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Quick Recap- Detroit Red Wings/Calgary Flames

One of those games you'd like to see the Wings win, but it didn't happen tonight.  Calgary wins 3-0.

Raymond and Seider continue to impress so that's something to be happy about.

Below two videos, a pre-game interview with Alex Nedeljkovic and the Smith/Lucic fight.  Team stats too.

Next game is Saturday night in Montreal.

I am making it an early night and will post the talk after the game either in the middle of the night or in the morning.

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Excitement Is In The Air

Red Wings fans have been unexpectedly surprised at the huge differences between last season and this year's team. Tonight will be only four games in, but, I think it's safe to say excitement is in the air, along with some pretty decent hockey being played right now.
We all know there is still a long road ahead, but, this young Wings team is certainly fun to watch. I say, keep er' going boys!

The Flames are coming in cold, looking for their first win of the season, and, we all know they've burned us plenty in the past few seasons. Here's hoping the youngsters cans douse the Flames tonight.

It's a Live Blog!

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The Morning Skate

 

Side note, first visit by Calgary in 606 days.

added 11:15am, I will add video of Jeff Blashill to this post, until then...

 

 

added 11:56am, Jeff Blashill after the skate is below.

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Gordie Howe NFTs Going Up For Auction

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

Gordie Howe signed thousands of autographs during his lifetime, all with the same fluid stroke that made his perfectly legible signature one of the most iconic and cherished in hockey history.

More than five years after his death, we'll never know what "Mr. Hockey" would think of the latest Howe collectibles that are going to auction timed roughly to the 75th anniversary of his first NHL game, played for the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 16, 1946.

For six days beginning Friday, nine original non-fungible tokens (NFTs) will be up for bidding on the digital collectibles platform Blockparty. All proceeds will go to the Howe Foundation, the charitable endeavor launched in 1994 by Howe and his late wife, Colleen, to benefit children in sports and women working in the business of sports.

NFTs are defined as unique digital and collectible assets representing a moment or an item that can be electronically bought, sold or traded through a decentralized marketplace.

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The Cornerstones Of The Rebuild

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

As part of the rebuild process, they selected defenseman Moritz Seider with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and Raymond with the No. 4 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Now each is in the lineup.

Raymond is Detroit's highest pick since it chose center Keith Primeau at No. 3 in the 1990 NHL Draft.

Seider was the defenseman of the year in the Swedish Hockey League last season. The 20-year-old has three assists in three games for the Red Wings (and didn't even earn an assist on Raymond's goal, despite starting the sequence with a nifty move to avoid an opponent in the Detroit zone and a pass to transition the puck the other way).

Raymond also came from the SHL and has scored three points (one goal, two assists) in three games for Detroit, which is off to a 2-0-1 start and hosts the Calgary Flames on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNW, BSDET, ESPN+, NHL LIVE).

"It will be very interesting to follow a player like Moritz Seider, who we saw a lot here in Sweden last year," said Red Wings legend Nicklas Lidstrom, a Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman who lives in Sweden but came to Detroit for the start of the season. "He has a great future. He has all it takes to be a really good player and an asset for Detroit.

"And that goes for Lucas Raymond as well. He had a very good preseason and is a promising player. These younger guys on the team are very interesting players. It will be fun to watch them."

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How The Wings Were Built

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Tyler Bertuzzi is among a growing minority on the roster of the Detroit Red Wings. He was here prior to Steve Yzerman taking over as GM of the Red Wings – and he’s still here.

Threre’s not many of them left. Bertuzzi is one of just eight holders from the pre-Yzerman era on Detroit’s current NHL roster that is off to a 2-0-1 start to the 2021-22 season.

“Obviously it’s been a tough couple of years but that happens sometimes in sports,” Bertuzzi assessed of the team’s rebuild. “We have a lot of young guys coming in right now that are earning jobs and playing big roles that will help in the long run.

“Just the chemistry and getting everyone together, building from the core and out. It feels good to get off to this start. We just gotta keep it going.”

Let’s look at how rapidly Yzerman has reshaped this Red Wings team during his 2+ seasons in charge.

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Videos- Talking After Practice

Daniella Bruce tweets,

Tyler Bertuzzi said he’s really happy with his start to the season after missing almost a full year. Said it’s a great feeling.

Bertuzzi confirms he can’t go to Montreal but will be in Chicago.

Below find a video of Jeff Blashill and I will add Tyler Bertuzzi if available.  added 1:43pm, Bertuzzi now below too.

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Today’s Practice Lines

via Ansar Khan tweet,

lines and D pairs in practice before facing Calgary tomorrow at ⁦@LCArena_Detroit⁩
Bertuzzi-Larkin-Raymond
Fabbri-Suter-Zadina
Namestnikov-Rasmussen-Erne
Smith-Stephens-Gagner
Rowney
DeKeyser-Hronek
Leddy-Seider
Staal-Lindstrom
Oesterle-Stecher

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A Good Night For Lucas Raymond

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“I had some really nice looks today and especially this time of the game you want to score to help the team,” Raymond said. “Of course, you want to get that first goal. It’s something real special and it’s awesome, a special night.”

Raymond opened the scoring at 6:17 of the third period, taking a pass from Dylan Larkin and wiring a wrist shot over goaltender Joonas Korpisalo’s glove on the short side.

Shortly after that, Raymond side-stepped a check in the neutral zone and made a nice touch pass to Larkin, who set up Tyler Bertuzzi’s goal at 8:53, his fifth of the season, which proved to be the winner.

“Those are a couple of dynamic offensive plays,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “The one thing (Raymond) does pretty consistently is play a complete game. That earns trust and you get minutes. Are there parts of his game that have to get better? A hundred percent. And he knows it, especially moving his feet. He’s a real cerebral player, sometimes he can get caught just thinking his way through the game instead of thinking and moving his feet.

“Him and (fellow rookie Moritz) Seider both have a real good combination of confidence but yet real calm people and real respectful, real good inner drive. They’re not entitled people. I think (Raymond) has got a maturity beyond his years. That’s certainly going to help him as he goes through any upcoming trials and tribulations he’ll face.”

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Videos- Post Game Talk After A 3-1 Win Over Columbus

Tyler Bertuzzi first, below Mickey Redmond and Lucas Raymond.  added 10:41pm, game highlights are below and Mickey explains the Hudson Bay rules.  added 10:47pm, Jeff Blashill is below too.  added 11:21pm, before my head hits the pillow, a picture below of Raymond and his puck

 

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