It's a new season for Red Wings and Coyotes

Khan has a great story this morning
on the Red Wings and Coyotes
first round series, and how much the teams have changed since last
playing on January 26.

“More so than ever you’re
going to toss out what happened in the regular
season,” Detroit forward Kris Draper said. “I think both teams believe
in themselves, they’re very confident. It’s going to make for a great

The Coyotes had yet to add Lee Stempniak
and Wojtek Wolski, while the Red Wings were fighting to get through a
number of injuries. Thanks to the spectacular play of Jimmy Howard, the
Wings were able to barely hang on and finished the season as the NHL’s
hottest team.

So, combine that with the Red Wings overall history
as a franchise in the playoffs and you have a Coyotes team that seems to
be consensus underdogs in the matchup.

What will be interesting
to see is how a Dave Tippett-coached team fares once more against
Detroit; while with the Dallas Stars he had nothing but trouble with the
Red Wings system, and was ousted in six games in the conference finals
in 2008 by Detroit.

The older, grizzled and experienced
championship team against the new, young and underdog squad. Triple deke,

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    Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

    Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara
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    It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

    Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

    Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

    Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

    “Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

    Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible:



    Commodore rips into Babcock on social media

    Mike Commodore

    Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.

    Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.

    As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being embarrassed in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.

    Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.

    “3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”

    Commodore wasn’t done there:

    And there was much, much more.

    To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.