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Paul here and I wanted to update you on George.
He is dealing with a few issues right now and as you saw he tried to come back yesterday but found it difficult to do so.
I don’t expect him back until sometime Wednesday or Thursday of next week at the earliest.
In the meantime, I will be doing the posts for him. Of course they won’t be George-like but hopefully they will keep you informed.
The Wings are off today so really no news, but if you haven’t figured out all the possibilities for the Wings in round 1, Kahn breaks down all the scenarios for you.
Paul for George…
Saturday breaks down like this… Nashville gets one point in Colorado, they are the 4th seed, Wings get two points and Nashville losses in regulation, Wings get 4th seedn, Nashville 5th. Chicago beats Detroit in regulation, Chicago finishes 5th, Wings 6th.
Wings and Chicago are tied in ROW and 2nd tie-breaker is head to head points, and Chicago would win that.
According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Red Wings have officially signed Riley Sheahan to a 3-year, entry-level contract, and they summoned the power forward to Detroit for the move, but that doesn’t mean he’ll play against the New Jersey Devils tonight (7:30 PM EDT, FSD/MSG/97.1 FM)...
“I’m not going to take a look at him,’’ [Wings coach Mike] Babcock said. “ I’d love to put him in the lineup. I always like to put big people in the lineup. And he looks like he’s going to be able to play. He’s going to decide with his play over time, how soon that’s going to be. If he’s a regular every day Red Wing, or a just guy who plays in exhibition and ends up in Grand Rapids, I don’t know the answer to those questions.’‘
And Khan reports that both Jimmy Howard will start tonight opposite Martin Brodeur (per the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti), and that Kyle Quincey will rotate back into the lineup after serving a one-game suspension…
Paul for George, Ringo and John.
After the Blues scored two goals in three minutes in the 3rd period to go up 2-0, did you at least dream of the Wings scoring two in two and a half minutes to tie the game?
From then on, the Wings dominated the game and maybe, just maybe, Franzen is “hot” again.
Let’s start of with Franzen’s goals and the hit from Kronwall on Reaves.
Watch all of those videos below along with any other highlights that will be added soon.
added 10:39pm, Watch Bertuzzi’s shootout winner below…
added 10:42pm, Game highlights now added… 10:45pm Game analysis added from NHL Tonight… 11:00pm Ryan Reaves hit on Brad Stuart now added to the videos below… 11:21pm video of the Franzen/Backes fracas added…
Paul for George tonight….
It was a Jiri “Happy” Hudler day.
Hudler tied the score at one early in the 3rd period, then scored the shootout goal that allowed the Wings to defeat the Florida Panthers 2-1.
I will update with a few more highlights and here is Hudler’s (25th of the season) game tying goal.
added 7:40pm, One day, you just know Datsyuk will connect on his over the net pass…
J.J. and the gang over at Winging it in Motown are teaming up with readers to send well-wishes and more to injured Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves, who is going to miss the remainder of the season with a concussion. As such, SlapShotGoal has a plan regarding sending messages of support, and perhaps more, in Eaves’ direction:
My favorite TV show of all time, the Liam Lynch sock puppet spectacular that was Sifl n Olly, had a fake infomercial skit, and the tagline for Precious Roy’s cheap product of the night was, “Well, you know the problems I’ve had with X” by Sifl, answered with, “Yeah, you’ve got some serious-ass X problems!” from Olly.
The Detroit Red Wings ended a lost month’s worth of baffling March losses by allowing the Nashville Predators to walk into Joe Louis Arena and emerge with a 4-1 victory and “home-ice advantage”
in the Central Division for a simple reason:
Paul for George who is improving.
The beat writers report from the morning skate that Jimmy Howard will start tonight.
added 11:43am, Quincey is a healthy scratch.
added 12:21pm, via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Goaltender Jimmy Howard is returning to lead the Detroit Red Wings in goal with five games remaining before the playoffs.
The Wings host the Predators at 7:30 tonight Howard hasn’t played since re-aggravating a groin injury March 19 against Washington, but coach Mike Babcock decided he’s the best man for the job as the Wings look to pad their one-point lead on fourth place in the Western Conference.
“Everything seems to be OK,” Babcock said. “He says he’s feeling good about himself, so obviously, we’d like to get him going.”
Babcock is making one other change to tonight’s lineup, as he’s pulling defenseman Kyle Quincey, whom the Wings acquired a week before the trade deadline, and inserting reserve d-man Jakub Kindl. Quincey hasn’t had a particularly slick transition since joining the Wings a month ago, but Babcock made a point of saying nothing should be read into this decision other than that he wants everyone to play before the playoffs.
“We have seven D,” Babcock said. “We believe we really have depth on D. I told the D before the Columbus game we’re going to have a rotation. I wouldn’t spend a whole lot of time worrying about that. That’s just what I decided to do. I thought Kuba’s played great his last five or six games. So you’ll see a different guy out next guy.”
added 12:45pm, from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Paul in for George…
Well, the coach may have a change of heart…
Coach Mike Babcock is reconsidering who he’s going to start in net Friday when the Detroit Red Wings host the Nashville Predators in a game likely to determine who’ll finish fourth in the Western Conference.
Babcock had decided on backup Ty Conklin as of Tuesday, but Howard is ready to return from a groin injury, and he’s got to play at some point. Babcock’s original thinking was that he didn’t want to put Howard in against the Predators because he hasn’t played since March 19, but on the other hand, Friday’s game is huge.
“I’m a big believer in having a guy ready before he get’s into a situation like this,” Babcock said after practice today. He planned to talk the matter over with goalie coach Jim Bedard and then make a decision Friday morning.
This via Helene St. James of the Freep where you can read more on the game.
What do you think?
Instead of going into Nashville on Friday with a 3 point lead on the Predators, the Wings will now face them with a 1 point lead with each team having 5 games remaining.
Will the loss tonight come back and haunt them or will the Wings find a way to win on Friday.
Either way, Detroit fans can’t be happy with the way the Wings played tonight.
So let your feelings be known below.
Oh yes, this is Paul filling in for George who plans to return tomorrow sometime.
I am not even going to post any highlights for two reasons, I am pretty fried right now and I need content to post.
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