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If the Detroit Red Wings advance to the second round of the playoffs, their schedule against the Montreal Canadiens is below...
from Jordan Heath-Rawlings of Sportsnet,
Further, there are a few reasons why the Maple Leafs might not want to just hand over a blank cheque if Babcock expresses interest in the job.
We'll leave the reasoning here and let you judge for yourself.
1. Why would he want the job? Really, what can the Toronto job offer Babcock that he simply can't get anywhere else? The Red Wings have more talent, and more success, and more prospects in the pipeline. Other cities that will woo him have better core players, more cap flexibility and more easily retooled rosters. The two obvious Toronto attractions (clearly we can't know everything that will go into his decision...) are the highest possible salary, and the greatest possible profile. But think of the times the Leafs have paid huge money to high-profile free agents for whom coming to Toronto was a lucrative chance to up both their bank account and their brand. Hasn't always worked out so well. And if the Leafs are truly committed to a long-term rebuild, a coach with those motives might not be the best man for the job.
2. Babcock has never rebuilt anything. It doesn't mean he can't, of course, but he's never even had to try.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
If there is any sense of justice in the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings will be without their best defenseman for Game 7 of their first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday night. And if the Department of Player Safety doesn’t suspend Niklas Kronwall for his hit on Nikita Kucherov in Game 6, it might as well find a nice, warm beach somewhere to spend the rest of the playoffs.
Because if Kronwall does not sit out at least Game 7 of the Lightning-Red Wings series, the NHL will have officially confirmed what much of the first round has already proved, that it has no intention of suspending anyone for anything in this year’s playoffs.
Kronwall is the Scott Stevens of Sweden, easily the most devastating open-ice hitter in the game today. He has developed and patented a unique way of hitting players by lining them up, usually along the boards, then just before the time of contact, turns his back to his opponent and essentially jumps into him back-first. It’s so unique that it has it’s own name. To be hit like that means you’ve been Kronwalled. It’s a hit that straddles the edges of the NHL rulebook and it’s one the league clearly endorses, considering Kronwall has never been suspended. Wome of them will likely also provide some pretty compelling video evidence in that class-action concussion lawsuit the NHL will invariably face someday.
Watch the hit below...
First up is Mike Babcock...
Below is Jon Cooper...
From the NHL:
STARTING TIME SET FOR GAME 7 OF THE TAMPA BAY-DETROIT 2015 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND SERIES ON WEDNESDAY
NEW YORK (April 27, 2015) – The National Hockey League today announced that the start time of Game 7 of the series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings has been set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 29, in Tampa Bay.
In the U.S., the game will be televised on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be televised on CBC and TVA Sports.
The fourth win is generally the hardest, and when it's, "Win, or lose and golf," you're going to do anything and everything you can possibly get away with (and some things you can't) to stave off elimination. That includes a lawyer being a laywer and that includes blatant attempts to injure (oh wait, that was the other team, not Detroit?).
In any case, Monday's game was going to be a vicious affair, and for Detroit, urgency would not be lacking with a winner-take-all seventh game in Tampa Bay in the offing.
I've been haivng some recurring panic attacks, so I can relate to how both teams felt this evening...
I can't relate to how the Wings reacted, however, to the Lightning's stifling defense and baffling ability to get away with some penalties but not others...It was a devastating 5-2 loss that could have been worse had Petr Mrazek not been as good as he was, and it could get worse if Niklas Kronwall's suspended for the hit the laid upon Nikita Kucherov.
Jon Cooper post-practice today.
George has not been feeling well the last few days but he is fighting through it and will hopefully return for the game tonight.
In the meantime, I am just trying to fill in when I can and the above video basically tells the story for the Bolts.
The Red Wings hope to avoid a Game 7 situation by taking care of business against the Tampa Bay Lightning this evening (7 PM EDT start on FSD/FS Florida/CNBC/CBC/TVA Sports/97.1 FM; Gord Dwyer and Steve Kozari are scheduled to referee tonight's game).
I've been wondering if this wil go seven games for a while, and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose's Tweet is...not reassuring in that department:
The #RedWings take a swing at eliminating the Lightning tonight. Detroit is 9-9 all-time in Game 6 on home ice, including 5-4 at The Joe.
MLive's Ansar Khan reported "no changes" this morning:
He was one of the best all-round defensemen in the Original Six era, and Marcel Pronovost was still scouting for the New Jersey Devils:
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