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Duffer’s Dabbles: Red Wings Future On Display In Champions League Semifinal



William Wallinder, Detroit Red Wings
William Wallinder will be playing for Rogle in Tuesday's Champions League semifinal against Frolunda.

The future of the Detroit Red Wings will be on display in the European Champions League semifinals. Rogle Angelholm will face Frolunda Gothenburg in the second-leg of their all-Swedish semifinal on Tuesday. Rogle won the first game of the set 5-3.

The Rogle roster includes defenseman William Wallinder. He was Detroit’s 32nd overall pick in the 2020 NHL entry draft. Skating in Rogle’s top defense pairing, Wallinder was plus-1 with a blocked shot in the first leg of the semifinal, seeing 16:25 of ice time. He’s yet to register a point in 11 Champions League games.

For Frolunda, left-winger Elmer Soderbolm (159th, 2019) shows 6-3-9 numbers in 10 games, while center Theodor Niederbach (51st, 2020) has contributed a goal and three assists in 10 games. Niederbach saw just 1:14 of ice time in first leg of the semifinal. Soderbolm played 11:27.

Red Wings Prospect Edvinsson Has COVID-19

Defenseman Simon Edvinsson (6th, 2021) missed the first leg of the semifinal after testing positive for COVID-19. His status for the second leg is uncertain. He’s missed Frolunda’s last three games. Edvinsson is showing 0-4-4 totals in nine Champions League contests.

Center Liam Dower Nilsson (134th, 2021) is also listed on the Frolunda roster, but has yet to see Champions League game action.

However, on the weekend in Swedish U20 League action, Dower Nilsson collected a goal and four assists as Frolunda downed Brynas. His tally over the past two U20 games is seven points.

Tuesday’s Champions League semifinal is available for live streaming directly from the Champions Hockey League web page.  It’s a 7 p.m. start in Sweden. That’s 1 p.m. EST.

Rally Monkey Doesn’t Help Red Wings

Even the presence in the Honda Center of the Los Angeles Angels’ legendary Rally Monkey wasn’t conjuring up a comeback for the Red Wings.

The Rally Monkey was on hand to be dropping the puck for the ceremonial faceoff. Though Detroit was battling back from 1-0 and 3-2 deficits, the Red Wings still ended up coming up short in a 4-3 shootout loss Sunday to the Anaheim Ducks.

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Vegas: With his weekend win over the Golden Knights, Marc-Andre Fleury is the first goalie in NHL history with a victory against all 32 teams.

San Jose: The Sharks talk about the decision to be terminating the contract of veteran forward Evander Kane.

Vancouver: Trying to figure out which of their players in COVID-19 protocol will be able to travel with the team into the USA is a challenge in itself for the Canucks.