Photo courtesy of Dave Reginek
The Wings concluded training camp yesterday with the Red and White Game at Center I.C.E. Arena in Traverse City. While the fans of Hockeytown North were sad to see the Wings leave, it also means that today is the start of preseason with nine exhibitions on the schedule for Detroit. Today, the Wings will host the Philadelphia Flyers to begin their trek of playing five games in seven nights to start preseason.
The biggest news of the camp came out Monday when forward Darren Helm sprained his AC joint during a drill and will miss two to four weeks as a result. He is doubtful for the two-game season opening series in Sweden, but shouldn’t miss too much of the regular season. Chris McCosky of The Detroit News suggests that Justin Abdelkader could fill in for Helm until his return.
In Other News
- With Andreas Lilja on the long-term IR, the Wings will look to Jonathan Ericsson to use his big body on the blue line. The Detroit Free Press notes that ‘Big E’ had a wide assortment of injuries last year, but feels healthy heading into camp.
- Coach Mike Babcock plans to play Jason Williams on the point for the Wings’ power-play second unit to fill the void left by Mikael Samuelsson.
- The Grand Rapids Press talked to Jakub Kindl about his experience working out at Michigan State with Justin Abdelkader this summer.
- Babcock’s Death Stare has a roundup of all the big news and articles from the prospect tournament in Traverse City last week.
- All but one junior-eligible Wings’ prospect were sent packing after Monday’s session as the roster had to shrink for the Red and White Game. Tomas Tatar was the lone player to stay after a strong outing at camp and the prospect tournament.
- Nightmare on Helm Street found TSN’s point predictions for 12 Wings. TSN put Pavel Datsyuk at No. 4 overall, predicting he would post 95 points (30 goals, 65 assists).
- Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle and The Triple Deke profile Valtteri Filppula.