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A quick note from the prospect tournament

Before I get into recapping things, the Detroit Red Wings' prospects rallied from a 4-2, 3rd period deficit to defeat the Dallas Stars' prospects 5-4 on the strength of a pair of Andreas Athanasiou goals and 3 assists from Dylan Larkin.

Detroit will play Columbus for the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup on Tuesday at 7 PM on Tuesday; they'll practice at 11 AM.

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‘Three Things’: On Paterson the starter, Mantha & Athanasiou, and Pulkkinen’s offensive chops

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage noted that the Red Wings' prospects will be backstopped by Jake Paterson this evening against Dallas (7 PM start at Centre ICE Arena)...

Paterson will start for the third straight game tonight, when the Red Wings play the Dallas Stars for a spot in Tuesday's championship game at Center I.C.E. Arena.

"It feels good," Paterson said of the confidence the Red Wings are showing in him. "Coming into camp, I wanted to get off on the right foot so to get two wins right off the bat, I think it's good. We need to win tonight to get into the finals so I know it's important.

"You come here to win the tournament so it's important to win tonight and give ourselves a chance to win the tournament."

Paterson, who played for the Red Wings when they won the tournament for the first time in 2013, has a 1.00 goals-against average and .963 save percentage and beating Carolina 1-0 and Chicago 3-2.

2. Hockey's Future's Sean Shapiro penned an article about Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou...

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Red Wings release training camp roster

From the Red Wings...

… Team Delvecchio, Team Howe and Team Lindsay to Skate at Centre Ice Arena from Sept. 17-21 …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today revealed their training camp roster, comprised of 72 players who will gear up for the 2015-16 campaign from Sept. 17-21 at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich. Camp begins on Thursday, Sept. 17 with the 16th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, leading up to four days of on-ice practices and scrimmages.

Detroit’s camp roster consists of 41 forwards, 24 defenseman and seven goaltenders. Red Wings players, prospects and tryouts will be split into three teams (Team Delvecchio, Team Howe and Team Lindsay) as they compete for roster spots during camp. Following the team’s annual Red & White Game on Monday, Sept. 21, players will break camp in preparation for three preseason games in three days, starting with a visit to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Detroit’s home preseason slate begins with back-to-back home games against Chicago on Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Pittsburgh on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Tickets for all events are available online at http://www.centreice.org Price.s for practice sessions are $10 for standing-room only, $15 for reserved seating and $20 for the mezzanine. Tickets for the Training Camp Alumni & Celebrity Game and Red & White Game will start at $20 for standing-room only, $25 for reserved seating and $30 for the mezzanine. Select 2015 training camp merchandise will also be available for purchase. For additional information, please contact the Centre Ice Arena offices at (231) 933-7465.

A complete training camp schedule is available here.

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Prospect tournament ‘15: Monday practice impressions

The Red Wings' prospects will face off against the Dallas Stars this evening in a game that could propel Detroit to the championship round of the prospect tournament (with Dallas having to defeat Detroit in regulation to negate a battle against Columbus tomorrow evening) and it looks like the Wings' lineup will include a couple of changes this evening:

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Wakiji: Justin Abdelkader hopes to continue producing at a 20-goal clip

From DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

If the Red Wings gave an award to most improved player, it probably would have gone to Justin Abdelkader last season.

Abdelkader, 28, more than doubled his career best in goals with 23 (previous high 10, done twice) and added 21 assists for 44 points in 71 games.

That's 16 points more than Abdelkader's previous high in points.

So what will Abdelkader do for an encore?

"Just build off last year," Abdelkader said after a recent informal skate at Joe Louis Arena. "Obviously I had a really good year. Confidence has grown each and every year and I think just gotta keep doing things right to put myself in position to succeed. Working hard every day, working on individual skill set during practice and bringing that during the game. I think just building off last year and working hard, doing whatever I can to put myself in that same position."

Continued...and if you're wondering whether the Wings held an informal skate today, the answer is that they were busy engaging in charitable work:

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The Detroit Red Wings Community Tour

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced the itinerary for the seventh annual MI Wings Community Tour, presented by ITC Holdings Corp., with two groups of Red Wings players scheduled to make four total stops, including to a military base, U.S. Coast Guard Station and two hospitals. All four stops on the community tour are closed to the public.

Four players – Justin Abdelkader, Jakub Kindl, Petr Mrazek and Tomas Tatar – will participate in the west leg of the tour starting with a visit to the U.S. Coast Guard Sector in Detroit to visit more than 100 U.S. Coast Guard members and take a ride on a 45-foot Rescue Boat along the Detroit River. The group will then travel to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., to visit with patients and their families in the hospital’s playroom.

Luke Glendening, Darren Helm, Brian Lashoff and Riley Sheahan will go on the east leg of the tour to visit cancer patients and participate in joint therapy exercises alongside patients at the MidMichigan Health Center in Midland, Mich. The group will continue to Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center in Grayling, Mich., where the players will witness roll-over demonstrations of various military vehicles and have an opportunity to fire weapons with the guidance of trained military members.

Every military member and hospital patient will receive a co-branded Detroit Red Wings and ITC autographed poster and goody bag with promotional items during the community tour.

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On Terry Sawchuk’s connections to Winnipeg

From the Winnipeg Free Press's Sheldon Birnie:

Winnipeg is a hockey town. Every neighbourhood has their outdoor rink in the winter, kids play ball hockey in the streets all year round, and the whole town goes crazy when the Jets win big.
It’s no surprise that the city has produced some of the game’s superstars over the years. But as times passes, legends fade, and heroes who once stood tall as giants are slowly forgotten.

"Currently, Jonathan Toews is Winnipeg’s hockey hero," said Danny Schur, writer, producer and director of a new film that looks to re-establish an old great into prominence in our city’s pantheon of bladed heroes.

Schur’s film Made in Winnipeg: The Terry Sawchuk Origin Story blends new interviews and dramatic historical re-enactments to tell the story of Terrence Gordon Sawchuk. Born and raised in the North End before moving across the Red River to East Kildonan, Sawchuk went on to play an incredible 21 seasons as a goalie in the National Hockey League.

"For me, Sawchuk redefines ‘iron man’ athlete," said Schur, an in-demand goalie himself in Winnipeg’s adult rec leagues. "He became this huger than life icon to Winnipeggers, and specifically Ukrainian Canadians."


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Prospect tournament ‘15: Audio from Monday’s morning skate (coach Nelson, Marsh, Nastasiuk, Lemcke)

The stakes are particularly high for the Red Wings and Dallas Stars heading into tonight's game at Centre ICE Arena (7 PM start), as DallasStars.com's Mark Stepneski notes...

If the Red Wings win, they'll advance to the championship game on Tuesday; if the Wings don't win, they will most likely play in the 3rd place game.

After practice, the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau and I spoke with Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson regarding the challenges his team faces going into tonight's game against Dallas, the pressure of heading to the championship game as it happens to represent an opportunity to win the Matthew Wuest Cup, getting off to a stronger, steadier start, going with the hot hand in net in Jake Paterson (Adam Marsh and Justin Lemcke are also in the lineup tonight, replacing Kurt Etchegary and Jalen Chatfield) and generating more offense against the speedy Stars:

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Morning news: On the prospect tournament, Jurco, DeKeyser and Quincey on Blash and Minister Mickey

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage summarizes the Red Wings prospects' situation as they prepare for tonight's game against the Dallas Stars (7 PM at Centre ICE Arena):

The stakes tonight are simple for the Detroit Red Wings. A victory over the Dallas Stars will assure them of a spot in Tuesday's championship game of their prospects tournament at Centre I.C.E. Arena.

They'll also advance if they reach overtime regardless of who wins.

The Red Wings (2-0) lead the Gordie Howe Division with six points, two more than Dallas. They'd finish with nine if they win tonight in regulation and would finish with seven if they lose in overtime or a shootout.

The most the Stars (1-0-1) can finish with is seven if they win in regulation. If the game goes to OT, the most points the Stars could finish with would be six.

Teams are awarded three points for a regulation victory, two for winning in overtime or a shootout, and one for losing in OT or a shootout.

Savage continues with statistical notes...

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Red Wings introduce ‘clear bag policy’ at Joe Louis Arena

From the Red Wings:

... New Clear Bag Policy Limits the Size and Type of Bags Permitted Into The Joe …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced a new clear bag policy for all Red Wings games held at Joe Louis Arena to provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite entry for fans.

Fans who have non-compliant bags will be asked to return their bags to their cars.

Beginning with the Red Wings first preseason home game on Tuesday, Sept. 23 against the Chicago Blackhawks, fans will only be able to carry the following style and size bag, package or container into Joe Louis Arena for all Red Wings games. Guests with a non-compliant bag will be asked to return their bag to their vehicle before entering The Joe.

  •     Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.”
  •     One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar style).
  •     Small clutch bags not exceeding 9” x 6” – approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap – can be taken into The Joe with one of the clear plastic bag options above.

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