Red Wings-Penguins preseason wrap-up and overnight report: loose ends remain, especially on defense

The Chief called 2009 "The Summer of Ken," and going into Friday's game against a Toronto Maple Leafs team that hasn't played since Monday's 3-0 Wings win (7:30 PM EDT on FSD, Sportsnet and 97.1 FM; fear not, the Leafs "went to cottage country"), as well as Saturday's exhibition finale against Boston (5:30 PM EDT on the NHL Network U.S.), I think...
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2014-15 Detroit Red Wings Preview: Playoff Streak Will Extend To 24 Seasons

Making predictions in a difficult task at the beginning of every NHL season. But for the last two decades, the safest prediction has been picking the Detroit Red Wings to reach the playoffs. The Original Six franchise extended its postseason streak to a record 23 seasons in 2013-14 by earning a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. It was a remarkable feat considering all of...
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Recap: Preseason Game 5 vs. Red Wings

Didn’t even realize there was a game on. We were too busy making stunned gifs of Pirate fans. Three things to know about 1. @TPBderek Craig Adams crushed Oskar Sundqvist. One of the Red Wings got kneed in the face by a linesman. That’s pretty much it. — Adam Gretz (@AGretz) October 2, 2014 2. Beautiful goal by Sundqvist. Really making a great case for a roster spot. — Beth...
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Red Wings Lose to Pens, Tatar Leaves Game

The Red Wings had a great first period where their power play looked really dangerous but they just couldn’t solve Marc Andre Fleury.  They struggled throughout the second period and went down 1-0 on a goal by Blake Comeau.  The Red Wings would never recover and ended up giving up another goal in the third. They played pretty decently offensively but they missed the net way too...
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Red Wings-Penguins preseason quick take: some good, some bad (and Tatar’s OK)

Please take note that the beat writers report that Tomas Tatar's OK: The Red Wings lost a very "up and down" game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night, dropping a 2-0 decision, but ahead of Friday and Saturday's back-to-back exhibition finales (in Toronto on Friday, at 7:30 PM EDT on FSD, and in Boston on Saturday, at 5:30 PM, on the NHL Network...
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WATCH: Tatar takes knee to head from official

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar was the unfortunate victim of a knee to the... Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
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Website predicts Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk will retire after season and give up $15 million

Is this Pavel Datsyuk's final season with the Detroit Red Wings? Bleacher Report apparently thinks so. Despite having two more years remaining on his contract at $7.5 million per season, the website has Datsyuk among its "10 productive players most likely to retire after the 2014-15 season." He's listed at No. 2. Bleacher Report cited injuries as the reason it...
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It’s A Preseason Live Blog- Pens/Wings

Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET and is on NHL Network US, FSD and Root. Wings lineup via Bill Roose at the Wings's site (more news too). FORWARDS Gustav Nyquist-Henrik Zetterberg-Johan Franzen Tomas Tatar-Riley Sheahan-Tomas Jurco Andrej Nestrasil-Stephen Weiss-Mitch Callahan Justin Abdelkader-Luke Glendening-Landon Ferraro DEFENSEMEN Niklas Kronwall-Danny DeKeyser...
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Red Wings-Penguins preseason pre-game ramble: on Babcock, Alfredsson, Ericsson and Smith

So I had an awful afternoon, whose details of errand-running and dead batteries I will only allude to. As such, the Red Wings-Penguins "morning skate in progress" post is going to hit the wires sometime shortly before tonight's game (7:30 PM on FSD, ROOT Sports, the NHL Network U.S. and 97.1 FM)... And you and I are going to disagree about some stuff, starting now...
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Detroit Red Wings season capsule

DETROIT RED WINGS LAST SEASON: 39-28-15, 93 points. Lost in first round of playoffs. COACH: Mike Babcock, 10th season with Red Wings, 415-198-91; 12th overall in NHL. ADDED: C Andy Miele, C Kevin Porter. LOST: RW Mikael Samuelsson, C Cory Emmerton, C David Legwand, RW Todd Bertuzzi. PLAYER TO WATCH: Gustav Nyquist. The 25-year-old Swede is coming off a breakout season in which he...
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Red Wings hope to do more than just make playoffs

DETROIT (AP) The last two seasons have been full of drama for the Detroit Red Wings - just not in the way the franchise is accustomed to. Coach Mike Babcock's team has had to scramble to extend its streak to 23 consecutive postseason appearances, and although that's certainly a remarkable accomplishment, the Red Wings were hardly considered major contenders for the Stanley...
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The Season Of Mike Babcock Is About To Begin

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, Never mind that he has fewer Stanley Cup titles than either Joel Quenneville or Darryl Sutter, neither of whom is considered a better coach than Babcock. He — like Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Drew Doughty, the largest stars in hockey — has won two Olympic gold medals, under two vary different circumstances, the most recent...
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Caught In The Middle

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland, Some of the teams we’ll be covering today are passing through this section on their way to bigger and better things, while others are tracking in the opposite direction. And a few are in what may well be the worst possible situation an NHL team can find itself in: stuck in no-man’s-land, not really good enough to contend but never quite bad...
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Babcock Extension Unlikely Before Season Opener, per Holland

After scheduled talks on Tuesday (September 30th) between General Manager Ken Holland and head coach Mike Babcock on the subject of a contract extension for the latter, it seems that a deal is not apparent in the immediate future. And according to Holland, it doesn’t appear that one will be hashed out before the season opener on Thursday, October 9th. After which Babcock has stated...
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Don’t Expect A Babcock Contract Deal Before The Season Starts

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and head coach Mike Babcock met Tuesday regarding an extension for Babcock, but a deal doesn't appear imminent. In fact, it might not come to be before the Wings open Oct. 9, which is when Babcock has said he no longer wants to talk about his contract situation. A caveat...
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Preseason Gameday: Pittsburgh Penguins @ Detroit Red Wings

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Detroit Red Wings 7:30 PM – ROOT Sports Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, Michigan Sidney Crosby returns to the lineup tonight for the final preseason game before the regular season begins.  He will likely be reunited with former linemates Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis.  Each has battled their own various injuries throughout the preseason, how many minutes...
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Red Wings-Penguins preseason game-day updates: Nyquist vs. Crosby; ‘thoughts’ and…things

The Detroit Red Wings will battle the Pittsburgh Penguins this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/ROOT/NHL Network U.S. and 97.1 FM) in the team's final home exhibition game and 5th of 8 exhibition games overall. The Free Press's Helene St. James has already posted the roster for tonight's game: Tonight's lineup between the Red Wings and Penguins.
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Wings' Mattias Backman latest Swede nearing roster spot

The Detroit Red Wings have had a touch of good fortune with defensemen from Sweden. There was Nicklas Lidstrom, who left after 20 years with seven Norris Trophies and four Stanley Cups. There is Niklas Kronwall, current leader of the blue line. Down the road, there are signs prospect Mattias Backman could be part of the team's core. He's the sort of smooth, heads-up player...
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Is this the final season for Pavel Datsyuk?

Is this the final season for “The Magic Man” Pavel Datsyuk? According to Bleacher Report they believe injuries will cause him to call it quits after this season. He would be giving up about 7.5 million per season with 2 more seasons left on his contract after this season. However this is his 13th season wearing the winged wheel and the thought does creep from the back of ones...
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Red Wings early overnight report: on Smith, the Wings’ young defensemen, Alfredsson and Callahan

The Red Wings play the Pittsburgh Penguins in their final home exhibition game on Wednesday night (7:30 PM, FSD/97.1 FM), and according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Jason Mackey, we shouldn't expect to see Robert Bortuzzo, Evgeni Malkin or Olli Maata in tomorrow's game, but Sidney Crosby will play in the game after attending his grandmother's funeral in Nova...
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Could Mike Babcock be the next coach of the Maple Leafs?

The clock is ticking on Mike Babcock's future with the Detroit Red Wings. So cue the speculation he'll be the next coach of the Maple Leafs . Babcock has one year remaining on his contract to coach the Wings with speculation rampant that the Maple Leafs are the front-runners to sign him should he reach free-agent status. Babcock hopes to sign a long-term extension with the...
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Mike Babcock: 'I don't think this will be my last year'

Did Mike Babcock coach against his future employer tonight? Maybe, maybe not — he's too busy with the present to think about much about it. Babcock is in the last year of his contract, entering what will mark a decade behind the Red Wings' bench. If there is to be an 11th year and beyond, Babcock wants that settled either before the Oct. 9 start of the regular season...
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Red Wings News: Coach Babcock to stay in Hockeytown?

The Detroit Red Wings know Mike Babcock is a terrific coach and are prepared to lock him up for the foreseeable future.#481119483 / gettyimages.comDarren Dreger of TSN tweeted Tuesday morning that the Red Wings were moving forward on trying to sign Babcock,Expectation in Detroit is Holland and Babcock will meet later this week or early next...latest. Offer will be presented at that...
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Red Wings prospect catch-up post: on Hicketts, Nastasiuk, a pair of trades, Jensen and Nestrasil

I'm still updating the practice post--slow day for the beat writers, but the Penguins are apparently already in town ahead of tomorrow night's game (7:30 PM on FSD)--but my first day back after any illness (and this time it was the Training Camp Sinus Bug of Doom, and was it ever one of those, "The one time you don't Purell your hands after shaking hands with somebody...
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Dreger: Red Wings’ Holland, Babcock to talk contract turkey shortly

When I tried to make a joke about analytics at training camp, I got an, "I'm sick of talking about it; you're done" from Mike Babcock, and given his most recent comments to the press, I'm guessing that he's going to cut off questions about his contract that way quite shortly. Thankfully TSN's Darren Dreger reports that there's a reason he and Ken...
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