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Red Wings-Coyotes game-day updates: no lineup changes for Detroit and a bit about EA’s ‘Cover Vote’

Updated 15x with a game-day video at 3:15 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will only "control their playoff fate" if they win each and every one of their four remaining games, including tonight's tangle with the Phoenix Coyotes (7:30 PM EDT, FSD/NBC Sports Network/TSN [take note, national broadcasts in both the U.S. and Canada = Center Ice/GameCenter Live blackouts yet again]/97.1 FM, and tonight is Team Tootoo night at the Joe), and at present, it appears that there are no surprises in the personnel department given the developments at the Wings' morning skate...

Well...

FYI, part 1:

FYI, part 2, from the Wings' Facebook page:

As part of Hockeytown Thanks Fan Appreciation Week, our partners at Fox Sports Detroit bring you a ticket deal for tonight's April in the D Nick Lidstrom t-shirt giveaway night.*

You can get a pair of upper bowl tickets for $40. Call 313.471.7575 or visit the JLA Box office.

*Nick Lidstrom April in the D t-shirts are available for the first 5,000 fans and can be picked up inside Joe Louis Arena at the following giveaway locations on the concourse: 106, 112, 124, East Doors

FYI, part 3, from the Grand Rapids Griffins:

The Griffins begin their playoff quest on Friday, April 28th when they begin a best-of-5 series against the Houston Aeros;.

Things get quiet after speedy morning skates, but that's to be expected at this time of year:

Here come the quotes:

No surprises here:

Angry Babs?

 


Also of Wings-related note this morning:

 

  • I didn't mention this in the overnight report, but USA Today's Mike Brehm notes that it's not out of the realm of possibility that the Wings could finish as high as seventh place in the Western Conference if they both win every game and receive a significant amount of help from the Minnesota Wild's opponents:

Eighth in the West: This is the biggest battle, with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes alive. The Wild's playoff position isn't safe. Though the Blue Jackets have a three-point edge in eighth place, they have two games left. The Red Wings have four, the Stars three and the Coyotes four. The Red Wings hold the key with games against the Coyotes and Stars.

 

  • EA Sports' NHL 2014 cover vote is going on right now, with voting as to which one of two possible players will represent the NHL's 30 teams slated to take place between today and Sunday, April 28th. Pavel Datsyuk and Jimmy Howard are the Wings' possible representatives.

The press release reads something like this, and the voting website's address is http://covervote.nhl.com/

The voting process will consist of two preliminary rounds, followed by a 16-player bracket as a field of 60 NHL players is narrowed down to one. The winning player will be revealed as the EA SPORTS NHL® 14 Cover Athlete during the 2013 Stanley Cup® Final*. Fans worldwide are encouraged to vote as often as possible at NHL.com/CoverVote to ensure their favorite player advances through the rounds.

This year fans can double their voting power by using these player specific hash tags on “Twitter Vote Thursdays.” Each player specific hashtag used on Twitter on Thursdays will be counted as two official votes. Fans can join the conversation about the cover vote every day by using #NHL14CoverVote on Twitter and Instagram. 

NHL 14 Cover Vote Schedule:

    · Round of 60 – April 22-28: Teammate vs. teammate. One representative from each team plus two wild card selections advance.**
    · 32-Player Leaderboard – April 29-May 5: Fans vote for their favorite 16 candidates; top 16 vote-getters advance.
    · 16-player Bracket – May 6 - May 26: Weekly round-by-round, single-elimination playoff bracket decides finalists.
    · The Finals – May 27- June 2: Winner takes the NHL 14 Cover.

 

  • And holy crap, if you think that any particular NHL team's goal horn and/or celebratory song is particularly offensive, check out the Halifax Mooseheads' clip of the noise and fury accompanying Martin Frk's double OT winner in Halifax's 5-4 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Sunday (Halifax leads its QMJHL Conference Final 2-0), per Yahoo Sports' Neate Sager:

Update: Via RedWingsFeed, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff posted a clip of Babcock's presser:

Update #1.5: The NHL's Game Day Blog states the obvious about the Wings' lineup for this evening:

When the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes take the ice Monday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN) at Joe Louis Arena, both teams will be desperate for two points.

The Red Wings enter the game ninth in the Western Conference, three points behind the eighth-place Columbus Blue Jackets. The Coyotes are 11th, five points behind the Blue Jackets.

The Red Wings will use just about the identical lineup they went with Saturday in their 2-1 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The only change is on the fourth line, where Patrick Eaves replaces Drew Miller. Miller is out with a broken right hand sustained during the game Saturday.

Here is how the Red Wings will look Monday:

Johan Franzen - Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader

Valtteri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Daniel Cleary

Gustav Nyquist - Joakim Andersson - Damien Brunner

Patrick Eaves - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey - Brendan Smith

Danny DeKeyser - Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

Injured: Todd Bertuzzi (back), Darren Helm (back), Drew Miller (hand), Mikael Samuelsson (pectoral)

Scratched: Brian Lashoff, Carlo Colaiacovo, Ian White, Jared Coreau

Update #2. ESPN's Scott Burnside offers a worrisome stat in discussing the Wings' situation in his power rankings...

18. Detroit [record] 20-16-8 Last Week: 14 The Wings have not won two in a row in almost a month. No wonder it's nervous time in Hockeytown while Detroit tries to keep its monumental playoff streak alive.

MLive's Ansar Khan and Brendan Savage's game-day debate isn't much of a debate as Khan thinks that the Wings can make the playoffs and Savage thinks they won't. Depending on the hour, my opinion certainly changes...

ANSAR KHAN: I was fairly confident the Red Wings would make the playoffs after they won back-to-back games at Anaheim and then beat Phoenix on March 25 for their fifth consecutive road win, as they appeared to have turned the corner.

But, they've gone 3-5-3 since, and are close to missing the playoffs at any time since 1990. They have squandered far too many points that were there for the taking. When all is said and done, the loss that might sting the most was last Thursday's 3-2 setback in Calgary, when Steve Begin scored on a couple of botched plays in the third period.

And while the Red Wings control their own destiny, it's asking too much of this team to win four games in a six nights when it hasn't won more than three in a row all season.

The key is Columbus' game at Dallas Thursday. The Red Wings need the Stars to win, preferably in regulation. That would enable Detroit to finish ahead of the Blue Jackets if the Red Wings earn at least five points, including one regulation/overtime win, which they should.

Couple that with a Stars' regulation loss either Tuesday in San Jose or Saturday at home vs. Detroit, and the Red Wings are in.

I think it's doable.

But there are some constants in this world:

Thank you, Al Sobotka, thank you.

Update #3: The Windsor Star's Bob Duff spoke to the Wings' players about the destiny-controling business:

“Essentially, it’s all up to us,” Detroit defenceman Jonathan Ericsson said. “If we win the rest of our games, we’re going to be in.”

Simple math proves that Ericsson is correct. Four wins would give Detroit 56 points. Columbus, currently holding the eighth seed with 51 points, has just two games remaining, and one of them is against the Dallas Stars, currently even with the Wings at 48 points. Detroit closes out its regular-season action Saturday at Dallas. The Stars have just three games remaining. If they lose to the Wings, the maximum points they could garner would be 52. The Coyotes, with 46 points, would need to sweep their final four games and get help from somebody else to earn a playoff spot.

At this point, the Wings still don’t require assistance if they take care of their own work.

“It’s nice to know we do (control their own destiny), but that doesn’t mean anything’s a given,” Wings forward Justin Abdelkader said. “We have to go out and get the job done. It’s not going to be easy.”

The reality is that Detroit must find some offence to make that happen. The Wings have scored only 10 goals in their last six games.

“Of course we’re trying to score goals, but the other night (Saturday’s 2-1 shootout loss to Vancouver), the puck didn’t really want to go in,” Ericsson said. “It bounced, we got a lot of rebounds but we just weren’t there at the right time to put them in and get those quick second chances. That was just one of those nights. But if we’re going to play like that the remaining four nights, I think we’ll be fine.”

Also:

Update #3.5: In the Coyotes' personnel department:

Update #4: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness also spoke to the Wings about the d-word...

“We still have to do the job out there,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “Sure we’re somewhat in an OK spot right now, but every point is huge. We have to find a way through it. I think enough talk has been done to be honest with you over the last week or so,” Kronwall added. “We all know the situation we’re in. We have to look at the opportunity we have. Right now we’re on the outside looking in, so we just have to make sure we have to take care of business.”

The Wings do control their own destiny and winning out would extend their record of postseason berths to 22.

“We have to do a lot better to get points on a nightly basis,” Kronwall said. “We’re in the standings where we’re at for a reason. We have to live in the now and make sure to find a way through it.”

Columbus has just two games left (at Dallas, Thursday; home against Nashville, Saturday), while the Wings three at home before ending the regular season on the road in Dallas on Saturday..

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“We have games in hand on all of them,” Abdelkader said. “We just have to take care of our business. You are what you are and your record shows how you played this year. Maybe we haven’t had fortunate breaks in overtime or shootouts or whatever, but that’s how it goes sometimes. We have to play well on our home ice and take care of business.”

The Wings, who have lost their last five games that have gone to a shootout, are also just 10-7-4 at home this season.

“Pressure means you’ve got a chance because if you didn’t have a chance, there would be none,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “The second thing is I think it’s fun to be in big games. Players tell you how hard they compete, how much drive train they have. To me those things come in front of skill this time of year. I’m excited to see what they do with it. We’ve been in a lot of battles,” Babcock continued. “Just finished a stretch with 14 road games, six home games and went back-and-forth five times out west. I think our club did pretty well at that time and yet we didn’t get enough points. We went .500 during that time, 8-8-4. We’ve got four games here, three at home, it’s an important stretch, but tonight is what it’s all about for us.”

And he gave Kronwall a "Quote of the Day" designation for the following:

Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall on their playoff hopes.

“We’re in the standings where we’re at for a reason,” Kronwall said. “We have to live in the now and make sure to find a way through it.”

Update #5: FYI:

Update #6: Via RedWingsFeed, here's MLive's Ansar Khan's game-day article, discussing the team's need to come out on the winning end of what they anticipate will be another low-scoring affair...

“I've liked a lot of our games of late. I don't think we've played poorly,'' Babcock said after Monday's morning skate at Joe Louis Arena. “The last poor game we had was on the trade deadline when we played Phoenix. We had poor effort that night. Other than that we've played well. And yet we got to find a way to get the second point. We can't get one point, we got to get two.''

The Coyotes are 6-2-4 in their last 12 games to stay in playoff contention.

“They are going to come out of the gate hard and they will play hard and play like it’s a playoff game, too,'' Detroit defenseman Jakub Kindl said.

The Red Wings, who often struggle in the first game back from the West Coast or Western Canada (0-3-1 this season), hope to carry over their effort from Saturday's 2-1 shootout loss at Vancouver, a game Detroit controlled but a game in which it couldn't bury its chances.

“We haven't scored like we'd like,'' Babcock said. “We have to get on the inside more. (Mike) Smith's a real good goaltender, handles the puck well, we got to keep it away from him and be hard on him.''

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The Red Wings have outshot the opposition 64-21 in their past five periods plus an overtime. But, they've made only three goals during that time against Mikka Kiprusoff and Cory Schneider.

“It's going to be a tight-checking game,'' Babcock said. “The faceoff circle is going to be important because they got two guys that are absolutely dominant in that area (Antoine Vermette and Boyd Gordon, both winning 58 percent of their draws). We're going to have to be mentally tough in that area. There's not going to be much room out there tonight, so it's going to be make or break on a few small plays in the game.''

And you might find this Wings-and-Canucks-assessment Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said to the Vancouver Sun's Iain MacIntyre to be somewhat fitting:

"In this city, no one is happy if we're not winning," Henrik said. "We know that. But there have been very few games this year where you know the fans and the media and the players are all happy. We try not to listen to the fans and media.

"If you look at Detroit and the team they have, they knew they were going to have to fight for a playoff spot. But everyone thinks they're having a terrible year. It's the same thing here. (That perception) is something we have to fight in here on a daily basis."

Update #7: The Red Wings website's Game Day Blog offers a historical note...

On This Day in Red Wings History...On April 22, 2007

Johan Franzen scores the double-overtime winner to top the Flames in Game 6 and advance the Wings to the Western Conference semifinals

And Ken Kal's Keys to the Game...

Block Out the Fatigue Factor - The first game back after a road trip is always tough on a team. Find the energy fast and come out of the gate hard.

Find Ways to Score - Detroit had 72 shots in their last 2 games, but only 3 goals to show for their effort. If they keep shooting the puck it will go in, but time is ticking away and they have to do it now.

Play with Urgency - This is the final week of the season. With Columbus winning last night, the Red Wings are 3 points out of the playoffs. Start playing playoff hockey now. Every shift counts. Win the battles and go in with the 'win or go home' mindset.

Per the Red Wings website's game notes, Dan O'Rourke and Kyle Rehman will referee tonight's game, and Scott Cherrey and David Brisebois will work the lines..

And, for whatever reason, the Wings' website posted a "Best of Games 17-31" video on Saturday evening:

On the Coyotes' side of the ice...

Update #8: The Free Press's Helene St. James filed her game-day update...

The Wings enter tonight's game in ninth place in the Western Conference. At 48 points, they are three behind eighth-place Columbus but still retain the tiebreaker with 18 ROWs (regulation or overtime wins) compared to 17 for Columbus. The Blue Jackets have just two games remaining: Thursday at Dallas and Saturday against the Predators.

The Dallas Stars also have 48 points, have 20 ROWs, and play at San Jose Tuesday before coming home for the Columbus game. The Wings and Stars meet in a season finale Saturday at Dallas.

The only change for the Wings tonight is up front, where Patrick Eaves replaces Drew Miller, who is out indefinitely with a broken hand.

"It's going to be a tight-checking game," coach Mike Babcock said. "The face-off circle is going to be important because they've got two guys that are dominant in that area. We're going to have to be mentally tough in that area and strong. There's not going to be much room. It's going to be make or break on a few small plays in the game."

The Wings want to carry over all the good things they did Saturday in Vancouver, plus score more.

"Everyone realizes enough talk has been done," Niklas Kronwall said. "We all know the situation we're in. We just have to bear down. We have to make sure we take care of business. We're in the standings where we are. We have to find our way through it."

And she posted a video of coach Babcock, Justin Abdelkader and Niklas Kronwall discussing the team's tasks at hand:

Update #9: The Coyotes' website posted Tippett's morning presser in Flash audio form, and the ever-charming Fox Sports Arizona broadcaster Tyson Nash Tweeted that he'll be on Yahoo Sports' Marek vs. Wyshynski broadcast this afternoon...

And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's filed his game-day article:

"It's a big game for them and it's a big one for us — it should be exciting," coach Mike Babcock said. "Games around the league are pretty competitive right now. I don't expect this to be anything different."

Monday night's game is the start of a three-game home stand (Los Angeles Wednesday, Nashville Thursday) before the Red Wings close out the regular season Saturday in Dallas.

This is a different set of circumstances for the Red Wings, who have made the playoffs 21 consecutive seasons. Making it 22 years in a row will take a little doing.

"There's been pressure all along, every game has been kind of a playoff game," forward Justin Abdelkader said. "We have games on them (Columbus has played two more games than the Red Wings), and it's nice to know, but it doesn't mean anything is a given. We have to get the job done and it's not going to be easy. We need a whole team effort."

Update #10: The Red Wings' website posted some morning skate quips and quotes...

“Essentially, it’s all up to us. If we win the rest of our games, we’re going to be in. It’s up to us.”- Jonathan Ericsson

“We just have to play hard… just play hard because we are in a race, they are in a race. They are going to come out of the gate hard and they will play hard and play like it’s a playoff game too. It’s going to be a very exciting match.”- Jakub Kindl

“It’s exciting times and everyone is huge, obviously. It’s fun hockey to play, it’s playoff hockey and it’s tight out there. Everyone knows what’s at stake and we want to be prepared, for sure.”- Gustav Nyquist

“It feels like it’s the playoffs right now. That’s the type of urgency it feels like. You have to win every game to stay in. That’s how it is for us right now. If we don’t win, we’re not going to be in.”- Jonathan Ericsson

“We all know the position we’re in and obviously as a hockey player you want to be in a position where you control your own destiny"- Justin Abdelkader

“We have games in hand on all of them…We just have to play well on our home ice and take care of business.”- Justin Abdelkader

“We still have to do the job out there. Sure we’re somewhat in an OK spot right now, but every point is huge. We have to find a way through it.”- Niklas Kronwall

Update #11: NHL.com's Dave Lozo's last "Super 16" power rankings do not include the Wings...

Michigan Hockey noted the Michigan connections to EA Sports' potential NHL 14 cover athletes;

And the Grand Rapids Griffins' Twitter account points us toward an article in which the Grand Rapids Business Journal's David Czurak reports that the Griffins earned a significant chunk of change thanks to their winning ways:

On the ice, the 17th season for the Grand Rapids Griffins was a good one: The team qualified for the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009.

It was a good season for the business office, too. The Griffins finished fourth in attendance in the 30-team league by drawing roughly 290,000 to its home games at Van Andel Arena. The club averaged more than 7,600 paying customers per game, topping much larger markets such as Houston, Milwaukee and hockey-crazed Toronto in ticket sales.

“We thought that midway through the season this team could be special. They’re a very good hockey team, well coached with veteran leadership and good character in the room. In early December, the team was in first place and has been there ever since,” said Tim Gortsema, Griffins senior vice president of business operations.

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That fit and a strong season, despite consistent player call-ups to the Wings, led to the attendance figure — and not just on weekends. Winning Wednesdays drew more than 5,000 to the arena this past year when 3,000 was the norm in previous seasons.

“Overall, it was great and was awesome on so many different fronts. In terms of the hockey team, we’ve had a good one that has been competitive all year. So that has been first and foremost. From a ticket-sales standpoint, any of our metrics, I would say, are up,” said Gortsema.

“Ticket sales are up probably 7 percent, corporate sales are up 7 or 8 percent. For the first time in the franchise’s history, we’ll do $1 million in group ticket sales, which is a phenomenal threshold to hit. This will be our third consecutive year of attendance increase and it’ll be six out of the last seven,” he added.“There is only one other team in the American Hockey League that has a better long-term trend line than us. So of the 30 teams in the AHL, Hershey (Pa.) will have an attendance increase this year, and that will be 10 out of 10 for them. After Hershey, we would be the next highest in consistent growth pattern.”

Gortsema said Friday home games probably were the best attended, with the highly popular $1 beer and $1 hot dog promotion from 6-8 p.m. leading the turnstile charge. Saturday games, which also were loaded with promotions, came in a close second. “It’s a weekend-driven league,” he said.

The beer and hot dog promotion will continue at all home playoff games, but the price will rise to $2. Playoff tickets also will go up by $1. It’s an increase the AHL mandates because the players get paid from gate receipts during the Calder Cup run.

Update #12: Yup:

Update #13: DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned a game preview:

PLAYER TO WATCH

C MARTIN HANZAL – The 6-foot-6 veteran center has one point in the last six games, however, Hanzal has a tremendous track record against the Red Wings. Over the last two seasons, Hanzal has scored at a rapid pace against Detroit, netting five goals for six points in five games against the Red Wings.

“He’s a big center who can skate and he’s strong on the puck,” Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl said. “He’s very strong down low, just good on the draws and strong. … You have box him out and not just let him go in front of the net that’s got to be our biggest focus.”

In his six NHL seasons, the Pisek, Czech Republic native has produced 10 goals and seven assists in 20 games against the Red Wings. Over the last two games, the Wings held Calgary and Vancouver to just 31 shots combined. Detroit will need another strong defensive effort, Kindl said.

“We have to play hard, especially the way we did in Vancouver,” he said. “We got to go into those areas where the puck is, going in those hard areas and just play hard because we are in a race, they are in a race. They are going to come out of the gate hard and they will play hard and play like it’s a playoff game too. It’s going to be a very exciting match.”

NUMEROLOGY

Season Series: 1-1-0

2011-12 Season Series: 3-2-0

All-Time Series Season: 63-40-22-3

Phoenix’s Season Record: 19-17-8

Top Scorer vs. Red Wings: Martin Hanzal – 5 Goals, 1 Assist in 5 Games.

Red Wings’ Top Scorer – Pavel Datsyuk – 1 Goal, 7 Assists in 6 Games.

Update #14: MLive's Brendan Savage offers more regarding EA Sports' NHL 14 Cover Vote:

Voting to select the cover boy of EA Sports NHL14 is underway and Detroit Red Wings Jimmy Howard and Pavel Datsyuk are among the canddiates.

Howard and Datsyuk will square off in the first two preliminary rounds of voting before the 60-player field is narrowed to a 16-player bracket. That field will determine the winner.

Howard and Datsyuk are in the Central Division field along with Chicago's Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp, Nashville Mike Fisher and Brandon Yip, Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky and Brandon Dubinsky, and St. Louis' Alex Pietrangelo and David Perron.

Datsyuk reached the quarterfinals a year ago before being eliminated by John Tavares of the New York Islanders. More than 25 million votes were cast last year.

Fans can also vote on Twitter, where all ballots cast on Thursday will count double.

Update #15: The Wings' website posted Ken Kal's game-day preview:

 

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Comments

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Why do they keep talking about all the games the Wings have to win?  Even Babs.

Win the next one.. then the next one.. but you really shouldn’t be wondering “what’s the highest seed we can get”.. they should be wondering IF they’ll even make it and start by focusing on the current game.  Then the next.

It would also help if they played 3 periods instead of worrying about their “mani-pedi’s” all through the first period.

Your nails are going to get dirty, girls.  The other team will hit you.  You’re a hockey player, get over it and start playing.. or you could always give back those contracts…..

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/22/13 at 10:49 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Just read his tweet.  Love how he says he’s talking about tonight, while saying a 21 year playoff streak is “impossible”

Sounds like resting on laurels to me.

Gotta tell you, Stevie and Nick did an amazing job, to never miss.  They specialized in impossible.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/22/13 at 10:51 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

The, “What’s the highest seed the Wings can get?” talk is something I avoided for a reason—I think the Wings have a hard enough task on their hands getting into the playoffs—so I just want to be clear that me mentioning it doesn’t mean that I subscribe to its implied line of thinking.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/22/13 at 10:57 AM ET

OnlyWings's avatar

Right now I think the Wings should be thinking about one shift at a time and winning every shift. 

Tough task at hand for sure, I will sit back and cheer every shift and see where the Wings end up after tonite.

Posted by OnlyWings on 04/22/13 at 11:08 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

The Babcock video the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff provided is very good. Babs wants to think, “In the moment and he hopes his players are in the same mindset.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/22/13 at 11:09 AM ET

OnlyWings's avatar

Yes Babs has probably been in the “In the moment” mindset for the last little while, which is good.

But it must be tough for the players especially when they are scoreboard watching along with their Fans.

A 4 Game Win Streak is not impossible!

Posted by OnlyWings on 04/22/13 at 11:15 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I hear you Geo, was ambiguous, about he QnA’s in general

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/22/13 at 11:15 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Posted by OnlyWings on 04/22/13 at 12:15 PM ET

Reminds me of a Blashill quote recently.  After being told about his player thoughts on clinching for the playoffs (A win that night would’ve clinched them)  Blashill said, “maybe I wasn’t clear before.  we’re worried about the game tonight.  Then the next game”

That’s a coach right there.  Babs is turning into a PR machine.  You know what he’s going to say before he even says it.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/22/13 at 11:18 AM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

t now I think the Wings should be thinking about one shift at a time and winning every shift

That should be the approach to every shift, every every period…. every game. I have not seen that level of effort/dedication from this team nor staff for awhile now. Sure there will be games where the guys are off, but the number of games with piss poor effort the last few years has been way too many.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/22/13 at 11:19 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Alright, I’m gonna stop flaming the comments.  I’m irritable today and still pissed about the Vancouver loss and the large probability, based on the stats so far this year, that we’ll likely not make the playoffs and everything we’ve done or haven’t to get us here.

As Cal would say, you all know what I think, so I’ll leave it at that for the day.

later ya’ll.

Go Winged Wheel!

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/22/13 at 11:20 AM ET

OnlyWings's avatar

Sure there will be games where the guys are off

Maybe there is a another way to put it.  Players cannot be off for these last 4 games. 

What happened in the past can be debated after the Wings last game.  I am trying to be positive and admit I agree with many comments about how the Wings got here.

Just Win 4!!!

 

 

 

Posted by OnlyWings on 04/22/13 at 11:32 AM ET

Primis's avatar

That’s a coach right there.  Babs is turning into a PR machine.  You know what he’s going to say before he even says it.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/22/13 at 12:18 PM ET

We’ve known what Babs would say before he said it for years now.  You can almost predict the guys that are “his guys” and that he sticks to before it even comes to pass.  He’s incredibly predictable.

Posted by Primis on 04/22/13 at 11:43 AM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Devils advocate for a second here…given what Babs has to work with in regards to PR stuff, would it be preferable to have him toss the guys under the bus every other night? You can only do that so many times before it wears thin on everyone.
He has to face the media and answer questions in a somewhat respectable manner, him pulling a Tortarella all the time would ge his ticket outta town.
That said, I don’t like hearing the same crap all the time, but I’d rather fix the problems on ice and the canned BS in the pressers would be gone too.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/22/13 at 12:01 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Are you asking me to keep posting on this, cause I was totally cool being done for the day.

I think some people need to be thrown under the bus.  I’d happily throw Fil under the bus.  3 points in 16 games of a 49 game season?  Going dry once the tough got going in the race to make the playoffs??  Toss that motherfucher.

How about even benching a player that doesn’t toe-the-line?  You wanna take an off night?  I’ll give you more off-nights then.  Pretty simple.

How about NOT feeding me a line that since St Louis was picked for the cup, and we played a close game with them, then that means we’re just about a Stanley Cup team.  I’d REALLY appreciate him not doing that shit.

He can quit calling Cleary a big body while he’s at it.

You see what I’m saying and see there’s more to an interview than either player throwing or cliche/bs to give you feel goods.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/22/13 at 12:12 PM ET

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I don’t expect Fil to be re-signed. Ditto for Cleary.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/22/13 at 12:26 PM ET

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Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/22/13 at 01:12 PM ET

I hear you and that comment wasn’t pointed your way… agree with most of what you are saying….
but there’s only so many times scathing pressers that have any value.
Ice time should be the motivator IMO, not a public scolding.
And as far as playing favorties with the roster, I got nothing.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/22/13 at 12:35 PM ET

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I don’t expect Fil to be re-signed. Ditto for Cleary.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/22/13 at 01:26 PM ET

I hope you’re right. I just keep hearing Ken Holland saying how much he likes the team and get the vurps.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/22/13 at 12:54 PM ET

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I hear you and that comment wasn’t pointed your way… agree with most of what you are saying….
but there’s only so many times scathing pressers that have any value.
Ice time should be the motivator IMO, not a public scolding. And as far as playing favorties with the roster, I got nothing.
Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/22/13 at 01:35 PM ET

Scotty Bowman was the master of that. Hell, he wouldn’t even call his players out behind closed doors, he’d just make them play D. Ain’t that right Mr. Fedorov?
LOL

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 04/22/13 at 12:56 PM ET

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The problem with not re-signing Filppula is that opens an extra spot to fill, and depending on how smart he and his agent are, whether it’s possible to get someone who can score as much at a better price. With the cap going down, getting a scorer will be nearly impossible without blowing up the team.

Posted by bleep bloop on 04/22/13 at 02:21 PM ET

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With the cap going down, getting a scorer will be nearly impossible without blowing up the team.

Maybe (except no, but for the sake of argument, “maybe”), but it has nothing to do with re-signing Filppula since he doesn’t fill the need of “scorer”.

Posted by Garth on 04/22/13 at 02:47 PM ET

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