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Wings Preparing For Datsyuk’s Absence

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Despite all the assurances that Pavel Datsyuk’s foot is “day to day” and that they’ll just “go ahead and freeze it”, the Red Wings are getting ready in the event the Hart candidate sits out Game 3.

Valtteri Filppula is ready to take his spot on the line with Marian Hossa and Tomas Holmstrom.

“A lot of guys on this team have played with each other, so I don’t think it’s going to be that big of (an adjustment),’’ Filppula said. “Nobody’s a stranger.”

Babcock said rookie Ville Leino might make his playoff debut if Datsyuk can’t play.

More from MLive

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“Detroit Sucks”?  Down 0-2, Hawk Fans Will Stand By Their Claim

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Via the Detroit News,

Brett Lebda, in his fourth season with the Wings, grew up about a half-hour north of Chicago in Buffalo Grove and was a—gasp!—Blackhawks fan. If anyone understands the mindset of the typical Hawks fan, Lebda figures he has as good a grasp as any.

Hey, that whole thing about Detroit? That’s just all in fun.

“It’s just a chant, (and) it’s been going on for a long time,” Lebda said Thursday following practice at Joe Louis Arena. “It’s kind of like tradition. It’s an Original Six rivalry and you’ve got to look at it as flattering going in there.

More, including a nice plug for the Hawk blog, The Fifth Feather.

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Roenick’s Mouth Runs Away Again

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Chris Chelios is 47 and the Wings have six healthy defensemen who are better, faster and more dependable.  But he’s not playing because Mike Babcock is “anti-American”.  That’s according to Jeremy Roenick.

The coach just doesn’t like him for some ungodly known reason. I think he’s got a grudge against American players, but he does not like Cheli at all. If you’d know some of the things that Babcock says to Chris Chelios, it would make your stomach churn—just total disrespect for not even just one of the best Americans, but one of the best defensemen to ever play the game. The way he is talked to is just unacceptable.

More from Helene St. James

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The Geno

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Evgeni Malkin’s third goal last night came off a set play with a highly creative name.

“It was a faceoff play and it’s called ‘The Geno’ for a reason,” Pens coach Dan Bylsma said. “He pushed through and went and got the puck himself and after that it’s just all him.”

More from the Raleigh News and Observer on how the Canes need to “redefine the series”.

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No Knee Issues For Erik Cole

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After playing just over 14 minutes and 22 shifts, Cole showed few effects of the knee-on-knee from Matt Cooke.

How did he get through it, physically?

“Fine,” he said.

Was there ever any doubt in his mind that he would be able to play, Cole was asked.

“I’m sure there was at some point,” he said.

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Collision Course?

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Wings are already up 2-0.  Pens do their part last night and, right now, it’s looking like a rematch is in the works.

Continue reading to see Evgeni Malkin’s hat-trick goal from Game 2.

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Throwing Up In Your Mouth Can Be Fun

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I’m still working on the trip recap. But I’ll warn you, it may not be finished today.  Two days away from the “real job” always, and there is never an exception, means ugliness when you get back. 

On to the matter at hand.  Pavel Datsyuk didn’t practice and Helene St. James says it’s a foot.

Asked if Datsyuk will play in Game 3, Mike Babcock said, “I sure hope so. He’s day-to-day.”

Uncle Mike was cranky when asked about some new line combinations at practice.

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Still In Hospital

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Jut a brief update on my health condition.  Will probably remain hospitalized today and tomorrow for more tests.

All I want to do is sleep, which is not normal for me.  Hopefully tests and medication will get me on the road to recovery soon.

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Osgood Is “MVP Of Cap Era”

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The Detroit Free Press’ Drew Sharp,

And, yes, he’ll ultimately receive his pass to hockey’s Hall of Fame.

But he’ll be remembered most as the most valuable player—of the NHL salary-cap era. And that can be taken in its most literal sense.

Osgood becomes the face of future salary management. He’s the guy teams will search high and low to find—the reliable veteran goalie at the bargain price. He’s the steal of these playoffs, performing at a level that far exceeds his $1.42-million salary-cap number.

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Hawks Still Confident

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Or so says Joel Quenneville, who is 0 for his last 4 in series’ against Detroit.

“Each and every guy still should feel pretty good about where we’re at,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday. “We know we’re playing the best. We’ve got to be better, that’s all.

“We still should be excited about playing our next game, knowing that we’re close to getting where we want to go. If we get that result, we’ll feel good about where we’re at in the series.

More from Chris Kuc.

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