The Malik Report
Hello there. I'd like to thank Paul for putting in yeoman's work keeping TMR up and running...He may have to do so for another day or two. I have been flat on my back since last Friday's fifteen or sixteen visits with my restroom, unable to sit up or eat solid food, and the last time I was this acutely ill, I had the norovirus. These symptoms and timeline of infection appear to be identical.
So that's where I've been. I will try to get back to "normal" over the next day or two but my brain is not in charge of the machine at present, and I'm gonna be honest--it's scary, because there's nothing to "push" off from. I'll do my best to get healthy, but viruses run their course and I'm just along for the ride right now.
In any case, I had feared that the Red Wings would have a let-down game after playing and having to win 4 games over the course of 6 nights in order to make the playoffs. It's why I cringed when I'd heard that the Wings would begin their first-round series against Anaheim on Tuesday and not Wednesday.
And given the incredibly meager offensive output--22 shots ON the net and 33 more attempts wide or into Ducks players for a team that had been firing 35+ shots and 60-70 pucks at or near the net over the past week--and unfocused effort displayed during the Wings' 3-1 loss to Anaheim on Tuesday...
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
For five Detroit Red Wings, Tuesday was a night they won’t forget.
Defencemen Danny DeKeyser, Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl, as well as forwards Joakim Andersson and Damien Brunner, made their Stanley Cup debuts at the Honda Center in Game 1 of the Wings’ Western Conference quarter-final series against the Anaheim Ducks.
Backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson and defenceman Brian Lashoff, a healthy scratch for Game 1, wait in the wings, so to speak, to make their Stanley Cup debuts.
It’s the largest quotient of newbies sent out by the Wings since they opened the 1990-91 playoffs at St. Louis, which, incidentally, was the first season of Detroit’s current 22-season run of consecutive playoff appearances.
I have watched numerous games involving the Ducks this season and have noticed they haven't taken as many penalties as they have in the past.
Some of those penalties in previous seasons were of head-scratching variety, taken at the wrong time of the game and/or actually changed the momentum in favor of the opposing team.
Boudreau has done a good job of stressing those types of penalties will not be tolerated but the Ducks do on occasion still have it in them to do the unthinkable.
Below, witness Corey Perry losing it in a game in late January. If the Wings can frustrate the Ducks and cause them to take the unnecessary penalty, they will be one step ahead of the Ducks.
Some of the Ducks along with Coach Bruce Boudreau spoke after their skate this morning.
The Wings had an optional skate today and I believe Z, Datsyuk, Kronwall and Flip passed on the skate.
No reports of anyone suffering from the flu or any injuries that popped-up in the last 24 hours, so it looks as if the Wings will go with what got them in the playoffs.
Best quote from after practice goes to Babcock...
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
"Bruce is probably the only guy who thinks he knows how it's going to go," Souray said. "He told us two weeks ago we were probably going to play Detroit, by his calculations.
"We've got a Nostradamus on our hands. That's the beauty of the playoffs. Anything can happen."
Try telling that to those in the prediction business.
"Have you listened to the media the last couple of days?" asked Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. "We are not the favorite, trust me. It's the same story as the whole season. We're prepared for that."
Said Boudreau: "They're the hottest team coming in. It's very similar to what L.A. was doing last year. They're the guys with the experience that have been there before. Of course, people are going to think [the Red Wings] are going to win."
Babcock seems a little more relaxed than usual today and I actually laughed at his remarks about the travel between Ottawa and Montreal near the end of this five minute video.
If you want more interviews, check out this page at the Wings website.
added 8:51pm, Boy, feeling a little bit like Malik, adding to a post but this one is good.
Helene St. James fo the Detroit Free Press talked with Darren Helm after he skated today. Watch the video below...
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
After the loss of Nicklaus Lidstrom (retirement) and Brad Stuart (trade), coupled with their inability to sign a top notch defenseman this offseason and the injuries they faced at the start, the Wings patched things together to where now the blue line is one of their strengths.
“We’ve really improved drastically in that area, probably the most improved part of our team,” said Wings coach Mike Babcock, whose squad faces Anaheim in the first round of the playoff Tuesday night. “With (Jimmy Howard) playing the way he is and the D able to get the puck going, we’re spending a lot less time in our zone. That allows you to be much better up front.”
And everything seemed to come together on the blue line when Detroit was able to land Danny DeKeyser.
Some of the Anaheim Ducks players and Bruce Boudreau talk about facing the Wings.
Paul here again while George continues to battle an illness.
Nothing to report from practice although I am sure there will be the customary "what do you think about tomorrow's game" questions.
If anything major pops up, I will post but for now, check out the battle scars Nyquist received from the high-stick in the Dallas game.
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