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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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Prep for Game 1

The Red Wings are on the ice now, prepping for Thursday's Game 1 against Columbus. Here are the lines out of which they're working ...




A few points of interest ...

Right now, it looks like Derek Meech and Chris Chelios will be the scratches on the blue line.

-- No surprise, but obviously they have a lot of confidence in Jonathan Ericsson to put him in with such limited experience. It certainly worked with Darren Helm last spring, but he was brought in after being around the playoff environment for a while as a scratch.

-- The fourth line is still somewhat a mystery. The first rep goes to Tomas Kopecky-Kris Draper-Kirk Maltby, but coach Mike Babcock is going out of his way to make Helm an equal part of what is now a four-man unit. During one drill designed for three-man units, Babcock yelled at Helm for not skating and making it a four-man forward rush. "Stay with your line Helm. Stay with your line." I'd guess that either Helm will start on the fourth line or be brought into the lineup early in the playoffs.

-- Everyone other than Andreas Lilja (concussion) is on the ice, a good sign that the Wings are starting the post-season relatively healthy. Obviously, the loss of Lilja hurts, but if everyone else is good to go, then that's not bad attrition.


Blogger Jeffrey said...

Hope your paper agrees to go back to daily updates for the playoffs. You really help those off-days after a loss (God forbidding, of course) to know what they're working on and how the players react.

April 14, 2009 at 11:39 AM 
OpenID Matt said...

Good to have you back at the blog, Bruce.

April 14, 2009 at 11:45 AM 
Anonymous MacPhisto said...

Welcome back Bruce. You've been missed.

April 14, 2009 at 12:53 PM 
Blogger James said...

Welcome back, Bruce! We've missed you terribly!

April 14, 2009 at 12:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see you back Bruce!!!!!!!!!

April 14, 2009 at 2:33 PM 
Anonymous SYF said...

Glad you're back, Bruce! Your morning skate reports are the finest and they have been missed terribly.

April 14, 2009 at 5:09 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see the best Wings updates resuming!

April 14, 2009 at 7:24 PM 

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