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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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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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