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Early overnight report: On Q and A’s, events to come and a would-be vacuum salesman

Of very disparate Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. If you are interested in heading out to the Pure Michigan 400 in Brooklyn, MI this weekend, MLive's Taylor DesOrmeau reports that several sports luminaries will be holding Q and A sessions at the track...

Meeting your favorite driver

Numerous NASCAR drivers are making Q&A appearances throughout the weekend including Danica Patrick, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and others. Detroit Red Wings head coach and Pure Michigan 400 grand marshal Jeff Blashill also is conducting Q&As throughout the weekend.

For a full list of events in and around the track for fans, visit http://mispeedway.com


2. In the "future events" category, the Michigan Warriors hockey team will take on the Red Wings Alumni at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth this November 19th;

3. In the "present event" and prospect news category, the Champions Hockey League has started up, and Julius Vahatalo played center on TPS Turku's 4th line as TPS defeated Bili Tygri Liberec 2-1 in a shootout on Friday;

4. In the land of mischief, Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples navigates you through Johan Franzen's latest Instagram caper;

5. In the, "Would'a, could'a, should'a" department, from InfoNews.ca's Charlotte Heston:

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Reminder: Joe Kocur Foundation’s charity softball games take place on Saturday

Via RedWingsFeed, here's one more reminder that the Joe Kocur Foundation's charity softball games will take place on Saturday at Duck Lake Pines Park in Highland Township, MI--from WXYZ's Brad Galli:

Joe Kocur is hosting his annual softball games to benefit his foundation this Saturday.

The former Red Wings forward expects Dylan Larkin and some of his teammates to join Darren McCarty and other alumni.

Gates at Duck Lake Pines Park in Highland open at 11 a.m. There are three games: 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.

WXYZ's Brad Galli will participate in a game.

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Video- The Playoff Streak For The Detroit Red Wings Started In 1991

from awood40,

19 of the 20 Goals scored by Detroit Red Wings from the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

1991 was the first year of the Red Wings current Playoff Streak. This '91 squad is easily the worst team during the streak, as they finished with only 76 Points and 8 road wins.

They faced off against the St.Louis Blues in Round 1. The Blues finished 2nd in the league with 105 Points and were the heavy favorite going into the series. The Wings surprisingly took a 3-1 series lead, but eventually lost in 7 games. 

more includes a list of the goals scored by the Wings...


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Saginaw Spirit announce signing of Wings prospect Filip Hronek

Great news for the Red Wings; Filip Hronek will play for the OHL's Saginaw Spirit this upcoming season after spending his 2015-16 campaign shuffling from the Czech Extraliga to the Under-20 league and back:

Here's the Spirit's press release:

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‘Roughly Translated’: Tomas Tatar discusses the World Cup and his offseason outlook

Pravda.sk's Michal Gavron spoke with Tomas Tatar regarding a set of topics after Tatar was named the best Slovak forward via a poll of Slovak players. Here's a rough translation of Tatar's interview:

Tatar: Datsyuk will be missed. We understand that.

The award for the best forward in a poll of Slovak hockey players for 2016 is considered a great honor. Although Tomas Tatar (25) had a second season in the swing, he moved backwards.

"It's not fun when you're playing in a game in the lineup and then you're suddenly on the fourth line. It was a strange year, it's not for me," says the native of Dubinca. After September's World Cup, where he will play for Team Europe, he will begin his sixth season in the NHL.

What does it mean to you to e named the bet Slovak attacker of the 2015-16 season?

"It's a great honor. I'm glad I joined the other famous players who've won it before me. It's also a motivation for further work. It's a slightly different pace than the one I've won a few years ago as the best 20-year-old player. I want to thank everyone from my teammates to coaches and loved ones. I'm happy that I can hold this in my hands. With them I won't fail."

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‘Roughly Translated’: Tomas Jurco says his back surgery addressed a long-term problem

Tomas Jurco spoke with Hokej.sk's "Jazva" on Friday, addressing his back surgery, and here's a rough translation of the interview:

I underwent surgery, but it wasn't a training injury. It makes things right for Jurco overseas.

The past season in Detroit wasn't entirely to the liking of Tomas Jurco, who finished it but failed, though the World Championship lifted his mood considerably. As part of the championship in St. Petersburg, Jurco registered five points in seven games, and he embarked upon his summer training with maximum motivation. Under the supervision of fitness coach Daniel Kicura, he implemented the plans prepared by the Red Wings and everything seemed to indicate that he was taking the ideal route to travel overseas in healthy condition. But suddenly things went wrong.

"A week ago, I had back surgery, and my doctor then suggested four weeks of total rest. At this pint it's only rest, and while I'll be able to rehab and exercise, that will take a few more weeks," said the 23-year-old Kosice native in an interview with hokej.sk.

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Mid-day news: Kocur softball game reminders; Givani Smith’s hat trick; questioning Helm’s deal

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Joe Kocur Foundation's annual charity softball game takes place at Duck Lake Pines Park tomorrow. The Red Wings' Alumni Association has more info regarding the event...

And the Koccur Foundation revealed its celebrity lineup today:

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The Season Outlook For Danny DeKeyser

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2016-17 outlook: Niklas Kronwall's role and ice time likely is diminishing due to age and knee issues, Kyle Quincey is gone and no deal was made for a defenseman. That makes DeKeyser as important as ever on a blue line with many question marks.

DeKeyser will be the new workhorse, logging more minutes than anyone and matching up against top lines.

Entering the prime of his career, DeKeyser continues to be a strong puck-mover with good mobility and hockey senses. He makes good decisions.

He's not likely to see regular power-play duty and isn't relied on for offense but can contribute in that area (eight goals last season, 31 points the year before).

Coach Jeff Blashill planned on pairing Mike Green with DeKeyser at the start of last season before DeKeyser's injury scrapped that idea. Perhaps that idea will be revisited, as the defensively inclined DeKeyser would complement the more offensive-minded Green.


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‘Roughly Translated’: Niklas Kronwall addresses knee issues in interview with NHL’s Swedish website

NHL.com's report regarding Niklas Kronwall's knee issue comes from a longer article posted on NHL.com/sv, and here is a rough translation of Janne Bengtsson's conversation with Kronwall:

Complications Disturbing Kronwall's Way Back

Niklas Kronwall had, as you know, say no to the World Cup of Hockey. His injured knee isn't holding up for the game against the world's best players.

"It is what it is. It was sad to have to make the decision not to play, but injuries are part of the sport. Right now I don't know how it will be for the start of the season with Detroit, but I hope and believe that I'll be ready then," says Kronwall to NHL.com/sv.

"I head over to Detroit as early as next week. Right now we're just waiting for my partner's visa to get ready. Then we'll travel and stay in Detroit until next summer. I'll have everything examined there, and we'll see what we come up with."

It was in January that Niklas Kronwall had an arthroscopy, a so-called "keyhole" surgery in his knee. He missed five weeks of the season. But the knee needed to be further-strengthened, and Kronwall's worked with it over this summer.

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The overnight report: Mrazek’s mask, on Joe Hicketts, a Holland profile and Tweets of note

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Goalie mask artist David Gunnarsson has revealed Petr Mrazek's World Cup of Hockey mask:

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