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SC Playoff Preview:  Detroit Red Wings (2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (7)

Statistics, numbers, MSM predictions, opinions, and scouting reports;  just about anything and everything having to do with this opening round match-up can be found below; Bitches.  I intend to update this post as more current information becomes available. I also know that you are trembling with anticipation for the fact that the GDT will continue until “12”.  As usual the GDT will have the most recent news on injuries and line combinations.

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Newsflash: The Playoffs Suck

Draper done for two games, eh?  Nathan pointed out below that Uncle Mike didn’t even try the “day to day” BS.  Upper body, eh?  Declared out for a game that won’t be played until Saturday?

How long does it take for a broken rib to heal?

I’m not sure. Let me ask a coworker to slam a baseball bat into a few of mine and I’ll let you know.  Better yet.  Hopefully, for the sake of the image, that’ll happen at roughly the same time I’m tossing up any one of the five or six meals I throw into my pie hole every day.  Normal playoff stress?  Oh, sure.

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More Coal Please: Draper Out For Games 1 and 2

Let’s just go ahead and declare the Stress Train open for business, shall we?


Wings center Kris Draper won’t play in the first two games against Columbus due to the upper-body injury that sidelined him for the last two games of the season. His availability beyond that has yet to be determined.

Draper still was able to practice.

Also, forward Dan Cleary left practice early after getting checked along the boards by Niklas Kronwall. Coach Mike Babcock said he didn’t have an update on Cleary’s status for Game 1 Thursday.



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Take Two: News Trying The Pre-Playoff Webcast Again

You may recall that the last time they tried this for the first time it was less than…good.  Well, give the Detroit News credit for trying again.  It’s a webcast and you’re all invited.

Join us at 1 p.m. for a Q&A with the Red Wings’ Ken Holland and Steve Yzerman as they discuss the Stanley Cup playoffs with the members of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

Come back at 2 p.m. when Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowski and Wings beat writers Dave Dye and Ted Kulfan give their perspective on the playoff run, live from Joe Louis Arena.

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Anti-Digger Mysteriously Re-Appears And Brings Sour News With Him

Cleary left the ice after getting run by Nick Jr.  Sketchy right now. We’ll see what the other Diggers report. I’m sure they’ll be all over it.

RW Corner

I’m not sure what’s ailing him, but he was run into the boards pretty hard during a drill by Niklas Kronwall.

With Cleary out, here are the lines they’re practicing with now ...


Good news is that you see Hossa and Draper in there. 


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Center Ice And The Playoffs

Nasty rumor going around that Center Ice won’t be showing playoff games.  Let me be clear about this: I’ve seen nothing that indicates that as accurate.  I just got off the phone with NHL.com and they’re telling me all the games will be shown on Center Ice (the internet version), unless conflicting with Versus, NBC or your local affiliates…as usual.

Now, I haven’t heard specifically that the television package will be the same and the .com bubbas couldn’t speak for the tv side of the house.  But I’m ASSUMING it will be the same.  I’m assuming games will be on Center Ice tv as they have been the last several years.

And if they’re not?  If they’re not Gary?  Stand by.

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Don’t Forget Waddell

As we hunt for every written word about the matchup that starts in Hockeytown Thursday night, keep the Windsor Star’s Dave Waddell on your radar…especially since hometown hero Bruce MacLeod appears to be MIA, or gone altogether (and yes I know about the money problems at the garbage paper he works for.  I also know he’s written some stories lately but seems to have forgotten about his blog).

Waddell?  He obviously knows us well.

There are few things more gut-wrenching for Detroit hockey fans than the days leading up to the opening round of the NHL playoffs.

More here.  Also, check out the starboard side. BJ links have been added for your reading pleasure.

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Helm Up.  Who’s Sitting?

We just don’t know.  Smart money says Kopecky or Maltby.


The Red Wings have recalled center Darren Helm from Grand Rapids and he will be in the lineup for Game 1 of the playoffs Thursday against Columbus, general manager Ken Holland said.

Helm played well for the Wings in the playoffs last year, providing speed, grit and energy. He had two goals, two assists and a plus-2 rating in 18 games. He spent most of the season in Grand Rapids due to a lack of salary cap space.

St. James has an inkling…

That leaves, for the fourth line, Helm, Draper, Maltby and Kopecky. My guess is Maltby may be the odd man out to start the playoffs.


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Rinkotology: Do It

Sally, Skippy and Charlie from Pens Blog have been doing a charity thing, raising funds for the Mario Lemieux Foundation.  Give them some money.  And they’ve also devised a bracket deal so you can pick the Wings to go all the way to 12.

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Bottom Line: How Bad Do The Wings Want This?

Today we’ll have the starboard side updated with all the Columbus links, like we do every year.  We’ll bring you the bloggers and the beat writers, the message boards and other stuff.  Like we do every frigging year.

We’ll break down the matchups and we’ll analyze everything, like we do every single year.  It’s another first rounder, another beginning to another run. 

The Wings have been through this before, so many times. Every one of them.  They’ve been here before. Chris Osgood, despite the throw up in your mouth season he’s given us, knows exactly what it takes.

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