Game 5 Pregame News and Notes


Series Tied, 2-2 Morning notes as both teams prepare for game 5 * Pavel Datsyuk participated in the Red Wings morning skate and as expected he will play wing tonight. Datsyuk has missed 7 consecutive games with a small fracture in his foot. Datsyuk’s lateral movement has looked much better than it did a few days ago. Datsyuk will replace Ville Leino in the lineup. With winger Dan Cleary ( Groin, GTD) missing the morning skate, the lines for tonight are unknown but it is expected that Datsyuk will play with Marian Hossa and Valtteri Filppula. Babcock will also likely use Zetterberg and Datsyuk together at times. Datsyuk is not 100% but he gives the Red Wings a much needed boost and options. The Red Wings remain banged up with a number of injuries. Brian Rafalski remains bothered by a right shoulder injury and did not skate this morning. RafalskiRead More »

Babcock to Hossa: “see you soon”


Marian Hossa to Detroit might have been set in stone during the Stanley Cup Finals. TIOPS reported in June Hossa denied the Penguins offer prior to free agency because he wanted to see what Detroit and Boston were going to offer. Those two cities were Hossa‚Äôs top choices. The Edmonton Journal reports During the Penguins and Wings handshake after the Red Wings defeated the Penguins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, Detroit coach Mike Babcock told Pittsburgh winger Marian Hossa “See you soon,” Ritch Winter the agent for Marian Hossa had a few interesting quotes in the Edmonton Journal. ‚Äú”I remember Chris Chelios phoning Marian and saying, ‘If you’re just coming here to win a Stanley Cup, don’t do it,’ ” Winter told the Journal. “He told Marian, ‘We’re good, but even if we’re good we don’t win every year.’ He told Marian the benefit of coming toRead More »