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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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MurrayChadwick's avatar

“I think it’s too early to tell,” Ericsson said when asked if he could return sometime in the first round of the playoffs.

No B52?  Oh boy on two fronts. 1 that I’m bemoning the loss of Ericson, my how far has our d fallen, but 2 this was not news we could afford to hear.

Having old Brendan toss’er blind up the ice Smith on the top pair, and Jakub twirl-a-turnover Kindl in the lineup widens the defensive disadvantage we already have.

Hopefully Jimmy’s ready to earn his meal ticket, or he’ll be served.


Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 04/16/14 at 02:49 PM ET


but 2 this was not news we could afford to hear.

It’s not news at all.

Posted by Garth on 04/16/14 at 03:20 PM ET

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Brendan Smith has played fantastic of late and is frankly a big part of why we made the playoffs. People continue to rip our D, but the first half of the season they kept us in it while the offense and Jimmy sputtered and they have really bared down since Ericsson went down.

Kronner and DDK have been our best, but both Quincey and Smith have taken their games to entirely new levels since the Olympics. And Lash has been consistent as usual.

Kindl is the only guy on the D that, at least in my opinion, has taken a step backward this season… after taking a big step forward last year. I’m not sure what the team will do with him. This playoff will go a long way in determining if he is going to stick next year, especially with 3-4 NHL ready guys on the Griffs breathing down his neck. 

But all in all, our D really hasn’t been the weakness this year it was predicted to be. Despite the production of the kids and Datsyuks return, I’m actually a bit more concerned with how often we are going to beat Rask. I know we had some good fortune against him in the regular season, and hopefully that’s creeping in his head somewhere, but he’s still a damn good goalie.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/16/14 at 03:30 PM ET

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Funny, I’m in the middle.  I don’t see Ericsson being out as either a surprise nor a huge blow.  He hasn’t been all that solid this season, though I would take him over guys like Kindl, Lash and KFQ. 

Overall our defense has been average.  Part of that is the players aren’t all that exceptional, part is the forwards were a little sloppy in front of them and part is Howie has been sloppy behind them. 

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 04/16/14 at 08:17 PM ET

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