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The Red Wings have set their line combinations for training camp, and they are intriguing

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The Red Wings have set their line combinations for training camp, and they are intriguing

The Detroit Red Wings have hit the ice for their 2015-16 training camp. As with every training camp, the Red Wings are split into 3 squads and will feature some tentative line combinations.

Here are the lines and defense pairing for Team Delvecchio:


Darren Helm – Brad Richards – Tomas Tatar

Johan Franzen – Riley Sheahan – Luke Glendening

Eric Tangradi – Tomas Nosek – Mark Zengerle

Adam Marsh – Zach Nastasiuk – Colin Campbell

Jerome Verrier


Danny DeKeyser – Mike Green

Brian Lashoff – Ryan Sproul

Richard Nedomlel – Scott Czarnowczan

Ty Stanton – Jared Nightingale


Petr Mrazek

Matt Mancina

Connor Ingram

It looks like with no Pavel Datsyuk, that Richards will center a line with Helm and Tatar. Datsyuk was flanked by these two for a long period of time last year. This line could very well change when Datsyuk is healthy, re-uniting him and Zetterberg as the top line with Abdelkader.

The more interesting combination is a likely 3rd line of Franzen, Sheahan and Glendening. It will be interesting to see how this combination works out. If they remain together, this 3rd line could be a nightmare for opposing teams. They have a great combination of size and skill. It will be interesting to see how Glendening adjusts to playing on the wing, and if Johan Franzen can remain healthy.

Here is what Team Howe looks like:


Tomas Jurco – Dylan Larkin – Teemu Pulkkinen

Daniel Cleary – Andy Miele – Anthony Mantha

Tyler Bertuzzi – Andreas Athanasiou – Mitch Callahan

Evgeny Svechnikov – Dominic Turgeon – Marek Tvrdon

Joel Rechlicz


Kyle Quincey – Alexey Marchenko

Xavier Ouellet – Nick Jensen

Nathan Paetsch – Robbie Russo

Andrew Prochno – Justin Lemcke


Tom McCollum

Jared Coreau

This squad is definitely the youngest and I am really excited to see the combination of Larkin, Pulkkinen and Jurco.  This could very well be a huge line in the near future for the Red Wings. It will be interesting to see how Blashill uses Tomas Jurco this season, as Mike Babcock was quite content using him as a grinder. Jurco possesses great speed and skill combined with size and I believe that he will get more opportunity to show that off this season.

The defense pairing of Quincey and Marchenko would seem to have the edge as the third pairing for the Wings this season, but with Blashill behind the bench, you have to think that they are competing directly with the pairing of Smith and Kindl on Team Lindsay.

Here is a look at Team Lindsay:


Justin Abdelkader – Henrik Zetterberg – Gustav Nyquist

Drew Miller – Joakim Andersson – Landon Ferraro

Jeff Hoggan – Louis Marc Aubry – Martin Frk

Evan Polei – Conor McGlynn – Nick Betz

Kurt Etchegary


Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith – Jakub Kindl

Joe Hicketts – Vili Saarijarvi

Jarrett Meyer – Jalen Chatfield


Jimmy Howard

Jake Paterson

Team Lindsay features the potential first line of the Red Wings with Zetterberg flanked by Nyquist and Abdelkader. Again, this was a line that was used a lot last year and may very well be a placeholder for when Datsyuk comes back.

We also see the potential 4th line here with Andersson centering Ferraro and Miller. I am still not sold on Andersson and I would much rather see someone like Mitch Callahan get his shot on the Wings’ 4th line. While Andersson has improved his skating stride, I just don’t see much upside in him. He also does not play a physical game.

Nation, what do you think about the potential lines that Blashill is going with early on in training camp?

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