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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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Although a lot of experts are taking Nashville in this series, I think Detroit is the better team all around.  If Detroit can stay out of the penalty box and avoid facing Nashville’s power play, which ended the season at #1 in the league, they’ll be able to control the play and spend a lot of time in Nashville’s zone with a lot of opportunities to crack Rinne.  The Preds give up a lot of shots, and the Wings have averaged even more shots per game, and with the kind of passing that the Wings are capable of I think it will be too much for Rinne to steal the series.

Posted by Mike from NHL Ranks on 04/10/12 at 01:20 PM ET

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What’s a moderately size team to do?

What an odd question.  Would a larger team have an easier time trying to score on a big goalie?

If Detroit can stay out of the penalty box

And if they can somehow keep Nashville out of the penalty box in order to avoid giving up short-handed goals…

Posted by Garth on 04/10/12 at 01:32 PM ET

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I’m not confident Detroit will take this series, but I think we’ve heard this before in Bryzgalov

Posted by T on 04/10/12 at 01:45 PM ET

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I don’t think the problem is beating Rinne, I think the problem is generating actual GOOD shots, not stupid blasts from the point that are low-percentage.  Yes, that’s still a large problem… I’m still tired of having the puck at the circle in a decent angle and position to shoot, and instead dumping it back for a point shot that inevitably gets knocked down or misses entirely.

Posted by Primis on 04/10/12 at 01:48 PM ET

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Puck is so small. You have chance to put something between something.

Said as only Pavel could.

Johan Franzen said. “...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.

And all too often, he doesn’t even have that – if you know what I mean.

And if they can somehow keep Nashville out of the penalty box in order to avoid giving up short-handed goals…

All too true. But, ouch, Garth, that’s just mean. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/10/12 at 01:52 PM ET

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All I know is the Wings don’t have a good history this season when they spend their press time building up the other team.  They tend to make their compliments come true.  Lets hope its just smoke and mirrors this time around.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/10/12 at 02:18 PM ET

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Can the Preds beat Howie, is better title!

Rinne is not in the top 10 of any Goalie Stats except Games Played 73 - Too many? And Wins.

Whereas Howard has better Stats in all other categories!

Wings in 6!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/10/12 at 03:15 PM ET

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If the Red Wings don’t start thinking Rinne is unbeatable and keep passing up scoring chances to try to get the perfect play (something I’ve noticed Zetterberg doing the past few games), then he is beatable. If they keep shooting themselves in the feet trying to beat him, a (possibly deflated) blowup doll would be unbeatable.

Posted by bleep bloop on 04/10/12 at 11:46 PM ET

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73 games.  The boy will soon be wore out.  Hopefully really soon.

Posted by cementslinger from Midland MI on 04/11/12 at 08:34 AM ET

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