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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog

MORNING SKATE UPDATE

Friday, 04.20.2012 / 2:36 PM ET
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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog

Darren Helm
Quick bits and pieces from the Red Wings optional morning skate at Bridgestone Arena.

- Mike Babcock said that there would be no lineup changes tonight.

- Even though he participated in Nashville’s morning skate, Hal Gill will not play tonight for the Predators. The defenseman has missed all five games of this series with a lower body injury.

- Darren Helm was present during Detroit’s on-ice festivities, choosing to watch practice from the bench.

- With Nashville up 3-1 in the series, both teams talked about the importance of an elimination game.

Drew Miller: “We have confidence knowing that we’ve done it before. I think we’ve just got to take it one game at a time and tonight’s the game you have to win. If you win tonight, you get another chance. If you don’t, you’re done.”

Justin Abdelkader: “We have a veteran group of guys in here, so we’re just going to take it one shift at a time, build off the last few games and try and correct our mistakes.”

Danny Cleary: “We’ve just got to play a hard, simple game tonight. We’ve just gotta grind.”

Nashville coach Barry Trotz: “You know they are going to come out and play their best game and we’re going to have to play our best game. We’re hoping to be on the positive side of that. We have a lot of respect for the Red Wings and what they did last year against the Sharks.”

- Following practice, as Jimmy Howard was taking off his pads, Tomas Holmstrom, who has one of the stalls to his left chimed in with a “you were real good today Howie. Real good.”

“Thanks,” Howard replied, thinking that Holmstrom was serious.

After a brief pause, Holmstrom, who could double as the team comedian offered back the following retort with an ear-to-ear grin.

“Just don’t peak too early, okay?”

Everybody couldn’t help but laugh.

- Mike Babcock was also asked about Nick Lidstrom’s future and offered up one of the best quotes of the playoffs thus far. 

“I think Nick Lidstrom retires when he thinks he’s not a good player anymore, but I think he’s been a pretty darn good player. I don’t know what could possibly be more fun than playing hockey at a high level on a great team. And I know his wife … so she doesn’t want him at home for sure (laughter).”

SCHEDULE

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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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59