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Wings battle Blue Jackets for 2018 NHL Prospect Tournament Championship

Fans can watch first-place matchup live on FOX Sports Go, DetroitRedWings.com and Facebook at 7:00 p.m

by Kyle Kujawa / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets in the championship game of the 2018 NHL Prospect Tournament tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich.

Fans can watch the Red Wings compete for the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup courtesy of a live stream on the FOX Sports Go app (for fans in the United States), DetroitRedWings.com (geographic restrictions apply) and through the Red Wings' Facebook page (no geographic restrictions). The game will feature the play-by-play commentary of Red Wings radio broadcaster Ken Kal.

The Red Wings are seeking their second tournament championship in the 20-year history of Traverse City's NHL Prospect Tournament, with their lone championship coming in 2013; however, this game will mark Detroit's fourth appearance in the championship game in the last six years (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018). The Blue Jackets are the tournament's lone undefeated team (3-0-0) and are tied with St. Louis for the most championships in the history of the tournament with four (2005, 2006, 2015 and 2016).

Detroit has been led by the strong play of its four participating first-round picks: Joe Veleno (30th overall in 2018) ranks second in the tournament with six points (2-4-6) in three games; Dennis Cholowski (20th overall in 2016), who leads all tournament defensemen with five points (1-4-5) in three games; Michael Rasmussen (9th overall in 2017), who shared the tournament lead with three goals among his four points (3-1-4) in three games; and Filip Zadina (6th overall in 2018), who has produced three points (1-2-3) in three games for the Red Wings.

Veleno scored twice in last night's 5-0 win over the New York Rangers, while Rasmussen, Axel Holmstrom and Zach Gallant lit the lamp for Detroit. In goal, Patrik Rybar has started two games with a 1-1 record, including 14 saves in a shutout victory last night. Kaden Fulcher also surrendered just one goal in a 3-1 win over Dallas on Saturday.

About the NHL Prospect Tournament
This year's tournament, the 20th hosted at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., runs from Sept. 7-11. Participating teams include Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, N.Y. Rangers and St. Louis. Since the tournament's inception, a total of 597 players have moved on to play in at least one NHL game, including 21 players who skated for the Red Wings during the 2017-18 season.

The tournament, which began in 1998 with four teams, divides the current eight-team field into two, four-team divisions. Teams played each team in their division during the round robin before a crossover on the final day of the tournament, capped off with the first-place finishers in each division meeting for the championship tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 11, with the awarding of Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup at the conclusion of the game.

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