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05-04-2010, 10:53 AM
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Sure, let's see how much IT he pulls down tonight.

Rafalski on the PK is like waving the white towel.
Rafalski can kill penalties fine, I think he should do more of it during the regular season but I understand why he doesn't.

He's been effective since joining Detroit and the stats back it up.

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05-04-2010, 11:10 AM
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Rafalski can kill penalties fine, I think he should do more of it during the regular season but I understand why he doesn't.

He's been effective since joining Detroit and the stats back it up.

Why do you have six defensemen and not four?

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05-04-2010, 01:43 PM
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Since Eaves can't go again tonight instead of Williams I wouldn't mind having Lebda in the lineup as the 7th D to spell the rest of the guys if needed. But now that Babcock can get the matchups he wants at home (Lidstrom-Rafalski better be on the ice for every single one of Pavelski's shifts) he'll probably use Lilja-Ericsson more. We shall see.

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05-04-2010, 05:28 PM
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Sure, let's see how much IT he pulls down tonight.

Rafalski on the PK is like waving the white towel.


Now you are being ridiculous, Fugu. Detroit was behind by a goal. Detroit put in a better offensive player on the PK for a portion of their PK time in the third period, because Lilja is as much an offensive dman as Draper is an offensive forward.

It's not a huge mystery.

And, as far as the 'why 6 dmen and not 4' comment... because the team can't play Lidstrom, Raffy, Nik and Brad 30 minutes a night each, obviously. Lidstrom and Raffy get 25ish plus, Nik and Brad get 23ish plus, and whoever is on the third pairing gets what is left.

(Not even remotely) coincidentally, you will likely have noticed that the IT/g for the bottom 6 forwards has dropped somewhat from the regular season amounts as well (Homer, Helm, Miller, Eaves, Draper, and Abdelkader all all playing less IT/g). This is likely explained by a) Franzen being back on a full-time basis and b) most of the rest of the roster being as fully healthy as they can get). Particularly with D and Z's time, I think Franzen's full-time return has allowed Babcock to play those guys less. That, and Detroit's spent about 30% of the past two games on the PK, a phase that D and Z don't usually log big minutes in.


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05-04-2010, 08:41 PM
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Hi, Babs! How ya doin', bud? Great to see you in the forum again. Let's catch a beer together next time you're out this way.


http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index....andreas_l.html

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Brett Lebda replaces Andreas Lilja for Red Wings
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May 04, 2010, 7:00PM

DETROIT -- Quick pregame update from Game 3 of Red Wings-Sharks:

The Red Wings are making a switch on defense as Brett Lebda will replace Andreas Lilja. Lebda will be making his playoff debut. Lilja logged only 7:16 in Game 2, as the club essentially used five defensemen in the third period.

The Red Wings are looking for more speed and quicker puck movement out of their zone, sacrificing some size and physicality.
Lilja skated Tuesday morning and also participated in the pregame skate.
I. Am. So. Good.

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05-05-2010, 02:11 PM
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I. Am. So. Good.
Yeah, and how did that work out?

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Who's talking to you, sunshine? I was greeting my buddy, Babs.




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Who's talking to you, sunshine? I was greeting my buddy, Babs.

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You're grumpy today.

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You're grumpy today.
Hey, whaddaya know?

Wings lose, the way the NHL is being run makes me ill, Ernie Harwell dies, and a lifelong Detroit fan is a little bit miffed about things.

Crazy, right?

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