Octopi Hockeytown

Goaltender Controversy Nothing New for Detroit

Detroit Red Wings goaltender, Petr Mrazek, has proved efficient in the place of Jimmy Howard, who has missed the last ten games since a slight groin tear against Washington on Jan 10.

In ten games, Mrazek has gone 9-1, with a 2.54 GAA (goals against average) and a .913 save percentage. With Howard being activated off of injured reserve following Detroit’s 3-1 win over Arizona last Saturday, the expectation was that Howard would start tonight’s game in Pittsburgh (8 p.m. on NBCSN). However, head coach Mike Babcock has decided to give Mrazek the start and have Howard on the bench. Read More…

Red Wings Making the Grade

After 48 games, the Detroit Red Wings are in a good position to make it to the playoffs for the 24th consecutive season. They currently sit in first place in the Atlantic Division at 28-11-9 (65 points) and are riding a six-game winning streak after their 5-4 win over Florida on Tuesday night.

As was the case last year, the young guns in Detroit have led the way for a successful season so far. Let’s take a look at how the position groups have fared and how they project going into the stretch run for the playoffs. Read More…

Octopi Hockeytown – Jan. 22

Just in time for the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend, Octopi Hockeytown is back!

Hosts Zach Fanko and Brian Bobal discuss where the Red Wings stand going into the All-Star weekend and what is in store for the second half of the season. Read More…

Octopi Hockeytown – #23 – 12/2/14

On this edition of Octopi Hockeytown, Zach Fanko and Brian Bobal discuss the recent hot streak by the Red Wings and how they have been winning games.

Later in the show they talk about a possible comeback for the legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur. This and more on this week’s edition of Octopi Hockeytown. Read More…

Octopi Hockeytown – #22 – 11/18/14

This week on Octopi Hockeytown, hosts Zach Fanko and Brian Bobal breakdown this past weekend’s Original Six match-ups against Chicago and Montreal. They then delve into this week’s three-game road trip highlighted by a Saturday night tilt in Toronto.

Later on, Zach and Brian have a compelling discussion about a possible expansion of the NHL and about which cities would be the best fit for hockey.

To close out this week’s show Zach and Brian unveil their top-five power rankings Read More…

Octopi Hockeytown – #21 – 11/12/14

On the latest episode of Octopi Hockeytown, new hosts Zach Fanko and Brian Bobal breakdown last week’s games for the Red Wings and preview this weekend’s upcoming games against Chicago and Montreal.

Later in the show, Zach and Brian take a look at the rest of the NHL and give their top five power rankings for the week. Read More…

Red Wings Dominate Home-and-Home Against Maple Leafs

Following back to back losses, including a heartbreaker against Boston in a shootout, the Detroit Red Wings were looking to bounce back in a home-and-home matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The series started out in Toronto on Friday night, and the teams had to quickly head back to Detroit and play the following night.

Game one saw an abundance of contribution from numerous Red Wings, particularly on the first line. Halfway through the first period, the captain, Henrik Zetterberg, found Johan Franzen for the first goal of the game. It was also his first of the season. Jimmy Howard held the Maple Leafs scoreless in the first period, standing firm in net. Read More…

Luke Glendening Understands, Willing to Fight for Playing Time

Luke Glendening, 25, understands that he needs to be “an all-around better player” to make it into the lineup going into the 2014 regular season.

Glendening played at the University of Michigan and graduated in the spring of 2012. He was a free agent pickup that the Red Wings gave a shot to going into the 2012-2013 season. Read More…

Live from Training Camp: Octopi Hockeytown with Ken Kal

On this week’s episode of Octopi Hockeytown, host Austin Goodman is joined by the Detroit Red Wings radio play-by-play announcer, Ken Kal live from Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich. during the 2014 Detroit Red Wings Training Camp.

Goodman and Kal combine their efforts to bring Octopi listeners updates on the Red Wings Training Camp taking place this weekend.

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Fischer and Draper Lead Red Team to Alumni Victory

The Detroit Red Wings’ annual Alumni and Celebrity Game was a high-scoring, enjoyable time for fans alike.

The score of the game was a 12-10 final, giving the “Red Team”, the victory.

The 2014 Alumni and Celebrity Game hosted a slew of veterans, including players like Jiří Fischer, Kris Draper, Chris Chelios, Dallas Drake and Kirk Maltby.

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Breaking News: Danny DeKeyser Re-signs

The long anticipation of a contract extension for the 24-year old defenseman, Danny DeKeyser, is over.

Today, DeKeyser’s agent and Red Wings general manager, Ken Holland, came to an agreement on a two-year contract, with a salary-cap hit of $2.187 million annually.

Preparation for his second season will get under way this weekend at training camp, where the Red Wings will analyze their young team and morphed defense.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #19 – 9/7/14

Austin Goodman is behind the microphone, this time he will be previewing the 2014-2015 season. As training camp nears, Austin is answering questions for his listeners.

Who is going to impress in preseason? Who is going to win a spot with an influx of forwards?

Goodman will break down the expectations and answer all questions regarding preseason and give an Alfredsson and DeKeyser update on the 19th edition of Octopi Hockeytown.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #18 – 9/6/14

Austin Goodman is back in East Lansing to host the 18th episode of Octopi Hockeytown. This episode of Octopi, Goodman will discuss the current defensive units that the Red Wings have aligned for the 2014-2015 season. Through the first 15 minutes, Goodman gets fiery and explains to listeners that the defense will be okay come October.

After a heated discussion on the defense, Goodman will once again update the listeners of Octopi on Daniel Alfredsson and whether or not he will remain a NHL player for his 19th consecutive season.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #17 – 8/27/14

On this week’s episode of Octopi Hockeytown, host Austin Goodman discusses the potential impact of newly signed assistant coach, Tony Granato. In the first segment, Goodman shells out his thoughts on the positive impact that he thinks Granato is going to bring to the Detroit Red Wings special teams.

Towards the show’s end, Goodman gives another update on the offseason. When will the Red Wings re-sign Danny DeKeyser and Daniel Alfredsson? Can they make both work with only $5 million in cap space remaining?

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Octopi Hockeytown – #16 – 8/13/14

On this week’s edition of Octopi Hockeytown, host Austin Goodman goes through each line pairing for the 2014-2015 Red Wings offense, defense and goaltenders.

In the show’s first segment, Goodman explains the lineups and who their respective potential replacements could be if someone goes down due to injury.

Next up, Octopi starts to discuss the remaining questions that are left for the Red Wings this offseason.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #15 – 8/8/14

This week on the episode No. 15 of Octopi Hockeytown, host Austin Goodman discusses the importance of signing the current restricted free agents.

The Red Wings currently have two restricted free agents that have yet to be re-signed, Landon Ferraro and Danny DeKeyser. The only unrestricted free agent left to re-sign is Daniel Alfredsson. In the first segment, Goodman discusses the importance of each restricted and unrestricted Red Wing free agent.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #14 – 8/3/14

The 14th episode of Octopi Hockeytown is here.

Host Austin Goodman is back. But this time, he is explaining a brand new plan created by the Ilitch family.

The Detroit Red Wings are looking to create more than just a new home for their team. Christopher Ilitch and his father, Mike Ilitch, are trying to create a brand new schema in the city of Detroit which will include a new world-class arena, neighborhoods, shops, jobs, internships and much, much more. Read More…

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