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GDT - Game #78:  Red Wings host Predators (7:30)

DET (46-26-5) host NSH (44-25-8) in what is almost certainly an opening round playoff preview, with the winner of tonight’s tilt holding a decided edge in having the home-ice advantage in that matchup. The home-ice advantage for DET couldn’t be more important.  The Wings own the league’s second best home record (30-5-2) and are a stunningly poor 16-21-3 on the road.  A win tonight may well be the difference between advancing out of the 1st round - - or not.  As important as tonight’s contest is, both squads appear to be “backing into” the playoffs, DET are 3-7-2 in its last 12, including a 3-2 loss in Tennessee on March 10, while NSH are 3-4-1 in its last eight.

The stakes couldn’t be higher tonight - especially since DET essentially wasted two points at CBJ on Wednesday.  All hands on deck, J f’n H may go tonight.

LGRW

Central Division Standings:

GP W L OTL PTS ROW
1 x - STL 78 48 20 10 106 44
2 x - DET 77 46 26 5 97 39
3 x - NSH 77 44 25 8 96 40
4     CHI 78 43 26 9 95 37
5 CBJ 77 25 45 7 57 21

Team Records:

DET:  77 GP,  46-26-5, 97 pts, (4 in Conf, 2 in Central), 239 GF, 191 GA, Last 10 3-5-2, LOST 1

NSH:  77 GP,  44-25-8, 96 pts, (5 in Conf, 3 in Central), 219 GF, 202 GA, Last 10 5-4-1, LOST 1

Home/Away Record:

DET HOME:  30-5-2 (2nd)
NSH AWAY:  20-16-3 (8th)

Stats (rank):

DET:  .630 point% (6), 3.01 G/G (4), 2.46 GA/G (6), 1.48 5-5 F/A (1), 16.5 PP% (21), 80.5 PK% (22), 32.3 S/G (4), 26.9 SA/G (3),  51.5 FO% (7).

NSH:  .623 point% (7), 2.79 G/G (9), 2.56 GA/G (9), 1.00 5-5 F/A (13), 21.7 PP% (1), 83.2 PK% (13), 27.5 S/G (26), 30.6 SA/G (18), 48.8 FO% (22).

Goal Differential/Game:

DET = +0.55
NSH = +0.23

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
L Henrik Zetterberg 77 22 45 67 14 19:41
C Pavel Datsyuk 65 18 46 64 18 19:25
C Valtteri Filppula 76 23 41 64 20 18:08
C Johan Franzen 72 26 27 53 20 17:37
C Jiri Hudler 76 23 24 47 10 15:34
R Todd Bertuzzi 66 14 22 36 24 15:42
D Niklas Kronwall 77 15 21 36 -1 22:49
D Nicklas Lidstrom 65 11 23 34 26 23:47
R Danny Cleary 72 12 21 33 5 16:03
D Ian White 73 7 25 32 24 23:09
D Kyle Quincey 69 7 19 26 -2 22:00
C Darren Helm 68 9 17 26 5 14:30
L Drew Miller 75 14 11 25 7 12:54
L Tomas Holmstrom 69 10 12 22 -5 11:55
L Justin Abdelkader 76 8 14 22 7 12:16
D Brad Stuart 76 6 15 21 19 21:02
D Jakub Kindl 52 1 11 12 7 13:54
D Jonathan Ericsson 64 1 9 10 17 16:45
C Cory Emmerton 66 6 4 10 5 8:08
D Brendan Smith 14 1 6 7 3 15:37
C Gustav Nyquist 13 1 6 7 4 10:25
R Chris Conner 8 1 2 3 2 10:33
L Jan Mursak 24 1 2 3 2 7:33
D Doug Janik 9 0 1 1 2 14:30
R Patrick Eaves 10 0 1 1 0 11:02
L Fabian Brunnstrom 5 0 1 1 -2 9:03
C Joakim Andersson 5 0 0 0 1 6:40

DET Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Ty Conklin 15, 5-6-1,  3.28,  0.884
Jimmy Howard 52,  33-15-3, 2.15,  0.920 #3 in SO
Joey MacDonald 14,  8-5-1,  2.16,  0.914

NSH Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
R Martin Erat 67 18 39 57 12 18:33
C David Legwand 73 18 31 49 -1 18:33
C Mike Fisher 68 24 25 49 11 19:16
D Shea Weber 73 16 30 46 18 26:19
D Ryan Suter 74 7 36 43 12 26:39
L Sergei Kostitsyn 71 17 26 43 10 16:26
R Patric Hornqvist 71 25 15 40 4 15:29
C Colin Wilson 67 15 19 34 3 16:09
C Craig Smith 70 13 20 33 -12 14:18
L Andrei Kostitsyn 67 16 16 32 -6 15:07
R Jordin Tootoo 73 6 23 29 -4 13:25
R Matt Halischuk 70 14 12 26 7 11:18
C Paul Gaustad 65 7 14 21 -1 14:53
C Nick Spaling 72 10 10 20 -10 15:40
D Kevin Klein 61 4 14 18 -11 19:59
L Gabriel Bourque 38 5 11 16 -4 12:52
D Roman Josi 47 4 11 15 -4 18:22
D Hal Gill 72 1 11 12 -6 17:06
D Ryan Ellis 31 3 8 11 5 14:40
D Francis Bouillon 62 2 7 9 -4 17:35
D Jonathon Blum 33 3 4 7 -14 17:56
D Jack Hillen 54 2 4 6 5 13:58
R Brandon Yip 32 2 3 5 0 10:40
R Alexander Radulov 4 1 2 3 0 19:57
R Brian McGrattan 30 0 2 2 -1 5:19
R Niclas Bergfors 11 1 1 2 -2 8:04
R Zack Stortini 1 0 0 0 0 4:53
C Kyle Wilson 5 0 0 0 -1 8:08
D Teemu Laakso 9 0 0 0 -1 11:35
R Ryan Thang 1 0 0 0 0 8:32
C Chris Mueller 4 0 0 0 -1 9:08
D Mattias Ekholm 2 0 0 0 -1 12:25

NSH Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Pekka Rinne 69,  41-17-8,  2.42,  0.922 #1 in wins
Anders Lindback 14,  3-8-0,  2.63,  0.901

TSN - HOT and NOT:

DET: Hot:
Niklas Kronwall (D) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Nicklas Lidstrom (D) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Brad Stuart (D) 2 pts in last 3 GP
Henrik Zetterberg (C/LW) 5 pts in last 2 GP
Pavel Datsyuk (C/LW) 4 pts in last 2 GP
Todd Bertuzzi (RW/LW) 4 pts in last 2 GP
Valtteri Filppula (LW/C) 5 pts in last 3 GP
Tomas Holmstrom (RW/LW) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Jiri Hudler (RW/LW) 4 pts in last 3 GP
Gustav Nyquist (LW/C) 4 pts in last 5 GP

DET: Not Hot:
Kyle Quincey (D) 0 pts in last 4 GP
Ty Conklin (G) 2-1-1, 3.59, .869 in last 6 GPI

NSH Hot:
Shea Weber (D) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Matt Halischuk (RW/LW) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Patric Hornqvist (RW/LW) 6 pts in last 6 GP
Mike Fisher (C) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Gabriel Bourque (LW) 5 pts in last 6 GP
Alexander Radulov (RW/LW) 3 pts in last 4 GP
Pekka Rinne (G) 2-1-0, 1.68, .932 in last 3 GPI
Anders Lindback (G) 1-1-0, 1.57, .936 in last 3 GPI

NSH: Not Hot:
Ryan Suter (D) 0 pts in last 5 GP
Sergei Kostitsyn (LW/RW) 0 pts in last 5 GP
David Legwand (C) 1 pts in last 4 GP

Injury Report:

DET:
Joey MacDonald (G) Back injury (Day to day
Patrick Eaves (RW) Jaw injury (Injured reserve)
Jimmy Howard (G) Strained groin (Day to day)
Darren Helm (C) Left knee injury (Sidelined indefinitely)

NSH
Martin Erat (RW/LW) Upper body injury (Day to day)
Jordin Tootoo (RW/LW) Upper body injury (Day to day)
Brian McGrattan (RW) Upper body injury (Day to day)
Roman Josi (D) Upper body injury (Day to day)

Jeff Sagarin NHL Ratings, USAToday

TUESDAY March 27

HOME ADVANTAGE=  0.61 RATING   W   L SCHEDL(RANK) VS top 10 | VS top 16

3 Detroit Red Wings     =  4.58   46 30   4.00(  16)  13 11 |  27 18
8 Nashville Predators   =  4.31   44 33   4.01(  12)  13 13 |  22 23

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Khan(!) - Babcock may start JF’nH tonight. . .

Yesterday’s practice lines - more of the same:  Wings skating with same lines and D pairs: 51-40-26, 93-13-44, 20-8-11, 96-48-14/39: 5-18, 55-23, 27-52, 4; 35/29

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From the Tennessean:  Forwards Martin Erat and Jordin Tootoo, and defenseman Roman Josi — who had all been out with upper-body injuries — practiced with the team today and Coach Barry Trotz said he expects them to play against the Red Wings

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42jeff's avatar

Well at least it’s at home so there’s a fighting chance, right?

Right?

RSV…LGRW!!

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/30/12 at 09:44 AM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Thanks Jeff. Two Points and we’re singing Homeward Bound.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! DO THIS.

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/30/12 at 09:51 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

I’m stoked that this might be Conklin’s last game for a good while. Let’s get through this without getting down to the dry heaves and we’ll chalk it up as a success!

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/30/12 at 11:16 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Anyone else feel like this for the last 36 hours?

Help Me, Obe-Wan-StoneHands, you’re our only hope!

Never, never, never give up!  ( it sounds better coming from StoneHands )

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/30/12 at 11:39 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

I’m stoked that this might be Conklin’s last game for a good while. Let’s get through this without getting down to the dry heaves and we’ll chalk it up as a success!

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/30/12 at 09:16 AM ET

Yes, I think Babs is going to go against his previous stance that you have to have gotten up to game speed to play in a game like this.  Now he’s thinking that a Howard who’s warming up is better than a Conk at his best.  I had supreme confidence in anyone’s ability to score going in one on one vs Conk.  Or Joey Mac as well.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/30/12 at 11:42 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Ummmm, ... No.
There is no try.
Do.
Or, do not.

and ... never, never, never give up

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/30/12 at 11:44 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

Losing is not an option tonight.  The Wings must win in regulation…. no mercy Red Wings… no prisoners.

Thanks Okie.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/30/12 at 11:51 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Thanks, Okie!

Yep, gotta win. Just gotta.

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/30/12 at 11:56 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

“J f’n H may go tonight.”
Hahaha…. Nice! I hope he is in. This is gonna be a great game as both teams are feeling a bit ornery about their recent play.
Go Wings!

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/30/12 at 12:11 PM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

Fast start, fast start, fast start, fast start, fast start, fast start….............can’t say it enuff

Posted by Rdwings28 on 03/30/12 at 12:19 PM ET

hiero4life's avatar

This is a statement game at a very critical time for them. I think this is the biggest game of the year,  if they don’t show up to play tonight I have serious doubts about the playoffs. 

LGRW!!!

Posted by hiero4life from anywhere i am on 03/30/12 at 12:24 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I think this is the biggest game of the year

LGRW!!!

Posted by hiero4life on 03/30/12 at 10:24 AM ET

PHX had a similar situation last night facing their biggest game of the year and punked the Sharks 2-0 to jump them into 8th place.  Doubtless 1 of their next 4 may be even bigger.

We don’t quite have that desperation of dropping out of playoff contention, but need to play with desperation lacking from last game.  I listed about 8 very possible first round scenarios in the last thread, only the first 2 have us starting at home.

LGRW.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/30/12 at 12:55 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

What is it about the potential of the Sharks not making the playoffs that makes the sky just a little bluer today?

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/30/12 at 12:58 PM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

What is it about the potential of the Sharks not making the playoffs that makes the sky just a little bluer today?

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 03/30/12 at 10:58 AM ET


Ooooh , I know…........

Posted by Rdwings28 on 03/30/12 at 01:04 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I understand the need to get Mule going and his undeniable potential as a top scoring threat. Fine. But Nike damn well better get more than 5 minutes of ice tonite, regardless of what line he’s penciled in on. The kid has earned it.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/30/12 at 01:38 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

This is going to sound strange, coming from me of all people, but tonight’s game is not all that important. None of the remaining games are.

What is important? Get healthy and stay healthy is #1. Work on the fundamentals: break out passes, entering the zone, backchecking, etc. Work on special teams. And HUSTLE on the line changes.

Treat these last four games like training camp. Don’t worry about the score, points or standings. Just work on playing good sound Red Wing Hockey.

And root against the chum. Those guys feel like they have our number and I think they are in the Wings’ heads. The Wings can beat any of the others.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/30/12 at 01:42 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Khan(!) says Howard starting, Q scratched:

Kindl is in for Kyle Quincey.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/30/12 at 02:15 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I wasn’t going to do another of these today, but they are in microsoft and my main computer at home is Apple.  In theory you can crosswalk between the two but the chart formats don’t always come across clean.

POS 032912

POS 032912B

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/30/12 at 02:29 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

All still quite possible.

Home vs Nashville.
Home vs Chicago.
Away at Nashville.
Away at Chicago.
Away at Dallas.
Away at Los Angeles.
Away at Phoenix ( again ).
Away at San Jose.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/30/12 at 02:30 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

COL vs CGY head to head tonight.

Both need to win out to have any chance of making the playoffs.  Loser will be out of it for sure, the winner a distant shot but still alive.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/30/12 at 02:35 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Khan(!) says Howard starting,
Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/30/12 at 12:15 PM ET

Don’t like that at all. Two groin injuries in less than a month. Let him rest and rehab until games 81 and 82. These are not must win games. They’ve already qualified for the playoffs.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/30/12 at 02:43 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

I’ll be AWOL tonight, little dude has his first baseball tournament of the year starting at 8pm tonight.
GO WINGS.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 03/30/12 at 02:43 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I’ll be AWOL tonight, little dude has his first baseball tournament of the year starting at 8pm tonight.
GO WINGS.
Posted by MOWingsfan19 on 03/30/12 at 12:43 PM ET

Good luck to the little dude and his teammates.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/30/12 at 02:45 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Ugh…I need Maalox already thinking about this game.

I am of two minds regarding Howard starting tonight.  Part of me wants him to play and the other would rather he get some more rest and be ready for the second season.

Glad the game is at JLA so I don’t have to listen to those ^%$##@ whistles.

Let’s go Red Wings!

I won’t be around for the LB as I don’t get home from work until after the game starts so I’ll be catching up on DVR.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 03/30/12 at 03:26 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

COL vs CGY head to head tonight.
Both need to win out to have any chance of making the playoffs.  Loser will be out of it for sure, the winner a distant shot but still alive.

Calgary still has a shot but realistically Colorado does not as they have the fewest games left of any team in the West.

The thought of the Sharks not making the playoffs does make me smile but not too much, have to wait for it to be official.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 03/30/12 at 03:27 PM ET

SYF's avatar

‘Ello, Jeff.  A cup of molten lava Java and the GDT is getting it done right.  Perfect.  And thanks always, Sir.

The stakes couldn’t be higher tonight - especially since DET essentially wasted two points at CBJ on Wednesday.  All hands on deck, J f’n H may go tonight.

Agree.  I’m tired of half-ass games from perhaps the most-talented team in the league.  Just fuching sick of it.  And double the ditto from Nate A about Gus:  bump Horse’s Ass back to the fourth or third line and move Gus back up to the Dangles/Bert line.  Horse’s Ass has gotten better in his return in the last game but it wasn’t enough.

Referees:
Wes McCauley (#4)
Brad Meier (#34)

Linesmen:
Vaughan Rody (#73)
Steve Barton (#59)

Just get the two points, Wings.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/30/12 at 04:20 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Khan(!) says Howard starting, Q scratched:

Kindl is in for Kyle Quincey.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/30/12 at 12:15 PM ET

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/30/12 at 04:52 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

HO-LEE SHEEIT! Break out the tin foil hats boys and girls…
Take a look at this piece the Emperor has on the front page: The Official’s Room . It’s a piece written by Kerry Fraser.

The good part is towards the bottom:

A telephone is provided in every official’s dressing room. The phone is utilized on occasion when Hockey Ops calls to discuss an issue with the referees or even make suggestions how they would like something handled in the next period.

So the league office in Toronto calls up on ice officials during games to “suggest” how the remainder of the game is called???

I think the WWE has more integrity than that.

At least Fraser has a sense of humor about the whole donut thing.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/30/12 at 04:52 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Does that really surprise anyone?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 03/30/12 at 05:03 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

I’ll be AWOL tonight, little dude has his first baseball tournament of the year starting at 8pm tonight.
GO WINGS.
Posted by MOWingsfan19 on 03/30/12 at 12:43 PM ET

Good Luck MO!

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/30/12 at 05:56 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

What is it about the potential of the Sharks not making the playoffs that makes the sky just a little bluer today?

even though today the sky is a slate gray, the gray does look like it has a tint of blue in it.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/30/12 at 06:09 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

A telephone is provided in every official’s dressing room. The phone is utilized on occasion when Hockey Ops calls to discuss an issue with the referees or even make suggestions how they would like something handled in the next period.
So the league office in Toronto calls up on ice officials during games to “suggest” how the remainder of the game is called???
I think the WWE has more integrity than that.
Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/30/12 at 02:52 PM ET

I think this is just an indication of high integrity and a commendable system of checks and balances to ensure that consistent standard across the league and game to game.  We’ve all marveled at the level of consistency of NHL, Inc., officiating.

Of course it leaves itself open to crass micromanagemnt at best and at worst sinister unseen forces at work implementing intent and direction from high levels of NHL, Inc., itself.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/30/12 at 06:19 PM ET

Trish's avatar

Chum in 9th?  Oot of the playoffs - please stay there.  Right where you belong.

Beautiful blue sky here kids.  LGRW

Posted by Trish from Tampa/Clearwater FL on 03/30/12 at 06:43 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I think this is just an indication of high integrity and a commendable system of checks and balances to ensure that consistent standard across the league and game to game.  We’ve all marveled at the level of consistency of NHL, Inc., officiating.
Of course it leaves itself open to crass micromanagemnt at best and at worst sinister unseen forces at work implementing intent and direction from high levels of NHL, Inc., itself.
Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 03/30/12 at 04:19 PM ET

I think your membership in the tin foil hat society is under review.

Photobucket

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/30/12 at 06:44 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I think your membership in the tin foil hat society is under review.
Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/30/12 at 04:44 PM ET

I should have used the sarcasm font.

and obtw, Don Draper’s new wife says “zou bisou” !

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/30/12 at 07:03 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/30/12 at 07:11 PM ET

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A telephone is provided in every official’s dressing room. The phone is utilized on occasion when Hockey Ops calls to discuss an issue with the referees or even make suggestions how they would like something handled in the next period. The officials can place a call to the Situation Room (Mission Control) as well if they would like to discuss something that might have occurred.

Mission Control, my foot!
But of course, that explains everything. Too many men on the ice for 25 seconds. No suspension for instigator penalty in last minute of play. Goals disallowed that were. Goals allowed that weren’t. High stakes at sport betting controlled by criminal mafia.
Thank you Mr. Fraser for explicit explanation.

Posted by Alex on 03/30/12 at 07:14 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

My God, why is she wearing a lock box?  It was the style of the time.  Even women with no tummies wore them.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/30/12 at 07:20 PM ET

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Hold onto something stationary and put aside your beverage when you see that:

www(dot)youtube(dot)com/watch?v=Jcr1H1rFv2E

www(dot)youtube(dot)com/watch?v=3Zh1szSHbyM

Posted by Alex on 03/30/12 at 08:11 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Mission Control

The mission, of course, is to control the outcome of the game.

Thanks OAkie.

Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/30/12 at 09:15 PM ET

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