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Jeff Blashill On Mike Green And Danny DeKeyser

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"He's got elite skill," coach Jeff Blashill said. "It's one thing to be an offensive defenseman and have good offensive skill, he's got elite offensive skill. The right shot has been talked about lots over the years. I think more importantly than the right shot is the skill set he brings. It's going to be fun to watch.

"We hope him and Danny DeKeyser can create good chemistry. We hope that they can go back and break pucks out and not spend a lot of time in the defensive zone. Both are very capable defenders. We expect them to defend when they're in those spots, we want to be out of the zone as fast as we can. We think those guys can do it."

The defensive ace DeKeyser was a natural fit to pair with Green.

"They both skate well; they both pass the puck extremely well," Blashill said. "They both got real good poise."

Blashill thinks as highly of DeKeyser as did former coach Mike Babcock.

"I think Danny is an elite player in the league. I think Danny is an underrated player nationally," Blashill said. "think he gets the respect he probably deserves. If he is put in situations where there's breakdowns he can make up for a lot of different players' mistakes. He has the ability to make a ton of defensive plays with his stick, breaking up two-on-ones, things like that. He's got great recoverability. I think Danny just ultimately is an elite player and I think putting him with Green puts two elite players together."


added 1:32pm, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News on Jurco...

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Probable Wings Lineup For Tonight’s Preseason Game

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Wings' lines for tonight's preseason game vs. Blackhawks at JLA, based on the skate:
Jurco-Richards-Tatar ...

Third and fourth lines are:

Defense pairs:
Mrazek starting in goal, Coreau backing up.

added 11:01am, St. James has it a bit different...

added 11:20am, Chicago lineup is also below...

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Sportsnet Previews The Detroit Red Wings

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?


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Morning news: Wings-Hawks highlights; on Pulkkinen, Svechnikov and Franzen

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Comcast Sportsnet Chicago posted a highlight clip from the Wings' 5-4 preseason loss last night:

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Preseason quick take, Red Wings vs. Blackhawks: Early mistakes doom Wings

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:

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Open Post- Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks

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.

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Evening news: On Franzen, Marchenko and ‘split starts’

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...

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Afternoon/evening news: On the Wings-Hawks game’s prospect debuts, Howard vs. Mrazek and Smith

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:

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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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