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Quick Hits: At least Vanek and Nielsen Looked Good Edition

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Story

The Penguins just raised their Stanley Cup banner and it was as insufferable as we all thought it’d be- Ian Oland: Russian Machine Never Breaks

Last year's ...underdog?...Stanley Cup champions put an official conclusion on their journey, raising the banner in what was deemed an interminable ceremony.

Pre-game ceremonies continue to be a hot takey point of contention, whether they're deemed obnoxious or too distracting. But tradition is part of the game, the Montreal Candiens will tell you that. These ceremonies could be more suscinct but they don't come around often. The Penguins won a Stanley Cup, they can take their damn time. The Oilers however...

In Red Wings Land

Lightning storms back to spoil Vanek, Red Wings, 6-4- Helene St.James: Detroit Free Press

The Red Wings opened the season in Tampa Bay, blowing a third period lead and giving up three power play goals, accumulating multiple bench minors for too many men. That sucked. On the bright side, Thomas Vanek and Frans Nielsen accounted for the Red Wings goals.

Vanek scored two in the first period with his first goal on the power play. By the end of the night he was moved up to the second line, being centered by Dylan Larkin.

This is sought to be a redeeming season for Vanek, whose career bottomed out after scoring only 18 goals with the Wild last season. He was a surprising low-risk high-reward signing on a one year contract for Ken Holland.

If all goes according to plan, Vanek will continue to see time on the power play and be a middle-six winger. His strong start—along with Nielsen's—remains a postive amidst last night's implosion.

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