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Red Wings coach Mike Babcock hasn't decided on any lineup changes for Thursday's Game 2 in Anaheim.
Both veterans Mikael Samuelsson and Todd Bertuzzi are healthy and ready to go, but that doesn't mean they'll play.
"I think its great to have veterans that are ready to go," Babcock said to reporters in Anaheim Wednesday. "Ive been around the game a long time You know when the guy holds out from training camp and gets a new contract? You know how good he is that year? Why isnt he very good? He missed training camp.
"So now if you havent played the whole year, Ive got to hope that its going. I havent spent a whole lot of time feeding my family on hope. Its usually on know."
Which makes it sound unlikely that Samuelsson and Bertuzzi will get into the game.
The Wings also have veteran defensemen Ian White and Carlo Colaiacovo waiting for a chance. Young defensemen Jakub Kindl, Brendan Smith and Danny DeKeyser all played in their first postseason game Tuesday night.
"The less they think, the better off they'll be," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "Just go out there and play. If you start thinking out there, you end up in trouble.
"I think they were pretty good (Tuesday) and will get even better (Thursday)."
One thing that could happen is separating Euro Twins Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
The Ducks matched up Saku Koivu's line against them and felt that it worked to their advantage.
"Our shutdown line has been Saku's line all year, and it's not like he's never done that before," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "A lot of that was, he always played against the best centers, so I thought with Pavel and Henrik and (Justin) Abdelkader not all being 6-foot-4, it might be a fair matchup."
Andrew Cogliano, who also played his first playoff game Tuesday, said one of the ways his line was able to contain Datsyuk and Zetterberg was to force them to play defense.
"Theyre so dangerous through the neutral zone that if you give them any time, theyre going to make plays," Cogliano said. "Theyre so good with the puck, especially Datsyuk with the puck (doing things) that you never really seen before.
"I feel like even when I have the puck on my stick and Im skating out of the zone, hes always around or behind me waiting to take the puck off me. The only defense you can play against them is playing on the offense and hopefully create scoring chances yourself."
Babcock said after the game that the Wings' defensemen needed to do a better job of moving the puck out to the forwards.
"We couldn't get it up to them quick enough for some reason," Kronwall said. "We made it too hard on ourselves, and that's something we have to look after going forward, make sure we get the puck to the forwards as soon as possible and in speed."
When you hold the other team to two goals (the third was an empty-netter) and none five-on-five, you give yourself a chance to win. But that won't work if you don't score yourself.
And as Wayne Gretzky famously said, you miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. The Wings had 22 total shots, led by Abdelkader's four. That number has to go up.
"Youve got to make the right decision when to shoot and when not to shoot," Zetterberg said. "And most of the time, its better to shoot than not to shoot."
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Defenseman Nick Jensen has opted to skip his senior season at St. Cloud State to join the Detroit Red Wings franchise. The team made the announcement official on Thursday:
Wings sign defenseman Nick Jensen to a two-year entry-level deal with the club
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) May 2, 2013
Jensen was the Wings’ fifth-round pick (No. 150 overall) back in 2009, then...
The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Nick Jensen to a two-year, entry-level contract. He was a fifth round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. He scored four goals and a total of 31 points for St. Cloud State last season.
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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
For five Detroit Red Wings, Tuesday was a night they won’t forget.
Defencemen Danny DeKeyser, Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl, as well as forwards Joakim Andersson and Damien Brunner, made their Stanley Cup debuts at the Honda Center in Game 1 of the Wings’ Western Conference quarter-final series against the Anaheim Ducks.
via Red Wings Facebook
The Detroit Red Wings snuck into the playoffs for their 22nd consecutive postseason appearance, the fifth-longest streak in NHL history and a current North American professional sports record.
As the seventh seed in the Western Conference, their final season in the conference, they will play the Anaheim Ducks in the first round. The series starts Tuesday...
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Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. Anaheim Ducks
Venue: Honda Center; Anaheim, CA
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Television: Detroit- FS-D; National- NBC Sports Network
Series: Tied 0-0
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Babcock seems a little more relaxed than usual today and I actually laughed at his remarks about the travel between Ottawa and Montreal near the end of this five minute video.
If you want more interviews, check out this page at the Wings website.