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Lidstrom's final home game?

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08:25 AM ET 04.17 | With the Red Wings trailing in their first-round series against the Predators, there is an elephant in the room at Joe Louis Arena. Nobody wants to think about it or talk about it, but there is a chance that Game 4 Tuesday could be the final home game of Lidstrom's incredible career. Lidstrom, like he has in recent years, said he won't decide until after the season on whether to continue playing or retire. "He's fantastic," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Here he is, turns 42 April 28, you're playing ... and then to be as good as he is, he's fantastic. "He'd probably tell you he doesn't recover like he did when he was 20 or 25 or even 35, but he's still a pretty good player and important to us."

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Nicklas Lidstrom, Icon Sports Nicklas Lidstrom, Icon Sports
April 17, 2012  08:57 AM ET

Either way; Lidstrom is a stud

April 17, 2012  09:01 AM ET

He still plays the game at a high level, much like Teemu, but it's probably getting tougher to get back on the ice the day after a game.

April 17, 2012  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Either way; Lidstrom is a stud

Amen! And nothing will ever change that.

They don't make many like him anymore. He'll be missed.

April 17, 2012  09:10 AM ET

This won't be his last home game. he will be there in game 6 when they get closed out. Then the home team can salute him properly for an amazing career.

April 17, 2012  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This won't be his last home game. he will be there in game 6 when they get closed out. Then the home team can salute him properly for an amazing career.

I wonder if he can be saluted properly...

April 17, 2012  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I wonder if he can be saluted properly...

It'll an octopussy celebration I'm sure.

April 17, 2012  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Amen! And nothing will ever change that. They don't make many like him anymore. He'll be missed.

It's funny, my son asks me abouty players I got to see play (Gretzky, Jordan, Ichiro) and he is "jealous". He'll get to tell his kids he saw Lidstrom...not too shabby

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April 17, 2012  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

It's funny, my son asks me abouty players I got to see play (Gretzky, Jordan, Ichiro) and he is "jealous". He'll get to tell his kids he saw Lidstrom...not too shabby

Agreed.

April 17, 2012  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

It's funny, my son asks me abouty players I got to see play (Gretzky, Jordan, Ichiro) and he is "jealous". He'll get to tell his kids he saw Lidstrom...not too shabby

Ed Zachary.

April 17, 2012  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Ed Zachary.

Agreed. :-)

April 17, 2012  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Ed Zachary.

I've been able to be a Wings fan while Yzerman and Lidstrom were captains. That's alright.

April 17, 2012  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I've been able to be a Wings fan while Yzerman and Lidstrom were captains. That's alright.

Stevie Y was alwasy a favourite of mine also. I wish the #19 on the Rangers was 1/2 the player your #19 was.

April 17, 2012  10:28 AM ET

ahhh come on....Bobby Probert!

There goes Bobby gettin undressed again

April 17, 2012  10:34 AM ET

April 17, 2012  10:35 AM ET

April 17, 2012  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

It's funny, my son asks me abouty players I got to see play (Gretzky, Jordan, Ichiro) and he is "jealous". He'll get to tell his kids he saw Lidstrom...not too shabby

Orr, Espo, Beliveau, Lafleur, Bossy, Hull, Howe, Big M.....

And not to forget Potvin and Stevens...

April 17, 2012  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This won't be his last home game. he will be there in game 6 when they get closed out. Then the home team can salute him properly for an amazing career.

Agreed, what a tremendous player......but, Preds will not give in tonight.....has been the best series so far.....great hockey......both teams are playing their hearts out....fun to watch no matter who you favor.........if Preds survive tonight, RedWings will have a hard time at Bridgestone Friday nigh........Rinne will be a force ........

April 17, 2012  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

It's funny, my son asks me abouty players I got to see play (Gretzky, Jordan, Ichiro) and he is "jealous". He'll get to tell his kids he saw Lidstrom...not too shabby

Hockey is a very special sport. In many ways, its hall of fame (current and potential) is "larger" than that of any other sport. any other sport.

It has been my pleasure to see the Production Line and Red Kelly in action, along with other greats like the two Richards, Geoffrion, Orr, Hull (the elder), and many more including goaltenders Sawchuk, Plante, and Worsley. I watched Yzerman pick the pocket if Gretzky during Gretzky's last game in Motown.

Baseball has its Syan the man, Ted Williams, and Willy Mays. Football has the Galloping Ghost, Mr. Inside and Outside, and Lombardi. Basketball has the Stillt, Bird, Kareem, and the modern era which might be the best of all of basketball.

To me, hockey is the best combination of individual athletic ability and teamwork. It is exciting to see a left winger streak down on the net pursued closely by a defenseman trying to interfere with his breakaway. But to me, it is much more exciting to watch a good team work the puck across the opponent's blue line without "dumpi9ng" it or losing it.

Not too shabby - not too shabby at all!

 
April 17, 2012  11:06 AM ET

Detroit always gets some of the best players, humble, quiet and someone your kids can look up to. Lidstrom, Kaline, Barry Saunders, Yzerman, Dumars, Howe, and Datsuk, who if he did complain you couldn't understand him anyway :) Just to name a few that did their work quietly, without alot of crying. I mean what is this "I hate them all" crap. Emotions get in the way half the time. Just play

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