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Datsyuk, Stuart Not On Ice For Tuesday Practice

Updated 1344 EST:  See below.  Deep Digger Captain Khan(!) reports that Datsyuk has “the flu.”  Oh.  Ok.

The Anti-Digger says we shouldn’t be alarmed, that Datsyuk is only “banged up.”  But we wouldn’t be standing in line to board the Stress Train three days early if we didn’t obsess over playoff-sucking news like this.

The Red Wings are on the ice for the first time since Sunday’s Game 6 in Nashville. The only two regulars not on the ice are Pavel Datsyuk and Brad Stuart. I’ll ask after practice what the reason was for their absences.

MacLeod also reports Ericsson is skating with the big boys today, giving the Wings 8 defensemen and 3 options for that 6th spot.

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Uncle Mike:  “I Didn’t Like The Long Shots Beating Hasek”

On Toronto’s Fan 590, Mike Babcock discusses goaltending, Lidstrom’s knuckler, Darren Helm, McCarty and the importance of staying patient against a team you know you have the talent to beat. 

Listen here.

On the team’s health: “We’re getting healthier. Looks like Maltby will be back and ready to go.  Not only are we healthy, but they’re all going to be in shape.”

On his contract:  “Very, very fortunate to be the coach of the Red Wings. My family wants to stay. I want to stay.  Kenny and I have a good relationship and I’m not concerned one bit.  I’m not going anywhere.”

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Ten Years Later

Can you believe it’s been a decade since Chris Osgood let in the MacInnis goal, followed by the Langenbrunner bomb?  He was 25 years old and heading into Game 6 against Dallas, in Dallas, the Stress Train was rockin’.  A 2-0 shutout shut a lot of people up.  Mike Heika remembers.

Does he have the potential for greatness, the ability to win a game by himself the way the eccentric Czech does? Of course not. But the Wings don’t need that. They need a guy who is not going to lose them games.

Chris Osgood can do that. He has won a Stanley Cup. He’s 35. He led the NHL in goals against average this season at 2.09.

Ask the Stars if he’s good enough to win the Cup.

They know he is.




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Schneider The Scapegoat?

The LA Times’ Helene Elliott is upset, crestfallen even.  Her Poultry are done and she’s pointing fingers.  At Sasquatch for taking yet another idiotic, but typical, penalty at the end of Game 6 yesterday? Not by name.  Nope, she’s throwing another defenseman under the bus, and that would be Mathieu Schneider.

When Niedermayer returned and General Manager Brian Burke had to make salary-cap space for him this season and next, Burke had to choose between trading center Andy McDonald or defenseman Mathieu Schneider. He dealt McDonald, the team’s top playoff goal scorer last spring, so he could keep his defense intact.

That was the wrong decision, not only because the Ducks lost McDonald’s playmaking and scoring but because Schneider is incurably soft and untrustworthy defensively.

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Buh Bye Bubba.  Next?

422 comments left on the prolific, record-setting Game 6 Live Blog.  It’s the highest number of reactions to any blog post in the history of the internet, according to A2Y research.

Just two of those comments were mine, and neither were essential to the conversation. I feel a little bitter, and a little underappreciated.  But I’ll work that out in my quiet time.

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Late, Late, Late…a Game 6 Live Blog

Just walked in the door golf fans.

It’s a Game 6 Live Blog

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24 Hours Off

I’ll be MIA today and tomorrow, right up until game time and the Game 6 Live Blog. 

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Live From The Hasek Club Car…..It’s A Game 5 Live Blog

“I can’t be bothered with hygiene issues right now.”
—IwoCPO to his wife 7 minutes prior to Game 5.

It’s on.

Whoa…Legwand and Arnott both out tonite. 

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Helm In For Hartigan; Tootoo Needs A Beatdown

Four games too late in my opinion, but Mark Hartigan finally finds a seat tonite.  Abbadabbadoobiedoo?  No.  Darren Helm.


Update from Friday’s morning skate: Rookie Darren Helm will make his playoff debut debut in Game 5 vs. Nashville, replacing Mark Hartigan. The fast-skating Helm will center the fourth line with Darren McCarty and Dallas Drake.

“Really excited and nervous at the same time,’’ Helm said. “There’s a lot of young guys up, being one of the first guys to jump in definitely means a lot to me, gives me some confidence that they believe in me.’‘

Oh and Kris Draper has gone ahead and confirmed for us that Jordin Tootoo is a piece of trash.


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Downriver Puck Bunnies Rejoicing

Well, it took eight months and it featured a humiliating admission from Dominik Hasek, and a two-game collapse that could have organ-I-zational consequences.  But Chris Osgood’s your starter and if there’s one thing I know it’s this:  nothing about this should make you feel anything but really frigging sick.

Does that mean the decision’s wrong? No.  Does it mean the Wings can’t win this series? Nope.

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