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Evgeny Svechnikov Flashes His Talent

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings were looking for a goal scorer when they used the 19th overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft on a big Russian forward from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Tuesday night, Evgeny Svechnikov gave the Red Wings a glimpse of what they hope to see sometime in the not-too-distant future.

Svechnikov scored his first goal in a Red Wings uniform during a 4-2 preseason victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Joe Louis Arena....

"He's a guy that shows the flashes of high-end skill and so it was good to see him get the goal," said Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill. "Overall, I thought his game was pretty good. He's strong. He's got to learn to make sure he moves his feet all the time, so he doesn't reach and hold and hook.

"That's an area of his game he's going to have to get better at, but he's strong and has good creativity and great hands, so good for him."


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Krupa profiles the ‘ten oldest living Wings’

From the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

Most played for the great Red Wings teams that won four Stanley Cups in six years during the 1950s. Some, by dint of fate, scarcely missed the opportunity.

They are the 10 oldest Red Wings — Jim Conacher, 95; Steve Wojciechowski, 93; Pete Babando, 91; Ted Lindsay, 90; Red Kelly, 89; Dunc Fisher, 89; Tom McGrattan, 88; Marty Pavelich, 88; Benny Woit, 88; and Ed Sandford, 88.

They are the Wings the parents of the Baby Boom watched and the early Boomers recall from childhood.

Gone are Gordie Howe and Bill Gadsby, who died this year.

In the Hockey Hall of Fame are Lindsay, Kelly and Pavelich, who played on all four Stanley Cup winning squads.

“At that time,” said Pavelich, who has lived in Montana for years, “you had Gordie as a youngster, you had Ted Lindsay as a youngster, you had Red Kelly, you had myself, (Terry) Sawchuk, and you had some of the older guys, Sid Abel and Jack Stewart and Leo Riese. So it was a real mixture. And the chemistry was unbelievable at that time.”


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Red Wings at the World Cup: Tomas Tatar scores in Europe’s loss to Canada

Team Europe lost 3-1 to Canada in the World Cup of Hockey's final, and as such, Europe will have to win the next two games to wrest the World Cup title from Canada.

Tomas Tatar scored Europe's goal, and he had 4 shots, a blocked attempt, a takeaway and a blocked shot in 20:33 played:

Frans Nielsen had some bad luck on the night, finishing at -2 with 2 shots, 6 more attempts (including 5 missed shots), a hit, 2 giveaways, a takeaway and a 4-and-6 faceoff record in 15:15 played;

And Thomas Vanek had 4 shots, a missed attempt, a takeaway and an 0-and-2 faceoff record in 14:00 played.

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The Hockey News issues a Red Wings season preview

The Hockey News issued a Red Wings season preview, and they're predicting the Wings to finish out of the playoffs this year:

-Does the playoff streak end this year? Yes, 25 years will be the capper. The Red Wings have simply lost too much top-end talent the past few years, and Pavel Datsyuk’s Russian retirement surely seals their fate. Without Datsyuk, Detroit returns just one player who tallied more than 45 points last year: captain Henrik Zetterberg (a team-leading 50 points). Thomas Vanek sure isn’t going to move mountains, and Frans Nielsen’s impact will be more in the two-way department. Plus, Tomas Jurco may start the season on the shelf while recovering from a back injury – and he was a guy they needed to make a leap this year.

-Who will be the most effective defenseman? With Niklas Kronwall’s career on the wrong side of a tipping point, it might be Danny DeKeyser. The Red Wings had incredibly stratified usage when it came to their blueline last year, and DeKeyser played the toughest minutes of all. Second place went to Kyle Quincey, but he’s gone. At least one more salvageable season from Kronwall would go a very long way, but he already has a knee problem that kept him from the World Cup.

-What can we expect from Dylan Larkin? Continued ascent, for sure. Larkin labored in the second half of his rookie campaign, and coming off one year in college (where the game schedule is light) may have been a factor. But now the splendid young center knows what to expect, and the speed he used as jet fuel during all-star weekend festivities will be used even more effectively thanks to a full summer of training. Once Larkin really takes hold, he’s the offensive heir apparent to the outgoing Zetterberg/Datsyuk alliance.

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The World Cup isn’t a drag, but it’s dragged on…

Thomas Vanek ad several World Cup of Hockey "veterans" spoke with the National Post's Michael Tarikos regarding what's becoming something of an extended vacation from the NHL:

It was fun while it lasted. And if you want to be specific, the fun pretty much lasted right up until Team North America was eliminated from the World Cup of Hockey. Or when Sweden lost to Team Europe.

Now, with Canada playing in a championship final with an inevitable outcome, we are just counting down the days until the tournament is over, which could be Saturday if the best-of-three series goes the distance. Apparently, so are the players.

"If anything, it’s been long,” said Team Europe forward Thomas Vanek. “Guys like myself who have three kids at home, Face Time’s a good tool. But when you’re gone for three weeks… ”


For Vanek, who signed with the Detroit Red Wings in the summer, missing camp is especially difficult because it means less time to learn a new system and find chemistry with his new linemates.

“Sure, it’s (strange), especially for myself and Frans Nielsen both going to Detroit,” said Vanek. “I moved to Detroit in August and skated with a lot of those guys and got to know that stuff. And here, you’re getting your mind and hands going at a really high speed, which you can’t do in practice. That will help me out.”

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Evening news: On the Red vs. White Game, Svechnikov, World Cup returnees and Tatar

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Wings posted highlights of the Red vs. White Game:

2. The Red Wings also announced that they've released Luke Kirwan from his amateur try-out:

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A Stream Is Available For The Wings/Penguins Game Tonight

Some of you may be able to catch a live stream of the Wings/Penguins game which starts at 7:30pm ET.

See the details and link below...

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Evgeny Svechnikov Will Get A Look Tonight

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Evgeny Svechnikov, the delightfully personable Russian forward whom the Detroit Red Wings selected 19th overall in the 2015 NHL draft, is preparing for his first full season with the Grand Rapids Griffins in the AHL. He’ll first get a few looks first in the exhibition season, beginning with tonight's game against Pittsburgh at Joe Louis Arena.

“His impact on the game is going to be the biggest thing,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “He’s got an ability to make plays, he really likes to make plays. He probably likes to pass it more than he likes to shoot it even though he’s got a good shot. So we’ve got to get him to shoot the puck a little bit more.

“It will come down to how strong he is on the puck, how many plays he makes, and how he manages the game, making sure he doesn’t have turnovers in those critical areas.”

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added 1:35pm, Below, watch almost seven minutes of Jeff Blashill after the skate today...

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Jeff Blashill After Today’s Morning Skate

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Blashill said Abdelkader and Mrazek will join team for practice tomorrow. It won't play until Sunday at earliest.

Alexey Marchenko will join team for practice Friday.

Teemu Pulkkinen (shoulder) not cleared to play yet. Blashill said plan is to play him in one of final two preseason games.

Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall (knee) are day-to-day, Blashill said. Neither has practiced with team yet.

Blashill said Jimmy Howard and Jared Coreau will split time in net tonight.

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Red Wings to honor Gordie Howe with jersey patch, ‘9’ on JLA ice

From the Red Wings:

... Commemorative Patch to be Worn for all Home and Road Games This Season …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that the team will wear a commemorative patch on their jerseys for the duration of the 2016-17 regular season in honor of “Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe, who passed away in June at the age of 88.

The Red Wings will wear the commemorative “9” patch above the logo on the front of the jersey on the left side of the chest for all home and road games this season, starting with the Season Opener on Thursday, Oct. 13 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. The Red Wings will wear a white “9” patch on the red home jerseys and a red “9” patch on the white road jerseys.

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