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Preview Of The Wings/Golden Knights Game Tonight

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Ericsson, 33, has played in 533 career games, more than any other player from the ninth round of that draft.

The closest comparables are Dennis Wideman, chosen with the 241st pick in the eighth round, who played in 815 games and Maxime Talbot, taken with the 234th pick in the eighth round, who played in 704 games.

Neither Wideman nor Talbot is currently playing in the NHL.

With the injury to Danny DeKeyser, Wings coach Jeff Blashill put Ericsson on the top pair with Trevor Daley Thursday in Arizona.

Ericsson had 31 shifts for 21:52, assisted on Frans Nielsen's empty-net goal, had one shot, three hits, two blocked shots and finished a team-best plus-3.

"I thought Jon Ericsson was great, I thought he was excellent," Blashill said. "I thought he was a huge impact in the game, real strong, moved the puck real well. When he uses his size to give himself a couple extra seconds, he's just a real good player, so I thought he did a real good job."

more on Ericsson and other topics including thw Wings' view of Vegas.

Below, from the Vegas Golden Knights side...

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Martin Frk Perfecting His Skill

As a kid, his dad used to cut out the corners of the net to give him something to aim at while he spent hours shooting. He worked and worked, living by the philosophy that if you have a special skill, you don’t necessarily spend all your energy rounding everything else out. You instead perfect that skill. That goal was the payoff.

That's Craig Custance on Martin Frk.  Custance has an excellent piece on Frk at The Athletic (paid subscription).

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It’s An Optional Game Day Skate For The Wings

A few Wings are on the ice in Las Vegas for a very optional skate.

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On To Las Vegas Where A More Festive Crowd Is Expected

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

There was a solemn mood to the start of the Golden Knights’ home opener, which came nine days after the Oct. 1 mass shooting on the Strip.

Expect a more festive atmosphere Friday.

The Knights plan to unveil an elaborate pregame show prior to their 7:30 p.m. game against the Detroit Red Wings along with several in-game entertainment productions that originally were scheduled to debut Tuesday....

The Red Wings also are expected to have a large legion of fans at T-Mobile Arena, and Knights coach Gerard Gallant said that should enhance the environment even further.

“I think it’s going to be great,” Gallant said, “but I hope our fans are cheering for us more than they’re cheering for the other teams.”...

Gallant, who played in Detroit from 1984-93, said he remains close with several members of the Red Wings’ organization, notably general manager Ken Holland, but no longer gets sentimental facing the winged wheel.

“I loved my time in Detroit. They were great to me … but I’m trying to beat them now,” Gallant said. “I’m trying to represent the Vegas Knights and I’m trying to win every night.”


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Video- Recapping Detroit’s Win Over Arizona

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Luke Glendening gave the Wings their first lead of the game with 3:24 to go in regulation when he scored during the Coyotes’ sixth power play. Martin Frk scored a power play and Jimmy Howard made 33 saves as the Wings beat the Arizona Coyotes, 4-2, at Gila River Arena Thursday.

“In this league, special teams and goaltending is a huge factor in wins and losses,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “That was the difference in the game - we won the specialty teams battle because of the shorthanded goal. Our penalty kill got us through a really bad first period. And then the power play goal by Frky, he’s got that dangerous shot.”


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Frk (power play) and Henrik Zetterberg scored second-period goals, both assisted by Mike Green, who is tied for the NHL lead with eight assists.

Frk opened the Red Wings’ scoring with his team-leading third goal.

On the power play Green fed Frk near the top of the circle, and Frk unloaded his powerful one-timer that handcuffed Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue — who replaced an injured Antti Raanta — tying the game 1-1.

“I’m just living the dream,” said Frk, who has taken advantage of Andreas Athanasiou’s contract stalemate to earn a roster spot. “I didn’t think I’d have three goals in four games. I’m just enjoying every game and trying to help the team win.”


Below Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website and extended game highlights...

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Questions For Khan

Ansar Khan answered questions from the fans today...

Q: I think it is safe to say the Red Wings have a salary problem. A lot of long deals with players that are hurting us. How are the Wings going to be able to sign guys like Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha next summer? The (Tomas) Tatar deal really seems like it is hurting us now, especially, with Athanasiou not signed yet. The only two salaries I see that expire at the end of this coming season are (Mike) Green and Mrazek. I can’t imagine this team is going to make the playoffs, but is that the only way for the Wings to re-sign those two guys is by trading the aforementioned?

A: You can argue Tatar is making slightly more than he should at $5.3 million per season, but not it’s not outrageous, based on Gustav Nyquist’s salary ($4.75 million). And Tatar’s deal has absolutely nothing to do with Athanasiou being unsigned. Even if Tatar had signed for $4.5 million, giving the Red Wings an additional $800,000 to play with, they’d still be in the same predicament with Athanasiou because, like I stated earlier, the club doesn’t believe a player with 27 goals and 43 points in 101 games is worth more than $1.9 million per season, regardless of his huge potential.

They’ll be able to offer Larkin and Mantha fair-market value. No concern there. They obviously are building blocks for the future and priorities to keep in the fold. They’ll have ample cap space for those signings and other moves (signing Frk and Tyler Bertuzzi) if Green and Mrazek are off the books ($10 million combined). 

more Athanasiou questions plus other topics too...

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Red Wings-Coyotes quick take: a classic ‘late night steal’ in Arizona

The Red Wings continued their short West Coast swing with a visit to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, with the Wings hoping to rally from a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

The Wings ended up pulling out a gutsy win, rallying from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits en route to a 4-2 decision over the Arizona Coyotes, a win in which Mike Green had 2 assists, Dylan Larkin had 2 assists, Martin Frk scored a clutch goal, Henrik Zetterberg and Luke Glendening scored some others, and in addition to receiving a fine performance from Jimmy Howard (33 saves), Jonathan Ericsson of all people had an assist and drew two penalties for the visiting team.

Now the Wings head to Las Vegas to play the Golden Knights (10:30 PM EDT on FSD/97.1 FM) hoping to salvage a what is currently a 1-and-1 road trip.

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Krupa: Yes, the goal horn at LCA is a recording

From the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

“The simple truth is we wanted to bring the old horn over, and the old horn is a tiny little horn, believe it or not,” said Tom Wilson, president of Olympia Entertainment. “It just never was going to fill the volume we need.”

The so-called bowl portions of the two buildings are simply too different, he said.

“What we’ve got is, it’s probably triple the volume and totally different acoustics,” in Little Caesars Arena, Wilson said. “It would be more like a beep, you know? As opposed to what we’re used to. So, we just made the decision to tape the sound, which we did over the summer, and magnify it, so it would be as close to the sound that people remember.”

And so, at 5:20 of the second period in the 4-2 opening-night win against the Wild, when Martin Frk fired a shot off Anthony Mantha’s thigh, the puck plopped to the ice and Mantha ripped it in from point-blank range for the first Wings’ goal of all time in Little Caesars Arena, fans heard the amplified sound of the old goal horn, for the first time.

“You still have to handle it the old way,” Wilson said. “If you want it to sound for 10 seconds, you’ve got to hold the button down for 10 seconds. But it is a taped sound.”


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‘Tip a Griffin’ to take place on October 18th

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins’ popular Tip-A-Griffin fundraiser returns for its 11th edition on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 6-8 p.m., when team players, coaches and hockey staff will trade in their jerseys for aprons to help serve and wait tables at all five Uccello’s Ristorante locations in West Michigan.

Each of the five locations will feature a raffle with items that include Griffins memorabilia, ticket packages and various gifts from sponsors. Griffins personnel will wear aprons that will be signed and auctioned off at the end of the event. Beloved mascots Griff and Finn will make appearances at select locations.

Donations and raffle proceeds will benefit the Griffins Youth Foundation. In its previous 10 versions, Tip-A-Griffin raised nearly $85,000 for various local charities.

The Griffins will be dispersed to each location as follows (lineups subject to change):

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Jeff Blashill Wants To Make Sure Riley Sheahan Plays With Confidence

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Jeff Blashill pulled Riley Sheahan aside and gave the Detroit Red Wings forward a message....

“The biggest thing I just wanted to make sure with him is that he keeps his confidence up,” Blashill said Thursday at Gila River Arena, where the Wings were scheduled to play an evening game against the Arizona Coyotes. “Riley is a 12-13 goal scorer in this league. He has proven that. That wasn’t by fluke. It wasn’t because he was playing with certain guys. It was because that is what he is.”

Sheahan has started the season on the fourth line, but “the biggest thing with him is, he’s a guy who without question can move up the lineup,” Blashill said. “He’s done it before. He’s just got to make sure his game is ready whenever the door of opportunity opens.

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