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A Mismatch In Boston

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Detroit coach Mike Babcock and the rest of the Wings braintrust brought a pretty loaded training camp roster with them to Boston: Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader led the parade of NHL players that were in the lineup. That was in sharp contract to a Bruins lineup that included 19-year-old Malcolm Subban in his first NHL starting spot along with such immortals as Rob Flick, Craig Cunningham and Nick Johnson among others.

Needless to say Babcock felt like he saw the 8-2 final score coming when he looked at the players suiting up for both teams, and didn’t feel like his Wings got much accomplished in spite of the landslide victory.

“They got a young kid in net. It didn’t go the way [Subban] wanted. The other thing is, Claude [Julien] chose the lineup tonight. I brought more than he had in the lineup. He had no [Patrice] Bergeron’s line. He had no [Chris] Kelly’s line,” said Babcock. “To be honest with you, I’d rather the score be 4-2 and it was a regular game, right? Things got away on the young guy. One of the things as a young player in this league, you get lessons. That was a lesson night tonight.”

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w2j2's avatar

Give credit to Babs for telling it like it is.

Posted by w2j2 on 09/20/13 at 10:00 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Even aside from personnel, I never got the impression Boston’s few regulars in the lineup did much aside form go through the motions.

Posted by Primis on 09/20/13 at 11:51 AM ET

Crater's avatar

I would argue that it’s best to have some killer landslides like this. Get a good matchup so you can get everyone’s confidence up before the season starts. Then just ride that wave into the season.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 09/20/13 at 11:52 AM ET

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