Quick Hits: The Calumet Kids Edition


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Up North In Red Wings Land

Anthony Mantha, Michael Rasmussen lead Red Wings’ charge in U.P. | Detroit News

Playing the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues in the annual Hockeyville USA game, the Red Wings continued the exhibition season with a 4-1 victory over the Blues.

Anthony Mantha and Michael Rasmussen both scored two goals, Dennis Cholowski added two assists, and goaltender Calvin Pickard made 20 saves to lead the Wings.

It was a good showing for two of the kids up in Calumet. Both Rasmussen and Cholowski showed up on the stat sheet as they both try to make the Wings opening night roster. Due to Jonathan Ericsson’s recent setback, I think Cholowski has a decent shot. Rasmussen is probably still destined for Grand Rapids.

Mantha — who is no longer a kid — is going to score 30-plus goals this season if he can stop hurting himself while fighting people on the ice. Also, I absolutely loved some of the Wings power play work early in the game last night.

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Worst Outlook

The Detroit Red Wings.

Obviously the Senators have a grim outlook, but they expect to have a grim outlook and at least they’re playing the kids. Not so much Detroit.

The Wings are playing kids. The problem is that they’re not playing enough.