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Youth In The Spotlight In Detroit’s Win Over Chicago Last Night

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

With a sizeable portion of the team’s fan base solidly in their corner, judging by social media and the reaction of the fans in Joe Louis Arena, it may feel like a heady moment for the young guys.

But they are more aware of their situations trying to break into the NHL.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill said it is what it is.

“Obviously, I’ve talked about this lots in preseason, the lineups that you face are much different than we’re going to face in a little over a week,” Blashill said, reiterating a point he had made after the morning skate 11 hours earlier.

“I thought there were some things we did good. There were some breakouts we did a pretty good job with,” he said.

“I thought at times we were a little erratic… Obviously, you give up two flat-out breakaways: That’s not good enough.”


from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Martin Frk has been overshadowed by several fellow Detroit Red Wings' top picks and prospects, many of whom have developed faster and appear to have a higher ceiling.

The Red Wings haven't forgotten about Frk, a right wing with a tremendous shot they selected with the 49th pick in the 2012 draft. But his time is running short.

This is Frk's most important training camp and preseason because he no longer is waiver-exempt. If the Red Wings can't find a spot for him on their season-opening roster they risk losing him on waivers.


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Open Post- Wings/Blackhawks From The Joe

Puck drops just after 6:00pm ET and will be joined in progress on the NHL Network (at least for those in the Detroit market) after the Pens/Blue Jackets game ends.  That game started at 4pm.

You can also listen on WWJ radio.

Wings lineup is below.

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More Ice Time For Brendan Smith

from Mike Brudenell of the Detroit Free Press,

“I think the coaches are going to give me a bit more of an opportunity (to play),” Smith said. “I got to grasp that. I thought I played well last year. I just want to continue where I left off. I want to make good defensive passes and contribute offensively. But basically, I want to keep getting better and make more strides going forward.”

Smith believes he can be a leader on the ice.

“I’m excited,” he said. “Hopefully, I get more opportunity to play, get bigger minutes and hopefully … have that chance that my jersey is in the locker room all the time.”

Asked about his role on the power play, Smith seemed keen to be considered.

“Don’t know about that yet,” he said. “Nothing is written in stone and, even during the year, it’s not. But if you want to be on the power play, you’ve got to be productive. We’ll see how that goes.”

Wings coach Jeff Blashill said during the morning skate that he wants Smith to work on pushing up the ice and “be physical and get the stick on the puck.”

“One stick on the puck,” Blashill said. “It’s a stick-on-puck league. Be physical but get the stick on the puck.”


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TV Schedule and Lineups For Wings/Blackhawks Tonight

The Wings held an optional skate this moring in preparation for today's game against the Blackhawks.

The game starts just after 6:00pm ET and word is the NHL Network will join the game in progress after the 4pm Pittsburgh/Columbus game is over.  It is also on CSN Chicago+.

Expected lineups are below, looks like Chicago is going with the B team.

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Evening news: on Petr Mrazek, Robbie Russo, Saturday night notes and Jeff Hoggan’s new adventure

Of Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins-related note this evening, looking forward toward Sunday evening's game against the Chicago Blackhawks (6 PM EDT on the NHL Network "joined in progress," CSN Chicago Plus and WWJ 950 AM):

1. Petr Mrazek returned to the Red Wings from the World Cup of Hockey on Saturday, and he spoke with the Free Press's Helene St. James regarding his outlook for this upcoming season:

“l’m really excited,” Mrazek said Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. “It’s always been good when I’ve played 50 or more games, so I hope I’m ready for it.”

Mrazek said he did “some new stuff” with recently promoted goaltending coach Jeff Salajko. “I really like it and I did it during the World Cup as well with the goalie coach from Czech. We work on some stuff and I feel really well in those situations.”

The Wings eye Mrazek as their main guy in goal, a role he has earned over the past few seasons with overall good play. Exorcising the slump that has plagued him seasonally should come as Mrazek, 24, gains more experience.

“He’s got great confidence,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “He’s got a real short memory which is a real good thing as a goalie. He's got real good athletic ability. The No. 1 thing is fundamentals and technique. As his fundamentals and technique improve, that drives consistency. We’d like him to become a top goaltender in the league, not just a good goaltender, and to do that, you have to be extraordinarily consistent and your fundamentals and technique have to carry you through times when the puck is bouncing in the wrong way.”

2. Coach Blashill also spoke about Wings prospect Robbie Russo, who is waiver-exempt but still in the competition for the last spot(s) on the Wings' blueline:

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St. James profiles Robbie Russo

The Free Press's Helene St. James wrote an article profiling Wings prospect Robbie Russo:

Russo is scheduled to be part of the Detroit Red Wings lineup Sunday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks, his second appearance this exhibition season. Russo came to camp with a bit of swagger after a stellar first season of pro hockey, as he produced 39 points in 71 games last season with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

“I played my game, developed good habits, moved the puck quick,” Russo said Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. “Those are my strengths and I’m going to try to use them and try to get here.”

Russo was a plus-2 in 20 minutes of ice time in the 5-1 victory over Boston on Wednesday, and “we were moving, so I think coach liked that,” Russo said.

He did.

“Roos is a smart player,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “He manages the puck well. The biggest thing Roos has to get better at is his gap control. Every level you move up, it gets harder to give people space and he’s got to just continue to learn to trust his feet and gap up as much as you can and take away a little more time and space. As he gets better at that, I think it puts him in better position to be an NHL player.”

St. James continues, and she posted a video of Russo's remarks as well:

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Custance: Tatar’s World Cup performance bodes well for Wings

ESPN's Craig Custance wrote an Insider-only column discussing potential breakout players whose World Cup performances set the table for strong 2016-17 season performances, and he included a Red Wings player in the mix:

Tomas Tatar, W, Detroit Red Wings: Tatar was a big reason Europe was able to overachieve as much as they did, and that’s good news for Detroit. They’re loaded with forwards, so this does one of two things: Boost his trade value as they look for a defenseman or give him a positive performance on which to build heading into this season.

“I’ve known him for a long time. He’s playing hungry,” said Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara. “He’s hungry around the net.”

Because of this, he’ll no doubt be hungry for more playing time than he received in Detroit last season, where his ice time dropped from 16:13 per game to 14:21 last season during Jeff Blashill’s first campaign behind the bench.

Custance continues...

Update: The AP's Larry Lage profiled Tatar...

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Practice Tweets: Khan reports Mrazek in ‘starter’s net,’ Nosek back on ice

Updated 6x with a Robbie Russo video at 1:01 PM: After making a wide swath of cuts ahead of Grand Rapids Griffins training camp, a slimmer Red Wings roster took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena this morning. The Wings are preparing for Sunday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks (6 PM EDT on the NHL Network):

Khan continued:

#RedWings Petr Mrazek in starter's net. Blashill had indicated he would likely play against Blackhawks Sunday at JLA.


Tomas Nosek (knee) has joined #RedWings for practice.


#RedWings defense pairs in practice for 1st group (likely playing tomorrow):
Caito (extra)

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji weighed in:

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Crain’s Detroit Business’ Shea: Pistons in ‘serious talks’ to move downtown

Update: Double post, sorry!

From Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea:

For Tom Gores to move his Detroit Pistons to Little Caesars Arena, the venue has to look like it's theirs, too.

The basketball team cannot just be a tenant inside a 20,000-seat arena designed and decorated solely for the Detroit Red Wings, who are set to start playing hockey there next September.

Crain's first reported Friday that the Pistons are in serious talks to build a 60,000-square-foot practice facility north of the arena and move the National Basketball Association team from its Auburn Hills home to downtown.

That doesn't mean it's quite a done deal.

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Red Wings Make Roster Moves

Update: Here's the Wings' press release:

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