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Osgood to Start Game Five

According to Bruce MacLeod, Chris Osgood will get the start as the series shifts back to Detroit for Game Five on Friday.

There could also be more changes to the lineup, with the decisions coming tomorrow.

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It's about damn time! Hasek is complete garbage now. He better not be resigned next year.

Posted by choyer on 4/17/2008 at 3:10 PM

 

I think this could be a twist of fate for the wings. Wings look confident with ozzy in net. He's improved alot. I remember him being known for giving up goals in "waves" in the playoffs, lets hope he can stymie the preds, I believe he can.

As for other changes I think that should take place...

MEECH in for STUART

ABDELKADER in for HARTIGAN or MCCARTY (hate to say it)

Move FILPULLA to FOURTH LINE as Center

I really think we need fresh legs, some of the guys in the lineup "hit the wall" after rejoining the lineup. NEED TO ADD SPEED ON DEFENSE!!! Oh and need to run 4 lines, not 3 lines.

I begin to realize how much we miss Kopecky as a fourth line grinder.

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 4/17/2008 at 7:07 PM

 

I don't think things need to be drastically shaken up. I would go with Abdelkader over Hartigan, though. If I make any change on defense, it's Ericsson for Lebda. I like Lebda more than Lilja, and Meech more than both, but Ericsson most of all of those four.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/17/2008 at 9:48 PM

 

He should have gone with Abs, much more physical. He lives for these kind of games, plus he can shoot the puck.

Posted by foster016 on 4/18/2008 at 1:18 PM

 

As much as I get frusterated with Dom, Osgood scares me just as much. He started the season out great but after the all star game...which he got lit up he hasn't looked the same. Being at home should help the cause knowing that a majority of the fans probably want this to happen anyway. One or two big saves right away and the fans should be behind him all the way. Wings still have home ice advantage lets just hope they protect it. I don't think any other changes are really a must, the bottom line is those top 3 lines need to produce hands down. Yes the 4th line could make a difference but the top guys need to produce thats what their payed for.

Posted by fitch.1918 on 4/18/2008 at 1:37 PM

 

I think Helm's addition is more to give that bottom line some speed to help them recover from their f*ckups than to help them score. Hartigan lost faceoffs all over the place in Game Four, he needed to go. Now, if Mac gets caught up, Helm is quick enough to get back to cover for him.

And I think that's why he's in instead of Abdelkader. It's not more grit that the Wings need (though it probably wouldn't hurt), it's speed. It's not that Abs is slow, it's that Helm is faster. Wonder how their faceoff prowess matches up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 2:21 PM

 

Why!?!?!??!?!?!?! ): They play Helm in the game I won't see T_T

Is it only on Versus, or is it on FSN, also? D:

&& yes, Hartigan really needed to go =/

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 4/18/2008 at 3:02 PM

 

I dont believe playoff games are broadcasted on FSN. Generally all of the games are played on versus, with the exception of a few being played on CBC, the Canadian Broadcasters.

It's not a question whether or not which goalie is better than the other. This decision is purely to try and force a momentum swing. The predators have all the confidence in the world right now, and they think they've found a way to consistently beat Hasek. With Osgood in net they will need to find new methods to score, and I dont think Osgood will get continually beat from outside shots as much as Hasek has. I believe this to be an excellent switch, and the Wizard will rise to the occasion. Osgood's change from Standup to the Hybrid style has allowed him to cover more of the net while not compromising speed and agility. He was prone to getting beat from far out on his old style, but his new adaptation has seemigly paid some great dividends. Look or Osgood to come out strong and only get beat by quality scoring chances. I personally dont invision Osgood pulling a Patrick Roy in Game 7 of the 2002 finals, so there should be no worries with this move.

The substitution of Darren Helm in for Mark Hartigan is also a good move. Although we are losing grit, we are tremendously gaining speed, which was stated by somebody before me. The Red Wings have much more speed than the Predators, and it's about time we use it to our advantage. Overall, the biggest thing Detroit needs to improve on is face-off percentage. If we can once again dominate the face-off circle, then we will be home free.

Posted by choyer on 4/18/2008 at 3:40 PM

 

The game is on Versus nationally, FSN Detroit where available. The local broadcasters are allowed to carry the first two rounds of the playoffs even if it's on Versus (but not if it's on NBC).

Agreed about faceoffs. Draper keeps getting his ass kicked by Arnott (who Ken and Mickey won't stop reminding us is one of the guys Draper hates going up against).

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 5:15 PM

 

To be honest I had no idea that Arnott was that amazing at face-offs. At least now they are back at home and have the luxury of last line change. So they can decide when to place Draper out there. That way he is not up against Arnott.

Posted by choyer on 4/18/2008 at 6:18 PM

 

Anyone else nervous as hell? Yeah, thought so.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 7:31 PM

 

Legwand and Arnott are both out. Langfeld and Bochenski are in. Wings have to take advantage of this.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 7:34 PM

 

Nervous doesn't even cover it. The news has only slightly eased it.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/18/2008 at 7:40 PM

 

Wings buzzing already. Came close. Gotta keep it up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 7:44 PM

 

Dr. Fil! Wings on the board!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 7:47 PM

 

That's a goal! Filppula's first of the playoffs.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/18/2008 at 7:48 PM

 

Holy hell, great chance by Cleary and Draper shorthanded. Cleary's already looking better than he has of late.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 7:53 PM

 

That would have been one hell of a goal by Cleary.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/18/2008 at 7:53 PM

 

Preds buzzing for a couple shifts there. Gotta keep that stuff limited, Wings need the next goal too.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 8:01 PM

 

Ellis looks shaky. Get more on him.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 8:04 PM

 

I'm sorry, you call the Hudler interference but not the one on Nashville earlier?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 8:14 PM

 

I'm still nervous. The Wings need another. They're playing well when they get into the Nashville end but the Preds are pushing a lot in the Detroit zone.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 8:20 PM

 

I won't be calmed down until Detroit takes a 3-0 lead. I swear if they blow another lead i'll probably go insane. Good work during the first period, and with Arnott and Legwand out, they need to take advantage.

Posted by choyer on 4/18/2008 at 8:22 PM

 

I probably wouldn't be comfortable until the wings are winning by at least 5. They'd probably blow that as well.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/18/2008 at 8:30 PM

 

I didn't say another one would make me less nervous. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

I'll feel less nervous about this series if the Wings can get two more wins. Number of goals doesn't matter.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 8:33 PM

 

Excellent point. I'm not too worried about Detroit not winning the Cup at this point, I will just be peeved if they endure another first round flame-out. I think these lower-seeded teams scare Detroit to be honest. They never know what to expect from them. That is why I'm hoping for a higher-seeded opponent in the next round if they advance.

Posted by choyer on 4/18/2008 at 8:37 PM

 

Solid PK to start the period.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 8:39 PM

 

Excellent point. I'm not too worried about Detroit not winning the Cup at this point, I will just be peeved if they endure another first round flame-out. I think these lower-seeded teams scare Detroit to be honest. They never know what to expect from them. That is why I'm hoping for a higher-seeded opponent in the next round if they advance.


Cup or nothing. One winner, 29 losers.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 8:40 PM

 

Holy sh*t that was close.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 8:49 PM

 

That was scary. Phew.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/18/2008 at 8:50 PM

 

I'm concerned about not cashing in on the power plays. Gotta take goals however they come and it feels like that should be where they come.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 8:57 PM

 

Franzen goes down but it looks okay. Winded after getting his face smashed into the glass.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 9:07 PM

 

Jesus Christ, Draper just can't finish.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 9:11 PM

 

I have a bad feeling about this. Again....

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/18/2008 at 9:12 PM

 

20 shots on goal in that period. How did they not get a second?

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/18/2008 at 9:21 PM

 

Oh no, the Tigers are winning in the 7th.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 9:23 PM

 

I wouldn't usually give two sh*ts about glorified rounders, but I do now.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/18/2008 at 9:28 PM

 

Babcock just said they're comfortable with the 1-0 lead. I'm sure as hell not.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 9:32 PM

 

I'm nearly sh*tting myself here. I'm watching through my fingers.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/18/2008 at 9:46 PM

 

I'm shaking. Can barely type.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 9:50 PM

 

My arms hurt from clenching my fists so tightly.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 9:59 PM

 

5 minutes. 5 loooong minutes.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/18/2008 at 10:00 PM

 

Power play Detroit. This is f*cking huge.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 10:01 PM

 

Empty net, I think my stomach is about to be empty.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 10:04 PM

 

Just.Hold.On!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/18/2008 at 10:06 PM

 

mother f*cking christ

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/18/2008 at 10:06 PM

 

I think I'm going to cry.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/18/2008 at 10:08 PM

 

Over f*cking Time. I'm not sure if I'll survive.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 4/18/2008 at 10:11 PM

 

I had no reaction at all, this is so common nowadays for the wings. all season this type of thing happened, outplayed the opponent only to let them back in it somehow, this game eerily similar to wings v ducks last year in playoffs game 5. Enjoy the OT while wings are still in it...

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 4/18/2008 at 10:11 PM

 

I sympathize, I hate OT with a passion.....

Comes down to making one mistake .....

Posted by klaitinen on 4/18/2008 at 10:16 PM

 

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