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via the Detroit Free Press,
Red Wings forward Kyle Calder will be benched for Game 3 on Tuesday in favor of Tomas Kopecky.
Calder hasn’t seen much ice time in the first two games against Anaheim, playing only 7:57 minutes in the first two games of the Western Conference finals. He has only one point this postseason, an assist in Game 5 against Calgary in the first round of the playoffs.
Kopecky hasn’t played since Dec. 14, when he suffered a broken collarbone against the Chicago Blackhawks.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The best thing any team looking to become more competitive in the NHL could do would be to immediately try to lure Yzerman to town, but that’s probably not happening.
It’s not clear what his plan is, but I doubt he’ll be leaving Detroit, even if it means Mike Ilitch has to give him a slice of the franchise.
But Hockey Canada, now that’s a different story.
In Wayne Gretzky, Ken Holland, Steve Tambellini and others, the national body has more than a few experienced choices when it comes to naming a general manager for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Perhaps the tint on my TV needs some adjusting, but I have to ask anyway: Did all those stationary bike sessions in the sauna turn Chris Chelios orange? Did he convert to Oompa-Loompa-ism? Has the league relaxed its laws on players camouflaging themselves during games?
more game talk... and I noticed that about Cheli. Unless he spent some time on the Cheli’s Chili Bar outside deck with album covers wrapped in aluminum foil, it looks like he may have used some kind of tanning lotion.
Scott Niedermayer scored in the first OT to give the Ducks a 4-3 win.
Hard fought game and both teams gave it their all.
Next game is Tuesday in Anaheim, 9pm EDT start.
Make sure to watch the post game interviews!
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
A season ago in the first round of the playoffs, there were more than a few quiet little smirks and knowing nods in and around the Detroit Red Wings’ dressing room.
The object of their mild derision was hundreds of miles away in the Ottawa Senators dressing room. His name was Dominik Hasek and those around the Detroit Red Wings knew firsthand the kind of high drama that was unfolding in Ottawa, where Hasek was recovering from an adductor injury sustained in the first game of the Olympics.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The polar opposite workspace of Dominik Hasek and Tomas Holmstrom barely take up 2% of a National Hockey League rink.
But Hasek’s blue-hued plot and Holmstrom’s squat just outside the other crease is the most hotly disputed territory in this series, through which the Red Wings’ improbable Stanley Cup march must flow.
from the CP via TSN,
Hasek would have liked to have had somebody in a crossing guard’s outfit in front of his crease on Friday night.
“There was lots of traffic, probably the most I’ve seen this year,” he said. “Once in a while they even bumped into me and once I got an elbow coming down on me.
“The next game I expect very similar things from them. I expect them to talk to me, make lots of traffic, once in a while bump into me, fall on me. This is part of the game. I think it’s more the job of my defencemen to take care of this business.”
Doesn’t the crease-crashing bother him?
“Not if we’re winning,” he replied with a chuckle.
Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail on the JLA attendance situation,
Large crowds, however, have not been a problem for the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Pistons. The latter, which is on the verge of advancing to their fourth consecutive NBA conference final, has announced sellout crowds of 22,076 for each of their four home games so far.
The defending American League champion Tigers have an average attendance of 31,644 through 17 games this season, good for 13th in the major leagues. On Thursday afternoon, a whopping 37,359 walked through the turnstiles at the 41,070-seat Comerica Park.
Again I state it is not a competion matter with the other Detroit teams. The Wings overpriced their playoff tickets and have made very weak attempts at attracting fans to the games.
No free open skates, no discount tickets for students, no atmosphere created at the Joe for the fans = fans have simply had enough and won’t go until the Wings decide to change their thinking towards the fans.
Q. Nick, about the Ducks’ power-play, what did you see strategy-wise, why you were so effective last night?
NICKLAS LIDSTROM: I thought we were standing in the shooting lanes a lot, taking their lanes to the net. We were being aggressive when we can. Trying to put pressure in the corners, just overall pressure when we can.
I thought Dom came up with some big saves at the right moments for us, too.
Q. When you make a decision about which line to match up against which, last night most of the time you had Draper’s line against the kids, is that kind of normal that you play No. 1 against No. 1?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: That’s what we’ve done all year long. Most teams play the guys they think are going to generate the most offense the most minutes. So we always play our guys against them. We think it’s been obviously positive for us.
Seeing that Anaheim’s really set on playing Pahlsson against Zetterberg, that’s fine for us. They’re going to have to do calisthenics like they did last night. When you win faceoffs like they did last night, you can get your match-up any time you want because you just get people on and off the ice.
You know, I thought they did a real good job of that. They’ll continue to if we don’t do a better job in the faceoff circle. If you win faceoffs and get on top of them, obviously you can’t be playing out there with two defensemen and six guys changing, three coming on and three coming off.
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