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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Boston, which trailed Detroit by 12 points on March 4, suddenly is two points behind. And while the Red Wings need only stay ahead of the Ottawa Senators, who are five points back, to secure a playoff berth, finishing the season on an upswing and beating a nemesis team would provide a confidence boost.
"It doesn't matter how much we look back we have to look forward," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "Try to get energized and get back to playing the way we want to be playing. March has been a bit of a struggle for us. We have to find our legs again. Focus on the things we need to do and do them right."
The Bruins have won three in a row against the Red Wings after Detroit won the season open at home. Including last year's playoff series, Boston has won seven of its past eight against the Red Wings.
"They're a team that plays hard," Detroit's Justin Abdelkader said. "We know the positions in the standings. We know how important a game it is for us. It'll be fun, a good test."
FYI, George's ISP is having issues again so you have me until he returns.
via Ansar Khan tweets,
Zetterberg and Helm took maintenance days. They're good to go tomorrow.
Wings will know tomorrow the status of Datsyuk, Sheahan, Cole and Miller.
added 2:02pm, St. James has more from Miller...
via Ansar Khan tweets,
Drew Miller (facial lacerations) practice today with full face shield.
Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Helm and Cole not skating today. Sheahan is practicing.
Update: George here, and the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that Miller is skating...
Here's DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose's note regarding who's in charge...
In Babcock's absence (attending dad's funeral today), assistant coaches Granato, Hiller, Bedard are running #RedWings practice at The Joe.
And the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa confirms that there are players taking a maintenance day:
from Michael Niziolek of Mlive,
Coach Mike Babcock wasn't in the mood to take a negative tone about his team following a 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena.
The coach cut off a line of questioning about whether he was happy with his team's intensity at the start of the game.
"You guys when you're asking me these questions want to be negative more than me," Babcock said, before walking off. "I don't want to do that, so this is what I thought: I thought our team competed real hard. I thought they had more hands on deck than us and I thought they played faster than us. You guys have a good night."
Babcock used most of his postgame remarks to heap praise on a 33-save performance from Petr Mrazeck, a performance that earned the second-year goaltender a vote of confidence as Detroit's starter going forward.
The Red Wings lack of shots, and inability to clear Ottawa out of their zone was less of a concern to the coach than a decreasing number of healthy bodies.
Watch Babcock's post-gme comments below...
from the CP at TSN,
Detroit forward Drew Miller left early in the first period after being cut by Stone's skate. The Red Wings said Miller sustained two deep lacerations near his right eye, but his vision wasn't affected.
Coach Mike Babcock said Miller likely will have a "big-time scar" but should return Thursday.
more on the game last night...
If you missed the injury, you can watch it here.
added 8:44am, via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
"Millsie looks like he'll have a big-time scar, but he'll be back," coach Mike Babcock said. He wasn't sure if it would be as soon as Thursday, when the Wings host Boston.
added 11:29am, Below, a tweet from Ryan Miller...
[Edit: Written by George while my internet was out, sorry for the lack of clarification there, folks]
When you don't have an internet connection and you've been typing online in some way, shape or form since 1999, the concept of not typing during a Red Wings game seems as foreign as can possibly be, but that's where I found myself ahead of Tuesday night's game between the Wings and Senators.
To keep myself from going crazy, I decided to keep a “game diary.”
Obviously the first thing you think when you hear that Daniel Cleary and Stephen Weiss are BOTH in the lineup is, “OH SHIT.” If Pavel Datsyuk's still battling that “lower-body injury,” at this point in the season, all I want him to do is heal, and the same is true for Riley Sheahan, but the drop-off is just so immense...I mean Cleary is a glorified practice player getting $2.5 million to “be professional.” Weiss has at least registered about a point every other game, but he's also been as inconsistent as his ice time.
from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,
“We’ve consulted with the doctors and all that stuff,” said Cole, who has three goals and six points in 11 games since his March 1 trade from Dallas.
“I went and got some therapy from a guy that I’m familiar with in Toronto that I’ve worked with in the past on the weekend,” Cole added. “So I’m feeling really good, especially getting worked on Saturday, Sunday and having a little skate here yesterday and again here today with the guys. Probably a few more practices and get all my ducks in a row and I’ll feel a little bit better about everything.”
Asked if he thought Thursday’s home game against the Bruins is possible, Cole said, “I wouldn’t rule it out, hopefully. It’s just tough because there aren’t enough practices to be had this time of year.
“I feel good, close to 100 percent. I was off the ice for almost all of last week, so I need to get back on the ice and be skating and make sure my legs are good.”
more on the Wings...
From the Red Wings:
TED LINDSAY WISHES A VERY
HAPPY 87TH BIRTHDAY TO GORDIE HOWE
“I would like to wish Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, the greatest hockey player to ever play the game, a very Happy 87th Birthday. No one to this day can play the game with the same combination of toughness and skill that Gordie displayed for 25 years in a Red Wings uniform. He was a great teammate and I’m thrilled at the progress he’s made in his recovery. I wish him all the best as he continues his battle. Happy Birthday, Gordie!”
-Ted Lindsay, Mar. 31, 2015
Update: Via RedWingsFeed, Wayne Gretzky discussed Mr. Hockey as well:
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