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Fantucchio’s Focus: Wahlstrom Expectations; Red Wings Legend Makes Bold Prediction

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Good morning, my name is Andrew Fantucchio. It’s Wednesday, September 6, and here’s what I’m focused on around the NHL today.

What to Expect from Wahlstom:

Oliver Wahlstrom has to silence his doubters as he makes his return from injury for the New York Islanders this season.

Islanders Exaggerations and Expectations: Oliver Wahlstrom

New York Islanders Preseason Fan Survey: Share your thoughts on the team here

Lidstrom Says Red Wings Will Make Playoffs:

The Detroit Red Wings haven’t made the postseason in seven years. Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom says their playoff drought will end this year.

Nick Lidstrom Predicting Playoffs For Red Wings in 2023-24

Marchand Ready To Lead Bruins With or Without Captaincy:

Although he hasn’t officially been named the captain, Brad Marchand is ready to lead the Bruins with or without the ‘C’ on his chest.

Captain Or Not, Marchand Ready To Lead

More From National Hockey Now:

Unofficial Practices Begin: Before training camps start, some teams hosted captain’s practices yesterday, including Pittsburgh, Washington and Colorado.

Philadelphia: A deep dive on the Flyers’s recent history of drafting defensemen.

Montreal: The Canadiens drafted Juraj Slafkovsky first overall a year ago, and they’re going to need him this season.

Vegas: Even as defending Stanley Cup champions, the Golden Knights aren’t without questions before the year starts.

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