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Monday, October 13, 2008

Thoughts on Game 3 (3-1 win in Carolina)

-- Second-liner Jiri Hudler and third-liner Mikael Samuelsson were flip-flopped in the third period of tonight's win in Carolina. After the game, Coach Mike Babcock said that the move was because he wasn't happy with either forward's performance. Babcock also said that he might keep the two switched for Thursday's game against the Rangers or he might move Dan Cleary up to the second line in Hudler's place.

"I don't know if I liked what's going on with either one of them, so I just flipped them around," said Babcock. "I don't know what I'm going to do. I like the Hossa-Homer-Datsyuk line. Haven't been as crazy about Z's line since exhibition. … maybe put Cleary there. … I've got something to do tomorrow morning."

-- Babcock also said that he's planning to play his top forwards, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, about two minutes less per game than he did a year ago.

"We're not getting our big guys' (ice time) up too much," said Babcock. "It's going to take them a little while to get adjusted. Z and Pav are used to playing 21 minutes (per game). They'll probably play two minutes less (per game). That way, we can share the minutes and we'll have better energy overall. Just because of the depth of our team this year, I think that's the best way for our team to be physical, to be fast over a long period of time."

-- Babcock dished out this compliment about the Hurricanes: "They're as good a transition team as we played in a while."

-- Ty Conklin got the job done, allowing just one goal. But he really overplayed most everything and was out of position several times.

-- The Hurricanes' PK unit did them in, allowing two goals on the first two full Detroit power plays. It took the Red Wings a total of 64 seconds to score the two power-play goals.

-- Carolina never has game-day morning skates as every other NHL team does. It doesn't mean much, but it's an interesting tidbit.

2 Comments:

Blogger Chris Moore said...

Conklin overplayed everything? Other than a few dumps which had some strange bounces, I can say that I haven't seen a goaltender look as strong in the Wings net since Ozzie last year. He was making hard saves look easy, such as his glove save on a two on one I believe in the second. Most goalies drop on a shot like that, he stays up a little longer.

This is coming from a former college goaltender and current coach as well. I couldn't have been happier with how he played.

October 14, 2008 at 9:58 AM 
Blogger ryan stiner said...

I dunno. I think Conks played really really well. He did seem to overplay a little, but he made some FABULOUS saves, too. I think we're accustomed to Osgood's more Low-key approach.

October 14, 2008 at 12:43 PM 

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