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Morning Skate Update

Sunday, 01.27.2013 / 12:40 PM ET
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Defenseman Joanathan Ericsson was on the ice today for the team’s optional morning skate.
(Photo by DRW Staff)


 
Babcock
“It's going to be imperative we stay together as a five-man unit, forecheck well, play defense well, be patient…We need to get off to a good start, be strong in the faceoff circle and be ready to compete.”
– Mike Babcock

“(Chicago’s a) great team, high-octane offense. That's a great challenge for our defense. I think we're really looking forward to the challenge.”
– Kyle Quincey

 
Quincey

 
Ericsson
Jonathan Ericsson is expected to play tonight.

Ericsson was joined by Eaves, Tootoo, McCollum and Gustavsson this morning.
 
Eaves
 
Tootoo

 
Gustavsson
Jonas Gustavsson (groin) took shots for the first time and continues to improve.

Tom McCollum will back up Jimmy Howard tonight.  
McCollum

Babcock
“Drastic, night and day.”
– Mike Babcock on how his defense looked last game compared to season opener

“(Friday) was a building block, for sure…We're going to keep getting better every game.”
– Kyle Quincey
 
Quincey
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Kronwall
“So far (our defense) has been better every game. Of course, it always helps when Howie's playing great in net. Both Lash and Huskins have played great since they got there. So, very impressive.''
– Niklas Kronwall

“We've been doing a lot better job (on defense). I think a lot of it is guys sacrificing their bodies. There's good communication back there, which allows us to break out faster.”
– Jimmy Howard
 
Howard

Babcock
“The type of team we have, we're going to see a lot of games where it's going to be a grind-fest. So embrace what you got and be the best that you're capable of.”
– Babcock

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80