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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, December 5, 2008

Friday practice update

Kirk Maltby has a bone bruise on his left ankle, the result of an Alexander Edler shot in last night's game. Maltby didn't skate today, but is possible for tomorrow night's game against Chicago. Coach Mike Babcock did say that he thought Maltby "probably won't play tomorrow."

Ty Conklin will start in net tomorrow night. Chris Osgood has been struggling of late. Coach Mike Babcock said that he'd like to see Osgood relax in between starts and not be so hard on himself for his recent performance.

"I'm not concerned one bit as long as he gives himself a break," said Babcock. "He's a real good goalie, knows how to play. Just by his numbers, you know he knows how to win. But to me, he's been way too hard on himself. Letting one goal affect him mindset instead of just don't let it get under you, don't let it get through you, get on with it. That's how simple it is. He's that good.

"What out find out over the years is the guys who go a little bit off are the guys who play the best because they have to battle through it. He's having to battle through. That's life.

"As long as his wife loves him and they didn't shut down his favorite bar in Plymouth, everything should be good."

Also, Darren McCarty didn't skate again and is a ways away from returning from a groin strain. He doesn't have an ETA on his lineup return.


Blogger Heaton said...

Is that quote by Babcock correct? Maybe I'm being dense but I don't see it's good that Osgood's pride is hurt.

December 5, 2008 at 1:41 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

The quote was correct. But you're right, Heaton, it was misleading. Babcock meant that Osgood will battle back, but that didn't shot through. I inserted a different quote. Thanks.

December 5, 2008 at 2:28 PM 

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