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Red Wings at the World Cup: Tomas Tatar delivers in Europe’s OT win over Sweden

The Detroit Red Wings' Europeans had a fine showing at the World Cup's semifinal game, with Tomas Tatar scoring the 2-1 and 3-2 OT goals for Team Europe as Europe defeated Sweden 3-2.

Tatar finished with 2 goals on 5 shots and a +1 in 15:17 played;

Thomas Vanek had an "almost" that squeaked through Henrik Lundqvist but went wide, 3 shots, a giveaway and a takeaway in 13:59 played;

And Frans Nielsen had a shot, 2 blocked shots, 2 takeaways and a 64% faceoff winning percentage in 20:11 played.

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Red Wings make first cuts

From the Red Wings:

Here's the press release:

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Audio from the third day of Red Wings training camp ‘16: Jensen, G. Smith, Ott, DeKeyser & Blashill

The Red Wings took part in a complicated set of drills at today's third and final training camp sesson. Tomorrow, the Wings will hold a "Red vs. White Game" at noon, and on Tuesday, the exhibition season begins with a home game against Pittsburgh.

After a grueling set of practices that involved "skating tests" at the end of practice, the assembled media spoke with an ecclectic set of players.

Nick Jensen discussed "trying out for all 30 teams" if he's not able to make the Red Wings roster and is subjected to waivers, and Jensen spoke very confidently regarding the assets he brings to the table:

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Rosters announced for ‘Red vs. White’ game

Here are the rosters for Monday's Red vs. White game at Centre ICE Arena (12 PM EDT start):

Matt Ford will also play for the white team.

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The Ashes Of Gordie Howe Are Home

added 1:02pm, Another pictture below....

added 3:53pm, A story from CBC also below...

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Video- Three Minutes With Andreas Athanasiou

via Fox SportsDetroit YouTube channel,

Ken Daniels catches up with Red Wings speedster Andreas Athanasiou.


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Trouba to Detroit is an unlikely fit

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Rochester, Michigan native and Univeristy of Michigan alumnus Jacob Trouba has asked the Winnipeg Jets for a trade. According to TSN, Trouba's agent, Kurt Overhardt, asked the Jets to trade the 22-year-old restricted free agent this past May, and Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports that Trouba wants to play on the right side somewhere (you don't want to be a third-pair defenseman? There are organizations that can help you there, Jacob...And you're skating in Metro Detroit? One team can help you there...)...

I was at Centre ICE Arena watching the Wings' alums take part in the annual Celebrity and Alumni game when this news broke, so I'm just catching up with this, but if I were to hazard a guess as to what it would take the Wings to get Trouba...

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Red Wings at the World Cup: Marchenko’s Russians eliminated; Team Europe vs. Sweden Sunday

At the World Cup of Hockey...

Alexey Marchenko played 18:35, finishing with 3 hits, a blocked shot and a giveaway, finishing at -1 in Team Russia's 5-3 loss to Team Canada in the World Cup of Hockey. Pavel Datsyuk did not play due to a lower-body injury;

And ahead of tomorrow's game against Sweden (1 PM EDT on ESPN and Sportsnet), Frans Nielsen, one of three Red Wings playing for Team Europe (Thomas Vanek and Tomas Tatar are the others), had this to say about his team's status while speaking with the AP's Larry Lage:

"I know nobody really expected us to be here right now," Danish and Detroit Red Wings forward Frans Nielsen said Saturday. "But when you look in the room and go over the team, there's not a lot of players better than (Anze) Kopitar in this tournament. We got (Marian) Hossa. We got some good guys on the backend and good goaltending."

Update: From the Toronto Sun's Jon Matisz:

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MSM takes from the second day of Red Wings training camp

Updated 3x at 9:37 PM: The Red Wings' media corps was very busy today in Traverse City today, and the center of attention was forward Dylan Larkin, who's returned to Traverse City early after his World Cup experience with Team North America ended far too early for Larkin's liking.

The Free Press's Helene St. James noted that Larkin hopes to take ownership of a line this season:

Larkin’s relentless drive is part of why he, at just 20 years old, is entering his second NHL season. It’s one that both challenges and thrills, as coach Jeff Blashill wants Larkin to move from wing to center.

“That's kind of owning a line, right?” Larkin said. “You look at a guy like Henrik Zetterberg, he controls that line. If Z is not on that night, it’s going to be tough for other players.

“I’m going to have to work on face-offs and work on little details that are going to make me a better player all around and be better in the defensive zone. If it doesn't work, then he’ll change it. But if you look at the long picture of me being a Red Wing, it’s ultimately at center.”

The switch reflects how good of a skater Larkin is, how smart he is and how sound defensively he is. If he struggles too much on face-offs -- plans are to have teammate Luke Glendening help as a tutor -- maybe Larkin goes back to win. But with Pavel Datsyuk gone and Zetterberg ailing because of a knee injury, there’s a big opening to fill.

“He’s got a skill set that lends itself to center even better than wing because he likes to hunt pucks,” Blashill said. “As a center, you can kind of anticipate where the puck is going and go get it and get out of your zone. I know, when I talked to the USA Hockey world championship staff, John Hynes said he thought his defensive instincts were better at center. I think it just comes down to how quickly he can get real good at face-offs.

St. James continues, and she posted a video of Larkin's comments...

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Impressions from the second day of the Red Wings’ training camp ‘16

The Red Wings continued their training camp activities on Saturday, with Teams Lindsay, Howe and Yzerman engaging in breakouts, positional exchange drills and 3-on-3, 4-on-4 and 6-on-5 scrimmage play. A special guest, Dylan Larkin, joined the fray and played between Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha, and as you might expect, Larkin didn't look like he'd missed a minute of camp as he was fit and flashy from the World Cup of Hockey.

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