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Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi, with his size and strength, will create space for his new linemates, Robert Lang and Kyle Calder. He can also generate scoring opportunities with his soft-touch passes.
But, coach Mike Babcock doesn’t want Bertuzzi to be too unselfish.
“Bert likes to pass the puck,’’ Babcock said. “Forget that. Langer will pass the puck, you (Bertuzzi) shoot the puck and take it to the net and Calder will be there.’‘
from Helene St. James at the Detroit Free Press,
Sunday during the telecast of the Detroit-Columbus game, former Wing Brett Hull, now an NBC hockey analyst, stated that Pavel Datsyuk would not be back next season because he’s unhappy with coach Mike Babcock.
I asked Datsyuk about that claim this morning, and Datsyuk said he didn’t know where Hull got that information. The two talked briefly before yesterday’s game, but “we did not talk about next year,” Datsyuk said. “I ask him what he doing there, he say he is commentator.”
Hull’s remarks created a stir among Wings fans at A2Y...
from, Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Playing at a high level at 42, Hasek might change the way the league views age in a goaltender. The NHL might be looking differently at many aspects of playoff goaltending. Coaches are certainly more open to the idea of switching goalies in the postseason, and there doesn’t seem to be nearly as much fretting about the lack of playoff experience.
Of the 16 teams in playoff positions Sunday, five — the Tampa Bay Lightning (Marc Denis and Johan Holmqvist, Vancouver Canucks (Roberto Luongo), Atlanta Thrashers (Kari Lehtonen), Minnesota Wild (Niklas Backstrom) and Pittsburgh Penguins (Marc-Andre Fleury) — will use goaltenders who have never played a postseason game.
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It is very unusual for any Wings news to filter in on a Sunday morning, but these are desperate times.
The Wings are talking to Larry Murphy. Not just talking but trying to get him to say yes to a comeback. The Wings plan is to have Murphy become a power play specialist and only a power play specialist.
With the latest injury to Kronwall, the Wings feel they need some help on the blueline and to save some dman minutes for 5-on-5 and PK situations, they believe Murphy could run the right point on the power play.
Hmmm, a Hall of Famer on the point! Will it work, who the heck knows.
Of course, he would have to clear waivers, at least I think he would.
Nick Kronwall suffered a right hip injury early in last night’s game and was taken to a local Detroit hospital for further observation.
Mike Babcock said after the game the Wings had yet to receive an update.
Here we are, mid-afternoon on Saturday, and still nothing.
Our two sports radio stations are either talking NCAA basketball or who the Detroit Lions should draft.
No mention of Kronwall all day.
Our beat writers must be busy, nothing from them either.
Come on folks, are we talking about losing a top 4 dman for the week, a month, a day, someone let us know.
update 2:35pm, from the CP via TSN,
Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall is expected to be out for as much as two months after suffering a non-displaced fracture of his sacrum during Friday’s game against Dallas.
The team also announced Saturday that captain Nicklas Lidstrom will miss Sunday’s game in Columbus because of a lower back strain.
Detroit has re-called defenceman Kyle Quincey from AHL Grand Rapids and expects to have defenceman Brett Lebda back in the lineup Sunday for the first time since suffering a concussion on March 24.
from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,
Happy Birthday Gordie Howe!
You are 79 (on Saturday, March 31) and have a legacy that may never be topped in hockey – or all sports for that matter.
There are so many stories about the guy who was simply called “Mr. Hockey” that it’s almost impossible to figure out which is true and which is legend. Even Gordie himself isn’t certain what stories really did occur, joking that he isn’t sure if he is Gordie Howe or Paul Bunyan.
from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,
Detroit is now the No. 1 team in the Western Conference and it looks like the Red Wings will hold onto that position.
The Wings have talent, veteran presence, and one of the most amazing defensemen to have ever played the game in Nicklas Lidstrom. They also have one of the most underrated coaches in the NHL. Mike Babcock has done one of the best coaches jobs in the NHL….
Babcock can be in your face with his style, but it works. He brought a surprising Anaheim team to within one win of the Stanley Cup in 2003, has won the World Junior Hockey Championship for Canada, and the Men’s World Championship. His coaching pedigree is excellent, but for some reason Babcock never gets any praise.
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Normally, this would fall under the A2Y blog, but the sailor is a busy man these days.
Chris Chelios does a weekly interview on WDFN and this week talked about the Preds, Zetterberg, Osgood and the Detroit Tigers Opening Day.
Thanks as always to WDFN for the use of the audio.
After skating with the team Thursday morning in Nashville, Henrik Zetterberg still appears to be several days away from returning.
“I’m skating a little bit more and more every day, still no battles,’’ Zetterberg said. “Hopefully one or two games (before the playoffs) would be good, but if not, I just have to deal with that.
“I’m still just at 35-40 minutes each time out there, got to get a little longer. Then the last step will be battling in the corners. Still got a few steps left before I’m back.’‘
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Peter Forsberg has been in Nashville since Feb. 15, and yet it seems as if he will add a fresh dynamic to the rivalry Thursday night when the Predators and Detroit Red Wings play for first place in the Western Conference….
The Predators acquired Forsberg specifically because of his reputation for bringing grit and high performances to big games, particularly in the playoffs. Thursday’s game has some qualities of a playoff game, only because Detroit is winning the season series and the Red Wings have long been a measuring stick for the Predators.
“Detroit is always hard to beat, no matter who you are,” Forsberg said. “I don’t think there is any mental hurdle. We know we are a good team. We know we can compete with them.”
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