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Talk Before The Puck Drops Tonight

Coach Mike Babcock isn't overly concerned about having a lot of young guys in the lineup as the Wings face elimination, just because the Wings have changed so much this season overall. The biggest emphasis, he said after the morning skate, is to start well.

Babcock relayed a discussion he had with young defenseman Brendan Smith during Wednesday's game in Anaheim.

"I explained to one of our guys, one of kids, that's it kind of like a lawnmower," Babcock said. "You choke it and you start it, and it's revving for a few minutes to get going.

"We don't need to be a lawnmower. We need to get that done in warm-up. We need to be idling just perfect."

Ditto from the other side: "We all know this is going to be the most difficult," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "If we're not at our peak best, we're not going have success."

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Don’t be a lawnmower. I like it.

Posted by Diggler from Marquette, MI on 05/10/13 at 12:49 PM ET

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I guess he’s had a lot of opportunities to come up with that analogy the way they’ve started so many games.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 05/10/13 at 02:00 PM ET

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Interesting analogy for sure. Kinda confused why he’s sitting Eaves tonight though. Would of liked to have eaves and tootoo in and Cleary and Sammy sit.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 05/10/13 at 02:34 PM ET

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Hit the ice running.  Get the first goal.  But mostly, just win.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 05/10/13 at 02:40 PM ET

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Interesting analogy for sure. Kinda confused why he’s sitting Eaves tonight though. Would of liked to have eaves and tootoo in and Cleary and Sammy sit.

Posted by topshelf14 from Hockeytown, USA on 05/10/13 at 02:34 PM ET

Goal scoring is a substantial problem and there will probably won’t be any spike from the top lines, so maybe Sammy and Bert can overmatch their fourth line. Eaves and Tootoo together probably would not generate many chances although they are energetic.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 05/10/13 at 03:15 PM ET

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