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Pregame Notes: Red Wings @ Sharks - Game One

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.

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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.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2011 at 3:23 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.


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.

Posted by OldBroad on 4/29/2011 at 9:11 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.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2011 at 9:56 PM

 

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

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/29/2011 at 10:16 PM

 

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

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2011 at 10:16 PM

 

Rare that Lidstrom misses a hold-in.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2011 at 10:18 PM

 

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

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2011 at 10:20 PM

 

Niemi bobbling the puck a bit already?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2011 at 10:28 PM

 

Nick! Great shot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2011 at 10:29 PM

 

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

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/29/2011 at 10:32 PM

 

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

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2011 at 10:37 PM

 

Awful call on the Sharks. Wings better take advantage.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2011 at 10:41 PM

 

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

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2011 at 10:47 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.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/29/2011 at 10:48 PM

 

Wings survived that. Great shift by the Sharks.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2011 at 11:10 PM

 

Terrible defensive sequence but Howie bailed us out.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/29/2011 at 11:10 PM

 

Ugh. Bad feeling here.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2011 at 11:16 PM

 

Evener. The shark was already falling...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/29/2011 at 11:16 PM

 

Glad to be wrong. Solid PK again.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2011 at 11:21 PM

 

Worth it, Jimmy. That's a penalty you take.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2011 at 11:24 PM

 

Not sure how that eneded in 4-4. Stupid reaction by Howard.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/29/2011 at 11:25 PM

 

Cut to Bert looked bad but he didn't seem concerned on the bench. Hope it's not much.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2011 at 11:33 PM

 

Was surviving that period enough for the Wings? On their heels almost the whole time but still up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2011 at 11:43 PM

 

Almost made it 2-0. Good last shift. Looks like the sharks started to slow down in the last five minute. If the Wings can hold on or score in the 1st 5 minutes of the 3d, we should be OK. Howard has carried this team for the first 35 minutes.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/29/2011 at 11:44 PM

 

Sharks don't look like they're pressuring as much as in the second. Tired, holding back, or the Wings just holding them off?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/30/2011 at 12:10 AM

 

Pavelski sold the penalty and then got the PPG. Guess that's what the Wings have to fear.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/30/2011 at 12:16 AM

 

Howard had no chance. I can't fathom how the refs made that call...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/30/2011 at 12:16 AM

 

Here we go with these phantom f*cking calls...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/30/2011 at 12:23 AM

 

Another solid PK. Wings owed one now?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/30/2011 at 12:26 AM

 

Another solid PK. Wings owed one now?


Seriously? With these refs?

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/30/2011 at 12:32 AM

 

I go back and forth between a horrible feeling and confidence. Part of me thinks this'll be over in the first two minutes of OT.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/30/2011 at 12:40 AM

 

I don't even know what to say at this point.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/30/2011 at 12:52 AM

 

Couldn't get the clear. Jesus christ.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/30/2011 at 12:55 AM

 

Have to give some credit to the other team's offense but that was another ref engineered victory.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/30/2011 at 12:56 AM

 

DEJA VU LOL. Those powerplays must be nice san jose. NHL Network both picked Detroit to win and wouldnt even give a player pick for sanjose to win. Did they not see sharks dominate the wings. Wings didnt deserve to win, good road game though.

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 4/30/2011 at 12:59 AM

 

Was going to make a long comment...decided against it. Advice to Wings: Do better next time!

Posted by OldBroad on 4/30/2011 at 7:51 AM

 

This isn't Calvinball, the rules don't change at random.


I have nothing to add to everyone's disappointment, I just wanted to say how awesome this reference is.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 4/30/2011 at 2:50 PM

 

http://www.solitaryw...in/cb_rules.htm

There is humor amidst the cursing. Great reference indeed. "No one questions the masks."

Posted by Johnny Polaris on 5/1/2011 at 9:04 AM

 
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