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Notebook: Dealing with penalty increase

Zetterberg skates in Arizona; Game 3 lineup remains same

Sunday, 04.17.2011 / 6:54 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Notebook: Dealing with penalty increase
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Only Chicago, Nashville and Florida had fewer penalty minutes per game during the regular-season than the Red Wings.

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But the Stanley Cup playoffs have an amazing way of turning the tables.
 
Now Tampa Bay, Buffalo and Anaheim are the only teams with more PIM per game than the Wings, who have gone from 9.2 PIM in the regular-season to 17.5 PIM in the first two games against the Coyotes.
 
And those penalties took a toll in the third period of Saturday’s 4-3 win at Joe Louis Arena. All three Phoenix goals, including two third-period tallies by Shane Doan, were on the power-play.
 
“Obviously, you guys watched the game; we watched the game and we averaged about eight minutes in penalties throughout the year and suddenly we’re getting 17,” Babcock said. “Something different is about it. We’re a very disciplined team and we have to be a real disciplined team again tomorrow. We have to stay out of the penalty box and we have to be good on the penalty-kill.”
 
Wings center Kris Draper has seen this scenario before and believes that the Coyotes will use Game 2’s late charge as momentum heading into Monday’s game at Jobing.com Arena.
 
“We were able to hold onto the win and that’s the important thing,” Draper said. “We have to have another great start tomorrow night. … We know that Game 3 will be very important for both teams, so we want to make sure that we’re ready to go and we respond.”
 
The Wings managed to extinguish the Coyotes’ power-play in Game 1, but Draper said that they expected Phoenix to send more shots toward Jimmy Howard when they had the opportunity in Game 2. And Draper expects even more from the Coyotess, especially now since the series has shifted to the desert for the next two games.
 
“They send more shots in Game 2 and got rebounds in front of Howie,” Draper said. “But when Howard makes the first save on the penalty-kill it’s our job to mke sure that we mop up the garbage around him.”
 
ZETTERBERG UPDATE: For the first in more than a week, forward Henrik Zetterberg skated with teammates when the Red Wings held a Sunday afternoon practice at the Ice Den.
 
Zetterberg suffered a leg injury in the first period of a game in Carolina 11 days ago.
 
While the Wings’ star forward won’t be ready for Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Monday at Jobing.com Arena, it is a big step in his recovery.
 
“He went onto the ice and tweaked it right away yesterday,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “Sometimes when you have an injury and you tweaked and you’re alarmed.
 
“He practiced with our guys today, and it’s always a confidence building, and you just go from there.”
 
With a 2-0 series lead, the Wings have the luxury of not needing to hurry Zetterberg back to game action.
 
GAME 3 LINEUP: Sunday afternoon, Babcock said that he doesn’t plan to chance the Wings’ lineup for Game 3. Even though Johan Franzen, who suffered several facial cuts that required 23 stitches to close, did not skate in Sunday’s practice, Babcock said the power forward will be ready for Monday’s pivotal game.
 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89