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01-18-2007, 06:45 AM
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Hudler may be earning more ice time

When it comes to distributing ice time, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock adheres to a simple philosophy.

"It's on an ad-earn basis,'' Babcock says, usually several times a week.

Rookie forward Jiri Hudler could be earning himself some more minutes. He's scored the winning goal the last two games. He has eight goals, despite averaging only 8:30 per game in ice time.

Hudler scored what Babcock called a "fantastic goal'' in Wednesday's 5-3 victory against Nashville.

"We're winning and it's all about the team,'' Hudler said. "I got to keep going, play hard every shift and we'll see. I feel really good with (linemates) Fil and Willy (Jason Williams).''

Said Babcock: "I thought those guys were real good for us tonight. They're getting better and better. They did a good job defensively and came down and scored. I thought that was the turning point of the game.''

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