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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.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday morning practice

It looks like Valtteri Filppula (jammed thumb) is a definite for tonight's preseason game against Boston at Joe Louis Arena. Team Howe is practicing with 12 forwards, including Fil. He did some one-time drills on his own before practice. Shooting was the one thing he hadn't been doing in previous practices.

Also, defenseman Jakub Kindl might make his return

Here's the lines they're working with ...

Holmstrom-Datsyuk-Hossa
Leino-Filppula-Mursak
Kopecky-Draper-Maltby
Oulahen-Abdelkader-Downey

Quincey-Rafalski
Meech-Lebda
Kindl-Chelios
Atherton

Conklin
Howard

A few quick thoughts on the lineup ...

YOu can divide the Red Wings in half and you've still got a pretty good NHL lineup going tonight. Remarkable depth of talent on this team.

-- Note that Nicklas Lidstrom (broken nose) isn't on the ice and won't be playing with his unit (Howe) tonight.

-- Mursak was singled out by Mike Babcock after Wednesday's game as one prospect who looked good up front. I would take putting him on a line with the two Finns, Filppula and Leino, as a good opportunity for Mursak earned by a good outing.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

No McGrath in Team Howe's lineup tonight....have Babcock and the Wings essentially given up on this kid...he seems to be the odd man out in every conversation?
Thanks Bruce

September 26, 2008 at 10:49 AM 

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