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Jeff Blashill Post-Practice Update


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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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Frk’s Night

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Frk showed off his booming shot in the Little Caesars Arena debut, blasting in the puck from the point for his second goal of the game. That capped the scoring in the Red Wings' 5-1 preseason victory over the Boston Bruins.

"I was glad I was going on that five-on-three," Frk said. "I didn't think I would go, I was a little bit nervous on the bench when Blash called my name, but guys always told me just shoot the puck. I did it and it went in and I was happy."...

"It's a good shot, eh? He's got a weapon, it's a flat-out weapon," Blashill said. "I thought he really found his comfort level in the second, especially on the power play. I thought he was much more confident and comfortable.

"When he hits the net, one of two things happens -- it's either a great rebound chance or it's in the net. It's as good a shot as there is out there, I believe, so he did the things he needs to do to show he wants the job."


Watch Frk's 2nd goal of the game below...

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Video- Recapping The First Night Of Hockey At The LCA

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

They filed in under two-and-three story tall murals of Steve Yzerman lifting the Stanley Cup — June 7, 1997 — Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg in action, and Joe Louis in his boxing stance.

Their eyes went up and around, surveying the new place, Little Caesars Arena.

“Wow, there’s so much to see,” said Jim Ackerman of Olivet, who attended Red Wings games in Olympia and Joe Louis Arena. “It’s unbelievable!

“This is way better. This will do Detroit so much good. It will be the rebirth of everything, just how it looks.”


from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

This wasn't your ordinary preseason game. It was the start of a new era for the Detroit Red Wings.

It was their historic debut at Little Caesars Arena and the Red Wings wanted to make a good first impression. That's why they dressed virtually all of their healthy regulars.

And while the 20,000-seat, $863 million building was a little more than half-full, fans went home happy.


Watch extended game highlights below...

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What It Comes Down To Is Just Another Preseason Game

But I am sure everyone is interested in the first game at Little Caesars Arena.

Game time is 7:00pm ET and is on FoxSports Detroit Plus and the NHL Network.  Pregame starts at 6:00pm ET on FSD+.

Detroit and Boston lineups are below.

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Opportunities Exist For Some Bubble Players On The Wings

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

For PA Parenteau, in camp on a professional tryout, it means he gets to play on a line with Frans Nielsen and Darren Helm and on the power play.

That is where Parenteau really needs to shine, according to Wings coach Jeff Blashill.

"Be great on the power play. That would be one area for certain," Blashill said. "Be great on the power play and then he's somebody that could potentially add secondary scoring. What's secondary scoring? Well, not everybody can play 18-20 minutes a night. So in your 14 minutes or 12 minutes of whatever it might be, provide that type of secondary scoring."...

"Sometimes I just got to go hit the net," Frk said. "If I shoot hard enough, always the rebound can come or anything, give an opportunity for the other guys there. So definitely just put it on the net, hopefully I will hit the net the most of the time."

Hitting the net has been an issue with Frk and though he is working on improving his accuracy, he says the time he has to get his shot off in the NHL is minuscule. 

"This is the best league so definitely everything quicker here. Just maybe I cannot use the big slapshot here, maybe just got to go use more wrist shot," Frk said....

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Join The Party Today

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that a pregame party is set to begin at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon (Saturday, Sept. 23) in the Chevrolet Plaza at Little Caesars Arena in advance of the Red Wings first preseason home game against the Boston Bruins at 7:00 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit Plus / 1270 AM).

Fans with tickets to tonight’s game – and fans without tickets – are invited to the Chevrolet Plaza to celebrate the first hockey game at Little Caesars Arena with Red Wings alumni signings, live music and entertainment, Detroit Red Wings Experience interactive games, food and drinks and much more. The pregame party is free to the general public.

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Tyler Bertuzzi Out Up To A Month

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The Morning Skate At The LCA

Ansar Khan tweets,

lines at skate:

defense pairs at skate:

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added 10:42am, Khan...

Looks like Coreau is backing up Howard tonight 

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Hockey Debuts Tonight At The Little Caesars Arena

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

"When I look out into this rink, it feels like it is going to be a wall of people,” Blashill said, after one of two split-squad practices Friday.

“I just think the energy of being in this place alone already helps our team. It’s really energized our guys.
“I think it’ll give us a home-ice advantage, right away.”

Given the Wings’ tradition and the fan’s loyalty, passed from generation to generation, a good number of folks who have held season tickets since Olympia will file through the entrances Saturday.

“I’ve had tickets since 1972, so I’ve gone through Olympia and I’ve gone through Joe Louis Arena,” said John Firu of Dearborn Heights, as he anticipated attending the game Saturday. “There’s an old saying, first impressions are lasting.

“Well, when we went on a tour about two weeks ago, and I was extremely impressed.

“When I expressed it, one of the words I said was, ‘Wow!’ ”


Tonight's game with puck drop at 7:00pm ET is on FoxSports Detroit Plus and the NHL Network.  

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Niklas Kronwall On His Health

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I feel pretty good," Kronwall said. "It's definitely getting there, just got to get the legs and lungs going."...

"The knee's feeling pretty good, a lot better than it was this time of year last year," Kronwall said. "Changed a few things over the summer.

"Last year I wasn't able to skate throughout August at all. This year from Aug. 6 or 7 or so, we've been skating at least four times a week. So been on the ice up until obviously last week."...

"Once the season starts, everything is up and running, I will approach it like any other season," Kronwall said. "Obviously, last season, not a lot of things went the way I wanted to for myself nor the team. So, I think there's a lot of guys in here that feel like they just want to get back out there and go after it and redeem themselves."


added 2:32pm, Below, video of Blashill talking with the media after practice.

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