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by Paul on 04/16/14 at 02:23 PM ET
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“It was a lot of specialty teams today, that was our plan,” Babcock said. “We knew coming in we were going to grind yesterday and do a lot of team stuff and then the heavy lifting yesterday, the specialty teams today, and we’ll have a little more tempo and special teams tomorrow.”
He’s glad the series starts later the other seven first-round matchups.
“We needed the time, we need to freshen up some people,” Babcock said. “We had ground hard to get in. When (the Bruins) were in here (April 2) they gave guys days off and we couldn’t give anybody days off.
“The other thing about it is when you’re the lower seed, the more detailed you can be, the better off you can be. And so preparation time has been great for us. Ideally it will be an equalizer and give us an opportunity to really compete.”
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Jonathan Ericsson will skate on his own Thursday for the first time since having successful surgery to stabilize his fractured finger and repair a partially torn tendon on March 19.
“We’ll see how that goes,” Ericsson said. “It’s been almost four weeks now.”
He still won’t be able to handle the puck due to the splint on his left hand.
“I think it’s too early to tell,” Ericsson said when asked if he could return sometime in the first round of the playoffs.
Dana Wakiji with some tweets,
Glendening: It's an exciting time of year and this is what you play for, this is what you dream of as a little kid.
DeKeyser: If we could take 3 wins w/us into the series it would be great, but we can’t. Those are thrown out. The 1st to 4 wins.
Jurco: I'm really excited for it.It's gonna be a big night for all the tm but especially for us, 1st time playing in the playoffs.
Jurco: It's huge to have Pavel in the lineup, 1 of the best players in the world. It's great for us young guys to look up to him.
Jurco: I used to watch all that stuff on Youtube & now I'm watching it from the 1st row on the bench.It's crazy what (Pav) can do.
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