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Video- Recapping The First Night Of Hockey At The LCA

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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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NBC Sports Stations Will Not Broadcast Any NHL Games During The Olympics

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The NHL is refusing to send its athletes to the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, because the league does not want to go dark for nearly three mid-winter weeks. But you know that by now.

What you probably are not aware of, however, is the NHL nevertheless will go dark across all NBC platforms between Feb. 7-26, during the Games. Last season, NBC and NBCSN combined to telecast 20 NHL games over the comparable period.

This is a network decision that several industry sources in touch with Slap Shots over the past two weeks interpret as nothing less than the league’s U.S. national television rights-holder giving a symbolic middle finger to Gary Bettman and the Board of Governors for withholding its players from one of NBC’s most important properties.

The gap between the above-cited dates did exist in the telecast schedule released by NBC in July. But it had been assumed the network would announce added games at a later date.

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Saturday Night Hockey Notes

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Apparently the NHL will check out Joffrey Lupul’s health. Word around is they have acquired the services of that noted physician Dr. Lou Lamoriello to act as medical advisor in this case.

- It’s truly laughable and embarrassing that the NHL has been talking about shrinking goalie equipment for years now and still haven’t figured out a way to get it done.

- Roberto Luongo may have some competition as hockey’s funniest Tweeter. The account of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights is off to a running start. Their congratulations to the Montreal Canadiens for all their Stanley Cup wins in a six-team NHL had me howling.

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What It Comes Down To Is Just Another Preseason Game

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

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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Allow NHL Contract To Be Restructured?

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

It took all summer and into the first day of training camp for the Bruins and David Pastrnak to settle their disagreement. Flexibility may have saved both sides time and anxiety.

Under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, which expires on Sept. 15, 2022, players on their entry-level contracts, such as Pastrnak was through 2017, cannot earn more than $925,000 annually in base salary.

One season of data is enough evidence that Auston Matthews is a prodigy. But the 2016 first overall pick cannot start earning what he deserves until his fourth NHL season. By then, the center coming off a 40-29—69 rookie season could be chasing Connor McDavid’s $12.5 million annual threshold.

A possible solution is to eliminate some of the rigidity in the CBA. It would allow players and teams to take erasers to contracts that are currently written in permanent marker.

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Video- Tom Wilson Suspended For The Next Two Preseason Games

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Here is the explanation.


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A Look At Aaron Ekblad

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from Matthew DeFranks of the Sun Sentinel,

Inside Aaron Ekblad, there is a duality that exists in a league like the NHL. The Florida Panthers defenseman is 21 years old, a certifiable youngster who turned the drinking age in February and shed his teenager label the yar before. But he’s also entering his fourth season in Florida, a veteran in some ways, having gone through the Calder Trophy-winning rookie season, the euphoria of the franchise’s best year before the crash of last season.

On the ice, Ekblad is one of Florida’s best and most important players. He’s the No. 1 pick from 2014 that enters the first year of his eight-year, $60-million extension this season. He’s the face of the franchise, even with Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck and Roberto Luongo still around.

Off the ice is where the conflict between being 21 years old and a fourth-year professional appears. His friends growing up are going to school instead of making nine figures. They’re not in the NHL. He is, so he changed his summer routine after his season prematurely ended due to head injuries.

Ekbald changed his diet to slim down, and said he separated himself a bit from his friends. He said he was selling his house back home in Windsor, Ontario, and that he would be spending summers in South Florida from now on.


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Nail Yakupov Slotted In the Top Six For The Avalanche

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from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Yakupov mostly has been playing left wing on a line with Duchene, the center, and rookie Alex Kerfoot.

“That line has been really good in camp. All three of those guys,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “I think they’ve found a little chemistry there. Hopefully that will continue and get better and better.”

When asked if he thinks Yakupov will be used in a top-six forward role to begin the season, Bednar quickly said: “Yes.”

“There’s no doubt that he’s talented. There’s no doubt he has a lot of skill,” Landeskog said of Yakupov. “He had some injuries, some tough seasons, but we’re happy that he’s here. What I’ve seen from him so far, I’m really impressed.”


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Opportunities Exist For Some Bubble Players On The Wings

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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

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

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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