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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog

AFTERNOON TIDBITS

Wednesday, 04.11.2012 / 6:10 PM ET
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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog

Mike Babcock’s pregame press conference.


NEWS ITEM: Darren Helm is expected to play in tonight’s game one. For more, click here.

KEYS TO THE SERIES: Earlier today, we asked fans to offer up their keys to the Red Wings-Predators series. Here are some of the responses we received.

“To me, the biggest key is not letting (Pekka) Rinne get comfortable in net. Make him move, make him make second saves, and make him see Tomas Holmstrom’s backside.”
Jared Pece

“My personal key to the series, many may disagree, would have to be the excitement I feel when gearing up for every game. Regardless of the time of night the game is on, I am always in front of my television cheering on MY team. Getting my hat, jersey and other gear ready is probably the best part of the night, beside the game itself.
Alessia Masella, Toronto, Ontario

“I would say that the key to the series is getting on the scoreboard quick. Beating Rinne won’t be easy, however I think if we get Nashville on their heels, we can control the games and win the series.”
Andy Thomson, Scotland

“I think the Mule (Johan Franzen) is most important. Franzen has got to step up another gear like he’s always done in the playoffs. Whether they know it or not, everyone seems to play better when Franzen is playing well.”
Kevin Kristopik



EXCUSE-O-MATIC: Since I’m in Nashville with the team, I have left some obligations slide for a few days. Thankfully, Mike Babcock has crafted the following excuse for my boss.

Want your own ‘EXCUSED’ note? Visit our Excuse-O-Matic, where any one of our players can get you off the hook for missed calls, unfinished homework, unpaid bills, forgetting your anniversary and much, much more.

http://www.redwingsexcuses.com




WHAT ARE THE LOCALS DOING: In an effort to keep the red out of the building, the Predators are offering jerseys for half-off … if you are willing to part with an old Red Wings sweater.

Where it gets interesting, if not heartwarming, is that the team intends to donate those jerseys back to a worthy Detroit charity. Those who are already Predators fans can purchase jerseys for 20 percent off, even without the jersey trade. Click here for more details.


A WORD WITH JUSTIN ABDELKADER

DRW: How excited are you to get the series underway?
JA: I’m excited. In our profession, you want to reach the playoffs. It’s something you look forward to.

DRW: Did you wake up with an extra spring in your step this morning?
JA: Like they say, the veterans, and I don’t consider myself a veteran just yet, get a new found energy for the playoffs. It’s a fun time of year to be playing and it’s the best time of year to be playing. The start of Game 1 is usually fast, one of the faster games in the series because everyone is so excited.

DRW: You aren’t afraid to get involved when things get chippy. Do you expect that to be the case tonight?
JA: It’s going to be a tight checking game, a hard fought game like every other game in the series should be. We’re just excited to get started.

And finally, Nick Lidstrom joins Ken Kal for today’s Comerica Bank Game Day Preview.



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89