Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 10:22 PM EDT Sep 20, 2019 Andreas Athanasiou, at the very least, looks up to speed. The Detroit Red Wings played their third game of the exhibition season Friday at Little Caesars Arena, hosting the New York Islanders. The Wings had a good mix of veterans and prospects, and were able to take good looks especially at a couple of their young defense prospects. Athanasiou, who left last Sunday’s Red-White game because of soreness, showed off what makes him such a scoring threat when he raced to the net and scored for an early lead. Anthony Mantha and Filip Hronek scored in the third period. Anthony Beauvillier scored in overtime to hand the Wings a 4-3 loss. Devon Toews, Derick Brassard and Beauvillier scored for the Islanders in regulation. Frans Nielsen suffered a lower-body injury and did not finish the game. Lining up While Dylan Larkin nursing a sore heel, Michael Rasmussen played in his place between … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings lose in preseason in OT, but plenty to like
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The Detroit News Published 3:18 PM EDT Sep 17, 2019 The Detroit Red Wings haven't made the playoffs since the 2015-16 season. It might be a while before they return. The rebuild could be a slow one for the Red Wings, who come in 27th in ESPN's NHL future power rankings, which projects where the 31 teams stand for the next three years. ESPN gives the Red Wings an overall score of 71.6 in the rankings posted Tuesday, placing them in the "C" range on their grading scale. "When the Red Wings' dynastic run fizzled out, all that was left was the memories and bloated contracts," writes Emily Kaplan, an ESPN hockey reporter. "OK, it wasn't that dire. But the rebuild has been slow, as Detroit waits for unfavorable contracts to get off the books. Now that Steve Yzerman is in charge, there's hope that the path back to winning can be expedited." The ESPN crew, which includes senior NHL writer Greg Wyshynski and NHL draft and prospects analyst Chris Peters, rated each team in four … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings 27th in ESPN’s future power rankings
Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 7:35 AM EDT Sep 16, 2019 TRAVERSE CITY — There was a sequence during Sunday’s Red-White game when Frans Nielsen drove to the net and slipped a pass to Filip Zadina, who tried to stuff the puck around the goal post. That’s where the Detroit Red Wings want Zadina to be: in a rectangular area around the net, roughly from hashmark to hashmark and hashmark to goal line, where the Wings say an estimated 40% of NHL goals are scored. It’s the same message the Wings stressed to Anthony Mantha a couple years ago: find ways to be around the net and the goals will start piling up. Zadina is in his second training camp with the Wings and under scrutiny as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 draft. He’s coming of an average first year of pro hockey, when he scored 16 goals among 35 points in 59 games in the American Hockey League and had one goal among three points in nine games … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings want Filip Zadina to score goals. Here’s how
Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 3:07 PM EDT Sep 12, 2019 TRAVERSE CITY — The Detroit Red Wings will remain captain-less while their former captain adjusts to his new role. In Steve Yzerman’s first season as general manager of the Wings, the team will delay naming a successor to Henrik Zetterberg. Instead, the Wings will start a second straight season with four alternates. Luke Glendening replaces Niklas Kronwall as an alternate, joining Dylan Larkin, Frans Nielsen and Justin Abdelkader. “Steve and I discussed through it through the course of the summer and with Steve being new to the organization regarding the current players, it gives him a chance to get to know everybody involved,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill told the Free Press. “We feel with adding Luke it gives us four really strong voices and a good group of leaders.” [ As Red Wings begin camp, Steve Yzerman has guys 'really on their toes' ] … [Read more...] about Why Detroit Red Wings have four alternate captains again
Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 9:04 PM EDT Sep 11, 2019 The Detroit Red Wings will carry 67 players into Friday’s start of training camp. The 37 forwards, 22 defensemen and eight goaltenders will be split into three groups for the first two days of on-ice activities, then separated into two groups that will compete in Sunday’s Red-White game. The camp in Traverse City concludes with Monday’s practices, after which the Wings will return to Detroit in preparation for the first of nine exhibition games. The breakdown among teams Howe, Delvecchio and Lindsay have yet to be released, but usually it’s a mix of veterans and prospects, plus camp tryouts. It's a good opportunity to experiment with different line combinations and defense pairings. Top drafted prospects vying for jobs include forwards Filip Zadina, Evgeny Svechnikov, Michael Rasmussen, Christoffer Ehn, and Joe Veleno, along with free-agent signings Taro Hirose … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings training camp: Top prospects battle for jobs.