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Wings Nation 2017-18 Player Review: Frans Nielsen

The Detroit Red Wings paid a hefty price for Frans Nielsen when they signed him to a six-year, $31.5 million deal two summers ago. He hasn’t lived up to that $5.25 million cap hit, and at 34 years old, it’s unreasonable to expect him to be anything other than a third-line center who can chip…

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Todd Nelson’s impact goes beyond hockey for Griffins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — There were a lot of emotions running through the Grand Rapids Griffins locker room Monday night after being eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs. Disappointment, chief among them, but also sadness as the coach could be moving on to the next level. Of course, the players are happy Todd Nelson could…

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A look at some of Red Wings’ draft options at sixth

The Detroit Red Wings fell one spot from fifth to sixth during Saturday’s NHL draft lottery presentation. So, you can kiss the Rasmus Dahlin dreams goodbye. The Red Wings had an 8.5 percent chance to win the No. 1 pick and a 26.1 percent chance to pick in the top three. However, there still are…

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Veterans breathe life into Griffins to stave off elimination

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Griffins came into Game 4 of the Central Division semifinals best-of-five series Thursday down 2-1 to the Manitoba Moose and needing a win to continue defending their Calder Cup title. It was a game that lent itself to the Griffins coming out guns a-blazing. Their backs against the…

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Griffins undeterred by opening-round playoff format

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Some might say it would have been in the Grand Rapids Griffins’ best interest to lose their regular season finale on Saturday against the Cleveland Monsters. The Griffins already knew their first-round opponent would be the Manitoba Moose. However, a loss on Saturday could have bumped them down to third place…

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Red Wings postgame: Hicketts shines in second NHL game

The Detroit Red Wings broke their 10-game winning streak last week, but they quickly started a new losing streak, having lost their past three games. And with the Pittsburgh Penguins coming to Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday night, it appeared that losing streak would stretch to four games. However, thanks in part to recent call-up…

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Red Wings postgame: Detroit officially out of playoff contention

After breaking their 10-game losing against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, the Detroit Red Wings were hoping to carry that momentum to Thursday night’s tilt against the Washington Capitals. Coming into Thursday’s matchup, the Capitals had won five of their past six games. However, the Capitals — more specifically Philipp Grubauer — continued their solid…

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Red Wings postgame: Felted by Vegas

After nearly completing a come-from-behind attempt against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, the Red Wings hosted Tomas Tatar and the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday, looking to complete the series sweep after beating Vegas 6-3 on Oct. 13. However, Lady Luck (or any semblance of skill) was not on the Red Wings’ side, as they…