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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
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
4 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 49 25 17 7 126 122 57
10 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
11 CAR 52 23 21 8 124 138 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 53 20 28 5 133 167 45

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89