Much is made of matchups in the playoffs, with coaches trying to gain an advantage by having the right players on the ice against key opponents. Coach Joel Quenneville of the Blackhawks got Jonathan Toews away from Henrik Zetterberg in Game 5, after Zetterberg performed so well against Toews earlier in the series, and especially in Games 3 and 4 when Mike Babcock controlled the last change. Back in Detroit tonight, Babcock is likely to want Toews covered by Zetterberg, one of the great two-way players in the game, whose defensive work is more evident in the arenas than on television, because much of it occurs off-camera. But matching up can be overrated, especially when one team plays much better than the other. "When the game got going and they were way better than us, they could play anybody against anybody," Babcock said. "The whole key to matchups is when you're playing real good and they're playing real good, you probably get what you want, either way. When you're not playing good and they're playing real good, they get to do whatever they want." Zetterberg welcomed the opportunity for the last change, but he also said he sometimes thinks excessive attention is paid to the matchups. "Well, it's easier to control a matchup if we have home ice. We'll have it (Monday) and we'll see what coach wants to do. "I think sometimes you can coach a little too much, to try to match a little too much. But at the same time when you have a chance to have the last change you should take advantage of it."
Red Wings, Blackhawks coaches look for matchup edge
Detroit News | May 27