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The Wings This Week

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have taken care of business five games into the season by beating a few teams they should have defeated on the way to a 4-1-0 start.

A bigger test comes this week, when the Red Wings face three of the tougher and more potent clubs in the Eastern Conference – Tampa Bay, Toronto and Washington.

Here are five things to watch this week:

How to solve Lightning?

The Red Wings have had more trouble with Tampa Bay than any other club the past few seasons, losing to the Lightning in the first round of the playoffs in 2015 and 2016 and having gone 0-6-1 in their past seven regular games against Steve Yzerman’s club. Tampa Bay visits Little Caesars Arena on Monday (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

The Lightning are coming off a disappointing season, having missed the playoffs, but many expect them to compete for the Stanley Cup this season. They are off to a 4-1-0 start, ranking sixth in the league in goals per game (4.00) and the power play (28.6 percent). Nikita Kucherov leads the team with eight points (five goals, three assists), but goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy’s goals-against average (3.20) is suffering behind some shoddy defensive play.

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Wings Aiming For Consistency

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Last season included many games in which an incomplete effort marred a match otherwise played well enough to wins. The Red Wings have talked about playing a more complete game. They still stymie their best intentions with uneven performance.

Their season may be a test of whether this lineup can accomplish the task, or the Wings and their fans remain patient for the development of a more talented roster, heralding easier, more frequent wins.

“I think a lot of it is mental, and there are little things in the game that decide whether the momentum comes right back to you or not,” Zetterberg said after practice Sunday.

“I don’t think there’s many perfect games out there. You’ve just got to shorten the bad moments, and try to find the ways to get the momentum on your side and play good.”

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Penalty Kill Has Been Good For The Wings

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

Defenseman Trevor Daley believes everyone on the team is making a contribution.

"I feel that we're finding different ways and different guys are contributing to winning," Daley said. "That's a recipe for a good team. With what you guys are talking about, the consistency, and get a little bit of run going here and a little confidence. A little swagger to our step is not a bad thing."

Captain Henrik Zetterberg knows how important special teams are and feels that the penalty kill has been a difference-maker in the early going.

"The penalty kill has been outstanding for us and really helped us win games," Zetterberg said. "sThe goaltending has been good. Petr (Mrazek) was fantastic in Vegas and (Jimmy) Howard's been good all his starts. Those two things but also I think we have a pretty even team. All four lines are doing well and all four lines can play in all situations. I think that's easy for the coach to put us out there."

Detroit is currently third in the league on the penalty kill at 91.3 percent.

Only the Ottawa Senators at 100 percent and the Los Angeles Kings at 94.4 percent are ahead of the Wings.

"That's going to be a huge part of it, with the way the penalties are being called," Daley said.

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Excerpt From Ken Daniel’s Book

from Ken Daniels at the Detroit Free Press,

"To my beautiful son, Jamie: his life story never got to be written, but his 23 years could have filled 300 pages with joy, caring, laughter, and loyalty, as his years did for us."

If people didn’t get my name correct by calling me using the surnames of one of the other too-many Kens, I would also be known as “There’s that Red Wings guy. He’s the one who does the games on TV.”

Now it’s become, “There’s that guy whose son passed away.”

That’s how I feel I’ve become known. And you know something, I don’t mind that at all. If that’s what it takes to keep my son in people’s thoughts, then I will gladly be known as “Jamie’s dad.”

My son, Jamie, died suddenly in his sleep in December 2016, as I was working on this book. It was a shock, a personal tragedy that no parent should ever know, being left to bury a child.

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Not Much To Update On Detroit’s Practice Today

via Dana Wakiji tweet,

DeKeyser (lower body) still not practicing with team.

If there is any more news, I will update.

Otherwise, enjoy your Sunday.

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The Latest Update On Andreas Athanasiou

Nick Kypreos reported on Saturday Headlines the agent for AA met with Ken Holland in Arizona on Thursday.

The Wings have not changed their offer of $1.9m and do not want to trade him.

They plan to talk again early next week with a decision on Athanasiou coming in that same timeframe.

added 9:47pm, Video of Saturday Headlines is below, AA talk starts at the 1:10 mark.

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Video- Wings After Their Win Against The Vegas Golden Knights

Six and a half minutes to watch.

 

 

added 5:14pm, Highlights of the game below, Detroit TV call...

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Recap Of Detroit’s Win In Vegas

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Henrik Zetterberg made sure his first visit to Las Vegas was a memorable one.

The captain of the Detroit Red Wings had four points as the Wings became the first team to hand the expansion Vegas Golden Knights a loss.

Zetterberg set up Gustav Nyquist, Anthony Mantha and Frans Nielsen en route to an entertaining 6-3 victory at T-Mobile Arena. Nyquist and Mantha each had three points as the Wings improved to 4-1 on the season. Petr Mrazek made handful of excellent saves among 24 total.

The Wings opted to stay the night in Vegas, having planned a team dinner that tasted even better after winning in Vegas.

“We will remember these two points,” Zetterberg said. “It was a great atmosphere, from the warmup throughout the game it was loud. It is a nice arena to play in.”

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

What made the Red Wings victory complete was a successful fight for Tomas Tatar, his first in the NHL.

Tatar earned the decision over Erik Haula in the third period, after Haula took exception to Tatar’s big hit near the blue line.

“I don’t mind standing up for myself,” said Tatar, who had seven fights in the minor leagues. “I did it in Grand Rapids but here there wasn’t much purpose. But once in a while, I don’t mind it."

Said Blashill: “I’ve seen that side before. I saw it a couple times in the American League. He has a real toughness to him and he got challenged and he answered the bell.”

more on the game...

Dana Wakiji of Detroit's website with some post-game quotes.

Game highlights are below...

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Red Wings-Golden Knights quick take: Zetterberg, Mantha, Nyquist lead Wings’ fast and furious 3rd

The Detroit Red Wings hoped to crash the Vegas Golden Knights' official opening night on Friday, with the Wings looking to finish a 2-and-1 road trip on a positive note.

The Red Wings didn't play great during the first and second periods, but the Wings had a tremendous third period, out-scoring Vegas 4-0 to rally from a 3-2 deficit to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 6-3.

Detroit went 3-and-1 on their road trip and are now 4-and-1 going into a tough stretch of games against Tampa, Toronto and Washington...

And they do so because Henrik Zetterberg (1G, 3A), Anthony Mantha (1G, 2A), Gustav Nyquist (1G, 1A) and the Wings' re-formed lines played a hell of a third period, out-working and out-detailing a surprisingly skilled Golden Knights team.

This game had everything, including a fight between Erik Haula and Tomas Tatar, and it was a fun Friday night soiree that reminds me of the old days of the Wings dominating late-night games in the wild, wild West.

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NHL, NHLPA & Detroit Red Wings To Make Special Announcement Regarding U.S. College Hockey

NEW YORK (Oct. 13, 2017) – The National Hockey League, National Hockey League Players’ Association and the Detroit Red Wings invite media to attend a press conference on Monday, Oct.16 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. 

 WHO:

Detroit Red Wings GM, EVP & Alternate Governor, Ken Holland

Detroit Red Wings Director of Player Development, Shawn Horcoff

Executive Director of College Hockey, Inc., Mike Snee

Oakland University Director of Athletics, Jeff Konya

Little Caesars Hockey and University of Maine Alumnus, Boston Pride of NWHL, Brittany Ott

NHLPA Divisional Player Representative, Chris Campoli

NHL Vice President of Business Development & International Affairs, Kevin Westgarth

Michigan Amateur Hockey Association Executive Vice President, Kim Durka

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