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Wings Player Wants The Puck More

It is almost Friday evening so instead of the usual I am changing it up a bit...

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I need the puck more. I can't be chasing it around the ice a lot.  I have to have a quicker release and be ready to shoot the puck when I get it. I can't be afraid to shoot it. Sometimes you're always looking to pass; just shoot it on net and see what happens."

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Mike Babcock On A Few Players After Three Preseason Games

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

... how much can you tell after three preseason games, especially because it means some guys have played only one?

“It’s been good,” Mike Babcock said. “We’ve got one team that’s won both games and another team that’s lost in overtime. So, they’ve got to hold serve tomorrow.”

He ran through a list, using some nicknames, for players like Andersson, Luke Glendening, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, Gustav Nyquist, Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg and Stephen Weiss.

“I think Andy’s been really good,” Babcock said. “I think Glenie’s been really good. I think Sheahan and Jurco had their best games.

“Nyke’s got to get going. Mule’s got to get going. Z’s got to get going.

“Now, you can say all that — (but) they’ve played one game.

“So, it’s a process to get yourself to where you feel real good. That’s what they’re trying to do.”


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Wings’ Practice Update

Two practice sessions today, one at 10:00am and the other at 11:30am.

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Wings first practice group (those who didn't play last night) on the ice. Helm (broken nose) is skating.

Helm not taking part in line rushes, so he doesn't appear ready to play tomorrow.

Wings skating with these lines: Franzen-Zetterberg-Nyquist, Frk-Weiss-Ferraro, Porter-Glendening-Callahan, Barnes/Hoggan-Zengerle-Pulkkinen

No game today but on Saturday, the Bruins visit with puck drop just after 7:00pm.

added 10:30am, also via Khan,

On defense, DeKeyser-Kindl, Quincey-Smith, Lashoff-Backman. Extras: Paetsch-Evans. Gustavsson and Mrazek in goal with Coreau rotating in.

added 11:46am, via Khan, the second group is skating....

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Mike Babcock On The Play Of Tomas Nosek And Andrej Nestrasil

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Forwards Tomas Nosek and Andrej Nestrasil were two of the Detroit Red Wings unknown commodities entering the preseason.

Nosek is new to North America after playing in the Czech Elite League the last three seasons while Nestrasil hadn't appeared in an NHL exhibition game during his first three pro seasons in the Red Wings' organization.

But the two Czechs took a step in the right direction Thursday night, getting a goal and an assist apiece in a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena.

"Nosek was really good, and Nestrasil is getting better," said coach Mike Babcock. "Those guys in particular were really good. (Nosek is) a man. He's smart, he's confident, he's a good player, he's got skill, he does good things. Big body, I really like him a lot.

"Nesty's a guy that struggled when he first started here and he's really got himself in shape and looks like he's going to be a player. Nosek is a player."


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Henrik Zetterberg On Playing at Joe Louis Arena And The New Rink

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"We look forward to it," said captain Henrik Zetterberg, noting how the project will connect to everything that is in place currently. "It's pretty cool. The arena itself will be amazing, just everything surrounding it. Obviously we'll be excited to go.

"But at the same time, we'll miss this place."

Joe Louis Arena doesn't have the amenities newer arenas have. But it's a hockey only facility that has seen a tremendous amount of success from the Red Wings over the years.

"For us players, you just go out there and look up in the rafters and see all the history you have in here," Zetterberg said. "It's basically the only hockey, hockey arena we have left. Most of the new buildings, they're built for more than just hockey. This one basically, it's a hockey arena and when you come in here, you feel it and smell it.

"It's a special place."

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Live Stream- Detroit Red Wings Arena District Groundbreaking Ceremony

Stream is scheduled to begin at 1:30pm ET and can be watched below...

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Wings/Blackhawks Roster For Tonight’s Game

Roster for tonight's game is below...

added 10:48am,


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Red Wings morning news: on rink groundbreaking, a team preview and prospect news

The Red Wings open their slate of four home exhibition games tonight against Chicago (7:30 PM EDT; no TV, The Game 88.7 in Chicago will stream audio; tonight is the first of two Zetterberg smoke detector collection nights; I'm heading home from Traverse City today, so Paul will be manning the blog).

As noted in the overnight report, we might find out more about the statuses of Darren Helm, Ryan Sproul, Pavel Datsyuk and even Daniel Alfredsson today, but this morning's set of Red Wings-related news articles mainly focuses upon the groundbreaking ceremony for the Red Wings' new rink, which will be streamed on Fox Sports Detroit at 1:30 PM and will involve a "Block Party" this evening (and a synthetic ice rink thereafter).

WXYZ filed a video report discussing said groundbreaking (via RedWingsFeed)...

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Wings CEO Tom Wilson beings the ‘transformative’ talk in earnest ahead of Wings rink groundbreaking

Updated 2x at 12:50 AM: So the Red Wings' rink-groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday (1:30 PM) will be streamed online on FoxSportsDetroit.com, I know that all of the TV, radio and print/web outlets that are able to attend will report on it, and of course there's the "Block Party" scheduled to take place that evening and going into this upcoming weekend...

But what we're most likely to hear on Thursday will involve a whole ton of, "When we build it, they will come" chatter about the rink-and-entertainment "District Detroit" being a transformative project, and it sounds like Olympia Entertainment president and CEO (and Red Wings CEO) Tom Wilson was preparing for the main event at the Big Ten Hockey Media Day at Joe Louis Arena.

Among the comments he made to the Detroit News's David Goricki...

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Red Wings early overnight report: on Wings-Hawks, Datsyuk, Alfredsson, Hicketts etc.

Updated 4x at 12:54 AM: It's time for the Final Traverse City Post Or Something Like it (yay!). I'm still going to be very quiet over the next two days (finally driving home tomorrow and hopefully resting on Friday), but if it's OK with you, I'd like to weigh in on the "news of the day."

You already know by now that Pavel Datsyuk's going to be out anywhere between 2 and 5 weeks with a separated shoulder (way to blame the victim and then ramble on about "rebuild time," the Hockey News's Ken Campbell; Rob Scuderi's the idiot that ran him into the glass/bench stanchion, and yes, 8 exhibition games in 13 nights is loony, but you can't just not play veterans), you know that we may or may not find out that Daniel Alfredsson's skating at the Joe tomorrow, and you know that the Wings signed Joe Hicketts to an entry-level contract that was earned.

After tomorrow's rink groundbreaking ceremony, the Red Wings have an actual game to play tomorrow evening--though they did not practice today. They host the Blackhawks (7:30 PM, no TV, no radio save Chicago's The Game 88.7; the annual Zetterberg smoke detector collection begins tomorrow), and after the Hawks took a 2-1 OT decision from the Wings on Tuesday evening, it sounds like the Hawks will be bringing a slightly-less-stacked lineup to the Joe (with no possibility of a Teuvo Teravainen vs. Teemu Pulkkinen reunion, either):

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