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The Test For The Wings Starts Tonight

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Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The start to this season has been ideal.

The Red Wings were universally picked to finish near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, so any sort of positive outcome through two weeks of the schedule is good news for the organization.

But, the strength-of-schedule factor increases this week, which will give everyone a better idea of where the Red Wings stand.

Monday’s game against Tampa will be followed by visiting Toronto on Wednesday, then returning home Friday to face Washington.

Those are three probable Eastern Conference playoff teams, so the Red Wings’ 4-1-0 start will be severely tested.

“It’s going to be a real good test,” forward Justin Abdelkader said. “It’s nice that’s we’re home for the majority of it (the Red Wings also host Vancouver on Sunday). It’s good we can match up ourselves against them and hopefully bring our best effort.”

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from Dana Wakiji and Art Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

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Are The Detroit Red Wings The 8th Best Team In The NHL?

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TSN has the Wings listed in the #8 spot in this week's power rankings.

The impressive part is that four of their five games have been played on the road, where the Wings have three of their four wins. Henrik Zetterberg has seven points while Mike Green has eight.

Agree, just about right, or disagree?

They have the Leafs in the #1 spot.

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (Oct. 16, 2017) – Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 15.

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Morning Skate At The LCA

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via Dana Wakiji tweets,

PP units:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Nyquist-Abdelkader (net front)-Kronwall/Daley;
Frk-Larkin-Nielsen-Mantha (net front)-Green

If there are any unexpected changes to the lineup tonight, I will update as needed.

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Is Auston Matthews The Next Face Of The NHL?

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from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

It's clear he's trying to exercise his voice in small increments. That's the tricky part about celebrity -- in order to develop a voice, you have to be expected to have one. You have to want it, as much as anything else. Matthews will be a star, but the question is whether he'll fit the NHL's mold or develop into something of his own making. He is 20, and it's a choice he himself has to make. As the scrum unfolds, Matthews is asked a question that will chase him through his career: How does he want to be a role model for Hispanic children?

Standing away from his teammates with his arms crossed, Matthews rocks his weight from his left leg to his right. "Oh yeah," he says, pausing a moment.

"I'd like to -- I think -- in the future be someone kids can look up to."

much more on Matthews...

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The Twitter Account For The Vegas Golden Knights In The Spotlight For The Wrong Reason

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from Nancy Armour of USA TODAY,

There’s nothing funny about sexism.

It doesn’t matter if it’s passed off as a one-liner or sly, edgy humor, as the Vegas Golden Knights tried to claim after a Twitter riff gone very wrong Sunday night. Disparaging women and making jokes at their expense is never OK, and the Golden Knights deserved every bit of condemnation and criticism they got.

Probably even more, given the condescending and defensive way in which the NHL’s expansion team defended itself.

Rather than list the actual players in the Boston Bruins’ lineup Sunday, the Golden Knights posted a series of tweets with women’s names. “Dakota-Sierra, Mandy-Samantha, Autumn-Ruby,” read the tweet for the “Broons Defense Pairs.”

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Morning Line- Bruce Boudreau

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“A lot of it, I’ve always believed, is self-preparation. I know we haven’t played a lot of games and all that stuff, but you can make excuses all day long. These guys are professionals, and they shouldn’t be doing that.

“It’s a mindset. We can’t be thinking scoring every time we’re out there. We have to think ‘defend,’ especially when you have a lead. It’s been addressed [Friday], it’s been addressed [Saturday] about leads in the third period. It’s been addressed every day this week. And they didn’t …’’

-Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Minnesota Wild on their slow start to the season.  Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune has more.

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Video- Malcolm Subban After His First NHL Win

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via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Malcolm Subban got his first NHL win, nearly a shutout, and spoke afterward about keeping his cool as the game progresses.

 

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The Buffalo Sabres Get In The Win Column

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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The final seconds were ticking off the Honda Center clock Sunday night and Phil Housley was able to escape coach mode and allow himself a smile.

Housley reached out to shake the hand of associate coach Davis Payne, who made sure to wait for the final horn before giving Housley an enthusiastic shake back. Housley then turned to his left. First-year NHL assistant Chris Hajt gave him a big shake and an even bigger hug that had plenty of meaning behind it. Hajt has known Housley since he was a tot and his father, Sabres Hall of Famer Bill Hajt, was playing as one of Housley's first defense partners in the NHL.

Housley's first win as an NHL player came as an 18-year-old with the Sabres on Oct. 16, 1982, a 9-2 drubbing of the Washington Capitals. One day shy of the 35th anniversary of that game, the 53-year-old Housley's Buffalo career reached another milestone with his first win as the Sabres' head coach.

"It feels great but I have to tip my hat to the guys in that locker room," Housley said after the Sabres gave their rookie bench boss No. 1 in the NHL with a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. "The guys really gutted it out to get a win tonight."

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The Wings This Week

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have taken care of business five games into the season by beating a few teams they should have defeated on the way to a 4-1-0 start.

A bigger test comes this week, when the Red Wings face three of the tougher and more potent clubs in the Eastern Conference – Tampa Bay, Toronto and Washington.

Here are five things to watch this week:

How to solve Lightning?

The Red Wings have had more trouble with Tampa Bay than any other club the past few seasons, losing to the Lightning in the first round of the playoffs in 2015 and 2016 and having gone 0-6-1 in their past seven regular games against Steve Yzerman’s club. Tampa Bay visits Little Caesars Arena on Monday (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

The Lightning are coming off a disappointing season, having missed the playoffs, but many expect them to compete for the Stanley Cup this season. They are off to a 4-1-0 start, ranking sixth in the league in goals per game (4.00) and the power play (28.6 percent). Nikita Kucherov leads the team with eight points (five goals, three assists), but goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy’s goals-against average (3.20) is suffering behind some shoddy defensive play.

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