Found April 19, 2012 on Fox Sports:
The Detroit Red Wings have enough postseason experience to know any comeback starts with one win in a series where the first three games were decided by one goal. The Red Wings are facing their earliest elimination from the playoffs since 2006. Edmonton sent Detroit home after six games; Nashville is trying to do it in five. The Predators will look to advance for a second straight year when they host the Red Wings on Friday night. A loss could be Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom's final game should the defenseman decide to call it quits this summer. ''It's not time to get too frustrated,'' Detroit center Valtteri Filppula said Thursday. These are the Red Wings after all, the team with the longest postseason streak in North American major professional sports at 21 straight seasons. This is the franchise with four Stanley Cups with six Western Conference titles and 32 series victories in that stretch. This season, the Red Wings set an NHL record winning 23 ...

Red Wings exec Kris Draper talks about Wings-Predators and playoff violence on Fan 590

Red Wings special assistant to GM Ken Holland (that’s his title) Kris Draper spoke to The Fan 590’s Greg Brady and Jim Lang this morning, splitting a nine-and-a-half-minute interview between discussing his steadfast belief that the Wings are not, as suggested by several pundits in the recap cycle, cooked geese, and then assessing the levels of violence and player disrespect taking...

Wings Notebook: Lidstrom's future, scoring needs

Detroit -- With the Red Wings on the brink of elimination and captain Nick Lidstrom turning 42 in a little over a week, questions naturally turned to Lidstrom's future prior to Game 5. While most NHL players his age have retired, Lidstrom still seems to have a lot left in the tank. After Thursday afternoon's practice at Joe Louis Arena, Lidstrom was asked if let himself...

What Detroit must do to keep playing

Although the Red Wings said all the right things after their 3 -1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, you couldnt help but notice that each player had the "look." Its not a look of desperation or of defeat; its a faraway, empty look of resignation. Detroit is on the brink of being eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. And while they know what needs to be...

Fire Babcock? Fire Holland? Not bloody likely, nor very smart

Off-day stories continue to roll in via my ever-updated practice post, and I tend to prefer to keep everything on one place so as to not monopolize KK’s front page, but this story from 97.1 the Ticket’s Jamie Samuelssen merits an entry of its own. Samuelssen has found that more than a few Red Wings fans are suggesting that the easiest way for the Wings’ organization to remedy...

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock dissatisfied with his team’s depth up front

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was anything but happy while speaking to the media after the Wings’ 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, speaking to the media and suggesting that the Wings couldn’t match Nashville’s four-line depth or scoring, and he’s particularly dissatisfied with his team’s trend of losing in lower rounds over the past three seasons:

OLD MAN SPORTS – Critical Errors Haunt Detroit Red Wings

OLD MAN SPORTS CRITICAL ERRORS HAUNT DETROIT They said all the right things.  ”We had a good start.” “We created traffic in front of the net.”" We had some good scoring opportunities.”  All the things you are supposed to say when your team has dropped a critical playoff game and put your team in a 3-1 hole with the light at the end of the tunnel getting dimmer...

Red Wings-Predators practice day report in progres: Wings need more shoot, Preds’ Gill improving

The Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators held dueling practices at their respective rinks (albeit with the Predators using their practice facility and the Wings, who face an incredibly steep uphill climb in attempting to force Game 6 and a delay in the commencement of our annuall Nicklas Lidstrom watch), at the same time, on Thursday, and MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that the...

Goodbye Lidstrom?

from Kevin Allen of Rink Rap at USA TODAY, Last year, when the Detroit Red Wings were facing elimination in the playoffs, there were numerous stories about whether it would it would be Lidstrom’s last game. My take back then was that Lidstrom fans shouldn’t worry because it seemed clear to me that he wasn’t going to retire last summer. He was playing well enough to win the...

Ping Pong Sheriff Swag

In honor of our very own ping-pong bully, Todd Bertuzzi, the creative folk over at The Production Line got on their horses quick and designed a couple of shirts that are just too great not to share.    I laughed hard on the second one.  They're for sale here.  Follow us on Facebook or Chris on Twitter. 

Predators knock Red Wings out of playoffs

In the end, just as most of the experts predicted, the Nashville Predators turned out to be the better team. The Red Wings became the first team eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs Friday night when they dropped Game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series, 2-1, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. "It's never fun to lose a playoff series, especially the first...

Red Wings-Predators Game 5 wrap-up: early exit is unacceptable for Wings

The Detroit Red Wings boarded Red Bird III for one final flight back to Detroit after dropping a devastating, heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, earning the uncomfortable status as the first team to be eliminated from the playoffs while failing to meet their Western Conference Final-making standard for the third straight year. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock didn...

Lidstrom's 20th season with Red Wings in books

Nicklas Lidstrom says he needs a few weeks before discussing his future with Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. Lidstrom's 20th NHL season ended Friday night when the Nashville Predators eliminated Detroit with a 2-1 win in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round series. The four-time Stanley Cup champion and seven-time Norris Trophy winner turns 42 this...

Red WIngs-Predators Game 5 quick take: it can’t be Nashville every night

The Detroit Red Wings lost 2-1 to the Nashville Predators, and have been eliminated from the playoffs in the first round for the first time since 2006. I’ll post a quick take soon, but share your thoughts in the comments, please.

Red Wings-Predators Game 4 wrap-up: baffling loss leaves Wings in tough—or are they ‘done?’

The Detroit Red Wings’ 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators didn’t exactly leave me—or you—speechless in the quick take, but as fans like you and me ponder what’s going on with a clearly wounded animal heading into Friday night’s game (yes, it might be Nicklas Lidstrom and/or Tomas Holmstrom’s last games as Wings, and yes, we may have already witnessed our last game...

NHL Playoff Observations -- Friday

Just a few things that caught my eye ... Finally -- the Marc-Andre Fleury we've been expecting. He was absolutely sensational in the third period. 'Sbout time. Have we seen the the last of Nicklas Lidstrom? This year was the first where I can honestly say there were times when I just didn't notice him on the ice. And it wasn't because he was...
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