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Detroit’s Practice Today

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Howard in starter’s net. Visit Dallas tomorrow (8:30, FSD).

defense pairs:
Kronwall is rotating in with the second and third pairs.


added 11:23am, Khan...

power play units:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader (net), Tatar-Daley
Sheahan-Nielsen rotating/Larkin-Mantha (net), Frk-Green

added 1:28pm, Below, video of Kronwall post-practice.

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The Wings This Week

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

They face a challenge this week with a three-game trip to Dallas (Tuesday), Arizona (Thursday) and Vegas (Friday).

Here are five things to watch for this week:

Howard has hot hand

Jimmy Howard has excelled in two games, stopping 74-of-77 shots (.961 save percentage) and posting a 1.44 goals-against average. Howard is picking up where he left off (2.10 GAA and .927 save percentage in 26 games last season) and the Red Wings surely will ride the hot goals into Dallas Tuesday. Petr Mrazek's first start could come Friday in Vegas, the second of back-to-back games.


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Andreas Athanasiou “Evaluating All Options”

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

While Frk is thriving locally, restricted free agent Andreas Athanasiou has gone to Europe. His agent, Darren Ferris, told the Free Press Sunday that Athanasiou has arrived in Switzerland and “is evaluating all options.” Wherever Athanasiou, 23, ends up playing, if he ends up playing, the best place for him to develop is the NHL. He is not going to get better defensively playing in Switzerland. Meanwhile he is losing money off the offers the Wings have made him (two years, $3.8 million/one year at $1.25 million; he’d be an RFA with arbitration rights after either) because once the regular season began, paychecks kicked in. So now if he does accept, the money will be pro-rated. The Wings aren’t going to trade him for anything less than a high draft pick or blue-chip prospect. The Wings’ offer is in line with a player coming off his entry-level contract. They are not going to budge even if they lose the next 10 games. 

more on the Wings after 2 games...

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Recap Of Wings Win Over The Senators

None of the media sites we expect to cover the Wings were at the game in Ottawa last night, but the Wings did post this video (watch below) with Zetterberg, Howard, Nielsen and Blashill post-game.

Other than that here is Ken Warren at the Ottawa Sun on the game...

Detroit Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard won the goaltenders' duel Saturday as the Ottawa Senators dropped their second consecutive shootout to open the season.

Howard was perfect in the shootout, while Frans Nielsen was the lone Red Wings shooter to score in the penalty shot competition, allowing the Red Wings to skate out of the Canadian Tire Centre with a 2-1 win.

Once again, the Senators had their chances to put the game away in overtime. The Senators failed on a late power play in overtime, finishing the night 0-for-7 with the man advantage. They've gone 0-for-12 on the power play in their opening two games.


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Videos- Post-Game Interviews

Trevor Thompson of FoxSports Detroit talked with Howard, Zetterberg and Frk post-game, watch below...

added 11:33pm, Game highlights added below too...

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Wings Start The Season 2-0

I will admit I have kept one eye on the Wings and the other eye on about 10 games including a football game.

Great goaltending and Frk again, then the Sens tie it up with 1:51 left in the 3rd.

No scoring in OT and Frans Nielsen scores the only goal in the shootout.


Frk goal below... Bob Cole with the call.

added 10:24pm, Nielsen shootout goal is below too...

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Notes After The Skate

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Luke Witkowski will play against the Senators, taking David Booth's spot on the fourth line with Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening.

"I think he had a good preseason," Blashill said. "Him and David are both real good players. David had a good game in very very short minutes, so he couldn't have a great game because he didn't play enough to, but with Luke he brings forecheck pressure, physicality, grind time in the O-zone. He's defensively responsible, he's been a defenseman most his life. He just brings a presence with his physicality."

Booth played just 6:23 Thursday against the Wild, recording three hits and one shot on goal.

Blashill said he didn't have a number of games in mind for Witkowski and Booth.

"It's a day to day business, and we'll take it day by day," Blashill said. "We've certainly got thoughts that we'd like to see both of them involved and both of them get opportunity and there's other guys in the mix, too, but right now we'll just take it day by day."

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Wings’ Skating In Ottawa

Some notes as the Wings skate in Ottawa.

Howard in the starters net, Karlsson will not play tonight for Ottawa.

And this...



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So Far So Good With Detroit’s Power Play

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Martin Frk, with his blistering right-handed shot, provides a new look on the power play. He assisted on Anthony Mantha's five-on-three goal by getting a shot through.

"Marty Frk on the five-on-three is a factor because when he shoots the puck, chaos ensues," coach Jeff Blashill said. "When you look around the league, I watch five-on-three and everybody thinks you should score every time. It's way harder than you think. If you don't have a big-time shot, you don't create a whole bunch of chaos."

Having two right shots at the point on the second unit allows Frk to open-up for a one-timer from the left side on passes from Green.

"It's basically a forehand-to-forehand pass," Green said. "With Frkie, he's got a great one-timer, so as long as I put it relatively close to his wheelhouse, he'll get a good shot off. Nowadays, it's imperative you get that shot off quick because guys are good at getting in the lanes and goalies are really good at getting across the net. I think with Frkie, his shot's very deceiving and it's hard for those guys to stop it."


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Ryan Sproul’s Goal Is To Be Back To Detroit Quickly

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

"Bittersweet," is the way Sproul described the goal and the game. The 24-year-old defenseman expected to still be with the Detroit Red Wings at this time.

A balky knee said otherwise....

"My goal is to be back with the Wings as quickly as possible," he said. "Obviously, this was a great start here and I look forward to keep pushing here to make it back up there."

He had ACL surgery in April and, at six months in, is still trying to regain full use. He played in two preseason games with the Red Wings without a point on two shots and a minus-1.

"It's OK," Sproul said about the knee. "It's feeling better and better but it's still a little bit sore after games with being in a brace and getting used to that."

"Tonight was a good test for him," coach Todd Nelson said. " ... We'll see how he reacts, and if he's all fine we'll keep on playing him.

"... We'll see how his injury responds because the last game he played was an exhibition and he left early because he wanted to be precautionary with what happened."


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