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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog

AFTERNOON UPDATE

Friday, 04.13.2012 / 2:15 PM ET
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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog


Ken Kal catches up with Gustav Nyquist on today’s episode of Game Day Preview, presented by Comerica Bank

The Red Wings held an optional morning skate at Bridgestone Arena this morning.  Some of the guys, including Jimmy Howard, Tomas Holmstrom, Drew Miller and Kyle Quincey, hit the ice, while others settled for an off-ice workout.

According to Mike Babcock, the only change in tonight’s lineup will be Gustav Nyquist, who will replace the injured Darren Helm. Your lines should look something like this at puck drop.

Filppula / Zetterberg / Hudler
Franzen / Datsyuk / Bertuzzi
Nyquist / Abdelkader / Cleary
Miller / Emmerton / Holmstrom

Lidstrom / Ericsson
Kronwall / Stuart
Quincey / White

Howard
Conklin

Scratches: Conner, Mursak, Sheahan, Kindl
Injuries: MacDonald (back), Helm (arm), Eaves (concussion)

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Those 259 games amount to another three-plus 82 game regular seasons. When asked if those additional games were a factor this time of year, Lidstrom laughed and said, “no, it isn’t. This is where I want to be. You want that chance to go deep into the playoffs.”

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THREE KEYS
Here are a few keys to consider for tonight’s Game 2.

Carry it over
The Wings were outshot 13-5 in the first period of Game 1, taking four penalties in the process. The final 40 minutes were much different, as Detroit carried much of the play, including a 32-13 shots edge.

“We’re just going to come out and continue with the same effort we had in the last two periods,” said Brad Stuart following that game. “I think we’ll be all right. That’s the way these series tend to be.”

Stay out of the box
The Red Wings and Predators were the least penalized teams in the National Hockey League in 2011-12, which is what made Game 1 so frustrating to watch at times.

“The game was lacking flow,” said Kyle Quincey. “It’s too bad, it usually shouldn’t.”

Detroit killed off six penalties and scored a pair of power play goals, but that didn’t provide comfort to coach Mike Babcock.

“Even though we won the specialty teams battle last game, for me, I didn’t think that was productive for our team because we didn’t get our people on the ice.”

Case in point, Henrik Zetterberg played 25:48 in Game 1, while Todd Bertuzzi played just 12:29. More time playing five-on-five hockey will mean more time for the Wings depth across all four lines to shine.

Net-front presence on Rinne
Mike Babcock made an interesting point regarding Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne yesterday. You rarely beat him on the first shot, so your best chance is going to be on second opportunities.

He talked more about Rinne’s work earlier this morning.

“I didn’t think we were hard enough on their goaltender,” Babcock said his team in Game 1. “I think their goaltender made a couple of huge saves. They got one tough break where we shot the puck and it came off of him, went behind the net and hit the referee, came right back out front but he still managed to make the save.”

“To me I don’t think he can be surprised by great saves. I think you’ve got to get enough of them there to get second chances.”

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