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My apologies for the absence over the past 24 hours and change...I have sympathy for the Boston Bruins for the first and only time this year thanks to the fact that I've been battling a stomach bug over the last ten days, so in that respect, I understand why some of their players weren't at full strength.
I'll catch up over the next day or two--to the point that, should you want me to write a traditional wrap-up of Saturday's season-ending loss, I'm more than willing to put in the 5 hours of work--and the next week or so will still yield Wings articles on a daily basis, so fear not, we'll be talking about the Wings for a while yet.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings are in the process of determining whether Pavel Datsyuk needs surgery to remove possible dead tissue in his left knee, or whether a summer of rehabilitation will suffice.
Datsyuk dealt with the knee issue the second half of the season, missing 30-of-34 games following the Jan. 1 Winter Classic. Despite playing at less than 100 percent in the playoffs against Boston, Datsyuk was Detroit’s best player, scoring three of his team’s six goals in the five-game series.
“It has to be determined whether four months off and a commitment to the gym will give him the power and the quickness we’re used to,” general manager Ken Holland said. “It’s between the doctor and Pav. A lot depends on what Pav wants to do. He doesn’t seem to feel he has the power.”
Holland called it minor surgery, but said it takes three months to heal. So a decision likely needs to be made within a month.
The Detroit Red Wings lost a 4-2 decision to the Boston Bruins on Saturday, and the Wings will likely return to Joe Louis Arena to clean out their lockers on Monday, with some of the Wings (as the Windsor Star's Bob Duff noted, Sheahan, Jurco and Ouellet) heading to Grand Rapids, and others (like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and perhaps Jonas Gustavsson) heading to Belarus to take part in the World Championships in May...
It is no secret that the Detroit Red Wings relied heavily on their Youth Corp to get the team into their 23rd straight post season; but where did they go?
ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia – The defending Calder Cup champions never played overtime during their 2013 playoff run, but they more than made up for it during Friday’s record-setting playoff opener in Abbotsford, as the Grand Rapids Griffins rode a historic 55-save performance by Petr Mrazek to a 2-1 double overtime win against the Heat.
Ryan Sproul ended the marathon at 19:26 of the fifth period when his long shot from the right boards deflected past Abbotsford netminder and fellow AHL All-Rookie Team member Joni Ortio, ending the third-longest game in franchise history and giving the Griffins the upper hand in their best-of-five conference quarterfinal series.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Babcock began his presser today by revealing that Jonas Gustavsson will start again in Game 5, because Jimmy Howard is weakened by the flu. After that, it was a Franzen fiesta. Babcock made a point of noting that Franzen is "a real good person, real good man and real good family man, tries to be a real good teammate."
Then came the good stuff.
"Sometimes he doesn't handle, probably, you people as well as he should to help himself — to me, if you just step right up and you just talk, it makes it easy. When you don't, things build, and I think that puts more pressure on yourself. I don't know why you'd do that, as a human being.
"It's no different than companies — you see this every day in business. You have a meeting, no one says anything. You walk out the door, you talk behind each other's back. If you just call each other out and have the hard meeting, then everyone would leave, and we'd get on with progress. Have the hard interview and get on with it. Make it easier on yourself. He's a man, he's got to deal with that himself."
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Wings coach Mike Babcock has pegged Jonas Gustavsson to start Game 5 in Boston, Saturday afternoon.
He expects Jimmy Howard, who didn’t practice, to be well enough to be the backup.
Henrik Zetterberg said he’ll play as well....
Daniel Alfredsson practiced and said he won’t know if he’ll play until after the pre-game skate in Boston, but he anticipate he’ll be ready.
Pavel Datsyuk was the only other regular that didn’t practice.
Besides picking Gustavsson to start, Babcock said he told the team he would post who’s playing in the locker room Saturday.
Taken from the tweets of Ansar Khan...
Jimmy Howard not on the ice, Jake Patterson appears to be called-up and is the second goalie today.
Zetterberg and Datsyuk not at practice, Alfredsson is.
More as it comes in...
added 12:22pm, via Khan tweets,
Abdelkader skating on line with Bertuzzi and Andersson. My guess is Bertuzzi and Andersson are scratched, just holding places for 40 and 13.
Based on skate, looks like Jurco scratched again.
added 12:37pm, Beat writers report Alfredsson feels like he will play tomorrow and Gustavsson not sure if he is starting.
added 12:54pm, Zetterberg says he will play tomorrow...
from Justin Bourne of The Score,
I believe that teams have the most success when their best players are in their prime producing years, and in the case of true superstars (think Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews), that’s a lot younger than most people think. Incidentally, that’s why I say seasonist, not just ageist - true stars who've been in the league for four seasons at 22 are different from 24-year-old rookies.
All this brings me to the Detroit Red Wings. Watching them this post-season, I can’t help but feel like they have a terrific roster with messed up ages. If their young guys were older and their old guys younger, they might be Cup contenders. But as it goes in hockey, timing is everything, and this year it isn’t on their side....
I’m looking strictly at forwards because I believe scoring goals is the hardest thing to do in the playoffs when everyone doubles down on defensive responsibility, and it’s part of the reason the Red Wings won’t be able to upset Boston.
Here’s the Red Wings group:
Ages 24 & under - on the come-up
Five young players who’ve all seen consistent ice in the post-season. Not the youngest, but as inexperienced as you can get.
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