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#1 YzerFan19

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Posted April 03, 2011 - 09:44 AM

It's an odd 5:00 start time today as the Red Wings host the Wild, so I'll kick this thread off now since I expect to be running around all day.

Yesterday's big comeback win in Nashville means nothing if Detroit shows up flat against a Minnesota team that's already been eliminated from the playoffs. The Wings may have clinched a playoff spot for the twentieth consecutive season but two more points gives them the Central Division and home ice in the first round.

Pavel Datsyuk is either expected to play or not expected to play, depending on who you ask. Before yesterday's game, Ken Holland said Datsyuk would return today. After the game, Mike Babcock said it was to be determined. If Pavs returns, I'd have to think Kris Draper and Drew Miller sit. If Pavs is out, Miller probably rotates in for Draper.

Niklas Kronwall will be out with a sore shoulder again meaning the blueline remains the same as Saturday.

Jimmy Howard starts opposite Jose Theodore.

The Wild are short a bunch of guys, including most of their blueline, so combined with the possibility of letting up after yesterday's game I feel like this is one of those "trap games" (not a commentary on Minnesota's defensive strategy, though that certainly comes into play as well).

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Posted April 03, 2011 - 03:43 PM

Now Datsyuk is in but Modano is out? Never know what lineup you're gonna get these days it seems.

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Posted April 03, 2011 - 04:13 PM

Great shot by Helm. Wings with all the pressure early.

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Posted April 03, 2011 - 04:42 PM

Budd Lynch goal goes the right way. Not sure if Pavs tipped it or not.

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Posted April 03, 2011 - 05:09 PM

Ref did a great job of deciding not to lose sight of the puck when he couldn't see it under Howard's body right there.

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Posted April 03, 2011 - 05:25 PM

Homer dangles for the PPG

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Posted April 03, 2011 - 06:04 PM

Not sure how the ref saw Franzen's cross the line but I'll take it.

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Posted April 03, 2011 - 06:07 PM

Horrible call to bring back Stuart's goal. Great play behind the net by Bert anyway.

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Posted April 03, 2011 - 06:28 PM

Wings claim the Central once again.




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