On the Beat: Datsyuk in, Cleary questionable

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Stanley Cup Final Pavel Datsyuk will play tonight but Matthew Barnaby thinks he’s having trouble turning.  Starting him on the wing is a good move from Babcock.  Protect your star until he proves he can handle more responsibility. Daniel Cleary is questionable for tonight’s game.  His attributes […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Detroit Red Wings,On the Beat,Pittsburgh Penguins on June 6, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Saturday Edition): Marc-Andre Fleury the key, Wild will hire coach before Entry Draft and ripping into the Toronto expansion group

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Some of the Wings players believe the team has not yet played its best in the Final.  Others may be worried, but Mike Babcock is confident in his team and feels good about Game 5.  Drew Sharp wonders who much the Wings have left […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 6, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Friday Edition): Malkin and Crosby dominate the Wings, reaction to Joe Sacco’s hiring and NHL executive says Islanders will take Hedman

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) “We weren’t good at all defensively,” said Chris Osgood after his team’s 4-2 loss in Game 4.  For all the talk about the Wings’ penalty killing being poor, the team’s power play has been awful in this series.  The challenge of stopping Crosby and […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 5, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Thursday Edition): Expect Datsyuk to play tonight, reaction from Colorado and Bill Guerin’s brother doubles as real life Superman

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Since Pavel Datsyuk has been out of the lineup, Henrik Zetterberg has been counted on even more.  In fact, Mike Babcock says that Zetterberg has been overused.  By the sounds of it, Datsyuk will be back in the lineup tonight.  Although nothing is for […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams on June 4, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Penguins start getting some bounces, Jim Balsillie files some more papers and is Vincent Lecavalier readily available?

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Detroit played extremely well at five-on-five last night.  However, the team needs to solve its penalty killing problems, writes David Shoalts.  Mitch Albom believes last night’s game turned when Pittsburgh scored its second goal.  Bob Wojnowski thinks the Wings let a great chance slip away.  Marian Hossa […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 3, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Marian Hossa knows what to expect tonight, reaction on Jacques Martin and Brent Sutter knows he has to make decision soon

Stanley Cup Final Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Even though they are up 2-0 in the series, the Wings are confident they can still play better.  Marian Hossa knows what kind of reception he will be receiving tonight.  Dave Dye discusses the fact that Chris Osgood is probably the odds-on favorite to […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 2, 2009