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Duffer’s Dabbles: Edvinsson, Other Red Wings Picks Left Off Swedish Olympic Team

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Valtteri Filppula, former Detroit Red Wings
Former Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula will play for Finland in the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

There’s an old-school Detroit Red Wings look to both the Swedish and Finnish Olympic teams that will be playing in the Beijing Winter Games. However, none of the future of the Red Wings will be on display on the ice in China.

When the Swedes announced their team on Friday, speculation that defenseman Simon Edvinsson would be part of the squad didn’t come to fruition. Former Red Wings forwards Matthias Brome and Jacob De La Rose were named to the roster, though.

Brome played with Detroit last season, producing 1-1-2 numbers in 26 games. He opted to sign with Davos of the Swiss League in the summer.

De La Rose suited up for the Wings from 2018-19. He’s best remembered as the player Detroit dealt the St. Louis Blues to acquire Robby Fabbri.

Former Red Wings Forward Filppula With Finns

Finland’s squad includes veteran center Valtteri Filppula. A two-time Stanley Cup winner with Detroit, Filppula served two tenures as a Red Wing – from 2005-13 and 2019-21.

He signed with Servette Geneva in Switzerland in the offseason. It’s the second Olympic Games for Filppula. He also played at Vancouver in 2010.

The Finns also selected goalie Harri Sateri. Sateri played for the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins in 2018-19.

Around The NHL

Detroit: Givani Smith is delighted to be a Red Wings teammate with his brother Gemel. He has no desire to be his brother’s roommate, though.

Pittsburgh: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby recorded his 12th career NHL hat-trick in leading Pittsburgh to victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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NY Islanders: A shutout victory over the Arizona Coyotes improved the Islanders to 7-1-1 in their last nine home games at UBS Arena.

Boston: The Bruins will be missing forward Brad Marchand (upper body injury) for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.

Philadelphia: The Flyers have lost forwards Joel Farabee (shoulder) and Kevin Hayes (upper body) for the next month.

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