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OctoPulse podcast: Jeff Blashill kudos, ex-Spartan Craig Simpson

The Detroit News

Hockey Night in Canada analyst Craig Simpson (Michigan State) and Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster Joe Bowen are the guests on "OctoPulse, taking the pulse of the Red Wings' rebuild under Steve Yzerman."

Simpson, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Edmonton Oilers, was in town for the HNIC broadcast of the Red Wings-Maple Leafs at Little Caesars Arena. Bowen, in his 38th season as play-by-play announcer of the Maple Leafs, offered his opinion on the Red Wings-Maple Leafs' rivalry.

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill has the team off to a 3-2 start after Saturday's 4-2 loss against the Maple Leafs.

Here are highlights from the second of the weekly podcasts during the regular season:

1:15: Third-period shutdowns

2:34: No more Montreal misery

3:25: Danny DeKeyser on fast start

5:30: Hotdog-eating coach Jeff Blashill

7:20: Craig Simpson on Hockey Night in Canada's influence

9:15: Hall of Fame broadcaster Joe Bowen

19:50: Overtime session

Former Spartan Craig Simpson is an analyst on Hockey Night in Canada.

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