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Today's Scrimmage Will Help Shape Roster

01/05/2021 at 6:17am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Intrasquad scrimmages are much more important during this shortened training camp with no preseason games.

The Detroit Red Wings, following four days of practices, will line up against each other Tuesday morning in their first of three scrimmages that will go a long way toward settling some lineup spots and, more importantly, preparing them for the regular season opener Jan. 14.

“I think our guys understand we have to use these scrimmages as both springboards to get ready for the season and also to figure out who’s going to be in what spots,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “So, I think the intensity will be higher than it would be in one of the scrimmages in Traverse City in a camp where you have eight more exhibitions to go in three more weeks.


from Josh Berenter of the Wings website,

After Tuesday, the Red Wings will have two more scrimmages--this Friday and Sunday--before the season begins with the first game of a two-game homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes on January 14.

Blashill said he'll have to adjust his coaching style this season to prepare for back-to-back games against each opponent, as matchups become more of a chess game, similar to what he experienced as a college coach at Western Michigan University in 2010-11.

"It becomes a little less about pure pre-scouts and more about adjustments. That will be similar to the playoffs, it's similar to the American League and honestly, really similar to college," Blashill said. "It's been awhile since I coached college, but that's exactly what it is, you go at each other lots back to back, you're trying to make adjustments for that second game. It'll definitely be different, maybe a little bit more of a chess game."

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Here's what Filip Zadina may have unlocked while playing in Europe

Dylan Larkin’s line with Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi has been gelling for several seasons. While Vladislav Namestnikov is new to the Wings, he’s familiar with his center, Valtteri Filppula, from their days together with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Sam Gagner plays right wing on that line. Tuesday is an opportunity for them to show they should stay together.

“It’s definitely going to be good to get in that type of game situation,” Namestnikov said. “We’ve been off for so long, and finally to get something close to a game is going to be good for us. Everyone is excited.”

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