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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, February 2, 2008

Notes from Saturday's morning skate

-- Coach Mike Babcock said that he was waiting to see who Boston is going to dress before deciding whether to keep Aaron Downey in the lineup or not. Babcock also said that Dallas Drake will return after a one-game absence, so if Downey remains in the lineup, it's likely that either Tomas Kopecky or Kirk Maltby will be a healthy scratch.
PREGAME UPDATE: Right now, it looks like Downey and Drake in the lineup with Maltby out. That could change after the pregame skate though.
-- The Red Wings will likely start with Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski back together on the blue line. Rafalski spent most of Friday's game partnered with Andreas Lilja and Lidstrom spent a lot of time with Brett Lebda. Babcock said splitting up his top pair worked better against Colorado than Boston.
-- Chris Osgood gets the start in net tonight.
-- The morning skate was optional with the team arriving in Boston at 1:30 a.m. Only a handful of players took to the ice.
-- For the first time in a while, the Red Wings will have no Super Bowl party. Chris Chelios pointed the finger at Nicklas Lidstrom, saying it's the responsibility of the captain. In the team pool, Derek Meech and Matt Ellis had the Giants through the playoffs. The tandem of Jiri Hudler and Kris Draper have the Patriots.


Blogger Naes said...

Haha I didn't even know Hudler followed American football. I imagine Boston is probably pretty wild this weekend with all the Super Bowl buzz. Even so, I'm sure they won't get very many people to the Garden tonight for the game.

I bet goalie Tim Thomas for the Bruins grew up a Wings fan...

February 2, 2008 at 1:32 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

Hudler isn't a football fan, but pools are social. I thought there'd be more Super Bowl hoopla, but I didn't see a lot.
And Tim Thomas spent a large part of his childhood growing up in Roseville (he's listed as a Flint native, but he moved up there after leaving the suburbs) and yes, he was a Red Wings fan.
The Garden was a sellout. But during the introductions, the cheers for the Red Wings were louder than those for the Bruins.

February 2, 2008 at 11:10 PM 

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