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#1 YzerFan19

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 03:24 PM

It looks as though Kris Draper will return to the Detroit lineup tonight as the Red Wings visit the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Three of their Stanley Cup Finals matchup. He replaces Mikael Samuelsson, who is reported to be ill.

Draper skated on Detroit's third line in practice Tuesday, alongside Darren Helm and Dan Cleary. Jiri Hudler moved up to Henrik Zetterberg's line to take the spot Cleary had been holding down.

Should Samuelsson be able to play, Draper would remain out.

Pavel Datsyuk will not rejoin the Red Wings tonight but coach Mike Babcock was hopeful Datsyuk would be available for Game Four.

The Penguins are in a virtual must-win scenario as a loss would put the Wings just one win from claiming their second Stanley Cup in a row.

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 03:33 PM

The Penguins are IN A MUST-WIN... there is not a shot in hell if they lose tonight, although I love my Penguins I put there chances of beating Detroit 4 of 5 at about 5%. I just hope that the Penguins learn from this experience, especially the GM Shero. He has the components to build a cup dynasty, he just has to learn to build around them better through the draft and cheaper free-agents, like it is done in Detroit.

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 05:34 PM

MacLeod says that Samuelsson is in the pre-game soccer kickaround and is predicting that he will be in the lineup tonight with Draper kept out.

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 06:08 PM

He has the components to build a cup dynasty, he just has to learn to build around them better through the draft and cheaper free-agents, like it is done in Detroit.


I would argue that Shero's got a tougher job with Crosby and Malkin taking up a combined 17.4M cap hit. Detroit, on the other hand, gets Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Franzen for that much.

And if they're making that much money, they have to improve defensively. Someone's going to have to do to Crosby what Ken Hitchcock did to Rick Nash in Columbus and make him be able to play on the PK. Every penalty the Penguins take hits them twice because the player goes off and Crosby goes off.

#5 Mathieu_Datsyuk132351

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 06:32 PM

When Datsyuk is healthy again who do you think would be ousted? :c I'm just curious, Helm and Abdelkader and doing such a great job. Especially with Draper good to go, as well.

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 06:44 PM

Leino will be the odd-man out when Datsyuk returns.

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 07:03 PM

Leino will be the odd-man out when Datsyuk returns.

That sucks cause he's done well, too. ):

I hope the Wings can get another win in Pittsburgh, or at least play their best.

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 07:13 PM

This is where the series gets interesting. If the Wings don't at least split in Pittsburgh, they've wasted their two-game lead.

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 07:16 PM

Wings have gotta survive the first 10 minutes. Carrying them would be fantastic.

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 07:18 PM

Wooooow, that was a wide-open net for Pittsburgh. Thank god the pass didn't make it.

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 07:24 PM

So much for surviving. That puck should have been cleared. What a mess.

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 07:24 PM

That sucks. I was just going to say things looked a little sloppy, too. ):

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 07:25 PM

What a f*ck up.

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 07:26 PM

Yeah Zata! Tied back up!

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 07:26 PM

And Zetterberg makes it up! :)

Good sign.

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 07:28 PM

Phew.

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 07:28 PM

thank u Hank
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#18 SYfanSD

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 07:28 PM

Wow! That made the Igloo silent!
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Posted June 02, 2009 - 07:33 PM

PPG too much to ask for?

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Posted June 02, 2009 - 07:34 PM

He has the components to build a cup dynasty, he just has to learn to build around them better through the draft and cheaper free-agents, like it is done in Detroit.


I would argue that Shero's got a tougher job with Crosby and Malkin taking up a combined 17.4M cap hit. Detroit, on the other hand, gets Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Franzen for that much.

And if they're making that much money, they have to improve defensively. Someone's going to have to do to Crosby what Ken Hitchcock did to Rick Nash in Columbus and make him be able to play on the PK. Every penalty the Penguins take hits them twice because the player goes off and Crosby goes off.


In other words... What we do with our star players.
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