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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

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 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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Prospect catch-up post: Griffins sweep weekend series, Walleye split theirs, college hockey underway

Of prospect-related note since last we met (illnesses happen):

In the AHL, on Friday, the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Chicago Wolves 3-1 on the strength of two Mitch Callahan goals, a goal from Anthony Mantha and a 27-save performance from Jared Coreau. The Griffins' website posted a recap, a highlight clip and an interview clip, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner penned a recap as well as an explanation as to why Mitch Callahan earned a "hard hat":

On Saturday, Anthony Mantha scored again, Matt Lorito and Robbie Russo had a goal and an assist apiece, Evgeny Svechnikov scored his first pro goal and Joe Hicketts registered his first pro assist in the Griffins' 4-2 win over Chicago, with Jared Coreau stopping 23 of 25 shots. The Grifins filed a recap and the Chicago Wolves filed a highlight clip:

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Kris Draper discusses Darren Helm’s early-season impact

The Free Press's George Sipple spoke with Wings executive Kris Draper regarding the team's decision to retain Darren Helm's services, a decision that has paid off in spades thus far:

“He can center your third line and any time he can go up and play in a top-six role,” said Draper, who pointed out that Helm did that in the past playing on a line with Pavel Datsyuk, who left the Wings to return to his native Russia to play in the KHL.

“His speed is just a factor,” Draper said of Helm. “We (pay) him to skate. When he’s skating, when goals go in, you have confidence. That’s huge for him to have a good start, especially kind of coming in from last year, not knowing what it was going to be and how it was going to be.”

Helm scored 13 goals and 13 assists in 77 games last season. His best season came in 2014-15, when he set career-highs in goals (15) and points (33) in 75 games.

“I was glad that it worked out,” Draper said of Helm remaining with the Wings. “I think he’s a valuable player going forward. When you’ve got a guy that can skate — this is a skater’s league.

“That’s what Helmer has. I’m glad it worked out for us. And I know he was excited. It worked out for him, too. He wants opportunity. He’s making the most of it, and pucks are going in for him right now.”

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Mike Green Is Settling In With The Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Mike Green isn't the prolific offensive player he was earlier in his career with the Washington Capitals, but he can still produce at a healthy rate.

On Monday, he did something he had never accomplished in his career – not just in the NHL, but every level of hockey.

Green scored three goals to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

It was a vital win, despite it being so early in the season, because this team was coming off losses in Tampa Bay and Florida. It was a gratifying win because it was the final home opener at Joe Louis Arena....

"I think Greener has played well all the way through the preseason, really even the games down in Florida for the most part," Blashill said. "He's played the way he's got to play to be successful. He's attacked the game. He's been shooting. He's had a real good, shot-first mentality.

"He's coming into this season much more comfortable. He spent a whole career with another team and then he switched teams (in 2015-16). It takes a little while as a human sometimes to adjust."


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Video- Extended Highlight Of Detroit’s Win Over Ottawa On Monday Night

Just short of 13 minutes in length.


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