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Wings hope team defense, good offensive chemistry will carry the day vs. the Rangers

The "NBC Rivalry Night" spiel might be overblown given that the Red Wings and New York Rangers don't have much of a rivalry, but the Red Wings don't do a lot of winning in New York City, and DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji notes that tomorrow night's opponent poses a stiff challenge:

After facing the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators, there's no break for the Wings as they face the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers scored seven goals in a 7-4 win over the San Jose Sharks Monday and are tied for the league lead in goals with 14.

"I think for us to be successful we have to play on our toes without giving up easy chances," [coach Jef] Blashill said. "I think our D zone took a good step in the right direction last night. Our breakouts have overall been pretty good. We have to continue to play on our toes and not be giving up those chances. Every game in this league I think is a tough, tough challenge. I think tomorrow night will be a tough, tough challenge. It's just the reality of the league. We've got to play our best hockey every night in order to give ourselves a chance to win."

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Grand Rapids Griffins-Iowa Wild game previews

The Grand Rapids Griffins may be away from home, but they sure do a fine job of setting up the evening's events via Twitter and video. Tonight, the Griffins are in Iowa to play Derek Lalonde's Iowa Wild. The Griffins and announcer Bob Kaser teamed up to prepare fans for the evening's away game:

Here's former Griffins captain Jeff Hoggan, who now plays for Iowa...

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Toledo Walleye’s Kyle Bonis named ECHL Player of the Week

From the ECHL:

Kyle Bonis of the Toledo Walleye is the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for Oct. 14-16.

Bonis scored three goals and added two assists for five points in two games at Atlanta last week.

The 27-year-old picked up an assist in a 4-1 loss on Friday before notching four points (3g-1a) and a +3 rating in a 7-4 win on Saturday.

A native of Lindsay, Ontario, Bonis has tallied 134 points (78g-56a) in 164 career regular-season ECHL games with Toledo and Florida while adding 21 points (14g-7a) in 28 career games during the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Bonis has added 12 points (5g-7a) in 44 career American Hockey League games with Norfolk, Charlotte, Grand Rapids and San Diego.

Prior to turning pro, Bonis recorded 77 points (47g-30a) in 136 career games at Ferris State University.

On behalf of Kyle Bonis, a case of pucks will be donated to a Toledo youth hockey organization by Sher-Wood Hockey, the exclusive puck supplier of the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, Sher-Wood Hockey has donated more than 35,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.

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Khan: Ericsson won’t take puck to forehead under ad-visor-ment

MLive's Ansar Khan asked Jonathan Ericsson about the 20-stitch cut he sustained after getting hit by a puck during last night's game against Ottawa, and Ericsson told Khan that he's not been swayed to don a visor:

"When I played in Grand Rapids in the AHL, where everyone has to wear a visor, that visor would cut me all the time, on my nose or my lip," Ericsson said. "When you're going in the corner and bumping into someone that visor just comes down, it has pretty sharp edges. I got way more cuts on my face from wearing a visor for two years than I have been cutting cuts from not wearing one for eight years."

Khan continues, and he posted a clip of Ericsson's remarks:

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Another Step For Evgeny Svechnikov

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

The Detroit Red Wings first-rounder got a taste of the pros last year and now he's diving all the way in. Learn about him and more top players for the future

The Spotlight

 Evgeny Svechnikov, RW (Detroit): While Svechnikov had two years in the Quebec League with Cape Breton before turning pro, there is a big lifestyle change when a player jumps from junior to the AHL. But the powerful Russian winger did get in two playoff games with Grand Rapids last season and it gave him a nice sneak peek.

“It helped a lot,” Svechnikov said. “You learn how the guys live their life there, how they play, how they behave.”

Now a full-time member of the Griffins, the rookie has contributed right away, scoring his first AHL goal and putting up eight shots through two games. Thanks to his frame and his hands, Svechnikov has Detroit dreaming of their next great net-front presence. And while he still needs to get quicker, there’s a lot of talent to work with there. And as the right winger grows as a player himself, Svechnikov will also lend an ear to his younger brother: Andrei Svechnikov is a rookie with USHL Muskegon, less than an hour across 1-96 from Grand Rapids.

“It’s exciting, absolutely,” Evgeny said. “Another dream; my brother coming over to play and being closer to me. My mother is coming too, so we’ll see each other a lot. It’s a great time.”

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Wings Show Their Physical Side

Updated substantially at 2:54 PM: from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Don't expect to Detroit Red Wings to lead the NHL in fighting majors, like they do today, or be anywhere near the top by season's end.

They're not that kind of pugilistic team, haven't been for many years.

But they're determined not to be pushed around or taken advantage of physically. They talked before the season about looking after each other, and that's what they've done in three games, with four fights and several scrums that nearly led to other scraps.

"We want to be a team that looks after each other and sticks up for each other," coach Jeff Blashill said. "You want to have a feeling in your locker room that you care enough about the guy sitting next to you that you're going to look after him for sure and that there's no way that any opponent is going to take any liberties with our guys. I think we've done a great job of that so far and I'd expect us to continue to do a good job with that."


Update: Here's more from the Free Press's Helene St. James:

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Practice Tweets: Abdelkader takes a ‘maintenance day’; praise for Vanek; Green on the Ticket

Updated 4x at 12:24 PM: The Red Wings returned to work after last night's 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators, gearing up for Wednesday's "NBCSN Rivalry Night" game against the New York Rangers, per the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa...

after righting the start of their season during an exciting, nostalgic day at #JoeLouisArena #RedWings gathering for practice.




wings to manhattan tomorrow and the other old rink, without a corporate name.

madison square garden, 8 pm wednesday.

MLive's Ansar Khan...

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NBC hypes ‘Wednesday Night Rivalry’ game between Wings and Rangers

Here's NBC's press release regarding tonight and tomorrow's NBCSN games:


Wednesday Night Rivalry – Red Wings-Rangers – 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Patrick Kane and Chicago Blackhawks Host Claude Giroux and Philadelphia Flyers [Tuesday] at 8:30 p.m. ET

NBCSN Opens 2016-17 NHL Season With Most-Watched Regular-Season Doubleheader in the Network’s History

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 17, 2016 – NBCSN presents an Original Six clash on Wednesday Night Rivalry this week, when Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers host Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

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Four Griffins videos and a weekly press release

The Grand Rapids Griffins play three games this week, and the Griffins filed a game-day update...But first, here are Griffins announcer Bob Kaser and Grand Rapids radio personality Eric Zane playing Bob Barker vs. Happy Gilmore:

The Griffins just posted their pre-period "openers," too:

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Kudos to Braden Holtby and David Gunnarsson

This Tragically Hip fan can't help but post this press release from the NHLPA:


…Proceeds from NHLPA-supported auction will go to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research & the Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation

TORONTO (Oct. 18, 2016) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) is pleased to announce that Braden Holtby’s Team Canada goalie mask from the World Cup of Hockey 2016 has raised over $27,000 (CDN) for the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research and the Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation in honour of Gord Downie, The Tragically Hip lead vocalist and lyricist.


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