Monthly Archives: October 2011
- Start off with a little Red Wings Halloween fun (chicka chicka DJ Datsyuk)
- The Wings dropped from #2 to #17 on ESPN.com’s NHL Power Rankings this week
- Pavel Datsyuk’s diagnosis: “We can’t score. That is the problem.”
- A great write up by Greg Wyshynski on Niklas Kronwall’s contract extension on Puck Daddy
- In order to break this losing streak, the Wings are looking to get more people involved offensively, says Ansar Khan from Mlive.com
- An article by Helene St James from the Detroit Free Press explains that the losing streak is frustrating for all Red Wings stakeholders
- It has been confirmed that Fabian Brunnstrom has cleared waivers and is heading back to Grand Rapids
- Gustav Nyquist is being called up from Grand Rapids according to Bill Roose from DetroitRedWings.com … more details to come
Big news today from the Red Wings front office, as GM Ken Holland has inked defenseman Niklas Kronwall to a 7-year extension. The deal will keep arguably the Red Wings’ best blue liner in a Red Wings jersey until 2019. Kronwall, along with fellow Swedes Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg, signed until 2020 and 2021 respectively, will be the core of this Red Wings team for the remainder of the decade.
The move was an essential one for the team, as the 30 year old was playing in the final year of his current deal. The hard hitting Kronwall has chipped in two points this season. The contract averages out to about $4.75 million a year, and full details of the deal can be found at the link below.
Here’s a kickass compilation of the Wings’ top 10 goals of October:
Awesome YouTube channel… check it out!
Even though the Wings looked better last night than they have over the last few games, it clearly wasn’t enough. Tonight they play the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center at 8pm.
- Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Zetterberg and White were all -2 last night
- Hudler had no goals, assists, or even shots on goal…yet still ended up breaking even (+/-). He also had two penalties for holding in the 3rd
- Holmstrom had another goal taken away on a goalie interference call
- Datsyuk is -4 this season; Zetterberg -3; Lidstrom, Cleary, Kronwall, and Eaves are all -2
- The Red Wings have scored only 4 goals in their last 3 games combined
- This is the 2nd time the Wings are facing the Wild this season — the Wings managed to come back from a 2-0 deficit and win in overtime the last time they met
- The Red Wings are now 5-3-0 this season, the Wild are 3-3-3
- Detroit has won their last 4 games vs. Minnesota
- The Wings have a 28-6-3-4 all-time record against the Wild
- Greg Wyshynski from Puck Daddy breaks down the 2011-12 Shanabans thus far (with some great illustrations)
- DetroitRedWings.com confirms that Fabian Brunnstrom was placed on waivers today
- Jimmy Howard will be in goal tonight and Eaves will be replaced by Emmerton in the lineup, according to Mlive.com’s Ansar Khan
- Winging it in Motown previews tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild (8pm EDT)
- While Joe Thornton was Friday’s #2 star, Lidstrom, Zetterberg, Holmstrom & Stuart all received honorable mentions from Puck Daddy
- Spector’s Hockey says visors may become mandatory in the NHL
- Hockey Fights Cancer month makes a big impact
- NHL.com reports that Pittsburgh will host the 2012 NHL draft
- Anthony Fenech from the Detroit Free Press talks Mike Babcock’s changes and the SJS rivalry
- Bill Roose from DetroitRedWings.com confirms that Ian White is happy to be in Detroit
- Jimmy Howard is hoping to help the Wings get back on track according to Ansar Khan from Mlive.com
- Babcock is bitter about loss, Jimmy Howard is back from paternity leave (Helene St. James from the Detroit Free Press)
- Mlive.com’s Ansar Khan says Mike Babcock is still shuffling
- The Detroit Red Wings released their new hilarious commercial for the season. View it here
- Detroit Hockey Report says the Wings need to pull out of their slump fast
- Here is a clip from last night’s game — a gorgeous, legal hit by Pavel Datsyuk:
I thought the 7-1 loss Saturday night would cause the Wings to wake up and smell the hummus but apparently there are still some kinks that need to be worked out. Of course the Blue Jackets were “hungry for a win” — who wouldn’t be after an 8 game losing streak? But the Wings should have been hungry too. Not just because we got dominated by the Caps a few nights ago, but because we’re the Red Wings and we’re always hungry. We started off sloppy tonight, allowing a goal by RJ Umberger just 0:21 into the first period. Sometimes things clean up after a reality check like that, so it was a relief when Helm tied the score 4 1/2 minutes later. Things really started to look up when 22-year-old Allen York came in to replace Steve Mason due to shoulder pain. The sunshine didn’t stay out for long — Mason returned after only 2:33. To darken things up just a little more, the Wings were called for too many men on the ice, allowing Ryan Johansen his first NHL goal on the power play.
The second period was frustrating. There was some diddle-daddling and a couple of penalties and then 20-year-old rookie John Moore scored his first NHL goal at 14:16. Conklin made a few good saves this period, but none of Detroit’s 15 shots on goal made it in.
The third was just as frustrating as the first two. Babs switch up the lines a bit but it didn’t seem to help. Conklin made some impressive saves but the Jackets put up a fourth goal with 0:54 left in the game — a short-handed empty netter.
- Helm scored his 1st goal of the season and ended up +1
- Conklin was 28-31, he is now 75-85 for the season
- Hudler was an invisible man — but sometimes it’s better that way
- It would have been a little more bearable if there was any action whatsoever. I wanted/needed someone to drop the gloves. There was a VERY minimal scuffle (it consisted of one shove and some shit talking) involving Zetterberg and it’s not like that was going anywhere