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Video- Recap Of Detroit’s Win Over Pittsburgh Last Night

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Criticized for being too small for many years, the Detroit Red Wings now have some promising big men up front - one already a key player on the team and one who doesn't look too far away.

Anthony Mantha and Michael Rasmussen scored goals with nice power moves to the net Monday as the Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in a preseason game at Little Caesars Arena....

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Mantha, looking to build on an impressive rookie season, has been sharp in the preseason, with two goals and five points in three games. He gave his team a 2-0 lead by skating down the right wing and make a good move in tight to score at 6:21 of the second period.

Rasmussen, the 6-foot-6, 221-pound center selected ninth overall this year, notched his second goal in three preseason games to open the scoring at 13:14 of the first period, on the power play. He corralled the puck near the side of the net, skated out front and banged it past goaltender Tristan Jarry.

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Below, watch the extended game highlights...

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Nice goal, ‘Ras’

He's probably not going to make the opening-night roster, but Michael Rasmussen is impressing Wings fans with his play over the course of the Wings' exhibition season. Here's his goal at Little Caesars Arena, along with what sounds like a recording of the JLA goal horn:

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Are In Town

Sort of, their lineup for tonight is below along with Detroit's.

Puck drop is just after 7:30pm ET and is on FoxSports Detroit and AT&T Sportsnet in Pittsburgh.  Radio broadcast in Detroit is on 97.1 The Ticket.

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Blashill, Daley touch upon sports protests, are recitent to comment on ‘hypotheticals’

After today's morning skate, the Red Wings were asked about the political controversies that are engulfing the sports world presently, and they quite frankly didn't want to get into specifics to incite more controversy, as noted by the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

“I love this country, I’m extremely proud to be an American,” Blashill said. “I coach the Detroit Red Wings, so for me, right now, I’m focused 100 percent on hockey and if things arise I have to answer, I’ll answer at that time. But I’m not answering hypotheticals, things outside of the hockey range.”

There has been little, to no, reaction within the NHL to the controversy surrounding the NFL and NBA regarding athletes taking a knee when the anthem is played, bring to light social and racial injustice.

The two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins announced Sunday they will visit the White House to celebrate their victory — unlike the Golden State Warriors in the NBA.

Blashill said he wasn’t focused on what was happening Sunday around the NFL other than the Lions’ crushing loss where a potential winning TD was overruled on replay.

Hockey been considered the most conservative of sports, focusing more on the “team” rather than individual views or opinions.

“For me, I can’t answer that,” Blashill said. “I don’t know. I don’t know how it affects the political landscape. I know that hockey, I’m not comparing, I haven’t been around other sports. I know hockey players know that you win only as a team. I know that for sure. Other than that, I couldn’t say.”

The Free Press's Helene St. James...

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Detroit’s Roster Has Been Trimmed

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Zach Nastasiuk, defenseman Dan Renouf and goaltender Matej Machovsky to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings released forwards Mike Borkowski, Austen Brassard, Connor Crisp, Luke Esposito and Dominik Shine; defensemen Simon Denis, Pat McCarron and Kevin Tansey; and goaltender Pat Nagle from their tryout contracts.

The Red Wings' roster currently sits at 48 players (27 forwards, 16 defensemen and five goaltenders) as the Red Wings play the second of four-straight preseason home games tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket). Detroit will also take on the Chicago Blackhawks (Thursday at 7:30 p.m.) and Toronto Maple Leafs (Friday at 7:30 p.m.) at Little Caesars Arena before concluding the preseason in Toronto against the Maple Leafs on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.


Update: Here's the Griffins' version of the press release:

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Video- Justin Abdelkader On Returning From A Groin Injury

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Morning skate Tweets: Red Wings prepare for the Penguins

The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena Little Caesars Arena ahead of tonight's exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 PM on FSD/97.1 the Ticket/ATT Sportsnet Pittsburgh/105.9 The X in Pittsburgh), as noted by the Red Wings' Twitter account...

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa...

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What Advice Would You Give To Andreas Athanasiou?

The hot topic of Detroit's preseason revolves around a player who is not in camp.

Let's say AA reads The Malik Report, what would you say to him?

Sign now, stay strong, get another agent are a few of the comments KK members have made in the recent past.

This post is yours, let your thoughts be known.

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Martin Frk Has A Shot

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

A player who is trying to break into the NHL, like Martin Frk, must possess quality that most others do not, according to Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill.

"You got to bring an element to the team," Blashill said. "You have to stand out in some way and do something that other people don't do."

He just described Frk, whose blistering right-handed shot is as hard as any Blashill and some players said they have seen.

"If he's going to be around, that's going to be a serious weapon on the power play," Red Wings center Frans Nielsen said. "I don't remember ever playing with someone with a shot like that. If he's open you've got to give it to him, but if teams realize that shot he's got, it's going to open up so much more room in the slot or down low."


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Jeff Blashill Post-Practice Update


more Khan...

Blashill said Ryan Sproul (off season ACL surgery) will make preseason debut tomorrow.

Blashill said he hopes Zetterberg, Abdelkader will play one preseason game later in week and Kronwall hopefully two.

Ted Kulfan tweet,

Says Rasmussen and Cholowski have earned longer stays in camp with their play.

added 3:08pm, video of Blashill after practice is below...

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