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The Daily: Red Wings Kubalik in Set-Up Role; Czechs Honor Klima’s Memory

Moment of silence at Czechia-Finland game for ex-Wing Klima

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Red Wings forward Dominik Kubalik set up both goals for Czechia in their first world tourney tune-up game.

The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Dominik Kubalik to be a finisher.

“He’s a high-end skill guy with a huge shot,” Detroit teammate Lucas Raymond said of Kubalik. “He’s a threat out there.”

In his first game with Czechia, Kubalik was showing off his skills as a set-up man. Though they lost 3-2 to Finland in a tune up game for the upcoming IIHF world championship, Kubalik was the player who delivered the primary assist on both of his country’s goals.

With Boston Bruins stars David Pastrnak and David Krejci turning down the chance to play for their homeland, Kubalik is being counted on as Czechia’s offensive leader.

“He is definitely a very good player,” Czechia teammate Ronald Knot told isport.blesk.cz of Kubalik. “Everyone knows why Kubalda is here and what is expected of him. He was excellent against Finland.”

Klima Remembered

Prior to the Czechia-Finland game in Brno, a moment of silence was held in memory of former Red Wings forward Petr Klima, who died earlier this week at the age of 58.

A 1990 Stanley Cup winner, Klima played for what was then Czechoslovakia in the 1985 Canada Cup. He was the first Czech-born and trained player to score 300 NHL goals.

Walleye Dominant

Red Wings draft pick Sebastian Cossa stopped 15 of 17 shots as the Toledo Walleye were opening the second round of the ECHL playoff with a 6-2 thrashing of the Cincinnati Cyclones. Fellow Detroit draft pick Seth Barton was dishing out three assists to improve his team-leading totals to 1-6-7.

With a goal and three assists, Red Wings draft pick Kirill Tyutyayev brought his postseason point total to nine (2-7-9). Seven of those points have come in the last three games.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

  • Swedish media is reporting that the shoulder surgery for Red Wings defenseman Simon Edvinsson went well
  • Detroit defenseman Jake Walman will be joining teammate Joe Veleno on Canada’s roster for the world championship
  • The latest NHN mock draft has Detroit taking Team USA center Oliver Miller at ninth overall
  • Top Red Wings forward prospect Carter Mazur will be playing for USA Hockey at the upcoming world tourney

Red Wings Offseason

Detroit draftee Tnias Mathurin was contributing an assist as the North Bay Battalion were dumping the Peterborough Petes 6-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the OHL Eastern Conference final. In the QMJHL, recent Red Wings free-agent addiiton Alexandre Doucet scored twice as the Halifax Mooseheads beat the Sherbrooke Phoenix 5-2 to draw even in their semifinal series at 2-2. Doucet now has 10 goals in the playoffs.

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