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Red Wings-Blackhawks preseason open post

The Detroit Red Wings take on the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at 8:30 PM EDT on the CSN Chicago and the NHL Network. Here's an open thread to suit your in-game needs.

For those of us who don't get the NHL Network (cough cough), I'm sure we'll be looking for streams, but that's always the case.

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Prospect catch-up post: OHL season gets underway; NCAA exhibitions begin

I've been battling a serious-ass virus of late, and as a result, I've fallen behind in following the Wings' prospects. Thankfully, DRW Prospects on Twitter has kept score, and here's what's transpired over the past week:

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Prospect news: Two Champions League results and praise for Hronek

Of prospect-related note:

In the Champions Hockey League's playoff round, the Axel Holmstrom-less Skelleftea AIK lost 4-0 to JYP in the first of two "round of 32" games;

Julius Vahatalo took a shot on goal in TPS Turku's 1-1 tie with HIFK Helsinki;

And in the OHL, Filip Hronek's first game with the Saginaw Spirit yielded significant compliments for the 6,' 163-pound defenseman, as noted by the Saginaw News:

When the Spirit hosted cross-conference foe Ottawa at The Dow Event Center on Saturday, Oct. 1, Saginaw fans got a look at a player many are expecting to be a star in this league. And his OHL debut came 24 hours after appearing in a preseason game with the Detroit Red Wings against the Boston Bruins, making him -- NHL yesterday, OHL today.

"This kid just played in an NHL hockey game last night," Saginaw Spirit coach Spencer Carbery said following the game against the 67's. "He left last night, got up early and was one of the first guys here for morning skate. Plays tonight, and all he wants to do is win. That right there lets you know he's going to be successful."

Hronek was paired with recent Edmonton Oilers draft pick Markus Niemelainen on the back end and wasted no time making an impact recording an assist on Brady Gilmour's goal in the second period.

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Ott, Larkin discuss ‘photobomb’ with Wakiji

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji spoke with Steve Ott and Dylan Larkin regarding their "photobomb" on Sunday:

"How do you resist a little cutie that's looking at you through the glass?" Ott said. "No matter the circumstances, we're always blessed to play this game and to have the opportunity that you can relate with a fan when it's through the glass at anytime, hopefully she looks at that picture when she gets older and smiles about it."

Larkin has enjoyed seeing the photo get so much attention.

"It was pretty cool that we actually got to see the picture," Larkin said. "Usually you take a picture with a fan and it doesn't get the reaction like that. It was something pretty cool that we did."

Both Ott and Larkin agreed that Lylah was the one who made the photo.

"She definitely makes the picture," Larkin said. "I wouldn't give the cuteness to Otter or myself. She's cute."

Ott has a daughter Layna that is a few years older than Lylah and a 19-month-old son, Maverick, so he immediately noticed Lylah and her family.

"Obviously she's right beside us there in the box and her family's there and they're on the glass and they're wearing Red Wings stuff and supporting us," Ott said. Maybe we were the lucky ones to be in that picture."

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Afternoon news: On Abdelkader’s ‘A,’ Zetterberg and Kronwall’s knees and multimedia clips

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Justin Abdelkader discussed earning an alternate captain's "A" on his jersey in conversations with MLive's Ansar Khan...

"Growing up watching the Red Wings, idolizing so many of the players, getting the opportunity and experience to come in in 2008, kind of learn under those guys how to be a pro and how to train and how to go about your business each and every day," Abdelkader said. "I think that helped and the great leaders we've had here in the past helped. I learned a lot from them."

He said he's learned a lot from Zetterberg and former captain Nicklas Lidstrom.

"With Nick, he never got too high or too low," Abdelkader said. "Sometimes as player you're really excited after one game, things going really well, a big win, but you got to keep it pretty even keel. Even after losses.

"Those guys put their egos aside. Everyone has bought into the team, winning as a team, putting individual accolades aside. That's huge coming into a locker room with that kind of veteran leadership and presence."

The Red Wings made it clear how much they value Abdelkader, 29, by signing him to a seven-year, $29.5 million extension last year, which kicks in this season.

"Detroit's a very loyal organization as far as treating players the best," Abdelkader said. "That really attracts a lot of players to want to play here because the organization, starting with the Ilitches on down are very loyal to the players and to the fans. Very honored and lucky to hopefully spend the rest of my career in Detroit."

And DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji....

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There May Not Be A Fit Regarding Trouba To Detroit

from Chris Nichols of SlapShot,

Tuesday afternoon, while on Vancouver’s TSN 1040, Dreger elaborated on this angle during another Trouba discussion.

“I mentioned Detroit a couple of weeks ago publicly as being one of the primary suitors for Jacob Trouba,” said Dreger. “I can tell you that Kenny Holland has worked incredibly hard over the past couple few years at trying to add a defenseman. I know that he’s had conversations with Cheveldayoff, and I believe that Holland is willing to make a deal for just about anyone outside of Dylan Larkin. But there’s no one really in the Detroit Red Wings organization that seems to be a fit for Cheveldayoff, which tells me that Winnipeg, again, is committed to being patient.”

So one of the defensemen in Detroit in a package doesn’t fit the bill?

“Doesn’t sound like,” replied Dreger. “Doesn’t sound like it. Danny DeKeyser is a pretty good hockey player. I would have thought him and geez – if you have to throw someone else in, I guess you try and sweeten it.


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Kronwall making incremental steps toward return

Via RedWingsFeed, MLive's Ansar Khan updates Niklas Kronwall's status after Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg skated today:

Said Kronwall: "It was a short (skate), but it was nice to skate with the guys again. I'd hoped to have a few preseason games under my belt already so looking that way, it's quite a bit behind schedule."

He said it's too soon to know if he'll be ready for the season opener.

"Moving in the right direction, no doubt, starting to feel pretty good out there, but still a few steps more that need to be taken," Kronwall said.

The club is sure to take a cautious approach with Kronwall, who was bothered by knee issues throughout last season and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee mid-season. This time, it's the right knee that's troubling him.

"We've got 82 games ahead of us plus playoffs, so there's definitely months of games," Kronwall said. "You want to be looking at the big picture but sometimes that's easier said than done."

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Update: Here's the Free Press's Helene St. James' article about Kronwall:

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Sportsnet’s Wings preview: Offense is key for the Wings this season

Sportsnet's Eric Engels penned a Red Wings season preview, and Engels believes that offensive firepower and strong goaltending will make the difference between earning a playoff spot and finishing out of the playoffs during the 2016-17 season:

Detroit will have a successful season if…
The offence rebounds from a season that saw them finish 23rd in the NHL in goals (211).

Losing Pavel Datsyuk won’t help, but Frans Nielsen and Thomas Vanek should fit in well with Detroit’s style of play. Mantha is on the rise, as are youngsters Dylan Larkin, Riley Sheahan, Andreas Athanasiou, Tomas Jurco and Teemu Pulkkinen.

This team needs a big season from Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist. Both players scored 11 more points in 2014-15 than they did in 2015-16. They have the talent to rebound.

And if Henrik Zetterberg can put together his 10th season of 50 points or more, this team has a chance to extend its playoff streak to 26 consecutive seasons. Are you betting against them?

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Alden Hirschfeld rejoins the Toledo Walleye

I've been absent for a couple of days, and during that time, the Toledo Walleye re-signed Alden Hirschfeld:

The Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe spoke with Hirschfeld about his journey:

The Sylvania native had his career suddenly interrupted after he suffered a seizure during a game on Jan. 8. On March 14, the 28-year-old underwent brain surgery to remove a malformation that had caused the seizure.

On Monday, Hirschfeld came full circle. After re-signing with the Walleye, Hirschfeld said he was trying to focus during Monday’s practice but also just enjoy being on the ice again.

“There are a lot of guys here, who I’ve played with the last two years, so to see them and to be out there skating with them is a blast. It puts a smile on my face,” he said.

“It lets you know that everything happens for a reason. You just have to have strong faith and know things are headed in the right direction. It’s a very exciting time.”

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Justin Abdelkader gets the ‘A’

Updated 3x at 12:50 PM: From the Red Wings, no surprise here as Justin Abdelkader inherits Pavel Datsyuk's alternate captain's "A":

Update: From the Free Press's Helene St. James...

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