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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
So, imagine what was running through the mind of the Calgary GM as he watched the likes of finesse players Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg knocking his Flames off the puck in the game’s early going.
Or, as he saw Red Wings pest Tomas Holmstrom annoy Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff for much of the game without fear of retribution.
An interesting stat at Red Wings Corner,
The Red Wings had 37 hits in their Game 1 win over the Calgary Flames, Thursday. It was the highest hit total this season for the Red Wings and just the 15th time in 83 games that Detroit has had as many as 20 hits in a game.
from Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press,
The problem is, they argued, too many other things have—including, most notably, the names on the back of the jerseys. No longer are the Wings dotted with Hall of Fame-caliber players who spent the better part of their careers in Detroit….
Holland notices the competition in the way his team is covered. Fewer front pages. Fewer lead spots in sports telecasts. Less time on talk radio.
“That’s where I’ve really noticed it,” he said.
The Wings simply aren’t the topic of conversation that they once were.
What Holland says is so true, and the Wings must realize the have an untapped source that they have failed to utilize- The web and the many Wings bloggers. They need to follow the example of many NHL teams and begin to recognize the Wings bloggers existence.
Oh, I see those Calgary Sun writers are laying odds,
- Most likely Red Wings occurrence:
2-1—Tomas Holmstrom sets up outside crease.
3-1—Hasek stutters during interview.
4-1—Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby yap at Iginla.
5-1—Mike Babcock scowls after game.
- The longshots:
40-1—Kristian Huselius pitchforks a defender.
60-1—Henrik Zetterberg finds a corner.
70-1—Henrik Zetterberg finds a barber.
80-1—Robert Lang backchecks.
from George Johnson at ESPN writing about the Wings/Flames series…
Among those who believe Hasek may be vulnerable is left winger Kristian Huselius, a revelation this season after piling up 34 goals and 77 points. After all, The Dominator, for all his brilliance, has a reputation for being, uh, somewhat erratic.
“He didn’t face a lot of shots this season,” Huselius said. “We’ve got to change that. We’ve got to get in his face, throw a lot of traffic in front, screen him. He won’t like it. We want to upset him. Make him work. Wear him down.
“He’s a great goalie. He’s won a Stanley Cup. But he’s old.” Huselius smiled. “And maybe when, as you get older, it’s easier to get p—-ed off.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So why, apart from their recent pattern of stumbling in the early playoff rounds, is there so little love for the Red Wings?
Kirk Maltby, who has played for Detroit since 1996, doesn’t know for sure, but he’s heard the doom-and-gloom naysayers.
“It’s funny, we were talking about this a couple of weeks ago,” Maltby said.
“I have XM radio in my truck and I listen to it all the time. At the beginning of the year, you had all these people calling in, trying to make predictions. People were saying we would be sixth or eighth — make the playoffs, but just slide in and then don’t do too much damage at all.
“I was kind of shaking my head….”
from the Detroit News,
The Red Wings likely will begin the playoffs Thursday against Calgary without forward Todd Bertuzzi.
Bertuzzi, who suffered a concussion in the next-to-last game of the regular season against Chicago, wasn’t on the ice for the second consecutive day Tuesday, and coach Mike Babcock didn’t sound encouraged about Bertuzzi playing in Game 1 at Joe Louis Arena.
“In my mind, he’s not available at this point,” Babcock said after Tuesday’s practice.
via the Pittsburgh Channel,
Pittsburgh Penguins fans are invited to gather downtown for a playoff rally at noon Wednesday in the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and county Chief Executive Dan Onorato are hosting the rally. There will be free food and music.
Onorato’s office said students are encouraged to bring signs and banners to decorate the courthouse and the City-County Building. The signs can either be brought to the rally or dropped off at the guard station adjacent to the Forbes Avenue entrance of the courtyard.
via the Detroit News,
Come back to detnews.com after 1 p.m. today for a story and photo of the unveiling in Detroit of the statue of former Red Wings great Gordie Howe.
The Wings plan to unveil the statue at 1 p.m. at the Gordie Howe Entrance of the Joe Louis Arena. Howe, the Wings’ all-time leading scorer, is expected to attend the ceremony, which is closed to the public.
from the Calgary Flames,
And now it is playoff time. We are playing the Detroit Red Wings, my former team.
I would have to say that the leader of that team is the guy nobody mentions, Niklas Lidstrom. He is the calming influence on that team. The emotional leader is Kris Draper.
They have skill in players like Pavel Datsyuk and they have Tomas Holstrom who is tough to play against. You add Todd Bertuzzi to that line, too. I think he is the wild card for them. We all know how well he can play.
from the Windsor Star,
Barring a last-second setback, Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg declared himself ready to play in Thursday’s opening game of the Western Conference quarter-final against the Calgary Flames.
Zetterberg, who hasn’t played since Feb. 24 because of an inflamed disc in his back, participated in a full practice for the first time Monday at Joe Louis Arena.
“I feel better than I did last week,” Zetterberg said….
Babcock said Todd Bertuzzi, who was diagnosed with a mild concussion after colliding with goalie Chris Osgood in a game last Thursday, will be re-examined by doctors later this week before he’s cleared to play.
“I think he will (play), but I don’t know for sure,” Babcock said.
from Dave Dye of the Detroit News,
According to a report Saturday on CBC-TV’s Hockey Night in Canada, around 2,500 Wings season-ticket holders declined to buy playoff tickets.
“I couldn’t tell you either way,” Hahn said when asked about the report. “I don’t know who they got that number from.”
As for an estimate on the number of tickets available, Hahn said, “I don’t have a specific count.
“But there’s less available for Game 1 than Game 2 and 5 and 7, and there’s more for Round 2 than in Round 1.”
added 6:54am, Make sure to read IwoCPO’s take on this at A2Y.
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