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When the Red Wings take the ice on opening night, they will do so without top prospect Anthony Mantha due to an injury suffered last month. However, hopes are high for one of the most heralded Red Wings prospects ever as many expect him to make a rush to the NHL. Red Wings top prospect Anthony Mantha has chance to be really special, says NBC analyst By: Brendan Savage DETROIT Had Anthony Mantha not fractured his right tibia last month, NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire thinks the high-scoring forward might have bucked the Detroit Red Wings trend of seasoning their prospects in the minor leagues before promoting them to the NHL. Mantha was sidelined for 6-8 weeks after getting injured in the third game of the clubs annual prospects tournament in Traverse City. The Red Wings said they were prepared to give Mantha every opportunity to make the team in training camp but hell instead begin his pro career with the AHLs Grand Rapids Griffins because of the injury. I think that he would
The Red Wings begin their season tonight in pursuit of a 24th consecutive playoff appearance - the longest active streak in the NHL. Brendan Savage of mLive gives his five reasons why fans should be optimistic the streak will continue. Five reasons to be optimistic the Red Wings playoff streak will continue for a 24th season By: Brendan Savage DETROIT The Detroit Red Wings own the longest active playoff streak in professional sports at 23 straight seasons. Its also the fifth-longest streak in NHL history. The NHL record is 29 seasons by the Boston Bruins from 1968-96 and the Red Wings could tie the Montreal Canadiens (1971-94) for the fourth-longest streak by qualifying for the playoffs next spring. Here are five reasons to be optimistic theyll make it for a 24th straight season: Experience The Red Wings have 23 players from back last years team, 10 who have been in Detroit for at least the last five playoff berths and 10 who suited up for the 2008 Stanley Cup championship team
Andrej Nestrasil will make his NHL debut tonight as the Red Wings open the 2014-2015 season versus the Boston Bruins; the Czech Republic native will skate on a line with Darren Helm and Gustav Nyquist. Ansar Khan reports on Nestrasil and gives the full line-up for tonights game. Red Wings lineup vs. Bruins: Andrej Nestrasils big day finally arrives as he prepares for NHL debut By: Ansar Khan DETROIT The day Andrej Nestrasil dreamed of for many years but thought would never come has arrived. Nestrasil will make his NHL debut tonight as the Detroit Red Wings open the regular season against the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit). If you have asked anybody three years ago if I was going to play in the NHL they would all tell you 100 percent no, Nestrasil said. I always hoped, deep down in the corner, that I would and the days here and Im really happy for it. The good-sized, skilled forward (6-3, 200) outplayed veterans Stephen Weiss and Daniel Cleary, healthy
The NHL officially started on Wednesday, and this article from CBC sports outlines the highlights from opening night. NHL: 4 best things from opening night By: Tony Care Hockey is officially back. The NHLs opening night featured four games highlighted by the storied rivalry between the Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, a battle which Montreal pulled out in the final minute. The leagues curtain raiser also saw the Vancouver Canucks take out the Calgary Flames in a Western Conference clash. Here are some of the best things from opening night: Habs snap Leafs season-opening dominance Prior to the game the Leafs brass decided to let the capacity crowd at Air Canada Centre sing O Canada rather than bring in a performer. Once the game started it took exactly 4:42 for Leaf fans to get on defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who was beaten badly by Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty before the Montreal forward beat Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier on a bad-angle shot. In the end, the Habs got a late