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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.
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.
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.”
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:
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...
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.”
added 1:35pm, Below, watch almost seven minutes of Jeff Blashill after the skate today...
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.
From the Red Wings:
RED WINGS TO WEAR COMMEMORATIVE PATCH AND PAINT #9 IN ICE AT JOE LOUIS ARENA TO HONOR GORDIE HOWE
... 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.
Here's are the lineups for tonight's Red Wings-Penguins game (7:30 PM EDT, no TV, WWJ 950 and "105.9 the X" radio)...
And as an FYI:
Frans Nielsen answered five questions asked by NHL.com's Dan Rosen--mostly involving the World Cup of Hockey--and the final question involved Nielsen's new team:
Whenever this is done you're going to leave here and go to Detroit, a brand new city and brand new team for you, where you're going to be replacing a legend in Pavel Datsyuk. Is there any trepidation, any nerves about that? Have you even had time to think about what's to come still?
"I had all summer. I haven't now because I'm doing this, but I'm really excited to go to Detroit. With the history, it's really a hockey market. Being a part of that, an Original Six team. Hopefully no one thinks I'm going to go in and do exactly what Pavel did. I don't think anyone can do that. But I'm really excited about the opportunity. It's a young team but a lot of skill and you're going to get to play with some good players there. Henrik Zetterberg is the one player I have always looked up to, so I'm really excited about getting the chance to play with him. Everywhere I meet people that played in Detroit they have nothing bad to say about it. They say it's first class, everything. Where the players live, they say it's the best. I'm really excited about it."
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