Rafalski Out for Game One

The Detroit Red Wings will be without defenseman Brian Rafalski as they open their second-round series against the Anaheim Ducks tonight. He is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury.

Jonathan Ericsson moved up to the first defensive pairing with Nicklas Lidstrom, with Chris Chelios coming into the lineup to take Ericsson's spot on the third pair with Brett Lebda. The second pair remains Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart.

The Red Wings will also be without Kris Draper, who missed the entire first round and has been ruled out of the first two games against Anaheim with an upper-body injury.

Dan Cleary did not take the morning skate but will play tonight. Andreas Lilja skated but has no timetable for a return.

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Yikes! No Rafalski! Head for cover! Couldn't we/shouldn't we call up Meech?

Posted by OldBroad on 5/1/2009 at 3:17 PM

 

Meech is still with the team, he's a healthy scratch.

I don't mind Chelios getting the call before Meech but Raffy going down reminds me a lot of losing Schneider and Kronwall last time the Wings played the Ducks in the playoffs.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 3:36 PM

 

Versus didn't show the anthem. FSN made a point to. Interesting.

Here we go...

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 7:10 PM

 

Saw that coming, Wings defense got turned around.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 7:20 PM

 

Bummer.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/1/2009 at 7:20 PM

 

Big PK. Very important to kill that off.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 7:25 PM

 

Loved the way Hudler pickpocketed Whitney on the blue line during that penalty kill.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/1/2009 at 7:28 PM

 

Elbow and a late hit. Suspend that f*cker.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 7:29 PM

 

I say that about Hudler and that happens. Very late. Blood everywhere.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/1/2009 at 7:31 PM

 

Five-minute major, game misconduct.

Make. Them. Pay.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 7:31 PM

 

Franzen! There's one!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 7:32 PM

 

Franzen makes 'em pay.

I think Mike Brown's been taking checking lessons from Chris Pronger.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/1/2009 at 7:34 PM

 

The rest of the powerplay was rather disappointing. There was about a minute where they couldn't really gain the zone. Would have liked one more.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/1/2009 at 7:40 PM

 

Oddly, the Wings don't seem to be moving the puck well.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 7:42 PM

 

Considering how shaky they were, I think the Wings have to be happy coming out of that period tied.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 7:46 PM

 

Huds on the bench.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 8:03 PM

 

Corey Perry's a little bitch.

Ericsson said "Enough of those little gloved jabs, you want to go, we'll go."

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 8:10 PM

 

10 stitches apparently. He's one tough cookie.

Go on Ericsson! Perry trying to go after Osggod. Ericsson said no.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/1/2009 at 8:10 PM

 

Another good kill.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 8:23 PM

 

Whitney has his back to the play, too busy screwing with Homer to line up on the Lidstrom shot. And what a shot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 8:28 PM

 

Lidstrom! f*ck yeah!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/1/2009 at 8:28 PM

 

Diving bastards.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 8:38 PM

 

Of course. Jesus Christ.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 8:39 PM

 

Not an ideal way to end the period......

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/1/2009 at 8:42 PM

 

I can't argue with either of those penalties but I will say they were way cheap. Yes, Homer hit Pronger, but Pronger went down suspiciously fast for someone supposedly so tough.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 8:48 PM

 

Holy hell, Franzen took off there but couldn't get anything on it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 8:59 PM

 

Perry keeps throwing gloved punches. Ass.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 9:06 PM

 

Osgood says no.

He's not worth it Franzen.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/1/2009 at 9:07 PM

 

Holding my breath too much. I hate the playoffs sometimes.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 9:25 PM

 

Looks like it's squeaky bum time again.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/1/2009 at 9:28 PM

 

The motherf*cking Captain!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 9:33 PM

 

Great job of jumping up there. Strong D now, guys. Strong D.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 9:34 PM

 

LIIIIIIIIDDDDDDSSSSSSSTTTTRRRRROOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/1/2009 at 9:36 PM

 

Get off our f*ckING GOALIE!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 9:38 PM

 

One down, bitches!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/1/2009 at 9:39 PM

 

f*cking hell, once Osgood had covered up everyone on the ice was in the f*cking crease.

Stick that win in your pipe and smoke it you dirty cheating bastards.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 5/1/2009 at 9:44 PM

 

Stop complaining detroit. Everytime we play you guys you whine when you win, you whine when you lose. Your attitude takes away from a great organization. Its gonna be a great series. I saw the hit. Good playoff hockey. The ducks #### shots all the time and they dont complain. Was it worth a suspension. NO. Dion Phinuef (sp?) headhunts everyone in the league, and they dont do anything. They shouldnt start now. Sadly since the Ducks are like the ugly step child to the NHL they'll take Brown to the woodshed because it was against the darling original 6 Wings, oh well luckily it wasn't Getzy or Pears or Prongs lol.... carlye is always whinning. lidstrom crossed checked neids and theres a no call. then the get marchant for some tacky little hooking call. barely made contact. we could go on about this all day. I say shut up and play............ these are some of the comments being left on the ESPN boards regarding the cheap shot of hudler and of course the boo hooing has begun about the ref's god forbid they fess up and admit we are the better team here

Posted by bigred4478 on 5/1/2009 at 10:59 PM

 

I've never been a big fan of those boards. Too many dopes who don't know sh*t about the game of hockey.

Whine, whine, cry.

F*ck 'em. They are just p*ssed becasue they all thought the "big tough ducks" were going to push the Wings around like they did in 2007. We didn;t have Kronwall, Stuart or BIG RIG in 2007.

Big Rig is one of my favorites now that he threw that little punk *ss Perry around like a rag doll. He got about 4 good shots in the face too.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC on 5/1/2009 at 11:08 PM

 

Hmmm, the Wings looked a little sloppy tonight, but I will take the win. Thank God Lidstrom was there, everyone was cheering for Osgood but I really think Lidstrom deserved that one.

Franzen's breakaway (was it the beginning of the third?) was BAMF. I wish he would've scored on that! And Brown's hit was dirty. It reminded me of the Hanson brothers when the one elbows the dude in the pregame skate at center ice. That was gross, too. I don't know if they showed it on TV, but there was a LOT of blood, ewwwwwww.

I think the highlight of the night were these drunk guys singing in the parking garage (to the "Let's Go Red Wings" beat) "Where the hell's my ca-ar?....I can't find my ca-ar!" It was odd. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

+ The music was updated. There was some playing from last year, it was exciting because it's usually same-old same-old.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/1/2009 at 11:49 PM

 

i'll attribute the sloppiness to the extended downtime between series i was just thinking that this afternoon about the "rust" factor it turned out OK though things should go better sunday if we come out and stick it to em good theres a good chance we put it away in 5 Osgood had another good night and Mule just continues to wow me now they came out and played their game of goon hockey tonight and still got beat and the last minute goal really had to be a kick in the jewels sunday should get very interesting especially if brown does not get suspended WHICH HE BETTER!!!!!

Posted by bigred4478 on 5/2/2009 at 12:01 AM

 

I think it's funny to see how the two national media groups are looking at the Brown hit on Hudler.

The US coverage on Versus had Keith Jones screaming for a suspension. The Canadian coverage on CBC had Ron MacLean calling it good clean playoff hockey. Is there any sport as schizophrenic as ours?

I don't like the hit. That said, after the benefit of many replays, I think the proper punishment would have been an interference call and then a one game suspension. It looked much worse than it was at the time but that doesn't stop it from having been a hit to the head and late. Because it looked worse, the officials overreacted. Because the officials overreacted, there probably won't be a suspension.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/2/2009 at 12:11 AM

 

Actually, my punishment doesn't take into account that the league is supposedly cracking down on hits to the head. Figured I should throw that out there.

As far as rust goes... Definitely saw it in the first and second. I think the Wings looked a little better in the third. Hard to tell if that one shift where the Getzlaf line had a ton of pressure was from Detroit's rust or from that line being so good. I'm not worried about rust for Sunday.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/2/2009 at 12:20 AM

 

I am much encouraged because although the Wings did not play their BEST game, they won, which means there's more in the tank where that came from.

What I found interesting about the hit on Hudler was that Hudler had been called for an elbow in the first period--if his "infraction" was worth a call, then the hit on him was certainly worth a call...the fact that CBC was saying that the second hit was a non-call seemed inconsistent, to say the least.

And where were the whistles when Osgood obviously had the puck covered?

Posted by OldBroad on 5/2/2009 at 9:09 AM

 

I am much encouraged because although the Wings did not play their BEST game, they won, which means there's more in the tank where that came from. What I found interesting about the hit on Hudler was that Hudler had been called for an elbow in the first period--if his "infraction" was worth a call, then the hit on him was certainly worth a call...the fact that CBC was saying that the second hit was a non-call seemed inconsistent, to say the least. And where were the whistles when Osgood obviously had the puck covered?


yeah and what i found interesting about that was carlyle was crying in the press conference about Hiller getting run over by Mule which was obviously in the flow of the play we see how they think and that is we can rough you up consistenly with cheap shot's but don't touch us and we better get all the call's

Posted by bigred4478 on 5/2/2009 at 10:14 AM

 

There are coaches who think part of their job is political, lobbying the refs for calls through the media. And while that's not supposed to work, it's hard to say it doesn't. I like that Babcock typically takes the high road but there are times I'd love to see him come right back with "Carlyle wants more goalie interference called? Fine, call it. But if you're gonna be strict about that, we want more roughing after the whistle called."

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/2/2009 at 11:38 AM

 
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