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Your 2017-18 Detroit Red Wings Regular Season Schedule

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today released their 2017-18 schedule for the team’s Inaugural Season at Little Caesars Arena and 92nd overall in the National Hockey League. The team’s state-of-the-art facility will open its doors for its first NHL regular-season game on Thursday, Oct. 5 versus the Minnesota Wild. Little Caesars Arena will host 17 weekend home games (five Fridays, seven Saturdays and five Sundays), spanning all the way until the regular-season finale at home on Saturday, April 7 against the New York Islanders.

This season’s 82-game slate includes four games against each Atlantic Division rival (28 games), three games against the eight teams in the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division (24 games) and two games against all 15 Western Conference foes (30 games).

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The Bob Probert Ride takes place this weekend


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A Look At Detroit’s Salary Cap

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Losing Tomas Nosek to the Vegas Golden Knights in Wednesday's expansion draft did little to free up salary-cap space for the Detroit Red Wings, in addition to costing them one of their better prospects.

The Red Wings' current cap figure stands at $67.7 million. But that will change over the course of the summer.

They must sign restricted free agents Tomas Tatar (likely in the $5 million per year range), Andreas Athanasiou and Xavier Ouellet. That would push them close to over slight above the $75 million cap for the 2017-18 season.

But they will get relief from the injured Johan Franzen's contract (close to $3.95 million). If they're able to trade goaltender Petr Mrazek that would free up as much as $4 million (depending on what they get in return). Other trades are possible.

Still, it doesn't appear the Red Wings will have a lot of wiggle room heading into free agency on July 1. Even if they did, it's a thin pool of talent.


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The Athletic examines the Wings’ draft options

The Athletic Detroit asked Sean Tierney to weigh in as to what the Red Wings should do to maximize their 11 picks in the 2017 draft, and Tierney issues three options for the Wings to utilize to improve their stead as much as possible over the course of Friday and Saturday's draft in Chicago:

The silver lining to the end of the Red Wings' playoff streak comes now. After three consecutive years of first round playoff exits, and with a roster desperately in need of new blood, missing the playoffs offered the Red Wings a chance to finally begin what the team needed the most: a rebuild.

That’s where this week's NHL draft comes in. Armed with 11 picks in 2017, the Red Wings are poised to have many opportunities to snag quality prospects and bolster their organizational depth. Who knows? With a little luck, the team could pluck a future star to propel Detroit back to their winning ways.

But how should Red Wings brass proceed? With so many picks, and a number of key organizational needs, how should the Wings approach the draft?

Here, we’ll turn to the data to detail the two courses of action that are available to the Red Wings and settle on the best path for the team at the draft on June 23rd.

Let’s dig in.

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Tomas Nosek officially goes to Vegas

Not surprisingly...

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Walleye welcome Cyclones back into ECHL’s Central Division

The Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe reports that the Toledo Walleye will welcome a familiar foe back into their division for the 2017-18 season:

The Walleye will be playing more games against divisional foes and will be reunited with rival Cincinnati next season. Toledo will remain in the Central Division of the Western Conference this season, according to a realignment announced by the ECHL on Tuesday.

The Walleye’s foes in the Central Division will include rivals Fort Wayne, Kalamazoo, and Cincinnati along with Indy, Quad City, and Kansas City next season. This will be the first time since the 2014-15 season that Toledo and Cincinnati will be in the same division.
“This makes the most sense for travel purposes and rivalry purposes,” Walleye coach Dan Watson said.“Overall we are grouped in a tough division where every night against these teams will be a battle.”

Last season the Walleye competed in the Central Division against Fort Wayne, Kalamazoo, Indy, Tulsa, Quad City, and Wichita.

The ECHL's 2017-18 regular season schedule, which was released on May 16, will remain the same.

Of Toledo’s 72 regular season games, 44 will be played against teams within the Central Division (61.1 percent). Last season just 27 of the team’s 72 regular-season games were played against their division foes (37.5 percent).

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Afternoon news: On Spencer Foo and a bunch of draft talk

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. TSN's Frank Seravalli offers a Spencer Foo update:

Wouldn't be surprised to see VGK take B. Davidson from #Habs. Same agent as Spencer Foo & Reid Duke. Belief is Foo is down to VGK or Detroit.


#Oilers another team still in the mix on Foo. He's waiting until after expansion draft to make a decision.

2. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan examined the hardest set of draft-eligible players to pin down in the goaltending crop:

Why is the goaltending position such an afterthought on draft day? Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting, recently had a reasonable explanation on NHL.com.

“It’s arguably the hardest position (to develop),” Marr said. “The development process takes a little bit longer. Goaltenders have to play, and a lot of times at this age they’re not the No. 1 goaltender on their team so they don’t necessarily get the quality ice time. They’re still 18 years old.

“If you do a quick study of the top goaltenders in the league, and look at it based on salary, a lot of them weren’t high picks in the draft. It’s a very difficult position for some to grasp.”

Kulfan continues, and yes, I expect the Wings to take a goalie in this draft, but it sure as heck won't be on the first day.

3. Kulfan also spoke with Ken Holland regarding the Wings' 11 picks in this year's draft:

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Thoughts about Nosek heading to Vegas

Some quick thoughts regarding the news that Craig Custance, Helene St. James and Ted Kulfan are reporting regarding Tomas Nosek being the player the Wings lose to the Vegas Golden Knights:

1. On Nosek, because this is about Nosek, ultimately: It's disappointing that the Grand Rapids Griffins' leading playoff scorer, their #1 center, PP center, PK center, their, "Mr. Everything," is heading to Vegas. At 6'2" and a solid 210 pounds, the Wings are losing a speedy, versatile 23-going-on-24-year-old who was going to be very useful sliding into the fourth line and then improving from there. I'm really bummed that "Nosy" is going away.

2. Regarding the rest of the mess, first, the Red Wings do not get any salary cap relief, which means that we're less likely to see the Wings angle for a Shattenkirk or anyone else. That's a concern given the state of the defense.

3. Okay, so no Sheahan gone. The Knights didn't want somebody that scored two goals all year long. Maybe there was more of a perception that he was damaged goods than we know of.

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Tomas Nosek May Be Vegas Bound

Could very well be...

added 3:33pm,

Update: George here now, and Ted Kulfan confirms (mostly):

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Red Wings to open 2017-18 season against Minnesota on October 5th

The NHL revealed its 30 teams' "Home Openers" ahead of tomorrow's 3 PM EDT 2017-18 schedule release, and the Red Wings' home opener is as follows:

Detroit will host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, October 5th at Little Caesars Arena.

Here's the Red Wings' press release:

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