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Griffins send six to Toledo, release eight from try-outs

From the Grand Rapids Griffins, via RedWingsFeed:


The Detroit Red Wings on Saturday reassigned forward Zach Nastasiuk to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye from the Grand Rapids Griffins. In addition, the Griffins have assigned forwards Jack Barre, Carter Sandlak, Mathew Santos and Alex Globke and goaltender Cal Heeter to Toledo while releasing forwards Dane Walters, Erik Bradford, Shawn Szydlowski and A.J. Jenks and defensemen Will Weber, Simon Denis, Jacob MacDonald and Gabriel Beaupre from their training camp tryouts.

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Ben Street update

Wings forward Ben Street suffered a skate cut to the neck last night and had to spend the night in a Hamilton hospital, but Wings coach Jeff Blashill reported that Street was OK this morning, as noted by the Toronto Sun's Lance Hornby...

Wings coach Jeff Blashill credits Leaf doctors for treating Ben Street. No serious damage from skate to the face Friday.

And the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

blashill: ben streets will be OK. thanks toronto docs. says sheets terrifically composed.


addendum on ben street. blashill said nothing major was cut, along neck.

Update: Via RedWingsFeed, the Free Press's Helene St. James posted a clip of Blashill talking about Ben Street:

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs preseason morning skate Tweets: Leafs skip skate; Wings to dress Zetterberg

Updated 3x at 12:04 PM: The Detroit Red Wings take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in both teams' final preseason game this evening (7 PM EDT on FSD/TSN 4). The Wings held a morning skate as they prepared for their 4th game in 5 nights, but TorontoMapleLeafs.com's Paul Hendrick reported that the Leafs didn't hold a skate of their own:

4 games in 5 nights tonight for the Leafs in Detroit. No morning skate, veteran lineups for both teams. 48 players still in camp. #TMLtalk


I'd expect younger players like Matthews, Marner, Nylander to join older group tonite. Might Gauthier be in the mix too ?? #TMLtalk


Training camp observations after 2 weeks : Kasperi Kapanen and Andrew Nielsen have looked very good. Frederik Gauthier is quicker. #TMLtalk

Babcock had this to say about the Leafs' prospective lineup last night, per TSN's Kristen Shilton:

Babcock on Saturday's roster: "At the start of the day, I was going to have a complete lineup. Now I need a couple guys." Injury-based.

The Leafs press showed up at Joe Louis Arena for the final preseason tilt...

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‘Three Things’: on Athanasiou’s breakout potential, the battle on ‘D’ and tix for tonight’s game

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Among Sportsnet's Dmitri Fillipovic's "four underrated forwards set to break out in 2016-17":

ANDREAS ATHANASIOU, DETROIT: Every defenceman has a plan for defending Athanasiou until they find themselves on their heels when he bears down on them in full flight.

What could make Athanasiou special is that unlike most players who possess the speed he does (think: Carl Hagelin or Michael Grabner), he also seems to have a competent finishing ability. His 1.40 goals per hour at five-on-five paced the league for players with at least 250 minutes of ice-time, just slightly ahead of someone named Alex Ovechkin.

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NHL.com Previews The Detroit Red Wings

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Why they should make the Stanley Cup Playoffs

They always do. No matter who has left, no matter what has happened, they have found a way. Nielsen should strengthen the power play and shootout. He scored four shootout goals last season; no player on the Red Wings scored more than two. The Red Wings were in a battle all season for a playoff spot in 2015-16, and in another tight race this season, a shootout goal or two could make the difference.

Why they could miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs

They're long overdue to miss. No other team has made it every season since the salary-cap era began in 2005-06, let alone every season since 1990-91. But they've had to scratch and claw in recent seasons. They edged the Boston Bruins last season because of a tiebreaker, finishing with the same number of points (93) but one more regulation/overtime win (39-38). With little margin for error, if they slip at all, for any number of reasons, the streak could end.

Breakout candidate

Athanasiou. He drops jaws with his moves. As a rookie last season he had nine goals and five assists in 37 games while averaging 9:01 of ice time, giving him 1.62 goals and 2.52 points per 60 minutes, Red Wings bests in those categories. 


Cotsonika also answers five questions regarding the Wings...

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Video- Highlights Of Detroit’s Win Over Toronto On Friday Night

awood40 with the extended highlights...


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Prospect news: Griffins lose exhibition; Walleye win exhibition; Pearson dazzles in NCAA debut

Of prospect-related note on Friday night:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins' roster was in Hamilton, Ontario, so the Grand Rapids Griffins essentially brought a team of Toledo Walleye and try-out players to their only exhibition game, a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Wolves. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs preseason wrap-up and overnight report

The Red Wings' "C team" (i.e. a bunch of Grand Rapids Griffins-to-be, prospects, Jimmy Howard and the Miller-Glendening-Ott line) defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Friday night. The teams will tangle again on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena (7 PM EDT on FSD/TSN4) with "NHL rosters" as both teams wrap up their exhibition seasons.

I'd quote some stats for you but the NHL didn't keep any reliable numbers from the game, so here are some quick thoughts I had regarding the Wings' effort:

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Wings lose Ben Street to a scary skate-to-head cut

From the Toronto Star's Mark Zwolinski:

The Maple Leafs lost their second pre-season game in as many nights on Friday, 2-1 to the Red Wings — who lost forward Ben Street after a skate cut to the neck.

Street was involved in a collision along the boards in the second period when a skate accidentally made contact. He immediately grabbed his neck with his gloved hand and left the ice under his own power. The early update from the Wings was that Street was in stable condition.

Update: From the Canadian Press:

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs preseason open post

The Detroit Red Wings' "B team" tangles with a young group of Maple Leafs this evening in Hamilton, Ontario (7 PM EDT on the NHL Network U.S., Sportsnet 360 and 97.1 the Ticket). Here's an open thread to suit your needs.

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