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from chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
It’s all about winning games according to Wings coach Mike Babcock and therefore he’s turning to Jonas Gustavsson between the pipes Friday in New Jersey.
“Well, I mean we’ve got to win games and he’s doing that right now for us so the bottom line is he’s starting,” Babcock said. “We’re going to watch the game and he’s been real good for us.”
Gustavsson is 7-0-1 this season with a 2.15 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
“He’s found a way to get hit by pucks and we’ve found a way to win now I don’t know if it’s cause we’ve relaxed more on the road or I don’t know the answer to those questions I just know we’re in the winning business, we need points,” Babcock said.
Also, Helm not skating, waiting for an update.
Quotes via Anshar Khan of Mlive,
- “We didn’t do enough good things to win the game and it starts with specialty teams,’’ defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “We need to do a way better job on the power play. We had a lot of power plays in the second and we could not take advantage of it and they found a way on their PP to take advantage of their opportunities.’’
- “Our PK has been great all year and it’s been better and better but tonight for whatever reason we didn’t get it done,’’ Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader said. “Especially with the guys we have out now our specialty teams have to be really good and we have to protect those 3-1 leads.”
- Jimmy Howard allowed five goals on 33 shots in a performance coach Mike Babcock said he couldn’t immediately evaluate.
“I haven’t broken down the tape, so I got no idea,’’ Babcock said. “I just know when you give up as many goals as we did, it’s not a good thing.’’
- “There’s an opportunity for every one of these guys right here to lead, to grab a bigger piece and do their part,’’ Babcock said. “I thought Tatar was a factor in tonight’s game. To me that means you get more. If you’re not a factor, you get less; it’s real simple. So grab your piece while you got a chance.’’
The video is a little over four minutes long.
There are only three NHL games scheduled for tonight and a group of four writers from The Hockey News pick their best bets
The Hockey News Best Bets (with season record):
Ken Campbell, Senior Writer (9-6): Phoenix over Calgary
Ryan Kennedy, Associate Senior Writer (7-8): Detroit over Philadelphia
Adam Proteau, Writer/Columnist (9-6): Detroit over Philadelphia
Rory Boylen, THN.com Post-To-Post Blog Editor (8-7): Detroit over Philadelphia
So sit back and relax tonight, the Wings have this one wrapped up.
One of the most underrated players in the history of the game, Hockey Hall of Fame member Alex Delvecchio.
added 12:16pm, from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Wings coach Mike Babcock has decided to insert Stephen Weiss to replace Henrik Zetterberg on the line with Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings navigated through rough seas without Pavel Datsyuk, winning four consecutive games.
Now they must keep their heads above water without their two-best players, as Henrik Zetterberg is out at least two weeks with a herniated disc.
How will they manage? By continuing to get production from Johan Franzen, Daniel Alfredsson, Darren Helm, Gustav Nyquist and others.
“We are missing our two-best players; the good thing is we’re been playing a lot better lately and everyone is playing with a lot more confidence,” Franzen said. “So, hopefully we can ride this out without him.
“We’ve got so many lines going right now, so I think we’ll be fine.”
Wings have an optional skate this morning, Datsyuk and DeKeyser both participating.
from Bill Roose of the Wings' website,
It’s believed to be the first time in their careers that the Red Wings will be without both of the Euro Twins concurrently.
“It affects us, they’re good players, but other players are good players, too, so if you haven’t liked your share of the pie, grab some,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We’re a team, it’s a team sport. Are those guys important? No question. (Danny) DeKeyser’s a star for us as well. Those are three important pieces. We don’t have them. What are we going to do about it? Let’s get ready to play tomorrow. Philly doesn’t care if they’re playing or not.”
For years, Zetterberg has taken increased measures to protect the discs in his lower back through exercises meant to strength his core and stabilize the lumbar region. Now it’s a matter of rest to cool down the inflamed nerve.
“Once you have issues with your back you always will and you learn to live with it and play with it,” Zetterberg.said. “But at the same time you know when it’s worse than normal. That’s how it is right now.
“Sitting is the worst. I think anyone with back issues knows that.”
The pain resurfaced last week, Zetterberg said, but he managed to play through it before it became intolerable and he went for an MRI on Monday.
Plus, Datsyuk is not skating today.
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