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Helm May Play In Game 1

Paul for George.

The biggest news to come out of today’s practice is this…

via Ted Kulfan tweet,

Helm says he is more optimistic for game one

via Helene St. James tweet,

Helm says “slight possibility for Game 1” more likely game 2

Somewhere in there has to be a middle spot.  Does Helm play tomorrow?

added 1:36pm, via Chuck Pleiness tweet,

Helm says he is closer than he was yesterday to returning. Has not ruled out game 1

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added 1:46pm, via Detroit Red Wings tweet,

Babcock on Helm: ‘All he has to do is tell me he’s playing and he’ll be in there.’

added 2:34pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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Can The Wings Beat Rinne?

Paul for George…

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

When the Red Wings open their series against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday, they face one of the game’s biggest goaltenders—Rinne is 6-feet-5. What’s a moderately size team to do?

“He really big, and he really kind of tall when he is in net, and he kind of really fast, too,” Pavel Datsyuk said. “What we need to do is shoot and go for rebound. Puck is so small. You have chance to put something between something.”...

“He’s a good athlete, that’s for sure,” Johan Franzen said. “He’s never really beaten until the puck is in the net. There’s no really easy goals against him. But it’s the old cliche you always talk about in the playoffs—get bodies in front and get second chances. That’s how you score in the playoffs. That’s the only thing I got for you.”

Coach Mike Babcock reiterated numerous times Monday that the Wings need their forwards to play inside in this series, because floating around on the perimeter isn’t going to dent Rinne.

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Everyone Practiced

George improving but Paul still here…

Babcock says Helm looks good, Helm says not there yet…

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Everyone, right down to Darren Helm, was on the ice. Helm wore a grey “no touching” jersey, because he’s only just begun his comeback from a sprained MCL. But—but, but, but—he probably won’t be in grey for much longer. He didn’t take part in drills until the end, but he looked fast and nimble, and at least his coach thinks maybe Helm can be back for Game 1.

“Sure looked like he was ready to me,” Babcock said.

In fairness, Babcock tends to think players are ready if they’re upright. Helm sounded more cautious about Game 1 and more confident about being available for Friday’s Game 2.

“It’s still bugging me a little bit, the quickness, taking quick strides,” he said. “I didn’t really push it too hard, physically. No battle drills. So don’t really know where it’s at, there. But it definitely felt a lot better than the first day I skated.”

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added 2:38pm, Watch Mike Babcock below as he meets the media post-practice…

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Cleary Will Play With Pain

PK for GM.

via Craig Custance tweet,

Dan Cleary says he’s about 50 percent. Will play game 1 in Nashville.

via Ansar Khan tweet,

Cleary said he will play in opener. Will need pain killing injection before each game. Said he has tear in knee, bone on bone rubbing.

What do you think, is a Dan Cleary at 50% a better choice than any other player at 100%?

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ESPN Hockey Experts Pick Nashville

Paul for George.

12 NHL Experts at ESPN, 10 pick the Nashville Predators to win the series.

All the other series are predicted too.

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Nashville/Detroit Schedule

PK for GM

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Pick ‘Em

Paul in place of George today, but I did correspond with him Saturday night and he said he is feeling better.  Hopefully we will have George back by game 1.

Glancing at some of the hockey “experts” picks for the Nashville/Detroit series, so far the Predators are the overwhelming pick.

But as we all know, we too can be considered hockey experts, especially when ti comes to these two teams.  Heck, we watched more of the Wings than the experts and we certainly know how the Predators play, since they are coming out of the Central Division.

So with that in mind and using your head instead of your heart, who wins, Nashville or Detroit?

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Wings Lose In Shootout, Finish 5th In Western Conference

Paul here for George.

You know by now the Wings will travel to Nashville to open up the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Pavel Datsyuk salvaged a point for the Wings late in the 3rd period to send the game to OT and allowed the Wings to gain a point which assured them of the 5th seed.

I look at it this way, the point just saved the Wings at least 8 hours of travel time during the first round, so that should help a veteran team

Now, the Wings need to find their game or else the only flight they will be taking in the playoffs will be to Nashville.

Watch the Datsyuk goal plus the Wings’ first goal by Johan Franzen below…

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Wings Talk Grinding Offense

Paul for George…

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

After a seven-goal outburst against Columbus on March 26, the Red Wings have scored seven goals in five games. They have not scored more than two goals in any of those games.

“We haven’t scored a lot, but I also think it’s the time of year,’’ Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I don’t think there’s going to be (a lot of scoring) when you’re playing real good teams.

“I think we perceive ourselves (as) the mighty Red Wings. I think these other teams are trying, too, and have real good players. ... So I don’t think that (lack of offense) is a big surprise to us, (or) that they’re grinding-type games. I think that’s what you need to play to get ready for the playoffs.’‘

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In other news from today…

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Update Day

Paul here and I wanted to update you on George.

He is dealing with a few issues right now and as you saw he tried to come back yesterday but found it difficult to do so.

I don’t expect him back until sometime Wednesday or Thursday of next week at the earliest.

In the meantime, I will be doing the posts for him.  Of course they won’t be George-like but hopefully they will keep you informed.

The Wings are off today so really no news, but if you haven’t figured out all the possibilities for the Wings in round 1, Kahn breaks down all the scenarios for you.

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