TRAVERSE CITY — It's on to the next phase of the preseason.
The Detroit Red Wings broke training camp on Sunday and are ready to jump into playing their eight-game exhibition slate, which starts tonight in Pittsburgh.
"It's going to be nice. This week was a time to get ready, to get in shape for the exhibition (games) that are coming up here. It kind of feels like it's starting more for real now," said defenseman Jonathan Ericsson.
Before Detroit capped off its initial four-day run in Traverse City, it squared off for the Red-White game, with the White posting a 4-3 shootout victory in front of a packed Centre Ice Arena on Sunday.
"It's really fun to go and play a game again. It's been awhile," said team captain Henrik Zetterberg. "I think it's another step, going from informal skates to camp it's one step. Now we take another step. We're ready. We had fun up here. It's fun to be up here and see everyone here again and now we're just going to move on."
Some of the players will remain in Traverse City for the next two days, while others will head out to play the Penguins and then the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks one night later.
"It was a good camp and for us to see all the young guys coming up," said Ericsson. "We don't really have a chance to see them before they come to camp. That was a thrill for me. I see a lot of really good players that I'm going to see on our team in a couple of years."
Some of those younger players made an impression at the intrasquad game, including defensemen Ryan Sproul and Xavier Ouellet and forward Riley Sheahan. Sproul and Ouellet each scored a goal for the White team and Sheahan scored what turned out to be the deciding goal in the shootout.