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The Daily: Maybe Red Wings Should Avoid Sweden; Nedeljkovic Blanks Cup Champs



Alex Nedeljkovic, Red Wings
Former Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic shut out the Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights.

Back home from their stint at the NHL Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden, the Detroit Red Wings are left licking their wounds. They lost 5-4 in overtime to the Ottawa Senators after clawing back from a 4-0 deficit. Then in their second game, the Wings bumbled away a 2-0 third-period lead and fell 3-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Over the years, from Nicklas Lidstrom to Henrik Zetterberg to Niklas Kronwall, Swedes have been very good to the Red Wings.

Sweden? Not so much.

Detroit has now played four NHL regular-season games in Sweden. And the team is 0-3-1.

In 2009, Detroit would face the St. Louis Blues in a pair of games, like these two also contested in Stockholm. The Blues would edge Detroit 4-3 in the first game. St. Louis was a 5-3 winner in the second game.

Perhaps the next time the NHL is calling to sell the Red Wings on the value of playing games in Sweden, the Detroit brass should just tell them no thanks.

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  • Will the Red Wings be playing an outdoor game next season at Ohio State against Columbus?

Red Wings Next Game

Detroit gets back in action on North American ice at home on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET) against the New Jersey Devils. The Devils have won three in a row over the Red Wings by a combined score of 15-6.

Atlantic Division

Boston: As an organization, the Boston Bruins are maintaining radio silence when it comes to discussing the domestic assualt charges that Bruins forward Milan Lucic is facing.

Florida: Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov is day-to-day with a knee injury.

Montreal: Another member of the Xhekaj family, Florian, is making noise as a Montreal Canadiens prospect in the OHL.

Hockey Now Network

Pittsburgh: In his first game back from a stint on LTIR, former Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic was shutting out the Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights.

Philadelphia: The Flyers beat Columbus and former Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov 5-2.

New Jersey: Getting star forward Jack Hughes back from injury, the New Jersey Devils went and blew a 3-2 lead in losing 5-3 to the New York Rangers.

Chicago: Veteran forward Nick Foligno thinks that the Chicago Blackhawks are a much better team than they’ve been showing of late.

Colorado: Colorado Avalanche Norris Trophy winner Cale Makar is the fastest defenseman to 200 assists in NHL history.

Nashville: What the underlying numbers are saying about the Nashville Predators.

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Ken Youmg

That trip will cost the Wings a Playoff spot. The schedule is ridiculous. Accepting this invite was pure stupidity. Even worse than trading for Petry. Lindstrom is a better Dman at this point.