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Afternoon news: On Larkin, Rasmussen and Cholowski, ‘business of hockey’ and Griffins news

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill and Henrik Zetterberg about Dylan Larkin's maturation, addressing Larkin's up-tick in ice time and special teams play:

That workload reminds captain Henrik Zetterberg of how the Red Wings used him when he was a young player. Zetterberg is still a fixture on the power play but he no longer kills penalties. He thinks getting more responsibility will only help further Larkin's development.

"It is huge," said Zetterberg, 37. "To be honest, I kind of miss it. It's fun to play all situations. You get into the game. It doesn't really matter if it's a lot of penalties or not. It's good for him. He's a good PK'er. He's smart. He skates well. He's good at reading plays. It's really good that he plays in all situations. It will only help him.

"We saw it last year, the last 25 games. He took a step and he just continued this year. Obviously, he gets the opportunity to play a little more, too. He could probably play 34 minutes. He's in great shape. His stride is so simple and easy, he could be out there forever."

Khan continues...

2. In the prospect department, both Michael Rasmussen and Dennis Cholowski have been named to the WHL's CIBC Canada-Russia Series roster. The WHL-hosted Canada-Russia games will take place in Moose Jaw and Swift Current, Saskatchewan on November 5th and 6th;

3. In the multimedia department, the Red Wings posted Twitter videos of Blashill and Zetterberg's comments made prior to the Wings' departure for Toronto, where the team will play on Wednesday...

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HSJ: Danny DeKeyser out for another week

From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

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Red Wings-Lightning quick take: funky fluky flub

The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning faced off on Monday as the pair of 4-1-and-0 teams hoped to build upon their respective strong starts.

Regrettably, the Red Wings' losing streak against the Lightning continued, and it reached seven winless games because the Red Wings made too many self-inflicted mistakes en route to a 3-2 loss to a Lightning team that was at least beatable.

The Wings fumbled play on Tyler Johnson's shorthanded breakaway goal, blew coverage on Nikita Kucherov's first goal of the game, and Jonathan Ericsson, Trevor Daley and Frans Nielsen all touched the puck before Kucherov did on the 3-2 goal.

Detroit out-shot Tampa Bay, rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game 2-2, and the Wings had 18:13 to tie the game after Kucherov's early-3rd-period winner, but the Wings just couldn't or wouldn't simplify their game to the point that they could make Andrei Vasilevskiy's night hard, and that was all the difference for a mistake-prone Wings team whose goalie was other than superhuman and whose defense was predictably "meh" (especially Ericsson).

It was a frustrating return home after a fine West Coast swing, and now the Wings need to win at least one of their games in Toronto and against Washington to keep their record above .500.

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Andreas Athanasiou Does Not Have Much Bargaining Power

I have been avoiding posting some of the AA talk but Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News goes in-depth with it...

Athanasiou’s disappointment is both understandable and common. It happens to a lot of restricted free agents at precisely this point in their careers.

The distance between their promise and their performance, measured in dollars by “hockey men” who manage NHL franchises, is never greater, even for a guy like Athanasiou who is playing well.

The player wants more. Management wants to wait.

Meanwhile, management has almost all the cards. The player has almost no leverage.

Arbitration rights normally come with the next contract, the one Athanasiou has yet to sign. Unrestricted free agency is farther around the bend....

Ferris is Athanasiou’s agent. After leaving, in short order, the Newport Sports Management group of longtime agent Don Meehan and then Bobby Orr’s Orr Hockey Group, Ferris launched his own Definitive Hockey Group.

He likes the Swiss gambit.


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Oakland University Will Be Evaluated For NCAA Division 1 Hockey Programs

DETROIT (Oct. 16, 2017) – The National Hockey League, National Hockey League Players’ Association and Detroit Red Wings announced today that Oakland University will be the second U.S. collegiate institution to be evaluated for the possible addition of NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs. In June, the University of Illinois was the first of five schools announced to take part in the NCAA Feasibility Study.

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Videos- Game Day Previews

First up from the Tampa side with a familiar name...



Below from the Detroit side...

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The Test For The Wings Starts Tonight

Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The start to this season has been ideal.

The Red Wings were universally picked to finish near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, so any sort of positive outcome through two weeks of the schedule is good news for the organization.

But, the strength-of-schedule factor increases this week, which will give everyone a better idea of where the Red Wings stand.

Monday’s game against Tampa will be followed by visiting Toronto on Wednesday, then returning home Friday to face Washington.

Those are three probable Eastern Conference playoff teams, so the Red Wings’ 4-1-0 start will be severely tested.

“It’s going to be a real good test,” forward Justin Abdelkader said. “It’s nice that’s we’re home for the majority of it (the Red Wings also host Vancouver on Sunday). It’s good we can match up ourselves against them and hopefully bring our best effort.”


from Dana Wakiji and Art Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

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Are The Detroit Red Wings The 8th Best Team In The NHL?

TSN has the Wings listed in the #8 spot in this week's power rankings.

The impressive part is that four of their five games have been played on the road, where the Wings have three of their four wins. Henrik Zetterberg has seven points while Mike Green has eight.

Agree, just about right, or disagree?

They have the Leafs in the #1 spot.

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Morning Skate At The LCA

via Dana Wakiji tweets,

PP units:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Nyquist-Abdelkader (net front)-Kronwall/Daley;
Frk-Larkin-Nielsen-Mantha (net front)-Green

If there are any unexpected changes to the lineup tonight, I will update as needed.

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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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