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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Thoughts on preseason Game 3( 2-1 loss to Boston)

-- Defenseman P.J. Atherton, who was a late addition to the Red Wings' lineup (decision was made to give Brian Rafalski a night of rest), looked relaxed and thus looked pretty good, connecting on passes, hitting the net with his shots. By contrast, Kyle Quincey looked tight, pressing and ineffective.

-- You don't often see this, but coach Mike Babcock chewed out a player on the bench last night, pointing at him, walking closer to make sure he heard. Evan McGrath was whistled for hooking in the second period, but it was likely the unsportsmanlike conduct call he picked up on the same play that drew his coach's wrath. The Wings killed off the double-minor, but lost four minutes of game time while they were trailing by a goal.

-- Speaking of penalties, Kris Draper has been called for three minors in two games. Two of those were offensive-zone penalties.

-- Manny Fernandez was supposed to start in net for Boston, taking warm-ups as the starter. But a bruised thumb caused by a warm-up shot benched Fernandez and Tuukka Rask took over. Rask made a remarkable save on fellow Finn, Valtteri Filppula, with 25 seconds left to save the victory for the Bruins.


Blogger Chuck said...

I was wondering why Babcock had Leino playing on Draper's line, instead of the Abdelkader-Mursak line, where he had been fairly effective. Leino obviously isn't a grind line player, so why play him there?

September 27, 2008 at 2:30 PM 
Anonymous Blake said...

Man i was really hoping Quincey would shine, It's obvious all this pressure that he puts on himself is holding him back from excelling.

Hopefully someone pulls him aside and address's this

September 27, 2008 at 5:01 PM 

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