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Time To Establish Their Own Identity

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

...maybe the most distinguishable difference from the past few seasons is there's simply more NHL talent throughout the lineup. The Wings' roster is deeper.

"It is," said Larkin, who will begin his seventh NHL season Thursday when the Wings play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning. "It's younger. We had guys fighting for roles, guys battling all camp for that, and it was good and competitive. Some new guys came in and really wanted jobs. You could see (with the practices). Guys showed up in shape and ready to play. It was a good camp.

"(Now) we're through it and we're focused on Tampa."

What Larkin, 25, sees with this particular group is an opportunity to reverse the negative vibe that comes with missing the playoffs the last five seasons, the losing records and the unfavorable perception of the team around the NHL.

Larkin feels it's definitely time to "write our own history."

"We need to go out there and execute and prove why we, as a group, don't want to be continuing the trend that's been going on here," Larkin said. "We've talked about it, talked about we're our own team and we'll write our own history.

"There's so much history with this team, and you can look at it as pressure but things haven't been going well, so we're really going to start something now. Start with a push for the playoffs and playing meaningful games and playing the right way, with everyone contributing. When you get everyone contributing it's fun and you win hockey games.

"And we begin to write history of our own."

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Videos- The Talk After The Morning Skate

Danny DeKeyser first, below find Marc Staal and Jeff Blashill.


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Taking The Pulse Of The 19

Feeling confident, feeling okay, feeling like another year of playoff-less hockey?

What's on your mind as we wait for the puck to drop tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning?

I want to see the continued growth of Michael Rasmussen and Filip Zadina.

Sometimes I close my eyes and see Steve Yzerman's rookie year.  You knew just by watching him he had greatness written all over him.  Will that feeling be the same with Lucas Raymond?

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Some Luck Couldn’t Hurt

from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

Is it still too early to judge the Red Wings solely on stats and standings? Yeah, it is. But it’s time for a look, a leap, and perhaps a little luck.

In year three of the Steve Yzerman-led rebuild, they’re taking a closer look at their young talent, and hoping for a leap. The Wings certainly will be younger, deeper defensively and presumably better, whether the record reflects it or not. The process has passed the weeding-out stage and is headed toward the finding-out stage, and it’s time to push it a bit.

So they’re looking at Lucas (Raymond) and seeking Mo (Seider). The touted first-rounders, 19 and 20 respectively, will make their highly anticipated debuts, which instantly makes this season more interesting. A bunch of guys have a bunch to prove, from captain Dylan Larkin to the old-young goalie tandem of Thomas Greiss and Alex Nedeljkovic, to center Pius Suter, 25, surprisingly unsigned by Chicago after a solid rookie campaign.

For Jeff Blashill, in his seventh season as coach, the heat will only rise if the youngsters don’t. It’ll be painful at times, with a jolting opener against the two-time champion Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night. The Wings are pegged by most to land in the NHL’s bottom five, which is where they finished in the pandemic-shortened 56-game slate.

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Youngsters Are The Key To Detroit’s Rebuild

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

How quickly the Detroit Red Wings complete their rebuild and become consistent playoff contenders depends to a large extent on the impact of their top draft picks.

Defenseman Moritz Seider and winger Lucas Raymond, the first two first-round selections under general manager Steve Yzerman, are entering the league together, making their NHL debut Thursday against Tampa Bay at Little Caesars Arena.

They will be franchise cornerstones for many years if all goes according to plan. Adding their youth and talent to a team that has missed the playoffs five years in a row has created more anticipation for the 2021-22 season.

“That’s great for our organization and our team right now because I believe they make us better,” Detroit captain Dylan Larkin said. “They’re two great kids that are going to continue to work and elevate their game. They’re going to learn pretty quickly what the NHL is all about on Thursday night. You don’t know until they do it. They look good so far and I know Lucas and Moritz will keep working to ensure they’re impact players.”


added 6:15pm, Below, watch Steve Yzeramn on all the new faces.

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Video- A Sit Down With Dylan Larkin

He's with the Word on Woodward crew.



added 9:28pm, Brad Galli with Larkin for 6 1/2 minutes, watch below... 

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Videos- The Talk After Practice

Mr Seider first, Mr. Blashill below.


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Practicing From The LCA

via Ansar Khan tweet,

lines/D pairs in final practice before tomorrow’s season-opener vs. Lightning at LCA:

addded per Khan,

power play units:
1. Bertuzzi (net front), Erne (bumper), Larkin-Raymond (flanks), Leddy (point). Gagner rotating with Erne.
2. Suter (net front), Fabbri (bumper), Hronek-Zadina (flanks), Seider (point). Rasmussen rotating with Suter.

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How The Wings Can Improve

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

...there are other ways for this team to take the next step in this rebuild. Here are five of them:

Bounce-back seasons from Larkin, Bertuzzi

The team needs its top players, Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi, to return to form. They work well together, so a full season – or close to it -- on the same line should benefit both. Larkin had only nine goals and 23 points in 44 games, his season shortened due to a neck injury. Bertuzzi got off to a hot start with five goals and seven points in nine games before being shelved by a back injury that eventually required surgery. Can he quickly get back to playing his abrasive game? He will miss nine games in Canada due to his refusal to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

A reliable second scoring line

Pius Suter could solidify the troublesome second-line center spot. He collected 14 goals and 27 points in 55 games as a 24-year-old rookie with Chicago last season. He will be paired, at least initially, with his former junior teammate Robby Fabbri. Fabbri is another player who missed time last season due to illness (COVID-19) and injury (concussion), but produced when healthy (10 goals, 18 points in 30 games). He has 24 goals and 49 points in 82 games over parts of two seasons in Detroit, where he has resurrected a career plagued by knee injuries.

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