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Wings Show A Different Look

12/28/2018 at 4:10pm EST

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

There were some different looks to both the lines and defense pairs when the Red Wings took to the ice Friday in practice at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Andreas Athanasiou skated on the top line with Dylan Larkin and Justin Abdelkader; Gustav Nyquist was with Frans Nielsen and Thomas Vanek; and Tyler Bertuzzi was back with Luke Glendening and Michael Rasmussen.

"It gives him a chance to play with Larks, he hasn't done that much," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "Double-A is a guy that if we can get playing at his highest level, he's obviously a very good player, so we're giving him that opportunity. The thing I said to him is he's got to make sure he's great defensively because ultimately, he's going to be out there against some of the other team's best players on a consistent basis, so he's got to make sure he handles that side of it and we'll see how it goes.

"I haven't minded our lines and we may go back to where they were but just trying to get the right fits. Nyquie and Vanek have had some chemistry together and certainly Bert, Ras and Glenny was a line I thought could really grind in the O-zone and since Bert's been off the line we've kind of gotten away from it, so we'll see."

continued with more topics...

If you are going to the game on Monday...

DETROIT – Fans attending the Detroit Red Wings vs. Florida Panthers game on Monday, Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m. are advised that the doors to Little Caesars Arena will open at 6:30 p.m., one hour prior to puck drop, to accommodate the final two games of the 54th annual Great Lakes Invitational.

Please Note: Doors to Little Caesars Arena typically open 90 minutes prior to Detroit Red Wings home games.

For the first time, Little Caesars Arena in The District Detroit will host a tripleheader of hockey action on Monday, Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve), as the third-place game of the GLI will take place at 11:30 a.m., and the championship game will begin at 2:30 p.m. Following the GLI Championship Game, Little Caesars Arena will be cleared of all fans in preparation of the Red Wings squaring off against the Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m.

added 4:32pm, below, watch Darren Helm after today's practice.

added 5:00pm, Cholowski and Blashill after practice can be watched below.

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