• The Red Wings come back home for Game Three in control of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with the Predators by having managed a split of the first two games in Nashville.

    They won’t be able to relax, though, as the pressure now sits on Detroit to hold serve at home. The next two games are close to “must-win” for the Wings, as a loss on home ice undoes everything they did in Nashville and forces them to win at least one more on the road.

    Ice conditions at Joe Louis Arena are expected to be less than perfect, as the Joe hosted a concert last night and we’ve got warm, wet weather today. Al Sobotka has his work cut out for him.

    The Red Wings are expecting no lineup changes. Ian White did not practice yesterday with a sore foot after blocking a shot in Game Two but is supposed to be ready to go today.

    The Predators want defenseman Hal Gill back but he didn’t practice again on Saturday and head coach Barry Trotz is mum on his status for today.

    Game time is 12:00 PM on NBC.

    Clark Rasmussen April 15, 2012 2:26 AM
  • It’s an afternoon game on NBC and you expect a win?

    Catherine Rasmussen April 15, 2012 3:15 AM
  • From Malik…

    So Tootoo and Ellis are in for Nashville, Halischuk and Hillen are out, Gill is still out and the Wings have no changes…

    Clark Rasmussen April 15, 2012 4:18 AM
  • Wings got a little bit better but, not surprisingly, an awful start has them down 1-0.

    Clark Rasmussen April 15, 2012 5:04 AM
  • Wings don’t even look like they care. f*cking joke.

    Clark Rasmussen April 15, 2012 5:26 AM
  • Pasha with a smart, smart play. Josi and Rinne caught sleeping.

    Clark Rasmussen April 15, 2012 5:47 AM
  • So I already tweeted about this but here’s something horrifying.

    Wings seemingly score but the clock runs out. Absolutely the right call there. But go back to the previous faceoff. Whistle blew for the penalty with about 12.0 seconds left, faceoff happened with 10.9 seconds left. Those extra ticks added to the clock at the faceoff would have given time for the goal to count.

    Clark Rasmussen April 15, 2012 6:06 AM
  • Wings could really use a power play right now. All the momentum.

    Clark Rasmussen April 15, 2012 6:40 AM
  • Is this life? Zata on what I thought was a joke power play.

    Clark Rasmussen April 15, 2012 6:50 AM
  • Is this life? Zata on what I thought was a joke power play.

    Regarding this game, I just want to say BS.

    OldBroad April 15, 2012 6:53 AM
  • I wish I could say this was unexpected but there’s just too much of a script that the Red Wings seem to follow for afternoon games. I’ve dug up the numbers on losses in the afternoon before but this is more than just a loss. It’s a slow start with stupid penalties (whether or not they were deserved or evenly-called), then a furious rally that falls short.

    Oh, this time there was the added twist of the Johan Franzen goal that didn’t count as the second period closed. That was the right call, clearly the clock had hit zero, but as I mentioned at the time, there should have been an extra second or so on the clock in the first place.

    We saw in LA earlier this year that the NHL admitted they need to watch the clock better at the end of the game, but what about the end of the period? How far from the end of the period? No one wants the clock to be questioned on every stoppage but where do you draw the line between when it’s important and when it’s not? If that faceoff was the end of the third and not the end of the second, they might have reset the clock, in which case the goal would have counted.

    But, for the Wings, it comes back to how ridiculous it is that they needed that goal. If they had actually shown some effort in the first, no one would be talking about that one.

    What I said before Game Two kind of applies here. The business-like approach Detroit uses is great when they’re winning. When they lose, fans want to see some emotion. We didn’t have emotion today. Even in the postgame interviews, Barry Trotz is complaining about traffic in the crease and goalie interference but Mike Babcock is talking about not getting the bounces.

    Yeah, the Wings didn’t get the breaks again but for half the game, they didn’t play like they deserved them. Don’t talk about the breaks when you didn’t create any chances.

    So the home-ice advantage they earned in Game Two is down the tubes, the Wings need a Game Four win just to avoid an elimination game in Game Five. I know they can do it, it just depends on which Detroit team we see on Tuesday.

    Clark Rasmussen April 15, 2012 7:44 AM