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Notes From Traverse City

09/16/2019 at 3:44pm EDT

from Dana Wakiki of DetroitRedWings.com,

There are still some things to be determined before the Wings decide who will play Tuesday night at home against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first preseason game.

"The challenge for guys like (Joe) Veleno and (Filip) Zadina is they already played four in five nights at the Prospect Tournament," Blashill said. "I've talked to Steve (Yzerman) about this -- is it beneficial for them to have an extra day off? I'm going to look at that as soon as I get back."

Although it's a bit of a hike from Detroit, Blashill said coming up to Traverse City every year is always a great experience.

"I think I prefer it, our guys prefer it. We like coming up here," Blashill said. "There's multiple reasons. One, you get to come up here, you're kind of away for a little bit. Your guys get to play some golf. It's beautiful up here. It's a little getaway. It's not super long. It's great. Traverse City's a beautiful spot in the world.

"Me personally, both my sister and my parents live here. I definitely like coming up here. Just from an aspect of team, it's really worked well. People up here are great. You also get to hit a whole of Western Michigan and Northern Michigan that you don't get to hit on an everyday basis in Metro Detroit."

Being away from home, the players and coaches also get to focus on hockey, which led to a successful camp.

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