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Red Wings @ Sharks - Game 1 - 4/29


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#1 YzerFan19

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 01:32 PM

The Detroit Red Wings end come back from eight days off to visit the San Jose Sharks in Game One of their Western Conference Semifinal matchup tonight.

Detroit last played on April 20, when they finished off a first-round sweep of the Phoenix Coyotes. The Sharks completed a 4-2 series win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.

Henrik Zetterberg will return to the Red Wings' lineup, having recovered from his sprained left MCL during Detroit's time off. Johan Franzen is also expected to play after missing Game Four against Phoenix with a sore ankle. Mike Modano and Drew Miller are the probable healthy scratches up front, with Jakub Kindl remaining the odd-man-out on defense.

Much is being made of San Jose's scoring depth but Matt Saler points out that the Sharks had only 10 different goal scorers in their six first-round games, while Detroit had 13 scorers in four games.

The Sharks could be facing a goaltending controversy, as Antti Niemi was pulled twice in the first round while earning a 3.99 GAA and .863 save percentage. Detroit's Jimmy Howard had a 2.50 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

FSD and Versus have the Game One TV coverage, with the game set to start at 10:00 PM.

#2 YzerFan19

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 02:23 PM

Now they're saying it's Modano and Draper as the healthy scratches. I'll hold off on taking anything as fact until the final lineup cards are in.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 08:11 PM

Now they're saying it's Modano and Draper as the healthy scratches. I'll hold off on taking anything as fact until the final lineup cards are in.



I hate to lose Draper's experience and face-off expertise, but I hate to lose Miller's scoring, too...between a hard place and a rock.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 08:56 PM

I think Abdelkader's improved faceoff prowess and the return of Zetterberg, who can play at center if needed, made Draper expendable. Miller will be needed for the PK.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 09:16 PM

Looks like AFN has decided to carry "Biggest Looser" instead of the hockey game. Maybe next time.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 09:16 PM

Wings with a chance to make a statement early on this PP.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 09:18 PM

Rare that Lidstrom misses a hold-in.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 09:20 PM

Well, that was a pretty pathetic PP. Bad start.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 09:28 PM

Niemi bobbling the puck a bit already?

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 09:29 PM

Nick! Great shot.

#11 DetroitRiver

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 09:32 PM

Well, the game just picked up here on AFN. Just missed the Lidsy goal.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 09:37 PM

Howard really solid positionally, fighting the puck a little, coming up big though.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 09:41 PM

Awful call on the Sharks. Wings better take advantage.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 09:47 PM

Solid first period, probably about everything the Wings hoped to do.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 09:48 PM

OK. I'll take what we have for the start of this series. From tha last 10 minutes I saw, it looked like a little rust still needed to come off. The Wings should come out better in the 2d.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 10:10 PM

Wings survived that. Great shift by the Sharks.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 10:10 PM

Terrible defensive sequence but Howie bailed us out.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 10:16 PM

Ugh. Bad feeling here.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 10:16 PM

Evener. The shark was already falling...

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 10:21 PM

Glad to be wrong. Solid PK again.




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