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Are the Olympics over yet?
from Casey Ippolito of The Hockey News,
If Detroit falls short of the playoffs this year, their streak will end, but the culture of winning won’t. By the time Datsyuk and Zetterberg retire, the next generation of Wings stars will be established impact players, ready to carry the franchise torch on another run of dominant seasons. That’s how Detroit has operated for nearly 30 years, and one season out of the playoffs won’t change anything.
The Super Bowl festivities can wait until around 3:00pm or so today and a win against the Capitals would help us enjoy the game tonight.
No GDT today due to an early game plus 'Red" is probably still in bed, so instead we start the Live Blog a bit early.
Not much needs to be said about the game since the Wings faced the Capitals on Friday.
What is important today- get on the plane boys with two more points.
The Canucks are waiting in Detroit for the matchup tomorrow night so securing two more points today is key.
The only advice I have for the game is contain Ovechkin and keep an eye on Backstrom.
Jimmy needs to be good again and the defensive zone coverage cannot break down.
And stay out of the penalty box. Washington can score in bunches if the door is left open, so keep it closed today.
Win, then again, then again and so on.
7 out of a possible 10 points needed in the next five games.
Washington at home tonight, followed by a game in Washington on Sunday, then back home to face Vancouver and two games on the road in Florida and Tampa Bay.
Then rest or head to Sochi.
Again, 7 out of 10 needed, starting tonight.
I don't even know what to say.
from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,
“One of the best things that might have happened to this organization is us being so injured,” Babcock said. “What I mean is, we get to see these kids on the ice, so you know what’s in the cupboard. They’ve been way better than I thought. I’m optimistic now that we don’t have to fall off the map and go through misery for 10 years like others do. I see great things coming.”
With all he’s accomplished, Babcock reasonably could be hitting the age of entrenchment and entitlement. He’s the best coach in Detroit sports since Bowman, and he’ll guide Team Canada in the upcoming Sochi Olympics, hunting for a second gold medal.
But the transition here just might invigorate him. He’s trying to change as his team changes, a delicate process. He’s demanding in a high-pressure environment and some players don’t like it, but no coach survives on fear without being fair.
“If you walk in our dressing room today, a lot of guys are (ticked) off at me, and they’re probably different than the ones (ticked) off last week,” Babcock said. “Normally, they’re the ones that aren’t playing. One thing I can’t do is confuse the player with the person. I love the people, but they don’t pay me to evaluate that. They pay me to evaluate the player. I have to base my decisions on what I see, shift to shift, game to game.”
To be fair, perhaps that's asking too much...
Ken Holland was on Detroit Sports 105.1 today and discusses Franzen, Howard, the kids may be turning into men, Mike Babcock and the OIympics.
Zetterberg, Datsyuk, and Franzen out... ready, set, vomit.
Brendan Savage of Mlive looks at a few options the Wings have in the coming days...
"What we're going to do is talk about it and the best guys are going to play," Babcock said after Sunday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers at Joe Louis Arena.
"It's not going to have anything to do with age, it's just going to be what have you done here lately. They're pushing real hard. Riley Sheahan, (Tomas Tatar), Jurco, that line was really good" against Florida.
To keep the youngsters around, the Red Wings could opt to expose some of their veterans to waivers, something they've already done this season with Cory Emmerton, Jordin Tootoo, Patrick Eaves and Mikael Samuelsson.
Potential candidates could include Daniel Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi, who have both struggled offensively this season.
Cleary, who was supposed to be a healthy scratch vs. Florida before Henrik Zetterberg missed the game with a back injury, has four goals and four assists in 51 games while Bertuzzi – who was a healthy scratch against the Panthers – has six goals and five assists in 44 games.
But the Red Wings might be reluctant to waive either.
Cleary and Bertuzzi are team leaders both in the dressing room and on the ice and the Red Wings might want their experience in the postseason if they can extend their playoff streak to 23 seasons.
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