- Yes, we all know Nick Lidstrom is a super human. Check out what Dave Lozo has to say about the captain in this week’s NHL.com Super 16 rankings
- Mlive.com reports that Filppula might be able to play tomorrow vs. St Louis
- Tonight’s the night. The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors will begin two days of meetings today in Pebble Beach, California
- The Wings fall from 2nd to 3rd place on ESPN’s NHL Power Rankings this week
- Winging it in Motown breaks down last night’s loss to the Colorado Avalanche
- My favorite holiday commercial thus far:
The Red Wings hope to win for the 3rd time against Colorado this season when they visit the Pepsi Center tonight at 8pm EST (FSD). Here are some key things to watch for tonight’s game:
- The Avalanche are coming off two straight wins and hope to end the Red Wings current 7 game winning streak
- Center Ryan O’Reilly leads a young group of Avalanche forwards in scoring, and had five points in the past two Colorado victories
- Former Red Wings Defenceman Kyle Quincey leads the Avalanche in Avg. Ice Time with just under 23 minutes per game. Half of his 16 points have come on the man advantage (3G, 5A)
- Jimmy Howard is 4-0-1 in his past six starts against Colorado
- Brad Stuart has the Red Wings lone short handed goal this season. The Avalanche have given up only one shorty all season (tied for 2nd in the league)
- The Red Wings have won a league high 13 games when scoring the first goal of the game
- As usual, the Red Wings find themselves near the bottom of the league in team penalty minutes. Only Phoenix has spent less time in the box this season.
Should be a fun one from Colorado. They have an amazing young core of forwards and will give the Red Wings D everything they want. I’ll be tweeting all along the way!
Oh and PS
The Detroit Red Wings won their second game in a row last night, taking down the Colorado Avalanche 5-2. I know I’m stating the obvious, but damn–it’s much more fun to watch when we win. It’s also fun to get free curly fries at Arby’s after a Wing gets a hat trick…soo thanks Franzen. Don’t forget to go get yours! The Red Wings now have a combined 10 goals in the last two games after scoring only 6 goals in the 6 games prior. Very impressive. Jimmy Howard stopped 24 of 26 shots and definitely made some nice saves. Eaves sat out again due to his sore back and Bertuzzi is still ill. Commodore was scratched.
1st Period Highlights:
- Captain Nicklas Lidstrom showed the haters (once again) that he isn’t too old for the league—or overrated. It’s hard to believe that anyone with ANY knowledge of hockey whatsoever could possibly believe that. He put the Wings ahead 1-0 half way through the period (8:54, assisted by…no one)
- What appeared to be Valtteri Filppula’s 3rd goal of the season was later credited to Johan Franzen, giving the Red Wings a two goal lead on the power play (2:36, assisted by Fil and Hudler)
- Johan Franzen scored his second goal of the evening on another Red Wings power play just a few minutes later (6:53, assists to Kronwall and Fil)
- Landeskog put one in for the Avalanche when Jonathan Ericsson was in the box for hooking (8:18, assisted by Matt Duchene and former Red Wing Kyle Quincey)
- Colorado’s Ryan O’Reily had some great hand/eye coordination and as Mickey Redmond put it, “spoiled the party” for Pavel Datsyuk, on what could have potentially been the sickest goal of the season.
- Fabian Brunnstrom had a breakaway halfway through the period and was so close to scoring his first goal as a Red Wing! You’ll get em next time, buddy.
- Dan Cleary finally looked like himself again and scored a beauty off his own rebound (14:46, assisted by Pavel Datsyuk and Jakub Kindl)
- Milan Hejduk made it a two goal game while Pavel Datsyuk was in the box (16:55, assists to Wilson and Johnson
- Johan Franzen scored his 3rd goal of the night on an empty net with 0:32 left in the game. It wasn’t just any old empty netter…it was pure awesomeness. He now leads the Red Wings in goal scoring for the season (8).
- Datsyuk played 22:49 and Zetterberg played for 19:24 and each only had 2 shots on goal—that’s gotta change. They are also -4 and -1, respectively.
- Datsyuk got called for hooking at the end of the 3rd period allowing the Avalanche a power play goal 8 seconds later. Datsyuk isn’t in the box too often and is definitely needed for the PK