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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog

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Friday, 04.13.2012 / 9:00 AM ET
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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog

Jimmy Howard (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
Jimmy Howard

DRW: Do you put any additional pressure on yourself as a goaltender now that you are behind in the series?
JH: “No, I don’t think so. You’ve still got to play loose. There’s no reason to get tight because when you get tight, you can’t play your best.”

DRW: The penalty kill has been outstanding, six-for-six in Game 1 and 31 straight over the last eight games. Talk about the job they have done.
JH: “They did a great job the whole night. We knew Nashville had the best power play in the league coming into the playoffs. They did a great job in front of me and we’ve got to continue to do a good job as the series goes on.”

DRW: How do you wind down after a tough playoff game?
JH: “You’ve got to just relax. The playoffs are an emotional roller coaster and you just have to continue to keep a good mind frame. We just hung out. I had Slingbox set up in the room, so we watched a little bit of the Vancouver-Kings game and went to bed at around 12:30.”


Ty Conklin

DRW:
We know you wanted to be out there, but what were your thoughts on Game 1?
TC: “I thought I saw a good hockey game. You had two teams that competed extremely hard. Obviously, there were a lot of penalties and a lot of special teams play. The first two goals were kind of tough bounces really, but I thought we played well even though we were on the wrong end of it.”

DRW: Even if you don’t play, do you still get riled up and energized by what’s going on around you?
TC: “If you aren’t playing in the game, you don’t get the juices flowing on the same level as if you were out there. It’s hard to compare what it’s like. When you are out there, you are in the moment.”

DRW: What is a typically playoff off day like on the road?
TC: On a day like today, we’ll be around the hotel quite a bit. We might grab some lunch now, relax and do some more relaxing. It’s not like we’re going out or anything. There actually can be a lot of downtime, more so than in the regular season, because you aren’t packing up and going to a new city for another game.

DRW: How are you using that downtime?
TC: Like today, I was up at probably 8:30 or 9 for breakfast, hung around the hotel for a bit, called the family back home, watched some TV and came over for practice. I have ripped through all of the TV series I have gotten into. Kind of caught up on everything.

DRW: What kind of shows do you enjoy?
TC: I don’t watch Madmen, but I just finished up Game of Thrones. Sons of Anarchy is another one I enjoy.

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  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

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
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
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80