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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Thoughts on Game 16 (4-1 win over Columbus)

-- Valtteri Filppula is off the power play with Johan Franzen, Dan Cleary and Jiri Hudler forming the second unit. Filppula and Hudler are opposites with one getting prime PP time and the other a prime even-strength assignment. Mike Babcock compared Hudler to Tomas Holmstrom early in his career -- a fourth-liner who gets lots of PP time. Babcock also had a good line when asked what role he sees Hudler playing: "I want him to score. I don't know what that role is called exactly."
-- Franzen's visor didn't last long. Hopefully his Franzenstein gash won't get whacked.
-- I've seen enough of Mo Cheese after 2 million repeats of the same performance.
-- Dan Cleary wasn't given the first goal (deflection of a Brett Lebda shot) until after the game. I picked the three stars and would have given Cleary the first star (he got the second) had that change been made earlier. Sorry Dan.
-- Please stop booing Sergei Fedorov. You have every right to do so ... but it's ignorant and petty.


Anonymous Justin said...

I agree about Fedorov. I still like him and it annoys me every time I hear the crowd at the Joe boo him. What an ungrateful bunch.

November 10, 2007 at 5:42 PM 
Anonymous HockeyinHD said...

Oh good grief. Fedorov leaving when he did and how he did effectively ended that iteration of the Detroit Red Wings as legitimate Cup contenders, because there's no way the team could have been prepared for the best player on the team at that time bolting.

IMO what Fedorov did was more damaging to the Wings both in the short and long term than what Claude Lemieux did to Draper, and I tend to think no-one would have a problem booing ol' Claude if he were still playing.

Having an appreciation and respect for the history of a team and holding a player accountable for negatively impacting it, even years later, is about the farthest thing from petty I can imagine.

November 10, 2007 at 9:24 PM 

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