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My Advice, Wait Until Tomorrow To See Which Detroit Players Are Ready To Play

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“We’ll see what the coaching staff and trainers want to do, that’s why it’s hard to say right now whether I’m going to play or not,’’ Lidstrom said. “Just have to wait it out tomorrow and see how it feels.’‘

He said he feels better than he did 2-3 days ago, but still has some pain when he’s turning. He is concerned that he might reaggravate it if he comes back too soon.

“It’s a matter of doctors making sure it’s healing the way it should be and you can’t aggravate it again,’’ Lidstrom said.

“I can take some pills and play through it, but the concern right now is how is it going to react the day after. If I play through the pain, is it going to be worse? Am I going to take a few days to get back at it again.?

“I don’t think I have to be pain-free (to play), but that’s the hard part of knowing when. I know I’m going to be sore playing, no way around it.’‘

When he addressed the media, coach Mike Babcock thought Lidstrom was playing.

“Nick’s in, isn’t he?’’ Babcock said. “I thought Nick was back for sure (but) that’s just me watching practice. I thought Kuba (defenseman Jakub Kindl) wasn’t quite ready.


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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Nick’s in, isn’t he?’’ Babcock said. “I thought Nick was back for sure (but) that’s just me watching practice.

Too bad there isn’t some method (like talking to the trainers) or some electronic kind of thingie (like a phone with no cord) that Babs could use to find out information about the condition of the best player on his team.  smile

It never ceases to amaze me how “disconnected” coaches seem to be at times from the things that we all care about so much. They often don’t know what teams won (or even played) the day before. They rarely know specifics about the standings. They just show up and get ready for the next game – even if they don’t know who on their team is available. Crazy stuff.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/23/12 at 04:22 PM ET

DocF's avatar

Methinks that there is a certain amount of dissembling in Babcock’s response.  NHL coaches (I was going to say lie, but….............) often are not exactly truthful.


Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 03/23/12 at 05:09 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Wait, are saying Babcock doesn’t know what’s going on?

I thought 70-some games of an awful PP would have already spoken enough to that.

Posted by Primis on 03/23/12 at 05:43 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

You mean you guys don’t think he’s a lying liar?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 03/23/12 at 06:28 PM ET


All coaches lie…or…stretch the truth. Come on, obviously the coach knows where his team is in the standings and he knows about Nick…but you don’t want to give the “heads up” to the team you are about to face tomorrow….That being said…that awful PP….

Posted by Nat from MTL on 03/23/12 at 06:59 PM ET

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