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Kopecky expects plenty of chatter

Former Wings' forward still friends with old 'mates

Thursday, 10.8.2009 / 3:57 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Kopecky expects plenty of chatter
DETROIT -- A few months ago, Tomas Kopecky was celebrating as his Red Wings knocked off the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals.

Now, he’s hoping for the exact opposite.

Kopecky, the Wings’ second-round draft pick in 2000, decided it was time for a change as he bolted to Chicago with his friend and countryman Marian Hossa.

The Slovakia native spent four seasons with the Red Wings, posting 12 goals and 20 assists in 183 games.

“It will be fun, and more fun when we beat them,” Kopecky told a Chicago newspaper on Wednesday.

After the Blackhawks skated at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday morning, Kopecky was asked about the comment.

“Right now I’m on this side,” he said. “I’d love to win, it will be great if we beat them.  They’re always a hard team to beat, and every time all the other teams are measuring the Red Wings as a top team in the league, and when you beat them it’s a great feeling.”

Kopecky said he has been in touch with some of his former teammates, including Tomas Holmstrom and Dan Cleary.

“I talked to a bunch of guys,” Kopecky said. “Homer, Clears a little bit; it’s a weird feeling, coming here, to this side of the rink, but you gotta get used to it.”

He expects the chatter between his old friends to continue when they step onto the ice tonight.

“There’s going to be lots of trash-talk on the ice,” Kopecky said. “It’s a fun game, coming here I know all those guys are going to have fun talking about me, and we’re going to have fun here, and hopefully we come up with two points.”

The Wings will be excited to face their former teammate, but they’ll have to wait to see Hossa, the Wings’ leading goal-scorer last season. Hossa underwent shoulder surgery this summer, and isn’t expected back until mid- to late-November.

“I think he’s right on schedule,” Kopecky said of Hossa. “The surgery and everything went well, he’s rehabbing right now, working out really hard, getting into shape and everything. The sooner he will be ready, the better for us.”

Needless to say, it’s a strange situation for Kopecky, who said that today was the first time he had ever been in the visitor’s locker room at JLA.
“It’s pretty strange,” he said. “I have great friends over there, and it’s going to be a fun game, obviously it’s something I’ve never experienced before, and I’m looking forward to it.”




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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
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9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89