Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 11/22/06 at 07:11 AM ET
“We’re not doing anything to risk what we think is a good thing we got going,’’ Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
They won’t increase Hasek’s workload and won’t play him on consecutive nights, at least during the first half of the season. Hasek will, however, dress as the backup in the few games that Joey MacDonald starts. But, Babcock will minimize his risk of injury if forced to enter a game cold.
“(Assistant coach) Todd McLellan’s job is to make sure I never pull (MacDonald),’’ Babcock said. “It’s not going to happen. If we make a goaltending change in any of those games, it’ll be between periods.’‘
All this talk, all this hand wringing and worry, will be for naught. Why?
* The Wings have only three back-to-back situations between now and Christmas.
* They’re playing so well defensively that the three goals MacDonald gave up against Edmonton could very well be the most he relinquishes all season.
* No matter where this discussion takes us, no regular season game is going to be vital enough to bring Hasek off the bench.
And that I guarantee. Unless MacDonald’s hurt, we will never see the ballcap leave Hasek’s balding head. Those silly soft twins could put in four apiece in the first period tonite and Babcock won’t even look in Hasek’s direction.
Oh, Hasek says he feels good. He says he could even play back-to-back games. He’s doing more stretching before games and, whoa, he gets regular groin massages.
Uhhh…I’m almost 38. I felt a twinge getting out of the Chief jeep yesterday. I think it’s time I received regular groin massages.
I know. Don’t say it. I’ll go blind.
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