Of brief note from the Red Wings’ morning skate ahead of tonight’s game vs. Chicago (7 PM on Fox Sports GO):
- Taro Hirose, Joe Veleno and Filip Zadina will be the top line for coach Ben Simon’s team. Not a bad group to start with.
- Kaden Fulcher will start tonight as Filip Larsson is nursing a minor injury. Larsson took part in practice sans going into the butterfly; Fulcher got the reps in the starter’s net.
- Moritz Seider actually feels that he’s in a little-to-no pressure situation as he prepares for his first competitive games on North American ice. He’s challenging himself to be the best person and player he can be.
- Today’s practice consisted of morning skate-style drills–puck retrieval, breakouts and PP-PK drills. Coach Simon said that the players focused more on systems during Thursday’s practice, in which they also did fitness testing.
Here are the interviews that the morning skate afforded me:
Filip Zadina spoke to myself and the Traverse City Record-Eagle’s Jake Atnip regarding his summertime training in Detroit, his up-and-down season in Grand Rapids, what he’s attempting to accomplish over the course of the prospect tournament and training camp and whether there’s a sense of redemption available should the Wings win this one:
Gustav Lindstrom spoke with me briefly, discussing the adjustments he will have to make to the North American-sized ice and North American pace–and Lindstrom hasn’t played on an 85-foot-wide rink since the World Junior Championship–what he’s looking to accomplish, and what he might be able to add as someone who won a SHL championship last spring:
Moritz Seider surprisingly suggested that he’s playing in a pressure-free environment; instead, he believes that the Red Wings will see a good player and good person do his best to learn over the course of the next two weeks, and he’ll go from there:
Coach Ben Simon confirmed that Kaden Fulcher would start tonight, and that the Hirose-Veleno-Zadina line will indeed be unveiled this evening; he discussed the expectations he believes the prospects face over the course of a short tournament, how one assesses their progress, and what the team was doing this morning in engaging in simpler drills to refresh the team after a long day on Thursday:
Also, from the Wings: