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No Sid Friday, but Staal poses threat

Friday, 09.21.2007 / 4:53 PM ET / News
By Lindsey Ungar  - DetroitRedWings.com Special Writer
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No Sid Friday, but Staal poses threat
DETROIT -- Sidney Crosby, the NHL’s scoring leader last season, will not face off against the Red Wings tonight. Neither will last year’s rookie of the year, Evgeni Malkin.

“When you’re really good, you’re just good,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said of Crosby’s success.

But Babcock was quick to point out that there’s more to Pittsburgh than Crosby, who the Penguins drafted first overall in 2005. They also selected current goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury — who will not be between the pipes tonight — first overall in 2003.

“They had to go through a lot of suffering to end up having (Evgeni) Malkin, Crosby, (Marc-Andre) Fleury, and (Ryan) Malone,” Babcock said. “I can tell you a lot people in Detroit don’t want to put up with the suffering in order to have those guys. It’s a lot of punishment.”

The Red Wings will have to keep their eyes on Jordan Staal, who Babcock said has gained confidence off a strong showing in the playoffs. Staal scored three times in five games against the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

The second of the Staal brothers to make the jump to the NHL (older brother Eric plays for the Carolina Hurricanes), Jordan led the entire league in shorthanded tallies and notched 29 goals as an eighteen-year-old last season.

Although Crosby, Malkin and Fleury won’t be able to give Detroit trouble tonight, there will be plenty of young players on the Red Wings end of the ice.

“I’m going to use anybody who’s available,” Babcock said. “(Derek) Meech, (Kyle) Quincey, (Jonathan) Ericsson — those kind of guys that are battling for jobs will be going lots (in the upcoming games).”

Babcock will continue to rotate through his roster. Center Mark Hartigan and goaltender Jimmy Howard are the only Wings that will be suiting up for the second consecutive night.

“You almost have two teams,” Babcock said.

Detroit lost 3-2 to Minnesota on Thursday after defeating the Wild, 6-1, in Tuesday’s preseason opener.

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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

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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