McLellan: 'Easy game to prepare for, tough one to play'
Todd McLellan is familiar with the Red Wings. But familiarity won't help when Pavel Datsyuk is skating at you with the puck.
We've played this team more than anybody we. Anybody else was two or three years old. A lot of secrets or whether it's systematic or. Individual talent levels -- maybe what their tendencies are so it's it's. It's a relatively easy game to prepare for very tough game play. Then -- weird dynamic defensively to hold on a -- there everything that. But they've been over the past few years Jimmy Howard is the chance to win every night. You've got to find a way to get three against him as a -- would at least get to. That's that's Detroit. And all we ever had an opportunity to do that yet so. He means a lot of that team obviously. Well aware about from just walk out. Rest -- gets to see him play every night combined bowl. He's as good Izturis so -- not having them in certainly is an advantage for us but that opens up opportunities on thirteen for others to step up. Similar to we have what we have talked -- Goalies. Three starters at some Steelers. All I do sense that certain feels more comfortable. He knows what you're acceptable is currently deployed. Take its options road trip. We've tightened up defensively around them since the road -- so. So -- it will be totally. Like I -- I -- point in his -- whose team made more desperate you know your well. And I don't think we're talking gamesmanship pretty well I think we are. Yeah. Outrageous desperate. Measures are actually. You kind of put into perspective. Road -- didn't you told him -- Well seventeen days as a long -- It's. It's a long way to go to play a lot of games. Life on the -- it was like that hole. But we do it in July when -- -- to -- what was -- like so we don't have -- -- -- tampering and not with us to -- to blame as far as lack of wins but it is a long long trip. It's amazing that via Vancouver an actual figure going up seventeen deep bunker so. They were on the road but while with the split of opportunity. For me to -- -- -- so. But there's there's nothing. -- Get some help from some other teams lastly do you find yourself and scorers. Don't. Don't expect players -- -- things well I expect them to play because they they can't worry about what's going on with -- They don't come and play hard. And double break up world points Whipple was the Ottawa but. We watch games at night that's what we do. You're watching your checkers or results where. Especially this time here in the position. Obviously your partner gives him. A premium article here. -- Premium that we put on anything is a win tonight that's it revolt. Specific titles ever are you getting into the playoffs when you -- -- A lot of attention was paid my house at least. To the new boards this year probably relative to what we've seen over the years in Detroit did -- in the way the Red Wings used their -- and nuances there. Arguing the point yet -- your team that you have. Nuances and now we hear reports that you can. Somewhat. If it's. Geometry basically. This is what it is it is -- most of it some more a little more lively than others. Now but. Doors of I certainly. Liven up this year and in comparison to other years so there are some situations where we can use the boards we scored using them. This year. We've been scored on I think of the Saint Louis Scola that magic also the corner that they -- so. You know it's what works for and against you but. Were. How do you feel like your team has moved from going in its next. We -- five or six points. Playing better and better game than we have in the past. Winning -- issue it was a -- -- -- about that -- us a little bit. Playing -- -- Challenged by a good team should have a little momentum we should feel a little better about ourselves and we did two weeks ago so if -- momentum and yes.