's concussed again:
2. The Free Press's Helene St. James penned an article discussing Alexey Marchenko's maturation into an NHL-ready defenseman...
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon/evening:
The Wings open their exhibition season against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight (8:30 PM EDT on WGN), and we know the Red Wings' lineup, per DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...
And the Hawks' lines, via MLive's Ansar Khan and the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus:
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."
read on for more on the Wings...
I will probably add to this post as more post-practice reports file in...
added 1:16pm, from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
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...
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.
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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