If Ryane Clowe was in the hospital, his room would have a lot of flowers

It would even have more than Johan Franzen’s room, or at least that’s what Michael Traikos of the National Post thinks. And after reading a few of Traikos’ quotes from around the Sharks locker room as players reacted to the news that Clowe won’t be in the lineup tonight, you kind of start to believe him.

For Devin Setoguchi, Clowe’s locker being empty means the team is losing much more than just his on-ice production.

“It’s a big loss in terms of leadership,” Setoguchi said. “I mean you know what you’re going to get out of Clowey every night. He’s an emotional guy, on and off the ice, just a great guy. He cares about his teammates and he loves to play the game of hockey, so that’s a big loss for us. At the same time, it’s one game and he can be back before you know it.”

Reading the Wall Street Journal key to Sharks victory

Or at least it is if that’s what you do before every game. Fear The Fin says that absolutely nothing should change for the Sharks after a narrow Game 5 loss. Well, almost nothing…

The only difference? Attention to detail. Execution. For all that is blessed on this Earth don’t just hold on to a third period lead– control that third period lead and make the Wings pay for pinching their defenseman. From awkward to Antti the entire team needs to execute like they have so many times before.

Babcock has mastered the art of the gentle hint

With Johan Franzen shelved for Game 6 and a creaky 40-year-old Mike Modano summoned from his press box perch, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock subtly told us why we’ve only had a Modano sighting once in these playoffs.

“He’s got to skate, he’s got to compete. It’s racing out there. There’s mistakes being made defensively by both teams that you don’t see during the year, because the pace is so high. There’s no room. If you think you’re going to go out there and make a nice play, it’s not going to happen. You’ve got to go out there and grind and compete and work hard. If you do that, the offense is going to come off the cycle, not off the rush. We’ve got to find a way to get him involved in that.”

All rest and no play makes Detroit lose games

So often we hear that rest between playoff rounds is good, especially for aging teams, but too much rest is bad, especially for younger, inexperienced teams. It all sounds like the kind of hypothetical fact-mangling wizardry that is based on nothing, and the kind of hyperbole that we’ve been hearing a lot lately given the three months off between rounds for both the Lightning and Bruins.

Maybe it is based on something though, and we can always rely on the good folks over at Behind The Net to tell us exactly what that something is using lots of numbers. They came to the not-so-shocking conclusion that a team with more rest than their opponents generally performs better in a playoff series, a principle that has eluded the Red Wings.

Detroit had nine days off after sweeping the Coyotes in the first round compared to San Jose’s four, yet they still fell into a three-game hole to start the series.

To infinity, and beyond!

So, what’s worse, having the schedule and/or venue of a playoff series mangled because of elephants and camels, or are Buzz Lightyear and Woody more desirable?

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  1. [...] one of those usual suspects, is still pointless against Detroit, and as Devin Setoguchi said in the Sharks’ dreary locker room prior to Game 6, the unquantifiable intangibles and leadership that Clowe brings are sorely missed when he [...]

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