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Wings Post Game: All Hail Howie

The Red Wings won their first game of the season against the Wild on Thursday by a 4-2 score.  Tonight they faced off against the Ottawa Senators, a team that was an overtime goal away from going to the Stanley Cup Finals last year.  The Senators are coming off of a 5-4 shootout loss to…

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Can the Red Wings Build a Contending Team in the Near Future?

The Red Wings have a grim outlook for the next few seasons.  You’ve heard this before, but they have too many bad contracts to suddenly become a contender.  There are some bright spots, however.  They have a good, young core of forwards in Anthony Mantha, Dylan Larkin, and Andreas Athanasiou.  They have promising top-4 defenseman…

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The Red Wings Goaltending Situation and Potential Trade Scenarios

Jimmy Howard has been with the Detroit Red Wings since the 2005-06 season just after my 9th birthday. The second round pick has been the starting goaltender for the Wings for roughly half of my life.  He has had his ups and downs, but has usually proven a top 15 goalie.  Injuries have limited Howard…

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Wings Nation First Round Targets: Miro Heiskanen

Miro Heiskanen is arguably the best defenseman available in this draft.  Heiskanen played professional hockey in Finland this past season, showing he has the ability to excel against men.  He may not have the elite skill of Cale Makar or Timothy Liljegren, but surpasses them in terms of intelligence.  The Finnish born rearguard has an…

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Wings Nation First Round Targets: Owen Tippett

Owen Tippett is a pure goal scorer.  He already possesses an NHL-ready shot and high-end speed, making him a lethal scorer off of the rush.  Standing at around 6’1” tall and weighing 204 lbs, Tippett has good size and strength to allow him to get to the net as well.  He has played the last…

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Wings Nation First Round Targets: Cody Glass

Cody Glass is probably my favorite prospect that the Red Wings could realistically select in this draft.  He improved drastically from his previous season in the WHL and has good size and skill.  His frame and attributes give him first line center upside.  Glass was also one of the biggest risers on various rankings throughout…

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Wings Nation First Round Targets: Casey Mittelstadt

Casey Mittelstadt, the top ranked American in the draft, took an unusual path to becoming a top prospect. The center started his season with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers but decided he had unfinished business back in Minnesota.  He returned to Eden Prairie High School to try and finally win the Minnesota State Hockey Championship….

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Wings Nation 2016-17 Player Review: Mike Green

When the Red Wings signed Mike Green, they thought they finally had the right-handed, puck-moving defenseman they had craved since Bryan Rafalski’s retirement.  In the 2015-16 season, his first with the Wings, Green struggled throughout the year.  This looked like another Ken Holland signing gone wrong.  Green needed to live up to his 3-year $18…

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How Red Wings Players Fared at 2017 IIHF World Championships

The Detroit Red Wings’ season ended just over a month ago.  While many players may have headed for the golf courses, four Wings played in the annual IIHF World Championship tournament in Cologne and Paris.  Dylan Larkin, Dan Dekeyser, and Jimmy Howard played for the United States (coached by Jeff Blashill) while Petr Mrazek tended…

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Wings Nation 2016-17 Player Review: Xavier Ouellet

Originally a 2nd round pick, Xavier Ouellet has spent the last 3 years in the AHL aside from a few short stints with the Red Wings.  This year, he finally made the jump and carved out a full-time role with the team.  The step from the AHL to the NHL is a tough one, especially…

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Red Wings Year in Review – Part 1

After the 2015-2016 season, the Red Wings were in a state of uncertainty. They had qualified for the playoffs for a 25th consecutive season but also were eliminated in the first round for a third straight year. After losing to the Lightning in 5 games, many fans were calling for a full rebuild, citing an…