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Wings vs. Rangers: The number of penalties in the first period against the Rangers really hurt the Wings as they were outshot 18-4 in the period, which is really unusual for Detroit. Dan Cloutier played in the second half of the contest and shut out New York, but the Wings were unable to overcome the three goals scored earlier in the game on Daniel Larsson. New York’s Marian Gaborik made his debut at Madison Square Garden and made his presence known with a slick pass that resulted in their second goal of the night. The blog Big Red Machine was impressed with Pavel Datsyuk in the outing. Ville Leino (Filppula, Ryno) and Kirk Maltby (Abdelkader, Delmore) got Detroit on the board.
Wings vs. Flyers: Goalie Chris Osgood played the entire game for the first time this preseason, allowing three goals in the first 20 minutes. Jonathan Ericsson scored an unassisted goal in the first while Kris Newbury (Draper, Meech) added a marker late in the third. Todd Bertuzzi made his preseason debut in the contest after dealing with a groin injury that kept him out in the first four exhibition games.
In Other News
- The Detroit Free Press says that it looks like Tomas Holmstrom is back to his old tricks in front of the net, which is a great sign for the Wings.
- Chris McCosky of The Detroit News discusses the groin pain that has limited the action of Detroit’s second line as “Bertuzzi and his linemates, Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary — all suffering various levels of groin pain — have yet to skate together in an exhibition game.” The Columbus Jackets are also dealing with those nagging groin injuries as four of their top defensemen are out because of that very injury.
- Kris Draper found himself on the wing this preseason as he no longer centers the fourth line. He will still be asked to take faceoffs and play a large role in the penalty kill. In addition, MLive.com says he has been asked to act as a part-coach to the younger guys, showing them the work ethic needed to succeed with regards to fitness in addition to tips in the faceoff circle or PK.
- Maltby may be 36, but he’s not ready to step down writes The Detroit News.
- We all know Johan Franzen can score, but he says he hopes to bring more to the table offensively this year as part of his effort to fill the void of a 90-goal loss. MLive.com also wrote a piece about the Mule and his personal expectations for this year.
- Coach Mike Babcock spoke with WZAM about netminders Howard and Larsson. You can listen to the interview at MLive.com. The audio of a radio interview with GM Ken Holland is also available online at MLive.com as he talks about how the team will rely on youth during this transition year.
- Nightmare on Helm Street takes an in-depth look at Howard over the years.
- NHL.com notes that Niklas Kronwall has put in for 120 tickets for the season-opening series in his hometown of Stockholm, Sweden.
- The Grand Rapids Griffins are asking fans to vote on which bobblehead they would like to see given away on their March 6 game. The options? “Curt Fraser (complete with bobble fists), play-by-play broadcaster Bob Kaser, current Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm, goaltender Daniel Larsson or Zamboni driver Duke (which would be a Zamboni bobblehead).”
- NHL.com, From the Rink, and Winging It In Motown have their season previews on the Wings up. Casey at WIM also picks three players who he thinks have the most on the line heading into this season.
- CBC spoke with Steve Yzerman about all the pressure placed on him as he tries to lead Team Canada to a gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
- Want to learn more about the Swedish team Farjestad BK that the Wings will face in their last preseason game on September 30 in Sweden? NHL.com has a breakdown of their roster. The league’s website also compares the similar business philosophy between these two teams.
- Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle follows up with more player profiles with her take on Ville Leino and Brett Lebda.