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04-19-2011, 12:26 AM
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Is Lidstrom playing hurt?

Checked the ice time on today's game 3 and he played 18 minutes less that every other d-man. Strange.

Doesn't look slow or hurt out there.

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04-19-2011, 12:28 AM
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I'd expect that they are keeping his ice time low because they can. This series is boring and Phoenix is outmatched. No need wearing out your 40yo defenseman unnecessarily. Keep him fresh for when we need to lean on him.

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i actually thought he looked pretty ordinary out there tonight. In the last minute when Babcock called the timeout, it was Stuart and Kronwall on the ice, not Lidstrom.

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18 minutes less? umm, ok.

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18 minutes less? umm, ok.
I think he missed a comma in there.

But Lidstrom's 18 minutes weren't less than everyone. He played a minute more than Salei

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04-19-2011, 12:33 AM
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Like I said in the GDT, third game in a row. Sure the games haven't been really close, but it still makes you wonder.

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04-19-2011, 12:35 AM
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i don't think it's injury. babs has been limiting lidstrom's ice time all season

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04-19-2011, 12:37 AM
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There is a pretty big difference in Lidstrom's ice time at ES when the score is close and his ice time at ES when we have a comfortable lead. We've had a comfortable lead most of the series.

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There is a pretty big difference in Lidstrom's ice time at ES when the score is close and his ice time at ES when we have a comfortable lead. We've had a comfortable lead most of the series.
yeah but the question is

why?

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04-19-2011, 12:39 AM
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There is a pretty big difference in Lidstrom's ice time at ES when the score is close and his ice time at ES when we have a comfortable lead. We've had a comfortable lead most of the series.
yup. lidstrom had over 8 minutes of ice time in the first period

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yeah but the question is

why?
He's going to be 41 years old so we have to be more careful with his ice time. When the game isn't close, there is no reason for him to be out there. We have other guys who can eat up minutes in a blowout.

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04-19-2011, 12:42 AM
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He's going to be 41 years old so we have to be more careful with his ice time. When the game isn't close, there is no reason for him to be out there. We have other guys who can eat up minutes in a blowout.
well I wouldn't be so sure about that.

I'm not saying it is not. Just saying there might be more than that.

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Lids had a few boneheaded moments today. That was not fun to watch.

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04-19-2011, 12:46 AM
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I meant 18 minutes. Even when compared to his regular season average (Around 22-23), it's a bit low.

Can't argue with the decision to limit his ice time as they are up 3-0 in the series.

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04-19-2011, 12:50 AM
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I think Babcock is wise to limit his minutes in an effort to save him for later if that's what's happening, but given his very un-Lidstromlike play I just don't know.

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Not the best game from Lidstrom. I don't know if that epic check he got early in the game put him off his game, but he's allowed to have an average game once in a blue moon.

As far as IT goes, why play him if we have a comfortable lead? If the other defensemen are playing decent, just spread the IT and give our top guys a rest. It also applies to our forwards. Our bottom 6 basically won us this game so why put all our stars in every situation.

We actually had to play our top line to give our bottom lines some rest

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Not the best game from Lidstrom. I don't know if that epic check he got early in the game put him off his game, but he's allowed to have an average game once in a blue moon.
Seems like it's been happening way more often than once in a blue moon this year.

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He's 41 years old and they had a two goal lead three minutes into the game. That's about it.

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Lidstrom is fine. Where did this nonsense come from?

41 years old

Wings dominating and don't need him to shutdown the Yotes.

Also his ice time has been down all season.

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04-19-2011, 03:01 AM
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He really struggled out there tonight. Looked slow, turned the puck over, not his finest game.

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He really struggled out there tonight. Looked slow, turned the puck over, not his finest game.
Blasphemy!!

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I'd expect that they are keeping his ice time low because they can. This series is boring and Phoenix is outmatched. No need wearing out your 40yo defenseman unnecessarily. Keep him fresh for when we need to lean on him.
I hope that's the case. I think Babcock has played Stuart and Kronwall a lot all season long.
I kind of think Lidstrom will play more if the games (series) are closer.

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04-19-2011, 04:52 AM
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I think Babcocks is looking at:

a) How the wings will do in a playoff game without #5

b) If Stuart and Kronwall are good enough to be the top 2 if #5 retires

and c) if he can rest #5 for tougher competition.

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04-19-2011, 05:34 AM
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Hes playing even a bit less than in the regular season, which is unusual.

I think it could be a combination of the transition we've seen during the season and him possibly banged up.

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He definitely got shaken up from that Pyatt hit, he was struggling the rest of the game. He's fine though.

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