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