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Filip Hronek Gets A Chance To Impress

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill liked what he saw from defenseman Filip Hronek during the organization's summer development camp.

Blashill is anxious to see how the 18-year-old fares against another team in a game situation tonight when he makes his preseason debut vs. the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena (7:30, Fox Sports Plus, WWJ-AM 950).

The Red Wings selected Hronek (6-0, 164) with the 53rd pick in this year's entry draft.

"I thought he had a real ability to move the puck when I saw him in the summer (development camp)," Blashill said. "He seemed to be able to handle forecheck. I think that's the hardest thing in today's game, to handle how hard everyone is forechecking. So you have to be able to manage that puck and he did a good job of it this summer.

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added 12:55pm, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press on Joe Hicketts....

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Jeff Blashill With An Update On Detroit’s European Players

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Blashill said earliest Zetterberg and Kronwall might skate with team is Tuesday, but no guarantee. They've been skating on own.

Blashill said the plan is to get Europe World Cup players Tatar, Nielsen and Vanek into one preseason game next weekend.

 Blashill said Pulkkinen ahead of schedule. Might play more preseason games than expected.

Alexey Marchenko will join team for practice tomorrow and play next week.

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Morning Skate Tweets

via Ansar Khan tweets,

lines at morning skate:
G. Smith-Aubry-Campbell

defense pairs at skate:

Jimmy Howard is expected to play the full game which is on Fox SportsDetroit+ with the puck drop just after 7:30pm ET.

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Kraft Hockeyville USA Comes To Marquette

from David Satriano of NHL.com,

Lakeview Arena in Marquette, Michigan, was named winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2016 in April, but because of a bad internet connection, it almost didn't happen.

Dr. Frederick Hoenke, who submitted the winning essay, almost didn't send it a second time after his first attempt accidentally was deleted.

"I voted for the rink, not knowing what exactly it was, and then it said 'Why your rink should win,' so I pounded out a quick little entry and hit send and it deleted," Hoenke said. "A few hours later, I got back to my office and something in the back of my head was bothering me, so I said, 'I'll try one more time.' I tried to remember from memory what I said, did it quickly and hit send. I still really didn't know what I had entered."

Marquette and Lakeview Arena finished ahead of more than 1,000 communities, including runner-up Rushmore Thunderdome in Rapid City, South Dakota. A total of $335,000 was awarded to the top 10 finishers, including $150,000 to Marquette, which also will get to host a nationally televised preseason game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN)....

"I had never heard of [Kraft Hockeyville] before," Hoenke said. "I didn't even know what it was when I applied for it. Our hockey association sent a request to all the parents, 'Will you vote for this thing?' I said 'OK, fine.' I can click a button and vote for this thing like anyone else can."


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Offense Not An Issue For Detroit Early In The Pre-Season

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

For a team that has struggled to score, seeing the puck go in is a good visual no matter what time of the season.

The Wings are 2-0 headed into Friday’s exhibition game against Boston on the strength of a combined nine goals scored by eight different players. Even with the caveat that exhibition lineups don’t reflect NHL lineups, it’s beneficial that, for example, the expected fourth line of Steve Ott, Drew Miller and Luke Glendening had three goals in Wednesday’s 5-1 victory at Boston.

“When people score they gain confidence,” Wings coach Jeff Blashil said Thursday. “Glennie, Millsie, Otter all had a goal – that’s a confidence thing. I think as a hockey team it’s a confidence thing.

“We know it's not the NHL right now. But when pucks go in, you gain confidence and we’ll take it.”


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Jimmy Howard Will Play The Full Game Friday Night At The Joe

Ansar Khan tweets,

Jimmy Howard will play entire preseason game tomorrow vs. Bruins at JLA (7:30, FSD Plus, WWJ-AM 950), Jeff Blashill said.

Blashill said he'll go with primarily same lineup that played Tuesday. One exception is Filip Hronek (2nd pick in '16) in place of Paetsch.

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Meet Steve Ott And His Chirping

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Recap Of Wings/Bruins From The Boston Side Plus A Feature On Tomas Tatar

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

GOLD STAR: Take your pick: Steve Ott, Drew Miller and Luke Glendening torched the Bruins with veteran savvy and toughness against a very young defensemen unit trying to survive in the second preseason game. Ott and Glendening each scored a goal and finished with three points, and Miller finished with a goal and two points while all three forwards had a plus-3 rating for the night. All of their goals came off winning battles, crashing the net and taking advantage of defensive miscues. The goals provided a good lesson to the young kids that have a ways to go before they’re NHL ready at this point in their careers. It certainly must have been a kick to the stones to many Bruins fans when “Brave” Steve Ott was named the No. 1 Star of the game after it was all over, but that was certainly appropriate.


Larry Lage of the AP has a feature on the play of Tomas Tatar at the World Cup.

"He's going to the net," Canada coach Mike Babcock said. "Tats has great skill and great determination to score. He's a good hockey player. He was real good for me when I was in Detroit. He wants to be in big situations."

more at The Olympian...

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Jared Coreau Continues To Improve In Goal

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

When you're a 6-foot-6, 235-pound goaltender, you don't need to be constantly flailing your arms and legs to stop the puck. You're already taking up much of the net.

After a dreadful first pro season spent mostly with the Toledo Walleye, Jared Coreau has had two strong seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins. It earned him a two-year extension from the Detroit Red Wings, the second year of which is a one-way deal (NHL salary only), when he might be backing up Petr Mrazek.

"The biggest improvement is learning to use his size and calm his game down," Blashill said. "When he first got to GR, he was real athletic but he was kind of all over the ice, he was outside his cage a lot. Now he's much calmer, he lets the puck come to him and he understands with his size he only has to move millimeters, he doesn't have to move inches or anything greater than that."

Coreau stopped 35-of-36 shots Wednesday, going the distance in a 5-1 preseason victory over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. He has stopped 52-of-54 shots (.963 save percentage) in 89 minutes of preseason action.

Blashill credited Jeff Salajko, the Red Wings new goaltending coach who has worked in the organization the past two years, for aiding Coreau's development.

"When he started his first year pro it was a really, really tough year and him and I had a real hard conversation and he took some things and went in the summer and got way better and he's been a different goalie ever since," Blashill said. "When you're big and you improve like that, you never know what the limit is and he just keeps getting better."


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Video- What’s Up With The Bare-Handed High-Fives?

More than once tonight.


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