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Wings’ Morning Skate In Columbus

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Bertuzzi, who missed last game with flu, not skating in Columbus. Jurco, out with broken rib since March 11, is skating.

Callahan skating on line with Helm and Andersson.

Other lines: Franzen-Legwand-Alfredsson, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Miller-Glendening-Emmerton.

added 11:48am, again from Khan,

Power play: Franzen-Nyquist-Andersson (net front), Kronwall-Alfredsson (points); Tatar-Legwand-Sheahan (net front), DeKeyser-Kindl (points).

added 12:02pm, via Khan,

Babcock said Bertuzzi is playing tonight's he said the plan is to play Callahan, but didn't commit to it.

added 12:36pm, Bill Roose tweet,

Holland said the #RedWings have reassigned Emmerton to Grand Rapids. Means Bertuzzi and Callahan will be in lineup tonight.

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Thanks Paul!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 03/25/14 at 11:45 AM ET

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Babcock said Bertuzzi is playing tonight’s he said the plan is to play Callahan, but didn’t commit to it.

Say what?

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/25/14 at 12:16 PM ET

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Babcock said Bertuzzi is playing tonight’s he said the plan is to play Callahan, but didn’t commit to it.

Say what?

They plan to put in Callahan, but someone other than Bert would rest?  Hmmm.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/25/14 at 12:19 PM ET

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The only option I see sitting is Emmerton, unless someone is hu…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/25/14 at 12:22 PM ET

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Jurco tells gathered media he wants to play Thursday.  Today was the first day he skated since rib injury.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/25/14 at 12:25 PM ET

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The only option I see sitting is Emmerton

Andersson?  He seems to be skating in what would be Bert’s PP role…

Posted by Garth on 03/25/14 at 12:33 PM ET

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Jurco tells gathered media he wants to play Thursday.  Today was the first day he skated since rib injury.

Now Callahan, Helm, Jurco is a line I can get behind.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/25/14 at 12:38 PM ET

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Added to the post, Emmerton to GR.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/25/14 at 12:38 PM ET

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I love Tommy Jurco.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/25/14 at 12:40 PM ET

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Browsing all different fan forums, I do not think there is a DRW prospect whose name was mentioned more than Callahan this year (Jarnkrok is close second, but only because of the trade), so let’s see what he’s got.

Posted by VPalmer on 03/25/14 at 02:10 PM ET

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Kindl on PP….......*smacks forehead*  He couldnt hold a puck in at the blue line if his life depended on it. He sure has gone downhill fast.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/25/14 at 02:11 PM ET

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Now Callahan, Helm, Jurco is a line I can get behind.

I also like the sound of that line!!!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/25/14 at 02:13 PM ET

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Or even

Callahan skating on line with Helm and Andersson.

Sounds interesting!!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/25/14 at 02:14 PM ET

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Kindl on PP….......*smacks forehead*  He couldnt hold a puck in at the blue line if his life depended on it. He sure has gone downhill fast.

I still cannot understand why Smith is not getting any PP time. He was given 1 PP shift because if Kronwall’s injury on Saturday and he scored, so he is 1 for 1 on a PP. Obviously it does not matter that he scored, but what matters is he is the second most offensively skilled dman on the roster and has a good shot from the blue line.

Posted by VPalmer on 03/25/14 at 02:21 PM ET

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I still cannot understand why Smith is not getting any PP time.

1) He’s a defensive liability
2) He actually is the third most “offensively skilled dman”, if we are going off statistics.
3) Moving the puck is not a strong skill of his. 

We’ve gone through this before.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/25/14 at 02:36 PM ET

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quote]1) He’s a defensive liability

And Tatar, Pulkinen, Sammy and even Alfy are not defensive liabilities playing the point? Smith is the safest bet there not to allow a shorthanded goal. He has enough speed to recover even if he makes a mistake there.

2) He actually is the third most “offensively skilled dman”, if we are going off statistics.
You do not need statistics to see that Smith has more offensive potential than any d-man on this team not named Kronwall (who by the way is just average on a PP imo). If Smith was getting DeKeyser’s PP time, he would have more point also.

Posted by VPalmer on 03/25/14 at 03:17 PM ET

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Posted by VPalmer on 03/25/14 at 03:17 PM ET

Why are you talking about Samuelson? 

Tatar, Pulkkinen, and Alfy are goal scorers.  Besides, Pulkkinen and Alfy are right-hand shots. 

Smith may have more offensive POTENTIAL, as you say, but no one cares about potential when we are on the verge of missing the playoffs.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/25/14 at 03:32 PM ET

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Kindl on PP….......*smacks forehead*  He couldnt hold a puck in at the blue line if his life depended on it. He sure has gone downhill fast.

Well, without numbers in front of me, I’d bet that he gets shots through to the net better than Kronner and E, for sure. I don’t think he’s as bad at the line as you, either.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/25/14 at 03:54 PM ET

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Why are you talking about Samuelson?

Because Samuelsson has spend much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much more time playing the point on the PP this year than Smith has.

Smith may have more offensive POTENTIAL, as you say, but no one cares about potential when we are on the verge of missing the playoffs.

Well, comparing him to Alfredsson, Smith has one PP goal playing an average of 0:08per game on the PP and Alfredsson has four PP goals playing an average of 3:22 seconds per game on the PP.  That means Alfredsson’s got 4x as many goals while spending 25x as much time on the PP.

What’s the reason for playing Alfredsson on the PP over Smith?  You know, besides the complete intangible of Alfredsson being a righty and Smith being a left.

Seems like if we’re on the verge of missing the playoffs and looking for scoing on the PP, it might be a good idea to play Smith.  Or at the very least “we need scoring” isn’t a reason not to play him.

Posted by Garth on 03/25/14 at 04:12 PM ET

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OK, for some reason, Garth answered for me, but I agree with that whole post:). I know Babs loves right handed shot on a PP and if it comes from a forward, even better. The fact is that our PP has not been working for 3 years in a row now, so maybe it’s time to try something different and not put a forward on a PP if that does not bring any results.
I am OK with Alfy because he has a good shot from a blue line, but Pulk, Sammy and Tatar do not. They have a good shot from the hash marks, that’s where they have to be used, not at the point.
To be fair, I liked the way our PP looked in the last 3 games, it finally became a little more creative with some movement down low and not just relying on a shot from a blue line that is usually blocked (note to Babcock - Kronwall is not Lidstrom and Bert is not Holmstrom; the structure that worked with Lids/Holm does not work with Kronwall/Bert). The problem still remains that the second unit cannot enter the zone half of the time and Smith will be a tremendous help there.

Posted by VPalmer on 03/25/14 at 04:25 PM ET

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I love Tommy Jurco.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/25/14 at 12:40 PM ET

You’re drooling.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/25/14 at 04:27 PM ET

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You’re drooling.

Sorry about that…

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/25/14 at 04:59 PM ET

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Smith has one PP goal playing an average of 0:08per game on the PP

Wow what a convincingly large sample size.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/25/14 at 08:00 PM ET

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