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In Red Wings Land

Red Wings’ Andreas Athanasiou emerges as consistent scoring threat | MLive

Athanasiou’s elite speed and finishing ability should make him a consistent candidate to score 30 goals. Playing the wing will reduce some of his defensive responsibilities, but it’s an area of his game Blashill will continue to stress, regardless if he’s at center or wing.

It’s a contract year for Athanasiou, who could cash in with a long-term deal worth more than $5 million per season with another strong showing.

What are realistic expectations for Andreas Athanasiou next season? I think you set the bar high with another 30 goal season and 55+ points.

ICYMI

Key Play Breakdown: The New New Colossus | WIIM

I’ll never get tired of watching the Statue of Liberty goal. That Red Wings-Avalanche 2002 Western Conference Finals series is arguably the greatest seven game series ever.

Around the League

Ovechkin runs youth hockey clinic in China | NHL.com

I love that Alex Ovechkin is doing this. He’s probably the best personality in the NHL.