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by Paul on 04/24/12 at 08:30 PM ET
from John Manasso of FoxSports Tennessee,
These days, a somewhat typical Detroit player is speedy wing Valtteri Filppula. The Finn had 23 goals in the regular season and 66 points – more than any member of the Preds—but he did not score during the playoffs and had only two assists. That’s because during the playoffs, it gets harder to score and as Babcock emphasized during the series, goals were going to come from the inside, not the outside where Filppula mostly plays.
Another shortcoming showed itself at the end of regulation after Game 1, when the Preds’ Shea Weber shoved the head of the Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg into the glass, a move for which Weber was fined. As Babcock pointed out prior to Game 2, the Red Wings are not built in a way to respond to an incident like that and so it fell to 37-year-old Todd Bertuzzi – a player who might not be on the team next year—to fight Weber in Game 2, an act that was commended not only by Babcock but by Lidstrom, the captain, who has not received a fighting major in 20 years.
In essence, after losing to a Predators’ team that has grit up and down its lineup, the Red Wings might need a dose of the same.
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