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I didn’t see the hit on Kopecky, and I didn’t see Downey’s antics, and I didn’t see Rafalski’s body slam of a guy who outweighs him by thirty pounds. No, I wasn’t passed out. Damn you all for thinking that.
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You can see the post below for the whining, now for the good stuff.
Jiri Hudler needed that. He needed to start with a jolt of confidence and it would appear that Uncle Mike has proven his genius once again by putting the kid in a prime spot to win the game. He set him up for success and that’s good to see.
Does the home team have a choice of shooting first or last during the shootout? Because I’d, you know, kinda rather shoot last.
A quick spin through the diggers. Ted Kulfan says Hank Zetterberg was on the ice today for the public practice in Grand Rapids, showing no signs of back ache, groin pain or general discomfort. Those are, of course, the ailments three different beat writers attributed to Zetterberg’s absence from yesterday’s scrimmage in TC.
So Kulfan’s all over that one but he likes to share the wealth. Decided to skip this little tidbit brought to you by Khan(!).
Brian Rafalski said he sustained a hip flexor and left early. He said he’s not sure if he’ll be able to play in Thursday’s home exhibition opener vs. Minnesota.
Aaron Downey will beat the hell out of you, but apparently can’t hit Keith Tkachuk in the ass with a puck from four feet away. Brent Sopel can blast a puck by the best goalies in the league, but his efforts in TC showed us he’ll just as likely give it away quicker than Bubba’s sister at a family reunion. Igor Grigorenko has all sorts of talent and “hockey sense” but can’t skate for twenty seconds without pulling out the puffer.
And so it looks like Uncles Kenny and Mikey have to make a few decisions based on potential and who’s going to hurt the team the least.
Now there’s a blue line pairing that is going to hand out punishment like candy at Christmas. Dave Waddell reported today that Nick Lidstrom has been preparing himself for the inevitable: a new defensive partner.
Lidstrom is expected to be paired with Detroit’s plumb off-season signing Brian Rafalski. Having done it so often, Lidstrom expects the transition to be quick and smooth.
“It doesn’t take that long,” Lidstrom said. “He’s a skilled defenceman.
“You get a read on how he’s moving out there. How he’s thinking the game.
“How he’s reacting in different situations. It doesn’t take that long to get to know your partner.”
Lidstrom also expects to be paired with Rafalski on the Wings’ first power-play unit.The left-handed shooting Swede will no longer have to dance along the blue line so much to improve his shooting angle from the middle of the ice.
Just when you think life without hockey had become all too comfortable for Deep Digger Captain Ansar Khan(!), he staggers in from nowhere to fill our heads with brilliance. Apparently convinced the in-depth scouting reports he wrote two days after the Anaheim series aren’t quite enough to merit a consistent paycheck, MLive’s Wing beat writer is back with a vengeance.
His blog from last night is rife with nuggets of insight like this: “It’s really different,’’ Rafalski said Thursday and this:”“I got to start practicing face-offs,’’ Kopecky said; and finally, this: “It was unfortunate,’’ Drake said.