Octopi Hockeytown

Alfredsson Looks to Return for 19th Season

The Detroit Red Wings are working hard in the front office to solidify a roster that would guarantee a playoff appearance in the 2014-2015 season.

Throughout most of this offseason, general manager Ken Holland has been waiting to hear from Daniel Alfredsson on whether or not he wants to return for a 19th season in the NHL. On Monday, Holland told the Free Press that Alfredsson called him and said, “He wants to play again.”

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Wings Pick up 21-Year-Old Czech Forward

The Detroit Red Wings have began their push towards improvement, looking towards a more successful 2014-2015. Last season the team exited the playoffs in the first round against the Boston Bruins.

During this offseason, the Red Wings have already proved that they mean business when it comes to reshaping their franchise in order to win the Stanley Cup. Before resigning goaltender Jonas Gustavsson and buying out Jordin Tootoo, the Wings made their statement internationally, picking up a forward from Czech Republic’s top league.

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Coaching Extensions and Departures

The Red Wings franchise goes much deeper than just the players that put on the Winged Wheel night in and night out. Beyond the hunt for free agents, the formulation of contracts and devising a plan to meet the salary cap, general manager Ken Holland alongside head coach Mike Babcock work to create both a great dynamic in the Wings locker room as well as their AHL affiliates.

Beyond Babcock and Holland is a long list of coaches and developers that help create young prospects into NHL superstars. The Red Wings have lived by a motto of playing three years in the AHL before playing in the NHL.

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Red Wings Make Moves with Gustavsson, Tootoo, Bertuzzi and Samuelsson

Free agency is rapidly approaching and teams are making shifts behind the scenes prior to July 1.

The Detroit Red Wings have started their movement towards a successful 2014-2015 season, which could include another playoff run in the making. If the Red Wings can put together a healthier, larger and logical roster for the upcoming season, they could be in contention for the 2015 Stanley Cup. Read More…

MSU Hockey Alums to Represent Team USA

A couple of former MSU hockey players have earned the honor of pulling over the red, white and blue jerseys this spring.

Justin Abdelkader and Jeff Petry were both selected to represent Team USA in the upcoming 2014 IIHF World Championships located in Belarus.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #9 – 4/29/14

The playoffs have come and gone quickly for the Red Wings this season, as they took an early five game loss to the Boston Bruins to close out a roller coaster season.

Game One fell in favor of the Red Wings with a beautiful goal scored by veteran Pavel Datsyuk with three minutes left in the third period – giving a victory to the Wings at TD Garden to lead off the series.

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Octopi Hockeytown: Playoff Preview – Round One

On Friday night, the Detroit Red Wings open their first round series against the NHL’s best team, the Boston Bruins. The Bruins accumulated 117 points during the season, enough to win the Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s best regular season squad.

With that being said, Detroit should have their hands full in the first round. However, as a seven seed in the Western Conference playoffs last year, the Red Wings beat the two-seeded Anaheim Ducks, and let a 3-1 series lead over one seed and eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, slip away.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #7 – 4/8/14

In the seventh edition of Octopi Hockeytown, host Austin Goodman discusses how the Detroit Red Wings have accumulated eight points since the last time Octopi aired.

As the team continues to solidify a playoff spot coming down the stretch, recent opponents are losing time to catch up to the Wings who currently sits in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Octopi Hockeytown: Weekly Recap

This past week, Detroit encountered a five-game stretch, all against Eastern Conference foes who are either battling for a playoff spot or firmly secured as a playoff team. With road games at Columbus and Toronto, and attempting to protect home ice against Eastern heavyweights Montreal, Tampa Bay and Boston, the Red Wings had their hands full.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #6 – 3/25/14

Octopi Hockeytown returns again with a happier tone than last week. The Red Wings took seven of eight points from four games in the past week, and look as though they will be able to make a solid playoff run.

Gustav Nyquist has seven points on the week, scoring six goals and recording one assist with a +8 rating.

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Octopi Hockeytown: Weekly Recap

This past week, the Detroit Red Wings and their fans had plenty to be excited about.

The Wings had games against Toronto and Chicago, two Original Six teams, as well as a game against Eastern Conference powerhouse, Pittsburgh. They ended with a home-and-home against the Minnesota Wild.

Detroit opened this week with a game at the United Center against longtime rival, Chicago Blackhawks. The first period experienced a scoreless tie, with both goaltenders standing firm in net.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #5 – 3/17/14

The Red Wings played two games since the last time Octopi Hockeytown aired. Austin Goodman is back again with more information on the Wings’ banged up team coming down the stretch.

The team got a big win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday evening. After letting up another third period goal to send the game into overtime and eventually a shootout, fans were biting their fingernails in anticipation for the shootout. Fortunately, the game ended in favor of Tomas Tatar and the Detroit Red Wings after he netted a goal after freezing Oilers goaltender, Viktor Fasth.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #4 – 3/13/14

The Detroit Red Wings have played another week of hockey and with 18 games left this season, and the team is in need of major victories. This week’s episode of Octopi Hockeytown will answer all questions and more!

Austin Goodman, host of Octopi, breaks down the past week of play starting off in New Jersey, then coming home for two, respectively historical nights and then finishing off the week in New York against Lundqvist and the Rangers.

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Octopi Hockeytown: Weekly Recap

This past week, the Detroit Red Wings experienced four games, a trade deadline, the jersey retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom and two more key players going down with injuries. The week had its ups and downs, but the Red Wings remain tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

In the first game this week, Detroit traveled to the Prudential Center to take on the New Jersey Devils. Adam Henrique opened up the scoring for the Devils within the first minute of the game, but the Red Wings responded with goals from Johan Franzen and Brendan Smith.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #3 – 3/4/14

Octopi Hockeytown is back for another episode. The 2014 Sochi Olympics came to a close with Canada winning the gold in men’s hockey for the second consecutive Olympic games, while the United States left Russia with no men’s ice hockey medals.

Austin Goodman, the host of Octopi Hockeytown, will discuss the Olympics, for what he promises will be the last time for at least the next four years. He will evaluate each medal-winning team’s performance and discuss what happened to the United States down the stretch.

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Detroit Red Wings Trade Deadline Special

With the NHL trade deadline a little over a week away, the Detroit Red Wings’ front office should expect to be among the most active teams at the deadline. Now that team captain has had surgery on a serious back injury, Detroit will be looking for more leadership and experience as they prepare for a playoff push.

The Red Wings currently sit in eighth position in the Eastern Conference, but teams like Columbus, Ottawa and Washington are just a single point behind that coveted final playoff spot.

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Octopi Hockeytown Special Olympics: Men’s & Women’s Medal Match Reviews & Previews

The women’s gold medal hockey game came down to the wire when Canada flipped the switch on the United States and forced overtime after trailing 2-0. The Canadians eventually went on to win with a goal on the power play in overtime.

The same fate came for the USA in men’s hockey, when Finland slaughtered the United States in a bronze medal game of epic proportions, but not in a good way. The USA could not find the scoreboard past Boston Bruins netminder and Finnish Olympian, Tukka Rask.

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Octopi Hockeytown Special Episode: Qualification Playoffs Review & Quarter Final Preview

Austin Goodman has deemed the Qualification Playoffs worthy of analysis in a special Olympic men’s hockey episode of Octopi Hockeytown.

Russia, Slovenia, Latvia and the Czech Republic all moved on to the next round of the 2014 men’s Olympic Hockey Tournament in Sochi leaving the tournament with eight remaining teams. Octopi will analytically break down each game; evaluating both statistical and nonstatistical events from the qualification round.

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