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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 - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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