Red Wings Annual Red vs. White Game Caps off Competitive Weekend
TRAVERSE CITY – The Detroit Red Wings held their annual Red vs. White game in front of a packed Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City on Sunday.
The game didn’t lack any facets of a regular season game and competition for a spot on the opening day roster was evident.
“It was one of the most competitive Red and White games I’ve watched and I thought it was just as competitive as a real game,” said coach Jeff Blashill.
The fans in attendance got to see a good mix of young talent and veterans playing together for a team that will have some unfamiliar faces on the opening roster.
“Some guys get exponentially better when playing with those guys, some just a little bit better,” Blashill said.
Filip Zadina was one of those players that stood out all camp long and a lot of eyes are on the 19-year-old who hasn’t played an NHL game.
“Everybody knows what type of player I am, I’m trying to do my job on the ice and score some goals,” said Zadina.
The fans got a glimpse of the goal scoring he may be doing for the team on Sunday.
Zadina scored on a well-coordinated three on one offensive break that showed midseason form and a player that may fit well into the system.
The Red team won the game 4-2.
Darren Helm scored the only two goals for the White team and the youngsters Evgeny Svechnikov, Filip Zadina, Christoffer Ehn and Andreas Anthanasiou each scored for the Red.
Not active in the game was Justin Abdelkader, whose wife just gave birth to their son, Martin Frk and defenseman Mike Green.