Around the Rink – May 22nd Edition

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The Detroit Red Wings may have a different lineup heading into Game 3. Head coach Mike Babcock plans to insert veteran forward Kirk Maltby into the lineup, likely replacing Justin Abdelkader. On Thursday, Pavel Datsyuk did not practice and his status is unknown for tonight’s contest. If Datsyuk is unable to play tonight, Valtteri Filppula will take his spot on the line with Tomas Holmstrom and Marian Hossa. Babcock would then likely insert Ville Leino into the lineup on the fourth line. Leino has participated in drills with the team over the past week as well as spent additional time on the ice with his fellow Black Aces.

Game 3 is slated to start at 8 p.m. EDT in Chicago, Ill., and will be televised on Versus (U.S.) and CBC and RDS (Canada). Wings’ fans can also follow a narrative play-by-play of the action at the United Center by checking out WingsLive before and during the game.

The Original Six Rivalry

A lot has been said by the media about the environment at United Center and how electric they expect the atmosphere to be this weekend for Games 3 and 4. Angelique Chengelis of The Detroit News talks about the infamous “Detroit sucks!” chant that will surely be heard many times in and around the United Center this weekend.

Red Wings great Gordie Howe remarked on the historic Detroit-Chicago rivalry to David Haugh, a Chicago Tribune reporter.

Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom talked to defenseman Chris Chelios about which of the two cities had better pizza, parking, sports bars, etc. Cheli has spent considerable time living and playing hockey in both cities so he is pretty qualified to give his opinion on these questions. Two Detroit Free Press journalists made the trek from Detroit to Chicago and wrote about the people (and food) they came across on their travels down Michigan Avenue.

In Other News

Detroit News’ columnist Bob Wojnowski talks about the offensive struggles Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa have been facing of late.

The Detroit News has an interesting article about the popularity of the Red Wings in Sweden and the challenges the players face when they have to conduct interviews with both Swedish and English reporters at the same time.

Ansar Khan of MLive.com writes about the Wings’ struggles on the penalty kill as Detroit has allowed a goal in each of their last 11 playoff games while on the PK.

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3 Responses to Around the Rink – May 22nd Edition

  1. jamiefavreau says:

    Go Red Wings! I hope they rest Pavel and let Ville take his spot for a game. Just to see what he is like under pressure.

    • ari says:

      Kronwall belongs to UFC!! NOT NHL. He is unsportsmanlike with an intent to injure fellow players. He should not return to the rink!! To justify the hit on Friday is stupid – plain stupid. Kronwall had a choice to play the puck.

  2. Anne Aylward says:

    OK! I’ve had enough! Man up Mike…pull your players off the ice, give them the win and go home. Make a Statement!!!!!!!!! Do something different. Who’s running this show. Obviously the refs. I can’t watch this bull anymore. Somebody has to make a stand and set a precident…if not you then who? Common get some guts…make a stand…..make a difference…..do something that will go down in history. Pull your players, walk off the the ice, five them the game, and be proud that you were that team that changed the refs from deciding the game to what they are meant to do…. ref the game. I can’t stand watching this crap. The Wings are a great team! Make a stand and if you do I will be sooooooo proud that you were guys who changed the face of hockey as far as refering goes. PLEASE take this seriously! Detroit is the only team that can do this right now, and I guarantee you all hockey fans will appreciate it in the long run. And if nothing else it will put you guys in history books of hockey… nothing boring with you guys!!! Please listen to fans. We are way too frustrated with the referees running the game. We are not interested in them. We’re interested in the players and a real good game of hockey. Please help stop the referees from ruiining the game we love to watch.
    Thanks for at least reading my opinions. (I feel it’s like the criminals having more rights than the victims)

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