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by George Malik on 04/10/12 at 01:03 PM ET
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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