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Tweaking The Nashville System

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from the Nashville City Paper,

“We will look at how we deal with players from everything in terms of discipline to how we play the game in terms of systems to how we want to teach the game,” Trotz said. “I want to go through the same things with my staff that David does when he evaluates this organization.
“It will a process that is continuous throughout the season. I can’t be specific until I have that long meeting with our coaching staff, but everyone is aware that we are going to look at all the things we do as coaches. We ask our players to come back better. We are going to come back better as coaches.”

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Just What The Wings Needed

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Nobody’s looking at Detroit’s goaltending this year, though. Hasek hasn’t given up more than two goals in seven straight playoff games, with the Wings poised to close out the Sharks to-
night. He doesn’t have the Gumby-like reflexes he had at, say, 32, when he was taking the Buffalo Sabres to the Stanley Cup final en route to two Hart trophies, six Vezinas and six first-team all-star berths. He doesn’t lose his stick quite as often, or do as many snow-angels in the crease as he did back in 2002 when the Wings won their third Cup in a six-year span.

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I Ask For So Precious Little

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m betting none of you (with the exception of George Malik) can tell me from what American icon I stole that title.  Please re-read that last line…I said “icon”, not “idol.”  It’s important that you know that.

But it’s more important to me that my wishes are granted.  And for all that is wholesome and pure, for all that basks in warm sunshine on a May day, for all the happiness of children and the health of puppies…please let this wish be granted.

Please spare me the pain of a Game 7.

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The Other Talk

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Player movement talk during the summer is beginning to heat up and Spector covers all the talk.
We are less than two months away from the UFA signing period and teams are still trying to lock up their players before they hit the open market.

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Primetime Tonight

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Expect the Sharks to lay the body on the Wings defense every chance they get tonight.  How the Wings “D” holds up will be the key to the game tonight.
Brent Lebda is a game time decision and if he is not ready to go, Derek Meech will be the Wings 6th defenseman.

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Expect An ECF Battle

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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun via the Toronto Sun,

The Sabres-Senators final will be the fourth time these teams will meet in the playoffs with the Sabres having been victorious the previous three times.
The Senators were 5-2-1 against the Sabres in the regular season, which was punctuated by a tough hit by Senators forward Chris Neil on Sabres centre Chris Drury Feb. 22.
“I’m not going to say much about it,” Sabres forward Daniel Briere said.
“Everyone knows what happened this year. We expect a battle.”

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added 8:47am, from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

From this neck of the woods in southern Ontario, at least, there is no Stanley Cup tournament matchup still on the horizon that seems likely to match the drama, sheer quality and excitement we should expect from the Sabres and Senators when they begin what seems likely to be a seven-game slugfest later this week.
The two teams that once played in the Bankruptcy Bowl only a few years ago are now in a showdown for the right to play for the Cup. Amazing.

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Sabres Were In Lockdown Mode

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from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,

“When you have a team like the Sabres down, you have to get them out,” said three-time Cup winner and Rangers winger Brendan Shanahan, referring to his team’s Game 5 meltdown. “We left the door open, and they walked through.”
In Game 6, when the Sabres found themselves on the right side of a one-goal lead in the dying seconds, they did what the Rangers couldn’t do—lock it down.

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Shanahan Undecided About Playing Again

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from the NY Post,

There’s no denying what Shanahan meant to the Rangers’ resurgence after signing with the team prior to this season. But there’s also no denying he is 38 and suffered a serious concussion this season that robbed him of some of his early-season excellence.
“I had a great time here and I’d love to be part of it again,” Shanahan said. “But I think there’s been an ‘if’ on my decision each year the past few years.”

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Sharks Getting “Mavs” Label

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from Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle,

Secondly, this isn’t a 1-8 thing; the Sharks are the lower-seeded team here, but most people saw them as one of the two best teams in the West (with Anaheim the other). The Wings were older and smaller and seemingly ripe for a beating from the right team.
Only the Sharks don’t seem to be that team after all.
Despite a regular season in which they walked the talk awfully convincingly, they have established a disturbing trend of getting complacent and/or compliant after 15 or so minutes in each of the first five games, and each game the difference has become increasingly pronounced.

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Minutes After Injury, Schneider Sought Out Lebda

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Via Bruce MacLeod’s Red Wing Corner,

Before going to the hospital, Schneider saw Lebda in street clothes in the locker room, watching the game. Lebda was close to returning from an ankle injury that kept him out for two weeks. Schneider, 37, pulled Lebda, 25, aside, closed the door and started to talk. Schneider knew that his injury meant the end of his playoffs. Lebda was going to go into the lineup in his place.

It was a moment that touched Lebda. You could see his motivation as he suited up for Sunday’s practice at the HP Pavilion. “Between me and him, we had a heart-to-heart, (telling me) what to do now,” said Lebda. “I don’t want to say passing the torch because this is a huge loss for our team. But he gave me some words of wisdom and it really touched home with me. … Just little things of what to do and what to expect. He knows the way I play.”

However…Lebda isn’t a lock to be in the lineup tomorrow night in San Jose.  John Niyo blogged tonite that Lebda appeared “frustrated” when he was testing his ankle this afternoon at the Tank.

 

 

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