The Red Wings scaled back their anticipated practices to deal with some dings and bruises suffered by the Wings’ players over the course of training camp, so the Wings skated two groups instead of three today, and they skipped the “on-ice conditioning” part of their practice in order to head back to Detroit a little early (ahead of tomorrow’s exhibition game vs. Chicago).
Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill spoke with the media regarding the competitive nature of training camp and the Red vs. White Game, he didn’t offer updates on injuries (Tyler Bertuzzi, Andreas Athanasiou, Dylan Larkin, Oliwer Kaski and Jarid Lukosevicius did not skate today) and he wasn’t committing to tomorrow’s roster as of yet. He was complementary toward the first camp under Steve Yzerman’s regime, he talked about the advantages of coming to Traverse City, and he praised the volunteers who make training camp such a pleasant experience:
FYI: At one point this morning, Dylan Larkin, Luke Glendening, Justin Abdelkader and Frans Nielsen headed into one of the locker rooms, and Steve Yzerman and Pat Verbeek joined them. They spoke with each other for a good 15-20 minutes, and I’m not sure what was said, but you and I can guess!
Update: Here’s video of Blashill from Fox Sports Detroit:
“We’ve got a whole bunch of competition for jobs and I think that showed in how competitive each practice was. This gives us a chance to see those guys play.” – Jeff Blashill as he looks forward to preseason play, which starts tomorrow on FOX Sports Plus. pic.twitter.com/iN9xVhSs6z— FOX Sports Detroit (@FOXSportsDet) September 16, 2019