Game 4 Wings vs Hawks Game Day Updates

Gregory Shamus

Who's in, who's out, who's up, who's down, and who's playing with who.

The Dirt
  • No personnel changes for the Red Wings and it looks like the lines will stay the same.
  • There will be some changes on the powerplay units though, in an attempt to get them going. If practice yesterday hold through to tonight, Babcock will keep the top 2 lines together for the powerplay, which would mean Nyquist comes off the PP and... Abdelkader goes on? They practiced with Mule-Pasha-Abby with Kronwall-Brunner and Filppula-Zetterberg-Cleary with Kindl-Colaiacovo. Abdelkader doesn't know if he'll be called on to play on the PP or not, but who knows. He said if he does get the nod, that he'll continue doing what he does, grinding, retrieving pucks, going to the net. I actually think I like this idea because Abby has become the closest thing we have to a Holmstrom replacement and we all know now key Homer was on the PP. I'm in favor of Abby on the PP, give it a try and see if it works. Franzen was cast in that role a little bit earlier this year, but that's not really his strength. Not everyone has that kind of skill set.
  • Brendan Smith said "Chicago's going to come out blazing. We're going to have to come out and make sure we have our best effort." If anyone can get him to say "assholes blazing" next time, I will buy you a beer... or two or three.
  • In his pre-game presser, Babcock said

We've never talked about being ahead or behind before, we just talk about the game we're going to play and that's what we're doing now.

When you put on our sweater, there's an obligation to Mr. Howe, Mr. Lindsay, and the people who came before you, to compete like a Red Wing. I don't think there's an obligation to win like a Red Wing, I think there's an obligation to prepare for the opportunity you're given, to compete for what you've been given, and to maximize your potential; that's what life's about, maximizing what you've been given. That doesn't' guarantee winning. You need a certain amount of players, depth, and breaks to win. The pressure comes to prepare well, to work hard, to compete hard, to make sure you're doing what you should do, and respect of the uniform and respect of one another, and yourself.

He could have saved himself some time by just saying, "we have to be gay porn hard, all the time".

Brendan Smith echoed Babcock's sentiments about working hard and having high expectations.

It's been a tough year with a lot of injuries and stuff. Near the end when we knew they were must wins, we kind of came together a little more. Even since then, we've had injuries like Danny DeKeyser and Sammy's been in and people have been changing around. Just knowing how the demand to win is such a big thing in this room and we understood that. For myself and a bunch of the young guys we fed off the veterans. The whole atmosphere of the Detroit Red Wings is they demand perfection and wins, so that's what we came out to try to do and ultimately it's been working for us.

Smith also weighed in on how the team is approaching keeping Chicago off their game.

If we play our style and play our system, it will end up frustrating them and we'll make it more difficult for them to play their game. We don't go out there trying to focus on them, we focus on our game, focus on how we should be playing, and take care of the puck. Ultimately it does frustrate them and puts us in a better position.

  • If you missed Babcock's off day presser yesterday, I recommend giving it a listen.
  • Based on practice lines, it looks like Quenneville may be change his lines up a bit. In practice yesterday Quenneville had Sharp practicing with Toews and Hossa, while Saad practiced with Kane and Bolland. Those two line combinations saw some action towards the end of game three, so maybe Quenneville liked what he saw, maybe he's looking to shake things up, or maybe he's just trolling. Quenneville said he's considering all options when it comes to his lines. His Powerplay lines may also see a shake up. In practice he had Sharp-Saad-Bickell with Hossa-Keith, and Toews-Kane-Shaw with Rozsival-Leddy/Seabrook. Q said he was looking for more balance in the units.
  • It's amazing how quickly Chicago has apparently become, to some, almost the underdog in this series. If you read a lot of articles, and listen to player and coach comments, you'd never guess that they're the #1 seed who ran away with much of the season.

Bob Duff has some quotes from the Blackhawks that make me chuckle.

"This is a huge game, the biggest game of our season probably," Saad said, tipping his cap to what the Wings have achieved thus far. "They're a good team, so it's exciting, it's a fun challenge."

"I think we’re definitely disappointed," Quenneville said. "We haven’t been in this position all year. We’ve quietly gone about our business. I think we’ve gotten our attention over the last couple of games.

"We’re looking to play our best game of the year tonight and we’re going to need it."

Actually, it kind of sounds like they're a bunch of spoiled kids who are facing the real world after being coddled. In a matter of two games, the story lines went from "Chicago's going to roll through Detroit" to "Chicago in a must win game against the Wings" and buzzing about how much adversity Chicago is facing, oh their poor players are frustrated, the Wings aren't letting them play their game etc... We are just that good.

Lineup

Forwards

Johan Franzen

Pavel Datsyuk

Justin Abdelkader

Valtteri Filppula

Henrik Zetterberg

Daniel Cleary

Gustav Nyquist

Joakim Andersson

Damien Brunner

Drew Miller

Cory Emmerton

Patrick Eaves

Defense

Niklas Kronwall

Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey

Brendan Smith

Jakub Kindl

Carlo Colaiacovo

Goalies

Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

Jordan Pearce

Healthy Scratches

Todd Bertuzzi

Jordin Tootoo

Ian White

Injured

Danny DeKeyser (Broken Thumb)

Darren Helm (Back)- Out for the season

Mikael Samuelsson (sore boob)

PP#1

Franzen-Datsyuk-Abdelkader

Kronwall-Brunner

PP#2

Filppula-Zetterberg-Cleary

Kindl-Colaiacovo

Blackhawks Lineup

Forwards

Patrick Sharp

Jonathan Toews

Marian Hossa

Brandon Saad

Dave Bolland

Patrick Kane

Bryan Bickell

Andrew Shaw

Viktor Stalberg

Michael Frolik

Michal Handzus

Marcus Kruger

Defense

Duncan Keith

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Brent Seabrook

Nick Leddy

Michal Rozsival

Johnny Oduya

Goalies

Corey Crawford

Ray Emery

Henrik Karlsson

PP#1

Sharp - Bickell - Saad

Hossa - Keith

PP#2

Toews - Kane - Shaw

Rozsival - Leddy/Seabrook

LET'S GO RED WINGS!!!

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