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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  - Managing Editor | 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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89