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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:
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...
Here's NBC's press release regarding tonight and tomorrow's NBCSN games:
HENRIK LUNDQVIST AND NEW YORK RANGERS HOST DYLAN LARKIN AND DETROIT RED WINGS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY ON NBCSN
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.
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:
This Tragically Hip fan can't help but post this press release from the NHLPA:
BRADEN HOLTBY’S WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY 2016 GOALIE MASK RAISES OVER $27,000
…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.
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:
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.”
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."
Just short of 13 minutes in length.
Boy, is it strange when the Free Press's Drew Sharp appears to have his fingers on the pulse of the average Red Wings fan, but here he is, issuing voice to Wings fans' concerns:
There remains plenty of public rancor over how the Wings lost forwards Martin Frk and Teemu Pulkkinen on the waiver wire. Couldn’t they have gotten a middle round draft pick for either?
The problem with the Wings’ glut at the forward position is that every other team knows they have a surplus. Why should any team bail out Holland in his time of need? It would’ve been cause for management malfeasance IF Carolina offered a draft pick for Frk. Instead, the other 29 teams forced the Wings’ hand. They knew they couldn’t keep them all because there were only so many the Wings could protect and still hide in the minor leagues. Holland would have no other alternative but hoping that Frk and Pulkkinen could clear waivers.
An inspired home opener merely offered a temporary reprieve from the doubts and criticism. It’s only three games into the season, but the Wings already understand that they won’t have the luxury of not giving a maximum effort every game.
That could help them going forward, appreciating that they must fight and battle for every inch earned.
Sharp continues with his column covering the Wings' home opener...
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