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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 - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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