Monthly Archives: February 2012

Red Lines – Deadline Edition

With the trade deadline approaching (Monday at 3PM) here is the latest from the greatest team in sports.

My guess, which is as good as anyone’s, is the team will add another gritty forward if the price is right. Travis Moen or Paul Guastad would each cost a mid-round pick and add some toughness come April. If the right deal does not come, don’t be surprised to see the Wings stand pat. Chemistry is often underrated, and this team has earned 15 out of the last 18 possible points.

Kyle Quincey Returns To The D

In what was essentially a three team deal, the Red Wings have aquired Kyle Quincey from Colorado via Tampa Bay. The Lightning and GM Steve Yzerman had dealt Steve Downie (who needed a change of scenery) to Colorado for Quincey earlier this afternoon.

The Red Wings gave up their 2012 first round pick and prospect Sebastien Piche.  Quincey, who will be a restricted free agent at season’s end, has 23 points in 54 games this season with Colorado. He broke into the NHL with the Red Wings in 2005.

Top 5 Wins of the NHL Record Home Streak

Oh what a night! The Joe was rocking, a playoff type atmosphere. And despite Steve Ott’s anger issues, some questionable officiating both ways, and a late Dallas goal the Red Wings dominated for a 3-1 win and a new NHL record 21st straight home victory.

Detroit began its historic run after a 4-1 loss to Calgary on Nov. 3rd. Those who recall this game, will remember a Detroit team outplaying the Flames, only to cough a few costly turnovers to Team Canada hero Jerome Iginla. The loss would be the Red Wings sixth straight and had many fans in a state of frenzy.

But since then, it has been perfection at the Joe. Let’s revisit the top five wins of the streak:

5. Nov 5th 5-0 vs Ducks

With rumors swirling (grant it all of them from yahoos on twitter) the Wings made a statement, chasing Jonas Hiller from the pipes and outshooting the Ducks 17-1 in the first 13:30 of the game. Faith was surely restored after one of the NHL’s most dominating performances. When push came to shove, it was Captain Nicklas Lidstrom netting two goals and ending a six game slide. Watch how many goals come from the point.

4.  Dec 17 8-2 vs Kings

Coming off a tough late loss to the Predators, the Wings returned home and grabbed two big points from the Kings. As it has been so many times this season, the third and fourth lines carried the offense, accounting for all four first period goals.  A goalie change could not save the Kings, as starter Jonathan Quick gave up 3 goals on the first 7 shots. In the end, Cleary and Emmerton would each finish with three points.

3.  Feb 12 4-3 vs  Flyers

Just last Sunday, the Flyers came into town with hopes of spoiling a streak.  They were up to the task, and held a 2-1 lead after Brayden Schenn’s second goal of the night in the 2nd period. But the big guns showed up for Detroit as Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Frazen all scored. Joey McDonald, making his fifth straight start for the injured Howard, was superb in goal when needed in the third when Philly outshot Detroit 10-4.

Listen to the Joe rock in the last 1:05 of this game.

2. Jan 14 3-2 (OT) vs  Blackhawks

With a heated rival in town, the Wings had a chance to tie their franchise record for consecutive wins at 14. Things were looking good after Datsyuk’s no look pass sprung Bertuzzi to make it 2-0. But a bad bounce and a last minute goal sent the game into Overtime. From there, it was Bertuzzi batting a rebound out of midair to win the game with 38.3 seconds left.

1. Dec 27 3-2 vs  Blues

Tough to pick between any of the three home Red Wings victories this season against the Blues, but my choice is a gritty one goal win coming off a back to back after Christmas break. Before I go any further, can you imagine how good a playoff series between these two would be? But the Wings battled back from a 2-0 deficit, and it would have been more if not for a few acrobatic saves by Howard, to score two in the 3rd period and win. It was Kronwall scoring the game winner just 56 seconds after Datsyuk tied it up. The game had a playoff like atmosphere about it, and Kronwall’s goal was truly one of those jump out of your chair moments.

Did I miss one? Let us know. Here’s to number 22!

 

 

National Hottie League

It’s a great day today! Love is in the air… The Wings have the opportunity to set a new NHL record for most consecutive home wins when they play Dallas tonight (get’er done boys). To spice up your Valentine’s Day and hold you off until 7:30 I’ve put together a list of the top 15 hottest NHL wives. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so before you begin, agree to disagree…and enjoy.

15. Tammy (Plante) Horton

This Canadian beauty is the wife of Boston Bruin’s right winger Nathan Horton.  She’s been in Playboy a few times… so you might be a little more familiar with her than I am.

14. Abby Malone

Abby and Ryan Malone (Tampa Bay Lighting) had quite the risque wedding photographer. Thank god she looks DAMN GOOD in a thong because her ass is all over the internet.

13. Josephine Johansson

Josephine is the wife of retired Swedish NHL superstar Mats Sundin.  He was the first overall pick in 1989 and went on to set numerous franchise and league records during his career.

12. Janet Jones

Yep… that’s Mrs. Wayne Gretzky in the March 1987 issue of Playboy. The two married the following year and the rest is history. RAWR.

11. Noureen DeWulf

This 2007 Maxim Hot 100 “hottie” is the wife of Michigan State alum/Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller.  She has been in a number of magazines and is an actress on the small and big screen (Outsourced, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past).

10. Gena Lee Nolin

Gena is married to Cale Hulse, a retired Canadian NHLer. She started off her acting/modeling career as one of Barker’s Beauties on The Price is Right, but apparently the price was wrong bitch!! (hehe). Gena then scored a huge role in one of my favorite television shows of all time–Baywatch.  Like others on this list, she too spread her legs had a spread in Playboy (2001).

9. Piritta Hannula

Piritta, wife of Niklas Hagman, is a model (obviously) and Miss Finland 2004. The two Finns have been married since 2006.

8. Willa Ford

Although her hubby, Mike Modano, only made a brief appearance here in Hockeytown, I’m a big fan of his and his wife.  Not only is she a very talented musical artist (I WANNA BE BAD!), but has been in movies, on reality tv shows, and in Playboy!

7. Melanie Collins

I know, I know… Melanie Collins and Scottie Upshall aren’t married (yet). But I figured I could make an exception for a fellow *Tempe 12* alum! She definitely deserves a spot on this list, especially since there’s a good chance her and Scottie have been dating longer than some of the married couples on here.

6. Hilary Duff

Duff’s hubby, Mike Comrie, sadly retired yesterday at the age of 31. They got hitched in 2010 and are expecting their first baby.  Comrie is one lucky bastard.

5. Jessica Welch

Alas… a true puck bunny. The French-Canadian actress was first married to former Capital/Canadien/Islander/Panther Richard Zednik, but they divorced in 2009.  Welch married Dustin Penner last month. You go girl.

4. Angelica Bridges

I have one hell of a girl crush on Angelica Bridges. This firey redhead is married to Sheldon Souray of the Dallas Stars and was the cover model for Playboy in November 2001. Oh! And she was on Baywatch too.

3. Veronica Varekova

Veronica is the ex-wife of ex-NHLer Petr Nedved and has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition EIGHT TIMES!!!!! Enough said. Oh, she’s also a very inspiring philanthropist.

2. Carrie Underwood

She is simply PERFECTION. Carrie is married to Nashville Predators alternate captain Mike Fisher.  She was the winner of the 4th season of American Idol and seems to be the only one who has continued to thrive in the industry. Get it gurllllll

1. Emma Andersson

Looky what we have here! The stunning wife of our very own (and very hunky) Henrik Zetterberg. What a good looking couple.  They say two’s a couple, three’s a party…?

Wings Remain at #2 in ESPN Power Rankings

While the heroes of Hockeytown got lots of love on nearly every ESPN mid-day program (Around The Horn, Pardon the Interruption and SportsCenter to name a few) the consensus agreement is that the New York Rangers are still the NHL’s team to beat. The Rangers held onto the top spot in ESPN’s NHL Power Rankings for the fourth straight week running their record to 36-13-5. The Red Wings also held steady after recording their league record tying 20th consecutive home victory last night against the #8 Philadelphia Flyers.

Central Division contenders St. Louis (#4) and Nashville (#6) remained among the League’s top ten, while the Blackhawks – who are winless in their last 8 contests – dropped down to #13.  The Blue Jackets again have been named the last place team despite beating #29 (and once contending) Minnesota Wild two times last week.

Read the full rankings below:

NHL Hockey Power Rankings – Week 20 – National Hockey League – ESPN.

Red Lines – Winter Classic Edition

What a week for Hockeytown! Not that we all didn’t see this coming, but having it set in stone sure does feel good. Now let’s just hope those Myans don’t ruin us. Anyways here’s all the best news on the 2013 Winter Classic in one easy place!

  • Mike Illitch lays out his plans for the Hockeytown Winter Festival writes George Sipple
  • Alumni candidates are set for reunion writes Helene St. James. Plus a great recap of the Winter Festival event list and past Winter Classic summaries.
  • Speculation has already started on if this could improve the chances of Nicklas Lidstrom returning for another season. Read about it here and here.
  • Downtown Windsor also expects a boost from the Hockeytown Winter Festival, from the Dave Hall of the Windsor Star.

Red Wings vs Canucks Preview 2/2/12

The Red Wings take on Vancouver tonight (10pm EST, FSD) in a matchup of two of the league’s top squads. Some quick notes for tonight:

  • Danny Cleary was briefly in the hospital due to some excess fluid in his leg. He is okay and will be in the lineup tonight, although he will need to have the knee drained at some point. In his own tough guy words, “at some point, but the time is not now.” Gotta love hockey players.
  • Speaking of that, if you missed it, check out Justin Abdelkader taking one, (and attempting to take another) for the team. 
  • Keeping on the pain train, Tomas Holmstrom will be back in the lineup after having some negative side effects from a cortisone treatment during the All Star Break.

So here are the forward lines:

Franzen-Datsyuk-Bertuzzi

Filppula-Zetterberg-Hudler

Miller-Helm-Cleary

Emmerton-Abdelkader-Holmstrom

Both teams were down playing the Kronwall hit which led to some high tempers last game. We’ll see if that holds true on the ice. 

Shortly after this hit, was another Jimmy Howard scuffle, which I wrote about in a recent article. Vancouver went on to win the game 4-2.

Sounds like it should be a fun one from the Rogers Arena. Buckle those chin straps boys!