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The Wings had an optional skate today and I believe Z, Datsyuk, Kronwall and Flip passed on the skate.
No reports of anyone suffering from the flu or any injuries that popped-up in the last 24 hours, so it looks as if the Wings will go with what got them in the playoffs.
Best quote from after practice goes to Babcock...
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
"Bruce is probably the only guy who thinks he knows how it's going to go," Souray said. "He told us two weeks ago we were probably going to play Detroit, by his calculations.
"We've got a Nostradamus on our hands. That's the beauty of the playoffs. Anything can happen."
Try telling that to those in the prediction business.
"Have you listened to the media the last couple of days?" asked Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. "We are not the favorite, trust me. It's the same story as the whole season. We're prepared for that."
Said Boudreau: "They're the hottest team coming in. It's very similar to what L.A. was doing last year. They're the guys with the experience that have been there before. Of course, people are going to think [the Red Wings] are going to win."
Babcock seems a little more relaxed than usual today and I actually laughed at his remarks about the travel between Ottawa and Montreal near the end of this five minute video.
If you want more interviews, check out this page at the Wings website.
added 8:51pm, Boy, feeling a little bit like Malik, adding to a post but this one is good.
Helene St. James fo the Detroit Free Press talked with Darren Helm after he skated today. Watch the video below...
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
After the loss of Nicklaus Lidstrom (retirement) and Brad Stuart (trade), coupled with their inability to sign a top notch defenseman this offseason and the injuries they faced at the start, the Wings patched things together to where now the blue line is one of their strengths.
“We’ve really improved drastically in that area, probably the most improved part of our team,” said Wings coach Mike Babcock, whose squad faces Anaheim in the first round of the playoff Tuesday night. “With (Jimmy Howard) playing the way he is and the D able to get the puck going, we’re spending a lot less time in our zone. That allows you to be much better up front.”
And everything seemed to come together on the blue line when Detroit was able to land Danny DeKeyser.
Some of the Anaheim Ducks players and Bruce Boudreau talk about facing the Wings.
Paul here again while George continues to battle an illness.
Nothing to report from practice although I am sure there will be the customary "what do you think about tomorrow's game" questions.
If anything major pops up, I will post but for now, check out the battle scars Nyquist received from the high-stick in the Dallas game.
Jim Nill, the new GM in Dallas, discusses his philosophy on building a team, with a few Red Wings references.
Odds provided by Bovada.
Odds to win the 2013 NHL Western Conference
Chicago Blackhawks 7/4
Anaheim Ducks 11/2
Vancouver Canucks 13/2
St. Louis Blues 7/1
Los Angeles Kings 15/2
San Jose Sharks 8/1
Minnesota Wild 10/1
Detroit Red Wings 14/1
from Doug Harrison of CBC,
The Red Wings are expected to promote Ryan Martin, the current assistant GM of hockey administration for the Red Wings, to take over for Nill, a married father of two daughters and one son.
“I’m looking for somebody like Jim Nill,” said Holland when asked what his search for Nill’s successor would involve. “It’s experiences, work ethic, knowledge and gut instincts. It’s having a plan.
read on for more on Jim Nill leaving the organization with more quotes from Holland...
from Bill Roose of DetrotRedWings.com,
Brendan Smith has no Stanley Cup playoff experience. The same goes for defensive partners Jakub Kindl andDanny DeKeyser.
Though their lack of postseason participation certainly sends a red flag to some, their inexperience isn’t much of a concern for the Red Wings on the eve of Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals series against the Anaheim Ducks.
“We’ve really improved drastically in that area, probably the most improved part of our team,” coach Mike Babcock said. “With Howie playing the way he and the D able to get the puck going, we’re spending a lot less time in our zone. That allows you to be much better up front.”
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