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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.”
To kick off the limited edition Edge Body Gear, a private launch event will be held at the Dominator Clothing store on March 27th in Birmingham, Mich. Edge owners and hand raisers will be among the guests attending this launch event to be the first to view and purchase the Edge Body Gear. Dominik Hasek, founder of Dominator Clothing and Red Wings hockey player, will be onsite to ‘meet and greet’ during the event, along with a special appearance by Igor Larionov.
more… (There are so many ways I could make fun of this, but Paul might fire me when he gets back to work! Alas.)
from John Niyo of the Detroit News,
“I never, ever asked someone to be the goalie. It was always me.”
“I don’t know exactly,” he said. “But this is what I always liked about it: Even if your team doesn’t play great, you can be the one who can win the game for the whole team. And I like for people to depend on me: ‘Dom is there, and he can do it for us.’ ”
That’s the mentality, perhaps, that drives Hasek’s almost maniacal practice habits.
“Obviously, he still has it—in practice, in games,” said Chris Chelios, one of Hasek’s first teammates in Chicago, Hasek’s first stop after leaving the Czech national team in 1990. “As far as I can see, he hasn’t changed one bit.”
“Aside from maybe flipping out a little less after losses,” he added. “He keeps it in control a little better. You can see when he gets on the bus, he’s holding it in. But it’s still fun to see how much of a sore loser he is. There’s never a good goal with Dom.”
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from Bill McGraw of the Detroit Free Press,
As we prepare psychologically for the Red Wings to begin the Stanley Cup playoffs, it’s time to ponder one of Hockeytown’s most important and perplexing questions: Why is Jimmy Devellano not in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
Devellano’s title these days with the Wings is senior vice-president/alternate governor. He is in his 25th year with the club, and even his biggest critics must agree that Devellano played a major role — and perhaps even a crucial role — in building the franchise into the powerhouse it has been for the past decade.
from the Detroit Free Press,
“That was outstanding,” Mike Babcock said. “That’s the most fun I’ve had since I was a Red Wings coach. It was good. I was really impressed with Lils and I was really impressed with Sammy. Sometimes I think you think when you’re not from North America, if someone washes your face your supposed to say thanks. Well, they didn’t say thanks, they just responded. They’re big men, and they can look after themselves.”
When Lidstrom was quizzed about the rarity of Swedes fighting, he laughed and replied, “We’ve got the toughest Swede in the league right here. Just ask him.” But then Lidstrom must have figured Lilja might hear about it from Tomas Holmstrom, because Lidstrom added, “Homer might have a big argument.”
more on the Wings…
The Detroit Red Wings have clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the 16th consecutive season, the latest milestone for a franchise that has set a standard for sustained excellence not only in the National Hockey League but for all of North American major pro sports. The New York Yankees, who have qualified for the Major League Baseball playoffs in each of the past 12 seasons, have the next-longest streak.
from Thomas Nuemann at Page 2/ESPN,
A simmering rivalry bubbled over in a game for the ages 10 years ago.
On March 26, 1997, while the Colorado Avalanche and the Detroit Red Wings were positioning themselves for the upcoming NHL playoffs, bad blood from the previous postseason boiled into unadulterated fury at Joe Louis Arena. The teams combined for nine fights, 11 goals, 39 penalties, 148 penalty minutes, one hat trick, one “turtle” and two Stanley Cup champion goalies duking it out in an overtime thriller.
The box score alone is suitable for framing.
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