Posts filed under “Playoffs”

Work to Do

So that’s it. The Wings are done in five.

This sums up the situation for me:

(“Tom” being autocorrect for “ton”, obviously)

This group had the potential to go the distance, but couldn’t put it together. I don’t know where they go from here, but it’s going to take work to get back where they want to be.

I just hope it wasn’t the last we see of Nick Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom. Not the way I want either of them to go out. They deserve to end it at home, at least.

Kudos to Pekka Rinne and the Predators. They worked hard and earned this.

No recap for this game. But I’ll be around.

Game 5: @ Nashville

Update (1:56 PM): No lineup changes for the Wings. - Matt

Update (12:33 PM): Gill’s out, per Trotz. Wings with the optional skate, too. - Matt

Tonight, the Wings’ season is on the line. They’re on the road again, having lost their two home games and need to find a way to repeat Game 2’s result in order to continue forward in the series.

All the Predators need to do is squeak out a win.

Key to the game for them:

  • Pekka Rinne: Just one for the Preds tonight. Because it all comes down to Pekka. If he owns the Wings, the Predators get the series. It’s that simple.

The USS Hal Gill took a few more spins around the harbor yesterday and might be ready for blockade duty tonight. I hope the Wings’ blockade runners are ready for that possibility. He’s a game-time decision.

So far, the Wings have faced a couple what you might call soft must-wins situations in this series. Tonight, they face their first hard must-win situation. They really do have to win.

Keys to the game for the Wings:

  • Puck carrier, this is the middle: Mike Babcock says the Wings haven’t had trouble getting to the middle. That may be true, but the part of getting to the middle that matters is getting the puck there with you. I don’t think the Wings have done that as much as Babs would have us believe. They need to do it tonight. Rinne is going to stop perimeter shots all night long.
  • Jimmy: I would love to see the Wings own this game in every phase of it, but the most critical claim of ownership needs to be made by one James Tiberius Howard. He’s been solid, but tonight he needs to be stellar.
  • Puck Ownership: This is just about as critical a claim of ownership that needs to be made. The puck is the property of the Detroit Red Wings tonight. It has to be. And the only appropriate storage place for it is the back of of the Nashville net.

The Wings skated yesterday but haven’t hit the ice in any fashion yet today. My guess is they’ll be optional again. Shouldn’t be any lineup changes.

Eric Furlatt and Francois St. Laurent are reffing tonight. I don’t recognize either, so I had to look them up. Furlatt’s most memorable reffing moment is when he first officiated a Red Wings playoff game. So there’s that. St. Laurent’s bio says this is his first playoff game, but that can’t be right. Right?

Slow Off Day: Smith Gets Reps

It doesn’t mean anything, but Brendan Smith skated with the main squad today. Can’t see him getting in the lineup because as badly as the Wings’ D screwed up Tuesday, none of those guys are getting yanked.

Anyway, there’s also the fact that Babcock doesn’t think they’re having trouble going to the middle. As I pointed out yesterday, the Ice Tracker tells a different story, at least as far as shots are concerned.

The Saddest Play of the Season

You know.

The Root of Sadness

This is where Ian White sees somethings shiny to his right and ignores the perfectly good, nearly as shiny thing right in front of him.


This is where three Red Wings chase Martin Erat like he stole their wallets.


Now he stole Jimmy Howard’s wallet too.


This is where they all realize Kevin Klein is about to steal their car. The wallet thefts were just a ruse hiding the bigger plan!

Slam Dunk

This is where Kevin Klein steals their car while Martin Erat counts the money he stole as he stands in the corner.

What just happened?

That’s what Ian White is asking while Nick Lidstrom skates away shaking his head and Jimmy Howard double-checks the cash he hides in his pads.

We don’t know, Ian. We don’t know.