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Via RedWingsFeed, Wings fans in Michigan who do not have access to Fox Sports Detroit Plus may miss FSD's pre-game leading up to Game 5, and, if you happen to live in area where NBCSN is blacking out its coverage of tonight's 10 PM-starting game (my cable provider is blacking out the NBCSN coverage), you might miss some of the game, period:
And as this is an NBCSN game in the U.S. and will air on TSN in Canada, Center Ice and GameCenter Live are blacked out as well. I've been referring people to Wiziwig.tv if you need to watch the game by any means necessary, but I can't guarantee your computer's safety in terms of dealing with ad-ware, spyware or pop-ups if you follow its links to semi-legal streams.
The Grand Rapids Griffis will begin their second-round playoff series against the Toronto Marlies starting on Firday, and the Griffins' PR department has posted an extensive (if not exhaustive) series preview. This is just a selection from the...Oh, about 8-page-long preview, and please take note that the AHL employs a 2-3-2 series format, so the Griffins will host Toronto for 3 straight home games beginning on May 15th:
The "Pavel Datsyuk situation" is a frustrating one for Red Wings fans--or at least this Red Wings fan--and the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that Datsuk addressed his status after today's morning skate:
Datsyuk has one year left on his contract. He said he isn’t thinking about what he will do when that expires, because “I have another year I can stay for sure. I like Detroit. I like it, it’s nice. Like playoffs. It’s different level, energy. Fans in jerseys, painted faces. It’s more fun. You feel bumps.”
A couple friends who were at Games 3 and 4 in Detroit were so impressed, Datsyuk said, “they say they never see anything like it. They love it. They addicted.”
Datsyuk paused. “Now I can be seller,” he said, smiling.
According to the tweets of Ansar Khan, no changes in store if going by how the Wings are practicing.
Helm and Miller also skating.
If Babcock says anything of importance, I will add it here.
added 5:42pm, Mike Babcock talks after the skate today, watch below...
The Ducks held an optional skate yesterday and some of the players and Coach Boudreau talked after the skate.
Watch 3:41 of Ducks talking...
from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,
Jan Mursak, who was sent down to Grand Rapids Griffins following an injury-riddled stay in Detroit, has decided not to risk the wait to play with another NHL organization next season.
The 25-year-old right winger confirmed Tuesday he signed a two-year contract with Amur Khabarovsk, a team in the KHL. The deal, announced in Russia, is for one season with player option for the second season.
“I would love to stay here in the states, but so far in the NHL I haven’t had much luck with the injuries,” Mursak said. “I think it was time to move on and try something new. I got a really good offer and I couldn’t refuse it.”
I have just come back from my first shopping trip in two weeks. I am exhausted (stupid norovirus has taken a liking to its unwelcome abode, and despite casting verbal aspersions its way, it has informed me that it does not wish to leave) and grumpy, so I'm going to proffer a Huge Show-style conspiracy theory--and please bear in mind that I'm saying this with a heavy dose of sarcasm:
Is it just me, or are the NHL's TV schedule-makers trying to milk every last ounce of sleep out of Wings' fans bones before the team moves to the Eastern Conference?
Tomorrow night's game starts at 10 PM EDT, and just as the case was on Monday, the Red Wings will host Game 6 at the time too many lower-bowl fans show up fashionably late to the Joe:
from Kyle Shohara at the Ducks website,
With home ice for two of the next three games (if the series goes seven), the Ducks will be able to get the matchups they desire, but head coach Bruce Boudreau says the advantages are miniscule because of how tight the series has been.
“It’s a pretty tight series,” Boudreau said. “When we’re talking advantages, we’re talking miniscule things here. Home ice allows us to change last and to get the matchups that you would like to do. But quite frankly, the matchups only work if your team is playing well and you get a lead.
“If you don’t get a lead, you may have some great defensive matchups but you’re going to have to change because you need to score goals. We’ll get the last change which will help, because I thought the last game they were definitely trying to get [Pavel] Datsyuk’s line against one specific line and we tried to change it a few times. It’s a difficult thing to do.”
As expected, the mood was somber inside the Ducks locker room last night, but Getzlaf and Boudreau said the key to success is staying on an even keel.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
What's happening today? Not much. The Wings had a noon flight from Detroit to John Wayne Airport. They aren't planning to skate, which isn't unusual for teams in the playoffs, as many make do with morning skates to prepare for games.
Why not make Eastern Conference teams connect through LAX or something every time they shift locations in the playoffs, just to make them feel what it's like? Seems only fair.
What are the next few days going to be like? Taxing, or rather, taxiing down runways. The Wings and Ducks will be doing a lot of flying: today, from Detroit to Anaheim; Thursday, from Anaheim to Detroit. Depending on what happens, the Ducks might opt to fly back after Friday's Game 6. If there is a Game 7, both teams are likely to overnight in Detroit and then fly Saturday.
From the land of virus fun: a certain coworker forwarded me a column from Yahoo Sports' Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski involving serious criticism of WBBL's Bill Simonson's...Well, serious critique of the 2-game suspension Justin Abdelkader received from the NHL for his high hit on Toni Lydman, and, well...I'd prefer to let you read what Simonson had to say for yourself:
The NHL's mindless cronies loved watching the Los Angeles Kings win it last year. The Red Wings — like most teams from Detroit — get no national media love or attention from the NHL. Bettman is hooked on the big markets. He thinks his sport should be on the same level as the NFL and Major League Baseball in the U.S. He is so wrong.
Beyond the few hockey diehards — and bandwagon fans in the playoffs interested in the Red Wings — ask yourself, what does the NHL do to draw you in? They have no clue how to market the sport in America. Name five stars in the league not in Detroit?
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