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Yesterday Babcock said Helm would not center the 2nd line, today is another day.
via Khan tweet,
Other lines: Andersson with Abdelkader and Miller. Glendening with Cleary and Eaves. Samuelsson and Tootoo scratched. Weiss has groin injury
I will update this post as necessary if more news is made available.
Plus a George update, he tells me he will be back sometime today.
added 11:34am, via Gregg Krupa tweets,
babcock said of helm up on 2d line: "just do what you do. don't do anything different. just provide speed.
"let those other guys make the plays. be at the net for them."
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
It’s not really much of a surprise to Tampa Bay general manager Yzerman that Filppula is proving to be a perfect fit. While in the front office with the Red Wings, Yzerman watched Filppula emerge from the Detroit system as a versatile forward.
“We were looking for a responsible, two-way center that could play in all situations, and he has done that for us,” Yzerman said. “He’s fit in very nicely. I think he’s enjoying playing with the players that we have in the style that we play. But again it was an important position for us, and we just felt he would be a real good fit.
“It is relatively early, but we are pleased with how he has fit in.”
Filppula is not only called on to center the second line, but also he runs the second power-play unit, is one of the first penalty killers to jump over the boards, takes many important faceoffs and often faces the opposition’s top lines.
When it’s time for Tampa Bay to protect a lead late in the game, Filppula is often tapped by Cooper to tackle the assignment.
“He’s just a quiet, confident, calm person,” Cooper said. “He’s stabilized our forward group. He goes a little bit unnoticed in the sense that we have some other guys out there that get more points and they have a little bit bigger name in the game.
“But when you watch the game, he gets those non-hero minutes. He’s out there against the big lines playing big minutes at big times in big games.”
from Damien Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
... Darren Helm skated in the second-line center spot at Friday’s practice, but Babcock said there is no chance he will play there during the game. Babcock also said he is not splitting up Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, who have carried the team.
That limits their options.
“Our second line (isn’t) getting it done,’’ Babcock said. “Last night, let’s be honest, Pav and Z and (Todd Bertuzzi) won the game for us. We checked it right back (blowing a 3-2 lead late and losing 4-3 in overtime to Dallas).
“We did tons of great things; I went through it meticulously today. That’s basically what I told the players; let’s keep getting better because we are getting better. But we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot. There were just a couple mistakes. The amount of zone time Pav and Z and those guys had alone, they could have had five (goals).’’
The problem is, aside from the top line and Daniel Alfredsson (13 points), nobody else is providing offense. Weiss has just three points in 17 games. Both of Franzen’s goals came in the same game; in his other 12 games he has only three assists.
via Chuck Pleiniess tweet,
Weiss has groin injury. Likely out 10 days.
I will add to this post as more news comes in from practice.
More line shuffling in practice. Helm and Tatar skating with top six. Cleary skating with bottom six.
Franzen is centering a line of Cleary and Eaves. Yesterday, Holland said he was out for Saturday, now, who knows?
George is ill so what you get from me is the highlights from the Wings's loss last night to the Stars.
Hopefully it will bring some response from you because in my opinion the discussion starts with anyone not named Datsyuk, Zetterberg or Bertuzzi.
Daryl Reaugh, the Stars' color analyst, with a unique pre-game report for the Joe...
Also, from an earlier Khan tweet,
Franzen said he's not feeling any better, wouldn't elaborate on whether he's sick or injured and didn't want to comment further.
Also it is my understanding Samuelsson is in the lineup tonight.
added 1:38pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Asked if he’s sick or injured (club is calling it an upper-body injury), Franzen said, “I don’t know.’’
Then he walked away, not wanting to comment further.
Defenseman Brendan Smith skated today for the first time since injuring his shoulder Saturday in Edmonton and said he felt good.
“A lot better; I guess day-by-day it’s going to keep getting better,’’ Smith said. “I was able to pass, shoot and do everything today. It’s obviously a good sign.’’
Smith said he expects to be available for Tuesday’s game against Winnipeg, when he’s eligible to come off of short-term injured reserve.
The only lineup change for the Red Wings has Mikael Samuelsson in for Jordin Tootoo...
Now what? Yesterday Holland said TooToo would not be going to Grand Rapids.
added 12:17pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
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