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The Detroit Red Wings hope to keep the good times rolling against the Carolina Hurricanes this evening (7 PM EDT on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM) despite having arrived in Raleigh at nearly 1:30 AM the morning after Friday's 4-0 Wings win over Toronto.
The Wings are playing an opponent for whom things can only get better: the Hurricanes dropped a 2-1 decision to the Nashville Predators on Thursday, and they lost James Wisniewski's services to a torn ACL along the way.
On Friday evening, the Raleigh News & Observer's Luke DeCock was attempting to accenetuate the positive from Carolina's Thursday effort, but he wasn't doing very well:
We might be getting a little ahead of ourselves when someone like Sportnset's Chris Johnston suggests the following...
Larkin could be a Calder candidate…All the talk surrounding Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel has been great for the NHL, but on the flipside it has overshadowed a handful of talented rookies, one of those being Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings. Larkin, the 15th-overall pick from 2014, had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut Friday as his Red Wings stomped all over the Maple Leafs. Larkin became the youngest Red Wing to score since Keith Primeau in 1991.
But this is pretty cool...
The angles, the lines, the incessant talk, mostly about the coaching staff, nearly five months of that ended when the puck was dropped at Joe Louis Arena this evening, and the Red Wings gave everyone something to talk about, defeating Toronto 4-0 on the strength of 3 Justin Abdelkader goals, one by Dylan Larkin and three assists by Henrik Zetterberg--and a shutout by James Tiberius Howard, all en route to a win that the Wings made look easy.
Not just that, but it was a 4-0 win where the Red Wings gave fans curly fries while trying very, very, very hard to not run up the score to half-a-dozen or more on a structure-less Maple Leafs team.
He should keep wearing the $20 shield.
And it was a beauty:
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
Here is the Red Wings' Game Day Preview video:
WXYZ's Brad Galli also filed a report from the Joe...
Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery and Darren McCarty today, discussing Mike Babcock's decision to join the Maple Leafs, Jeff Blashill, the imminent opening night against Toronto and the Daniel Cleary situation:
Updated 3x at 1:12 PM: Per the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:
2/2 holland spoke to me yesterday about cleary's "passion for the game," & cleary's interest in management/player issues.
The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms...
Daniel Cleary not reporting to minors, according to Red Wings general manager Ken Holland
Ken Holland said it is between club and Daniel Cleary whether he gets paid salary, even as he told Wings he's not reporting to minors.
As does WXYZ's Brad Galli...
Dan Cleary is not reporting to Grand Rapids. He informed the Red Wings he has no intentions to play for the Griffins this season.
Ken Holland said Cleary told the team yesterday. The $950K he signed for? "That's between the club and Cleary," Holland said.
MLive's Ansar Khan...
Updated 13x at 3:14 PM: FTR: Tim Peel and TJ Luxmore will referee tonight's game, with Matt MacPherson and Don Henderson working the lines.
The Maple Leafs' morning skate is still underway ahead of tonight's game between Detroit and Toronto (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/Fox 2/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), but articles are already hitting the wires from the Wings' portion thereof.
Jeff Blashill addressed the media regarding his take on his official coaching debut, as CBS Detroit's Ashley Scoby noted...
Jeff Blashill, the new head man in Detroit, will lead the Wings against the Toronto Maple Leafs Friday, who is coached by Mike Babcock. Babcock left Detroit for the new gig last year, and the teams actually played each other last week in the preseason.
“It gave everybody a chance to ask some questions and gave us a chance to kind of work it out,” Blashill said about the dynamic of the Wings playing against their former coach. “It’s not as abnormal. Babs and I get along great. It was good to see him this week and good to see him a little bit here this morning.”
In the two-game preseason series last weekend, the Red Wings won both, 4-2 on Friday and 2-1 on Saturday.
But even though he has a full preseason of coaching this team under his belt, Blashill said he is still a little nervous about the season opener at Joe Louis Arena.
“I think when you step on the bench at the beginning of any season, at the beginning of any time you take a new job – anybody that’s taken a new job understands what that’s like,” Blashill said. “So I’m sure I will tonight, and I’d say most games I’ll have little butterflies to start.”
MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed the Wings' lines...
CBS Sports' Chris Peters goes out on a limb to suggest that the Red Wings will defeat the Maple Leafs tonight:
Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings, 7 p.m, ET
It's hard to imagine a more perfect opening night matchup for the Detroit Red Wings.
Not only is it the official start of the Jeff Blashill era as the team's newest head coach, but they're also taking on an original six rival when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Who just so happen to be coached by Mike Babcock, the man that stood behind the Red Wings bench at Joe Louis Arena for the past 10 years and compiled one of the best coaching resumes in the league, taking the team to two Stanley Cup Finals and winning the whole thing in 2008.
And now he's back behind the other bench.
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