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NHL: Preseason-Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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Notes: Prospects waging a ‘fierce battle’ for spot on Wings’ blue line | DetroitRedWings.com

Cholowski, who scored a power-play goal against the Bruins, leads the group of young defensemen in points with four.

”He looks special out there, there’s no doubt about that,” veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “He looks poised, lots of confidence, and makes good decisions. He’s played extremely well.

Plenty of good quotes in this one about the four defensemen — Dennis Cholowski, Joe Hicketts, Libor Sulak and Filip Hronek — vying for spots on opening night. Who the hell knows how many will actually make the Red Wings roster with all the current injuries on the blue line.

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Red Wings preview: Rankings, predictions, playoff chances and more | ESPN

I don’t think the folks at the worldwide leader expect very much from Detroit this season.