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Red & White, and that's a wrap

Training camp comes to an end with Tuesday's scrimmage

Monday, 09.20.2010 / 5:45 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - DetroitRedWings.com
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Red & White, and that\'s a wrap
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – The Red Wings will conclude their four-days of training camp at Centre I.C.E. Arena Tuesday afternoon with the annual Red & White Game.

The Wings begin their eight-game preseason schedule in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Detroit opens the regular-season against the Anaheim Ducks on October 8 at Joe Louis Arena.

After three days of training, the Red Wings are ready to get into the preseason where a few questions will be answered: Who will be the seventh defenseman and what will the fourth offensive line look like?

For coach Mike Babcock, he’ll be look at something different once Tuesday’s intra-squad scrimmage gets under way.

“You want to see them implement the things that we’ve been doing,” Babcock said. “But in saying all of that, our guys, and the guys battling for jobs, that starts (Sept. 22). Everyday you’re trying to show good things, but we’ve liked their progression in camp; we’ve kind of gotten through some details in our game on our power-play, penalty-kill and in our structure. Now we’re going to watch them play and we’ll tweak the way they play as we move ahead here. But officially we’re getting going here on the 22nd.”

The Red Wings brought 63 players to Traverse City. And 44 will see some ice-time in Tuesday’s Red & White Game.

The White Team might have the advantage, as they have two lines that are established Red Wings’ lines, though Babcock called the Johan Franzen-Valtteri Filppula-Todd Bertuzzi line a “work in progress, to say the least.”

“Who’s going to shoot it? Who’s going to pass it? Who’s going to make the plays? Who’s going to forecheck?” Babcock said. “That’s the thing that they have to work on. They’ll work out some chemistry. Mule and Fil have always had chemistry, I’m not concerned.”

The White Team also role out another veteran scoring line of Jiri Hudler, Mike Modano and Dan Cleary. The veteran defensive pairings will be Brad Stuart-Brian Rafalski and Jonathan Ericsson-Ruslan Salei.

The rest of the White Team will consist of goalies Jimmy Howard and Joey MacDonald, forwards Francis Pare, Cory Emmerton, Jan Mursak, Ilari Filppula, Jamie Johnson, Aaron Downey, Brent Raedeke, and defensemen Jakub Kindl, Logan Pyett and Travis Ehrhardt.

The Red Team will be led by the Wings’ top scoring line centered by Pavel Datsyuk, who will be flanked by Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom. While the Wings are still looking to solidify a fourth line, the trio that the team will take into the regular-season could likely be spread over two lines Tuesday – Mattias Ritola, Justin Abdelkader, Drew Miller, Darren Helm and Patrick Eaves.

The Red Team will also feature the new defensive pairing of Niklas Kronwall and Nicklas Lidstrom.

Rounding out the Red Team’s roster are goalies Chris Osgood and Thomas McCollum, forwards Jordan Owens, Tomas Tatar, Joakim Andersson, Kirk Maltby, Jamie Tardif, and defensemen Doug Janik, Brendan Smith, Brian Lashoff, Derek Meech, and Greg Amadio.

Regardless of how Tuesday’s scrimmage goes, the Wings are quite satisfied with the depth and strength of their line-up.

“We like our team,” Babcock said. “We have a ton of players in the prime of their career. We like our kids that are coming. We think our back-end is real solid, and the depth of the scoring up front

OSGOOD STARTS PRESEASON: Babcock indicated Monday that Osgood will work two-periods of Wednesday’s preseason opener at Pittsburgh.

“Anytime that you coming off a year that you weren’t in love with the way you played, it’s great to get off to a good start. He’ll start the game in Pittsburgh … and then he’ll probably play in three of the last seven.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80