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Sort Of An Open Post For Tonight’s Preseason Game

No TV, no radio and no streaming of tonight's game in Boston with puck drop just after 7:00pm ET.

George is relaxing, I don't really follow preseason games so this post is yours.

I am sure beat writers and teams will be tweeting in-game, so that would be the recommended way to update.

This post belongs to you if you wish.

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Wings’s First Round Pick On Playing Tonight In Boston

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"It's exciting," Rasmussen said after the morning skate at Little Caesars Arena. "Good morning skate there. 'm just excited. It's something I've been working for for a while, so it's good."

Rasmussen will center a line with Martin Frk and Turner Elson.

Coach Jeff Blashill said Rasmussen would play in at least one preseason game. He is expected to be reassigned to his junior club, Tri City (WHL), before the season.

Rasmussen said of his first NHL camp: "I think just the level you've got to be at every day, the pace and the strength of these guys is just a daily thing and it's something that I work hard to one day have."

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The Team On The LCA Practice Rink

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"Awesome arena," goaltender Petr Mrazek said. "The practice rink is amazing. We had a chance to have a couple practices before the camp so we saw the dressing room, we saw all the different stuff. It's very cool.

"You have the big arena and the practice facility next to each other, big fitness room where all the trainers are. It's something different from Joe Louis but very nice. Everything is great. Start with the hot tub, cold tub, the treadmill underwater, the gym, the dressing room. Everything is new and exciting."

Coach Jeff Blashill said having a practice rink inside the building is "awesome." In the past the team would need to dress and drive to places like Liggett High School in Grosse Pointe Woods and the Taylor Sportsplex when another event was at the Joe.

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Detroit Is Skating This Morning At The New Practice Facility

Detroit plays in Boston tonight at 7pm, those in the lineup will fly there after the morning practice..

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Appears Mrazek starting tonight. He and Coreau working with goalie coach Jeff Salajko before practice.

lines tonight:

defense pairs tonight:

Boston roster is below...

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Previewing The Detroit Red Wings

from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,


Will they be able to produce much offence? When you only have one player (Tomas Tatar) score more than 20 goals and when a 36-year-old Henrik Zetterberg is your only player able to register more than 50 points, the odds of you succeeding are slim. The Red Wings averaged 2.41 goals per game, which ranked 26th in the NHL and their power play ranked 27th. Larkin, Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou need to reach that next gear and become leaders on the ice. If that doesn’t happen then don’t expect this edition of the Red Wings to be competitive in the Atlantic.


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Pain Ahead For The Wings

from Corey Pronman of The Athletic,

This gloomy outlook is not a guarantee, nothing is in sports. Sometimes good prospects become stars. Perhaps Larkin rebounds and becomes a dominant two-way center like Patrice Bergeron. And Rasmussen becomes a force in their top six. Maybe Hronek and Saarijarvi become great top four defensemen and Mantha hits another gear and pots 30-35 annually.

That team could do something.

Realistically though, the road ahead for the Red Wings could take a long time before they get where they want to go.

It’s going to suck. It’s going to hurt. Be ready for the pain.

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Afternoon news, part 2: training camp stuff

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon, part 2:

1. The Red Wings wrapped up training camp with the annual Red vs. White game, and DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji took note of the game's events in a notebook article:

Tomas Tatar scored the game-winning goal for Team White with 31 seconds left.

"I think we played really good," Tatar said. "We had a lot of fun on the bench. We were down 3-0 and we turned it around. We were just pushing and pushing and it was fun to come back. Obviously we are really happy and we will give it to the other guys for sure."

It was sweet revenge for Tatar, who had an open net early in the second and was stopped by goaltender Thomas McCollum's glove save.

"I was not happy at all," Tatar said with a laugh. "Those saves, they kind of stay with you and mess with my head when you see the whole open net and Tommy just did a superman and saved it with the glove. Thank God we won and maybe that save just started us playing better."

Wakiji continues...

2. MLive's Ansar Khan noted that the split-squad format of training camp, in which the Wings went with an NHL team and two AHL/ECHL/prospect teams, went over well:

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Impressions from the final day of the Red Wings training camp ‘17

The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up training camp in Traverse City with a spirited affair in team White's 5-4 victory (click for the box score) over team Red. Tomas Tatar scored the gamer with only 30 seconds remaining in regulation, and Anthony Mantha had 3 points (1 goal and 2 assists) in the exhibition scrimmage.

Of course, the fact that Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Justin Abdelkader, Frans Nielsen, Jonathan Ericsson, Mike Green and Ryan Sproul didn't play in the game was disappointing, but the Red Wings both have some minor injuries that they're nursing and wanted to see some of the youngsters and AHL'ers get the chance to compete for spots.

The vast majority of the non-roster players practiced for an hour before game time--engaging in an advanced set of drills that I will explain if you with me to do so--and those who weren't at practice were part of the Wings' 13 cuts.

In terms of player assessments, however, taking both the Red vs. White game and the rest of training camp into account:

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Crossing fingers at Centre ICE Arena

From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

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Red Wings make 13 cuts

This one slipped through the radar:

… Sixty-One Players Set to Head to Detroit for Start of 2017-18 Preseason …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned forwards Zach Gallant, Brady Gilmour and Lane Zablocki and defensemen Cole Fraser, Jordan Sambrook and Reilly Webb to their respective major junior teams. Additionally, the Red Wings released forwards Oliver Castleman, Isaac Johnson, Sean Josling and Luke Kutkevicius, defensemen Marcus Crawford and Evan Fiala and goaltender Corbin Boes from their amateur tryouts.

The Red Wings currently have 61 players on their preseason roster: 34 forwards, 20 defensemen and seven goaltenders. After today’s Red and White Game, the Red Wings will break camp and prepare for the first of three-straight preseason road games tomorrow against the Boston Bruins. Detroit will also host the Bruins on Saturday, Sept. 23 for the first-ever preseason home game at Little Caesars Arena.

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