Red Wings Close Out Preseason Against Swedish Club

The Red Wings wrap up their preseason exhibition schedule this afternoon with a matchup against the Swedish Elite League’s Farjestads BK at their home arena in Karlstad.

Detroit is expected to play their regular season lineup for the first time in nine preseason exhibitions. Henrik Zetterberg claims he is ready to play after recovering from a groin injury, leaving Justin Abdelkader the odd man out of the Wings’ 13 forwards.

Derek Meech is out as the Red Wings’ seventh defenseman while Daniel Larsson is only with the team as an emergency goaltender and can’t play unless Chris Osgood or Jimmy Howard are injured.

The game will not be televised in the US but will be streamed live on starting at 1:00 PM.

Red Wings End Preseason with 6-2 Win over Farjestad

The Detroit Red Wings finished off their preseason exhibition schedule with a 6-2 win over the Swedish Elite League’s Farjestads BK on Wednesday. It was Detroit’s first match in Europe since 1938 and a lead-in to the NHL Premier games on Friday and Saturday.

Farjestad outshot the Red Wings early but Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard kept his team in the game.

Jason Williams opened the game’s scoring at 6:47 of the first period. Ville Leino picked off an attempted breakout pass in the neutral zone and tapped it back in to Williams who lifted a shot fron the right faceoff circle into the far corner of the net.

Henrik Zetterberg scored a similar goal with 4:52 remaining in the period and Valtteri Filppula added another from the slot with 1:25 left to put Detroit up by three after the opening frame.

Brian Rafalski scored on a chance from the blue line in the second period while Niklas Kronwall and Todd Bertuzzi added third period goals.

Antti Pihlstrom and Sanny Lindstrom scored for Farjestad.

Four of Detroit’s goals came on the power play, with only Williams and Bertuzzi scoring at even strength.

With the preseason wrapped up the Red Wings return to Stockholm where they will face the St. Louis Blues in a neutral site home-and-home series to open the 2009-10 season.

The Red Wings were involved in the NHL’s first foray into Europe, visiting Paris and London alongside the Montreal Canadiens in 1938. The two teams played nine games with the Wings going 3-5-1 in the series.

Red Wings Wrap Up North American Exhibitions, Set Lineup for Sweden

The Detroit Red Wings finished off their North American exhibition schedule Sunday night with a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game that saw both teams rest many of their star players.

Detroit was without Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Chris Osgood, Dan Cleary, Valtteri Filppula, Brad Stuart, Todd Bertuzzi and Niklas Kronwall. Pittsburgh sat Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar.

Pascal Dupuis scored the lone goal for the Penguins while Johan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk, Jason Williams and Ville Leino all scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard stopped 25 shots on the night, including a Jordan Staal penalty shot.

After the game the Red Wings made their final preseason roster cuts. Johan Ryno, Mattias Ritola, Andy Delmore, Francis Pare, Logan Pyett, Jakub Kindl and Evan McGrath were all assigned to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Brad May was released from his pro tryout but he is expected to join the Griffins. Earlier in the day the Wings had assigned Jeremy Williams, Doug Janik, Thomas McCollum, Kris Newbery and Jan Mursak to the Griffins.

The Red Wings now head to Sweden, where they will open up the regular season with a pair of games against the St. Louis Blues at Stockholm’s Globe Arena.

On Wednesday Detroit will play their final exhibition game of the season in Karlstad against Farjestads BK.

Abdelkader Gets His Chance to Impress

The Red Wings appear to be giving Justin Abdelkader every chance to impress them this preseason. The lineup for tonight’s matchup with the Buffalo Sabres reveals he will be making his third appearance in as many games for Detroit.

Abdelkader has two goals and three points through the first two preseason games. He started Friday night’s game against the New York Rangers on the top line centering Todd Bertuzzi and Dan Cleary before switching placed with Valtteri Filppula to center Jason Williams and Ville Leino.

Tonight he’ll be back between Kris Draper and Patrick Eaves, as he was on Wednesday against Philadelphia.

Tonight’s expected lines are as follows:

Johan FranzenPavel DatsyukTomas Holmstrom
Kris Draper-Justin Abdelkader-Patrick Eaves
Tomas TatarKris NewburyFrancis Pare
John VigilanteFrancis LemieuxJeremy Williams

Nicklas LidstromJakub Kindl
Logan PyettBrian Rafalski
Jonathan EricssonBrett Lebda

Jimmy Howard will get the start in goal and is expected to play the entire game. Thomas McCollum will be the backup.

Tonight’s game is the first of the preseason to be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit.

I’ll be at the game but I’ll check into the gameday thread when I can.

Zetterberg Out Against Rangers

The New York Rangers visit Joe Louis Arena tonight as the Red Wings host their second exhibition matchup of the season.

Detroit will be playing using their “White Team” lineup, with Chris Osgood and Thomas McCollum splitting time in goal.

Henrik Zetterberg, who was expected to lead the White Team, will miss the game while resting a groin injury that flared up before training camp. He will be kept out of the next two games.

The lines announced before Zetterberg was removed from the lineup were as follows:

Todd Bertuzzi-Henrik Zetterberg-Dan Cleary
Ville LeinoValtteri FilppulaJason Williams
Johan Ryno-Justin AbdelkaderKirk Maltby
Mattias RitolaCory EmmertonJan Mursak

Niklas KronwallDoug Janik
Brett LebdaBrad Stuart
Derek MeechJakub Kindl

Chris Osgood
Thomas McCollum

The game will be televised in New York on MSG. It will not be on TV or radio in Detroit.

Red Wings Open Preseason with Win over Flyers

The Detroit Red Wings opened their preseason with a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers less than 24 hours after closing training camp.

The Wings’ possible fourth line of Kris Draper, Justin Abdelkader and Patrick Eaves came through Wednesday night, factoring in on two of the three goals as Detroit rallied after trailing 1-0.

Following a slow first period, James Van Riemsdyk put the Flyers on the board at 3:26 of the second, breaking in all alone to beat Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard after a Tomas Holmstrom turnover.

Draper evened things up 6:10 later, banging the rebound of a Brian Rafalski chance past Philadelphia goalie Ray Emery.

Abdelkader set up the Wings’ second goal with 1:52 left in the second period. Abdelkader grabbed a loose puck behind the Flyers net and sent it out to Jamie Tardif for a one-timer past Emery.

Jeremy Williams finished off the game’s scoring at 3:35 of the third period, scoring on Philadelphia’s Brian Boucher.

Aside from the slow start, the other disappointing stat for the Wings was a power play that went 0-7 on the night, including two four minute man advantages.

Howard stopped six of the seven shots he faced in just over 30 minutes of play. Daniel Larsson made fourteen saves over the remainder of the game.

In addition to scoring the Wings’ second goal, Tardif also fought Ian Laperriere early in the third period.

Red Wings Kick Off Preseason Schedule Tonight

The Red Wings kick off their preseason schedule tonight, hosting the Philadelphia Flyers less than 24 hours after wrapping up training camp with the Red and White Game Monday night in Traverse City.

Detroit will use two rosters to start the exhibition schedule. The Red team featuring Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Nicklas Lidstrom will get the nod tonight. The White team with Henrik Zetterberg, Dan Cleary and Niklas Kronwall will play on Friday against the New York Rangers.

It looks like there will be no live media coverage of tonight’s game. It will not be televised in Detroit or Philadelphia and it looks like radio coverage is out as well.

Tonight’s Red team lineup is as follows:

Johan Franzen-Pavel Datsyuk-Tomas Holmstrom
Kris DraperJustin AbdelkaderPatrick Eaves
Mattias RitolaKris NewburyJan Mursak
Johan Ryno-Cory EmmertonJeremy Williams

Nicklas Lidstrom-Jakub Kindl
Derek MeechBrian Rafalski
Jonathan Ericsson-Andy Delmore

Jimmy Howard
Daniel Larsson

A note… If you see images from tonight’s game and wonder what’s wrong with the Wings’ jerseys, the answer is nothing. Every preseason the Wings use sweaters with names straight across the shoulders rather than the arched names they use during the regular season. Every season people forget about that and think a big change has been made.

Helm Injured at Red Wings Training Camp

Forward Darren Helm could miss the start of the regular season after suffering a shoulder injury in the second day of the Red Wings’ training camp on Monday.

Helm sprained his right acromioclavicular joint during a drill where he got caught up with defenseman Logan Pyett and went head-first into the boards. That joint is where the collarbone connects to the shoulder.

“I was definitely looking forward to coming in here, playing well, playing some exhibition games, proving that Detroit and everyone else that I belong here,” said Helm. “I’ll just do what I can to make sure I’m ready.”

He is expected to miss two to four weeks while recovering, including spending the next few days off the ice.

Lucky Thirteen

Daily visitors to DetroitHockey.Net might have noticed that every now and then the logo in our site header changes.

Normally it’s the primary site logo but every fourth day it’s our alternate logo. Additionally, on certain special days themed versions of the logo appear. There is a St. Patrick’s Day version of the logo, a Canada Day logo, and an Independence Day logo.

This morning I logged on to the site and was surprised to see the round logo featuring the site name and the “Established 1996” text that appears in the header twice each year.

The significance of that logo? Today is DetroitHockey.Net’s 13th birthday. I had completely forgotten it was coming up.

Thirteen years ago this site began on AOL as a single page dedicated to the Red Wings and recapping the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. Then known as “YzerFan19’s Detroit Red Wings Page” it later moved to GeoCities and became “DRW Central.” In 1999 the site was a founding member of the short-lived collective before moving to its own domain and becoming later that year. The final move in 2002 brought the site to its current name and home.

In honor of the site’s birthday, I’m giving away a t-shirt from our shirt store to one randomly-picked user who makes a post in the forums or comments on an article on the site in the next two days.

All of the users who post from midnight on September 15 to 11:59:59 PM (all times US Eastern) September 16 will be registered to win. Each user will be registered only once and the winner will be drawn at random. The winner will have their choice of any short-sleeved t-shirt from our shirt store.

This is one way for me to say thanks to all the visitors who have been coming around for so long. If you have any questions about the contest, feel free to post them here. It’ll get you answers and get you registered to win all at once.

On the NHLPA

I haven’t said anything until now about the NHL Players’ Association firing executive director Paul Kelly because I flat out don’t understand it.

The players seem to have a history of betrayal by and betrayal of their executive directors.

Alan Eagleson stole from them. Bob Goodenow was fired after leading them through a lockout during which the players turned on him. Ted Saskin spied on them. Now the players have sent Kelly packing.

They just can’t get it together and I don’t get that. I understand some of the comments being made about the ordeal even less.

George Malik commented this morning that he sees the NHLPA as a potential fans’ advocate.

I supported the PA in The Great Hockey Stoppage of 2004-05 but I can’t agree with that.

The players are not on the fans’ side. We just happen to have a shared opponent in that the owners are trying to screw both the players and the fans.

If you don’t believe that, take a look at the Red Wings’ payroll pre- and post-lockout and then take a look at Detroit ticket prices in the same time frame.

When the Wings’ payroll went down the cost to see the team didn’t. Mike Ilitch wins on both sides and it’s the players and the fans that are screwed.

The Board of Governors did something incredible during the lockout and its effects are still felt today. The group of men who overcharge for fans to watch games, by memorabilia, etc. told the fans that the players were at fault and for some reason many fans believed them. That leads to comments like the one I read at the bottom of one of today’s articles on TSN.

I really dont care who is at the head of the PA. As long as the person wont put us through another lockout in two years and isnt so arrogant to make ridiculous demands to the NHL directors that could never be accomplished.

Let me clarify something for people who don’t remember how things happened. The Great Hockey Stoppage of 2004-05 was not a strike (not that this particular person called it that) and it was not the players’ doing. It was a lockout put into action by the owners and the owners alone.

The players would have been fine with the status quo. They weren’t making any demands. It was the owners crying poor and demanding a salary cap that lost us a year of hockey. That they eventually got it doesn’t mean it was any less their doing.

The Players’ Association has got to get its act together or the league will always be able to play the fans against it. Of course, if they keep firing the leaders who are actually trying to do right by them just to hire guys who try to cheat them, it won’t matter what the fans think, the players will be screwed all on their own.

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