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Afternoon news, part 2: training camp stuff

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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."

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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

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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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Video- One Day At A Time For Matt Duchene

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Crossing fingers at Centre ICE Arena

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From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

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Red Wings make 13 cuts

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This one slipped through the radar:

RED WINGS TRIM ROSTER BY 13
… 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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Ready For Some Hockey In Shanghai

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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika and Lisa Dillman of NHL.com,

SHANGHAI -- One day last season, LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez broke some news to his teammates as one of their NHL Players' Association representatives.

"I remember him saying something like, 'The NHL wants us to go to China,'" goaltender Jeff Zatkoff said. "I think initially everyone was like, 'Man, that's a long ways to go for a couple of games.' But I think once it came out that we were going, everyone was like, 'This is going to be a cool experience.'"

Well, it certainly is a long ways to go for a couple of games.

The Kings took off from L.A. at 2 p.m. on Sunday, flew for 13 1/2 hours and 6,500 miles, and landed in Shanghai at 6:30 p.m. local time Monday. Then they cleared customs and took a bus to their hotel.

They play preseason games against the Vancouver Canucks at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on Thursday (7:30 a.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports) and Wukesong Arena in Beijing on Saturday (3:30 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports) in the 2017 China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging.

But as unusual as this might be for an NHL road trip, it isn't that unusual for the coaches and players. Europeans are used to long travel coming to North America. Many North Americans have played internationally. Lots of players have been on buses in juniors and the minors.

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Afternoon news: On ‘the first-rounders,’ Mantha, Tatar and Hicketts

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Red Wings' Red vs. White game ended in a 5-4 victory for team White, and the Wings posted a few pictures from the game, including one thanking the legion of volunteers who make the tournament work:

 

 

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Audio from the Red vs. White game at the Red Wings’ training camp ‘17

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The White team defeated the Red team 5-4 on Monday, wrapping up the Red Wings training camp with a rousing affair. Anthony Mantha registered 2 goals and an assist, Libor Sulak stood out with a goal and an assist, Tomas Tatar patted home the winner with 30 seconds remaining in regulation, and while he wasn't able to win the game, Tom McCollum was valiant in goal (despite his save percentage, Tom made some stellar saves and got beaten by 5 beautiful goals) as he faced 21 shots in the second "half."

After the game, Henrik Zetterberg, who didn't take part in the Red vs. White affair due to "veteran's privilege," spoke with the media, addressing his status (okay), the split-squad training camp (with an emphasis on NHL'ers on Team Delvecchio), his belief that the team's power play will get things turned around, and his take on the exhibition season to come:

 
Tomas Tatar scored the game-winning goal, so he discussed his accomplishment with the press, and Tatar was very forthcoming while discussing training camp, his take on the younger players who took part in the Red vs. White game, his feelings about the skate test and heart monitors providing feedback and his belief that the Wings need to be a welcoming place to their new teammates:

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A Look At Recent First Round Picks By The Wings

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

They look to one another for inspiration, ask questions, and above all keep pushing themselves.

Training camp for the most promising of thee younger Detroit Red Wings generation is a chance to measure themselves against veterans, and a great opportunity to learn. Now over the coming  days recent first-round draft picks Evgeny Svechnikov (2015, 19th overall), Dennis Cholowski (2016, 20th) and Michael Rasmussen (2017, 9th) will get a chance to further their development as the Wings embark on exhibition season.

Svechnikov, who turns 21 in October, is coming off his first year of pro hockey, which saw him reach 20 goals among 51 points in 74 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He produced another dozen points in 19 playoff games as the Griffins became Calder Cup champions.

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Lineup For Today’s Red & White Game

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