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Prospects Looked Good Last Night

09/23/2018 at 7:34am EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Here are some observations from the Wings' third consecutive preseason victory:

Filip Zadina's 'comeback'

All those people who were saying Zadina was already a bust after that first preseason game can ease up a bit.

It was one game. One measly exhibition game. But you knew the overreaction would happen.

Saturday Zadina eased fears with his power-play goal, then an assist on Vili Saarijarvi’s third-period goal.

Zadina wasn’t perfect, he’s still adjusting to the speed of the NHL, but this should calm everyone’s concerns.

“He was much better than the other night, definitely a step in the right direction,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “Obviously the one-time shot, three in a row on the power play, he’s very willing to shoot it.

“It was a different lineup, not quite the lineup we faced in terms of regular NHL players (against Chicago) but it was a real good step in the right direction and shows good confidence by him.”

Svechnikov’s impact

There was a sense Svechnikov had become a forgotten man in the organization given all the other first-round highlights the past few years, but Svechnikov is quietly re-establishing himself.

Svechnikov played a gritty game in over 14 minutes of ice time against Boston.

“He needs to make sure he’s responsible and that he’s heavy on the puck,” Blashill said. “He did a good job of that tonight. He played well.”


Below, watch the game winning goal and post-game interviews.

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