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Detroit’s Goaltending Tandem Ranked In the Middle Of The Pack

from Mike McKenna of the Daily Faceoff,

16 Detroit Red Wings: Thomas Greiss & Alex Nedeljkovic

Greiss performed admirably on a bad team last year in Detroit. He’s made the most out of his career and I’d expect that to continue. Nedeljkovic went on a tear with Carolina last season but the team decided to part ways when a suitable contract couldn’t be reached. Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman was smart to trade for him.

the rest of the teams...

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Ethan Sears of the Wings website,

When Henrik Zetterberg left Detroit, moving home to Sweden after a storied playing career, he made a delivery to Dylan Larkin.

A friend had given Zetterberg a treatment bench to use at home, with the number 40 stitched into it and the captain’s C above it. When Zetterberg retired in 2018, Larkin was still two years away from being officially named the Detroit Red Wings’ captain. Zetterberg decided that didn’t matter.

“To be honest,” Zetterberg told DetroitRedWings.com, “even though he didn’t have the C on his jersey, he’s been the captain for a few years.”

So Zetterberg made an addition to the table. He put the number 71 on it, with the C next to it. When he dropped it at Larkin’s house, he told him that only captains could have the table.

“Well, I’m not the captain,” Zetterberg recalled Larkin saying.

“Well, you’re gonna be the next captain,” Zetterberg replied.

It’s been long enough - 10 months and a full season - since Larkin was officially named captain of the Red Wings that he’s used to it. On Thursday night, when the Red Wings open their season against the Tampa Bay Lightning he’ll be introduced as the captain for the first time in front of a packed house, the memory of playing in front of an empty Little Caesars Arena long forgotten. He says it won’t feel much different for him.

For the city of Detroit, though, that might not be the case.

continued, hear from Lidstrom too…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/12/21 at 11:05 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

No one can ever doubt the dedication and the class of #40. He one of the true “gentlemen warriors” of the sport.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/12/21 at 06:43 PM ET

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Z just seems like such a quality person
in so many ways. And 5’11 185lb guy who was never
the fastest and played with a bad back - at times excruciatingly
bad, for much of his career. There is seriously a lot of pride
just as a fan in having any kind of even very indirect association with a player
and person like that.

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/13/21 at 12:06 AM ET

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