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Red Wings-Hurricanes live blog: no time for sympathy

The Detroit Red Wings face off against a Carolina Hurricanes team tonight (7 PM EDT start/FSD+/FS Carolinas/WXYT) that is, as Yahoo Sports’ Nicholas J. Cotsonika suggests, still nothing less than convinced that it can win the Stanley Cup…assuming that it can get into the playoffs. Their cause would be aided greatly by a win against the Wings, who are sitting Jiri Hudler.

The Red Wings don’t plan on extinguishing the Carolina Hurricanes’ playoff hopes for any reason, however, other than simply rounding into playoff form while they try to secure the second spot in the Western Conference.

Live blog away, and here’s some pre-game reading/listening for your entertainment as FSD+ isn’t doing a pre-game show:

• The Free Press’s Jamie Samuelssen states the obvious about the fact that the Red Wings don’t have any “easy” or “vulnerable” first-round playoff opponents anymore, and as such, he suggests the following:

f we’ve learned anything about the Wings this season, especially in the bizarre month of March, any success will have less to do with their opponents and more to do with them. How else do you explain losing to the Blues, 10-3, at home and falling behind Nashville on the road three days later, only to respond with four unanswered goals and a 4-3 win? It was the same scenario in February, when the Wings snoozed through a 4-1 home loss to the Predators. Babcock ripped the team after the game. Nicklas Lidstrom called the effort embarrassing. Then the alarm bells led to a five-game winning streak that included back-to-back wins over Boston and a win over Tampa Bay. The Red Wings don’t seem to raise or lower their game based on the level of the opponent. Instead, they seem to raise or lower their game based on their level of interest. And with every game counting just a little bit more next week, focus shouldn’t be a problem.

The problems lie in some of the disturbing trends we’ve seen all season. The two biggies are impossible to ignore:

1.) Home ice: The Joe just isn’t what it used to be. Blame it on the fans if you want, although the crowd noise has been louder in the recent string of sellouts. (The Blackhawks game on March 28 was the closest regular-season game to looking like or sounding like playoff game in years). But for whatever reason, the Wings just haven’t played well at home this season. They have 48 points with just one home game remaining. That’s the third-lowest total of any of the eight teams currently in position for for the playoffs in the West. You play all season for home ice, and home ice just isn’t the advantage for this team that it used to be.

2.) Defense: Jimmy Howard will be in the crosshairs from the opening face-off of Game 1. That’s just how it goes in Detroit—and in hockey, in general. But the Wings and the Ducks have allowed the most goals of any of the playoff teams in the West. That’s an alarming stat that doesn’t rest solely on Howard’s shoulders. Yes, he needs to be much more consistent, but so do the guys in front of him. The defensive corps has dealt with injuries all season (and some of the top defensive forwards have missed significant time as well). They’re all healthy now. That’s good. But they need to be better.

Babcock would never say who he’d hope to face in the first round, other than to say he’d love to stay close to home. The only team that fits that description is the defending Stanley Cup champion ‘Hawks. I’d prefer to pass on that matchup. The most favorable, ironically, is the team that’s farthest away: the Ducks. It may be a three-time-zone trip, but it probably gives the Wings the best chance to advance. Nothing is set in stone yet. Nothing is guaranteed. But in this sport, in these playoffs, in this conference, nothing ever is.

• SI’s Michael Farber penned a list of twenty “things to like about the NHL,” and among them...

10. I like assistant coaches, the conduits of information and insight. Ten minutes with Detroit’s Brad McCrimmon or Buffalo’s Jim Corsi or Nashville’s Brent Peterson are like masters classes in which presuppositions will be challenged or softheaded theories exposed. Because I resolve to stay positive, I won’t even mention how shortsighted it is for teams such as New Jersey, Chicago and others to make their assistants off limits to the media.
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14. I like watching the Kings’ Ryan Smyth, the Wings’ Tomas Holmstrom and Ryan Kesler of the Canucks set up in front of the crease. The last person to work so effectively in tight quarters was Smokin’ Joe Frazier. They all seem to have had a GPS chip installed in their brains that makes them able to discern the blue paint without looking down. They obscure vision, blot out the sun for unfortunate goalies. They can score a goal even if they are trapped in a virtual broom closet.
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18. I like watching Detroit’s Nick Lidstrom, who, although he is not as sturdy a one-on-one defender as he was a few years ago, is still a marvel of constancy into his 40s. He remains the right defenseman for the right era, as superb as he is understated.

19. I like GMs Brian Burke, Ken Holland and Ray Shero, who have convictions and are unafraid to speak out—even if they might be wrong.

WDFN’s Sean Baligian spoke to two hockey personalities this afternoon, starting with USA Today’s Kevin Allen…


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And continuing with Chris Osgood, who talks about playoff moments past, mentoring Jimmy Howard, and he says that he’s hoping to be ready to return to action this weekend:


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• Finally, Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch will receive honorary doctorates in humanities at Michigan State University’s spring commencement, where Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will speak. Something tells me that free pizza’s more likely than an iPad giveaway on May 6th (and I’m one of the rare people that isn’t fascinated by the iPad).

Update: from my email inbox:

DETROIT AND CHICAGO SET TO SQUARE OFF ON ‘FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT’ AT JOE LOUIS ARENA

… Entertaining Evening in Store for Hockeytown Faithful on Friday; Red Wings Set to Welcome 800,000th Fan of 2010-11 to The Joe …

Detroit, MI… The NHL Central Division Champion Detroit Red Wings will be looking to wrap up their 2010-11 home schedule in winning fashion on Friday, April 8, when they welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to the MotorCity for a 7:30 p.m. showdown at Joe Louis Arena (FS Detroit & 97.1 The Ticket). This contest will serve as the opening match of a regular season-ending home-and-home series between the regional adversaries.

Designated ‘Fan Appreciation Night’, several exciting giveaway items will be distributed to arena patrons throughout Friday’s game. Free squishy pucks compliments of Antonio’s Cucina Italiana will be given to the first 10,000 fans in attendance, as will Upper Deck ‘Original Six Rivalry’ trading card sets profiling past and present members of the Red Wings and Blackhawks. Cards featuring Detroit’s Mike Modano, Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Yzerman in addition to Chicago’s Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane and Stan Mikita will all be included in Friday’s set.

Meanwhile, every fan attending Friday’s game will receive:

-      A free Red Wings poster compliments of Meijer and Coca-Cola

-      A coupon redeemable for a free hair cut compliments of Great Clips

-      A voucher for a complimentary game of bowling courtesy of SEMBCA

-      A coupon for $5-off selected menu items courtesy of TGI Friday’s Restaurants
                             
Furthermore, multiple lucky seat and row giveaways will be announced throughout the night on Friday, with fans of fortune set to win prizes courtesy of Fathead, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, AT&T, the University of Toledo, Carhartt, Andiamo’s Restaurants, Olympia Entertainment, Detroit Red Wings Authentics and the Detroit Tigers. The latest Carhartt Hardest Working Player of the Month will also be revealed prior to puck drop on Friday, while Red Wings players and management will acknowledge the NHL’s best fans during a series of pre-taped video segments.

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Trish's avatar

What is this sympathy you speak of?  Evenin’ bitches.  Lets do this.

LGRW

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 04/06/11 at 08:38 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Stats:

Game summary: Tonight’s refs are Wes McCauley and Marc Joanette, and Lonnie Cameron and Vaughan Rody will work the lines.

Event summary;

Faceoffs;

Play by play;

Red Wings’ time on ice;

Canes’ time on ice;

Rosters;

Shot summary.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/06/11 at 08:46 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Evening bitches. I haven’t been here in awhile but I’ve definitely been following our lackluster play. I hope that was just a March thing.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/06/11 at 08:52 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Although I can’t seem to find a feed yet, so maybe I won’t be watching at all.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/06/11 at 08:56 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Good evening everyone.  I want to see the playoff Wings tonight.

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/06/11 at 09:00 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Can’t help you with a link Malibu, but it is good to “see you”

L.G.R.W.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/06/11 at 09:01 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Can’t help you with a link Malibu, but it is good to “see you”

L.G.R.W.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/06/11 at 07:01 PM ET

You too! Good to be here. Hopefully someone has a feed.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/06/11 at 09:02 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Murph’s wasted, again

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/06/11 at 09:02 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Evenin’ bitches. It’s great to have you hanging in here for us, Malik. Many thanks.

Canes broadcast on Center Ice tonite. Looking for help.

Let’s Roll.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/06/11 at 09:03 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Ahoy 19.You all appear to have had a great weekend based on the L-bee. Let’s keep er goin for the final 3 games with us being the spoilers. Will have to watch the Caines feed, but Forslund not so bad. The color man Tripp Tracy can be annoying.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 04/06/11 at 09:06 PM ET

Puck's avatar

Was ist los mien bitchkins?

Should be a good game as Canes need points. Anyone with zee link to game?

Posted by Puck from San Francisco, CA on 04/06/11 at 09:07 PM ET

Since71's avatar

FSD link

http://www.vipstand.me/watch/27117/1/nhl:-detroit-red-wings-vs-carolina-hurricanes.html

Posted by Since71 from Bucharest, Romania on 04/06/11 at 09:08 PM ET

Forlorn in VA's avatar

someone dropped a link at winging it in motown

http://vipstand.me/watch/27117/1/nhl:-detroit-red-wings-vs-carolina-hurricanes.html

maybe that will help a few of you out.

Posted by Forlorn in VA on 04/06/11 at 09:08 PM ET

Puck's avatar

Boom, ask and I received, LOL, thanks.

Posted by Puck from San Francisco, CA on 04/06/11 at 09:09 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Evening Ya All! Thanks George! Welcome back-Malibu!

Lets go Red WINGS!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 04/06/11 at 09:10 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I’m in. Nearly didnt make it in time thanks the the drenching we’re gettin in Detroit. Why are damp roads so scary?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/06/11 at 09:10 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Thank you guys!

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/06/11 at 09:10 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Malibu, how the hell are ya? Done touring the world?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/06/11 at 09:11 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

No joy for Pav. But still creates a 2nd chance. heh.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/06/11 at 09:13 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I love when the circus is in town.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/06/11 at 09:13 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Crazy shift

Damn Pavel - - - need more shoot

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/06/11 at 09:13 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

What a shift by the circus and E52

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 04/06/11 at 09:14 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

and after all that we’re shorthanded. dammit gator

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 04/06/11 at 09:14 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Malibu, how the hell are ya? Done touring the world?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/06/11 at 07:11 PM ET

Done internationally for right now, now just touring the states. Currently on a day off in Norman, OK.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/06/11 at 09:15 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

This feed doesn’t go for more than 2 seconds without locking up, anyone else having that trouble?

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/06/11 at 09:16 PM ET

Puck's avatar

This feed doesn’t go for more than 2 seconds without locking up, anyone else having that trouble?

Posted by stayouttamalibu

Yup, a little stuttery, close chat and see if that helps wink

Posted by Puck from San Francisco, CA on 04/06/11 at 09:18 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

I come to the game late, turn it on, and what do I see?  Zetterberg and Datsyuk doing their thing behind the other team’s net.  me likey.

is the Circus back in town?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/06/11 at 09:20 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Currently on a day off in Norman, OK.

My neck o the woods.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/06/11 at 09:21 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Ward’s having trouble with the rebounds tonight, need to do a better job of driving the net

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 04/06/11 at 09:21 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Way to stick with that Jimmy

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/06/11 at 09:22 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Yup, a little stuttery, close chat and see if that helps

Posted by Puck from San Francisco, CA on 04/06/11 at 07:18 PM ET

Tried that, still so choppy that it’s pretty much unwatchable. Trying to find another one.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/06/11 at 09:23 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

The circus own CAR

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/06/11 at 09:23 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Aw crap, Not Z down.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 04/06/11 at 09:23 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Evening all….still at work but checking in.

How are they looking?  Which RW team showed up?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 04/06/11 at 09:23 PM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

My neck o the woods.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/06/11 at 07:21 PM ET

Oh yea? How close?

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 04/06/11 at 09:24 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

I can tell you, as someone who suffers from lower back problems…the way Zetterberg got up is exactly how I’d look getting up off the floor if you dressed me in red and white.

ugh.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/06/11 at 09:24 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

How are they looking?  Which RW team showed up?
- Rumbear

The one that doesn’t have trouble breaking out of their zone and owns play in the offensive zone but can’t finish (yet).

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 04/06/11 at 09:25 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Hope Z is OK…  Jimmah is tracking pucks well and not giving up too many rebounds.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/06/11 at 09:26 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Evening bitches. I haven’t been here in awhile but I’ve definitely been following our lackluster play. I hope that was just a March thing.

Posted by stayouttamalibu from Temporarily in Tempe, AZ on 04/06/11 at 06:52 PM ET

malibu!  How ya been?

I’m late into the game.  It’s 7:00 left in the first.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/06/11 at 09:26 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Oh shit, Zata to the dressing room.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 04/06/11 at 09:27 PM ET

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