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The Daily: Red Wings’ Johansson and Andreasson Meet in SHL Final Game 7

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Albert Johansson, Detroit Red Wings prospect
Detroit Red Wings second-round pick (No. 60, 2019) will play in a SHL Final Game 7 on Thursday

The Detroit Red Wings will have the benefit of seeing their prospects Albert Johansson and Pontus Andreasson play in a Game 7 of the Swedish Hockey League Final Thursday.

Defenseman Johansson’s Farjestad team defeated Andreasson’s Lulea team 3-1 in Game 6 Monday to force the Game 7. Both Johansson and Andreasson had an assist in Game 6. The Red Wings drafted defenseman Johansson, 21, 60th overall in 2019 and reports say Andreasson has agreed to a free agent contract with Detroit.

Johansson has had a strong season, averaging just under 19 minutes per game for Farjestad. He posted 25 points in 52 regular-season games and contributed two goals and six assists in 18 playoff games. The young Swede has also played well defensively.

GM Steve Yzerman has indicated he plans to bring Johansson to the Detroit training camp next season. Presumably, he would play for Grand Rapids in the American Hockey League if he doesn’t make the Red Wings.

Andreasson’s immediate future is less clear. He hasn’t officially signed with the Red Wings. Andreasson is 23, but it’s unknown whether the Red Wings would want him to stay in Sweden or come to North America. He is a late bloomer,  registering 38 points in 52 games this season. He started strong in the playoffs, but has been less statistically productive in the Final.

However, Andreasson still boasts eight playoffs goals and 13 points in 12 postseason games.

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Boston: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo called out Boston fans before Game 5, or something akin to that.

Calgary: Johnny Hockey leads the charge as the Calgary Flames even up the series against the Dallas Stars.

Colorado:  Hockey Now’s Adrian Dater wraps up the Colorado Avalanche sweep against the overmatched Nashville Predators.

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Florida:  Staring at trouble, the Florida Panthers found a way to turn the series around against the Washington Capitals.

New York:  Hockey Now’s Stefen Rosner gives his take on possible replacements for fired head coach Barry Trotz.

Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Penguins seem to have solved Igor Shesterkin. But the Rangers will stay with him in Game 5.

Washington: Capitals Coach Peter Laviolette believes there was goalie interference on the Panthers’ OT tally.

 

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