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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80