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Michael Rasmussen In The Spotlight Tonight

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Michael Rasmussen will get an important chance to show what he can do against an NHL-heavy lineup tonight in Toronto....

This preseason, Rasmussen has two goals and two assists in four games.

"I just think his game's more well-rounded now than it was even a year ago and I think he's gotten better and I think he has confidence from the year he had a year ago," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I think he has gotten better net-front, I know he studied it a lot and has worked to get better at it so I think he's gotten better in that area for sure. I think he's a little bit stronger, a little big bigger, just a little bit more advanced with another year under his belt. I think he's done a real good job."

During Friday's morning skate, Rasmussen was working on the first power-play unit with Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, Gustav Nyquist and Dennis Cholowski.

"It's been good. Last game was really good, got us back in the game," Rasmussen said. "There's a lot of great pieces. (Nyquist's) great on there, today (Larkin) was back on there. Larks is awesome on it. Dennis is on it, great job as well so it's great."

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Why is Nyquist on the PP?  Show casing him I hope

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 09/28/18 at 08:00 PM ET

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About 23 Intently Staring Goalies

23 Intently Staring Goalies comes from the 23 close-up photos of goalies that used to line the walls of my office.

On the good side, it kept down interruptions, but it also made sure I had to leave my trash outside my door if I wanted it picked up.

I've been watching and analyzing goaltenders for going on 40 years. Some of that was spent drawing goalies on my grade 8 math homework. Then it was taking my card decks and printouts to Indianapolis Racer games. Luckily, the Internet took off, and by 1991 I was half of the duo that would ultimately become the Plaidworks hockey mailing lists. I wrote "Handicapping the Goalies' for the San Jose Sharks mailing list, and took a lot of photos of goalies in action. I have around 5000 slides of mostly goaltenders in action from 1989 through 2001 from the WHL, IHL and NHL. Since I've gone digital, I've added about 10,000 more images to the library. During summers and when the league went dark, I was reading through multiple SF By area news papers, tracking ice hockey from the 1917 recreational leagues up through the California Seals.

We'll be talking about goalies and goaltending. We'll talk about whats going on now, who's in the system, and when the doldrums hit, I'll haul something out of the big bag of history, or something from the photo archives. We'll talk about who's hot and why, and who's not and what they can do to get back on track. We'll take a look at the trends in scouting goalies, and why a style may work for one team but not another. I'll battle with my dictation software to get it to understand Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky.

It should be interesting--hope you want to come along for the ride!

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