The Great One once said “You miss 100% of the shots you never take,” and newcomer Damien Brunner sure seems to take that to heart. Two of Brunner’s greatest assets are that he isn’t scared to shoot the puck and he keeps trying until the very end (and it doesn’t hurt to have an amazing set of hands to go along with his persistance).
He had 2 goals and 2 assists in Sunday evening’s spanking of the Vancouver Canucks. He also has a team-leading 66 shots on goal this season, a 15.2 shooting percentage, and leads the team with 10 goals.
Here are a couple clips that demonstrate his awesomeness:
This Datsyuk-esque airhook goal is jaw dropping:
Now watch him dangle…
His chemistry with Zetterberg is incredible (he has assisted 7 of Brunner’s 10 goals), and their bromance is adorable. The captain always looks so proud of his rookie.
I can assure you that there’s much more to come. And for those of you who think Ken Holland would ever let this gem go…tsk tsk.
stats from redwings.nhl.com
When Nick Lidstrom announced his retirement last Spring, many people assumed his partner in crime would soon follow. Anyone who watched Lidstrom’s NHL 36 knows that he and Tomas Holmstrom are besties. The fellow Swedes had their game day tradition of eating at Andiamo and would even drive to the airport together when the Wings would travel. Plus, with Nick no longer around, who would translate Holmer’s Swenglish?
Every goalie in the league knows Holmstrom’s ass all too well. He was best known for his screening ability–partly because it led to many goals for the Wings, and partly because it resulted in many being taken away. How many exactly? No idea. But a lot.
He was also incredible at deflecting and stuffing pucks into the net to finish the job.
Besides for his famous work in the crease, he had plenty of other beauties. He scored 243 goals and had 287 assists in his 1,026 games with the Detroit Red Wings and won four Stanley Cups.
So long, Tomas. Salut. Hockeytown is already missing you, your broken English, and most definitely your ass. Much love.
This edition of Fresh Faces will look at Jordin Tootoo (#22), a 29-year-old right winger and Manitoba native. After playing four seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), Tootoo was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 4th round of the 2001 NHL draft. He played there for 8 of the last 9 seasons (played for the Preds’ AHL affiliate Milwaukee Admirals during the 2004-2005 lockout). Jordin won a gold medal as the captain of Canada’s under-18 team at the 2000 Four Nations tournament, and helped Team Canada win silver at the 2003 IIHF World U-20 Hockey Championship. Of Inuit and Ukrainian descent, he is both the first Inuk player and the first player to grow up in Nunavut to participate in an NHL game (Nunatsiaq News).
While only 5’9, Tootoo is best known for his physical play and being more than willing to drop the gloves. He has recorded two Gordie Howe hat tricks during his career—my fav!!! Even though he draws a lot of penalties (725 PIM in 486 regular season NHL games), the Red Wings will greatly benefit from having a guy like him on the roster. Check out some of his fights from last season…but not before you mute the sound. Nice montage, weak song choice.
“His gloves dropped faster than panties on prom night!” –My mom
There is a softer side of Jordin that tends to be overlooked due to his badass persona—he is an active community member and avid philanthropist. He established the Team Tootoo fund, which helps support nonprofit organizations that address suicide awareness and prevention, as well as nonprofits supporting children and teens in need. He established the fund in 2011, after receiving treatment for alcohol addiction through the NHL/NHLPA’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.
Welcome to Hockeytown, Jordin… we’re very happy to have you. Be prepared for some changes—most Wings fans eat, breathe, bleed Red Wings hockey. And when the crowd at the Joe cheers, we’re actually cheering for YOU, the players…not because they showed Carrie Underwood on the jumbotron.
Make sure to follow Jordin on Twitter: @JTootoo22, @TeamTootooFund
and Instagram: kudluk22
hockeydb.com, hockeyfights.com, cfmt.org
It’s been 175 days since the Detroit Red Wings played. 175 days. That’s an awfully long offseason for the Detroit Red Wings and their fans. I’ve attempted to keep busy by taking up 12 new TV series, getting a real job (ew) and pretending to like baseball (Wait—how many innings are there? How come there are 4 bases? Oh. Go Tigers!)
Over the last month, 9 Red Wing players have signed contracts overseas…and 1 in Denver (Oh Quincey…you WOULD). I’ve spent countless hours looking for illegal websites so I can livestream some hockey and get my fix. I’m pretty bitter that I didn’t see Datsyuk’s header goal live. ESPN2 airing KHL games??? Best news I’ve heard in months.
Let’s sum up what we’ve been missing:
Valtteri Filppula – Jokerit Helsinki (Finland) – SM-liiga
8 GP, 9 pts, 4G, 5A, 2PIM, +5
(Out indefinitely with UBI)
Jan Mursak – HDD Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Erste Bank Eishockey Liga
4 GP, 10 pts, 0G, 10A, 0PIM, +9
Pavel Datsyuk – CSKA Moscow (Russia) – KHL
7 GP, 9 pts, 3G, 6A, 2PIM, +6
Damien Brunner – EV Zug (Switzerland) – National League A
8 GP, 11 pts, 4G, 7A, 6PIM, +2
Fast forward to 1:07 – game against EHC Biel (Tyler Seguin’s team)
Jakub Kindl – HC Pardubice (Czech Republic) – Czech Extraliga
7 GP, 1 pt, 0G, 1A, 0PIM, -6
We haven’t missed anything yet from Cory Emmerton (signed with SaiPa in Finland this week), Jonathan Ericsson (Vita Hasten in Sweden), Drew Miller (Braehead Clan in Scotland – EIHL), Zetterberg (joining Damien Brunner on EV Zug in Switzerland), or Kyle Quincey (Denver Cutthroats…have I been watching too much Dexter or is that really graphic? – CHL).
Overall, I’m pretty impressed with what (4/5 of) the guys have been doing abroad and am interested to see how the other 5 look after a long summer. Wishing Filppula a quick recovery.
stats from hockeydb.com
The awards that really matter…
Best Dressed: It’s a tie: Henrik Lundqvist and Erin Andrews (I can see your hoohah!)
Biggest Upset: Patrice Bergeron taking the Selke over Pavel Datsyuk. He’s good, but Datsyuk is better.
Best Acceptance Speech: Henrik Lundqvist follows the trend of dropping f-bombs on live TV while accepting the Vezina Trophy
“Damn, You Clean Up Nice” Award: Erik Karlsson, Norris Trophy winner.
“Someone Had To Do It” Award: Matthew Perry got stuck with the awkward job of honoring Nick Lidstrom, the best defenseman of all time, right before announcing the winner of the Norris Trophy. Lidstrom wasn’t even a finalist this year…which is total bullshit. We all know who the real winner is. Check out 6:15:
Is it July 1st yet? I see Ryan Suter every night in my dreams… LET’S GO WINGS!
Unless Weber has an asphyxia fetish, I doubt he felt very comfortable in Bertuzzi’s chokehold on Wednesday. A little of this and a little of that and we could have ourselves a real good time tonight.
(Never gets old)
Apparently during the 2012 NHL Playoffs anything goes! And all Setoguchi did was high stick…
Game 2 will be on Fox Sports Detroit, CNBC, CBC, and SportsSouth at 7:30 EST. Let’s Go Wings!
The 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs promos have been released. They’ve definitely achieved their purpose—they’ve given NHL fans the chills and have gotten everyone pumped up for April 11th.
To increase your excitement, check out the highlight of the Red Wings’ Round 1/Game 1 (2011) vs. the Phoenix Coyotes—the Todd Bertuzzi chant:
The Wings clinched a playoff spot last night with a 7-2 blowout against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but the next 6 games will be just as important. The Wings will face the Nashville Predators at the Joe on Friday, which may be the determinant of who gets home ice in the first round of the playoffs. The Red Wings are just one point ahead of the Predators and are battling for the #4 spot in the Western Conference. Unless the Blues have a major collapse or Chicago really steps their game up, it’s likely that the Preds will be the first round matchup for the Wings. The Red Wings have won 3 of their 5 meetings with the Predators this season, 2 of those at home, 1 in Nashville. Here’s a look at the first 5 games:
11/26 Nashville 1 @ Detroit 4
The Red Wings took down the Preds for the 9th game of the 23 game home win streak. Valtteri Filppula had two goals and an assist, Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist, Danny Cleary scored a goal, Jiri Hudler had two assists, and Todd Bertuzzi, Jakub Kindl and Darren Helm each had one assist. Jimmy Howard had a .947sv% and stopped 18 of the 19 shots on goal.
12/15 Detroit 3 @ Nashville 4
This loss really pissed me off. Shea Weber’s two goals in the last 5 minutes (the GWG with just 1:36 left in the 3rd) gave Nashville the 2 points over Detroit.
12/26 Detroit 4 @ Nashville 1
Valtteri Filppula scored 2 goals, and Pavel Datsyuk and Danny Cleary each scored one to give the Red Wings the win over the Preds in their 3rd meeting of the season. Howard stopped 31 of 32 shots, but his opportunity for a shutout was ruined with just 2:12 remaining in the 3rd.
2/17 Nashville 1 @ Detroit 2
This was one of my favorite wins of the season — the one and only Pavel Datsyuk gave the Red Wings their 22nd consecutive home win with just 5 seconds left in the game. Captain Nick Lidstrom hit Zetterberg with a no look pass off the boards, who sent it up to the magician, who then blew past Ryan Suter…and the rest is history. I can only imagine what Pekka Rinne was thinking. Most likely it was “Oh (insert 4 letter word here).” Datsyuk also had an amazing assist…while he was lying down on the ice.
3/10 Detroit 2 @ Nashville 3
This was the first of the Red Wings 6 game losing streak this month. Although it was a loss, Datsyuk found a way to make Detroit fans proud. After Shea Weber blocked and knocked Datsyuk a few times as he attempted to make his way to the net, Datsyuk got back at him…twice as good. The video makes me giggle every time I watch it.
The next couple weeks are going to be tough, but if anyone can push hard and prove their excellence, it’s the Detroit Red Wings. It’s time to smash Smashville.
(stats from detroitredwings.com)
The Red Wings only have 18 games (10 at home, 8 on the road) left to play in the regular season and the race for a playoff spot in the West is tight. The Wings will be without Pavel Datsyuk for a few more weeks, without Jonathan Ericsson for about a month, Nick Lidstrom and Kyle Quincey are both day-to-day, and of course, there is no word on the return of Patrick Eaves. The last 18 games are going to be crucial — let’s break them down:
Western Conference Matchups
3/2/12 @ Detroit
The Wild got the W when they visited Detroit in November. I remember how pissed off I was when Devin Setoguchi scored that ridiculous goal in overtime after the refs failed to make a call for a dirty hit on Kronwall.
3/4/12 @ Detroit
4/7/12 @ Detroit
Detroit has only hosted the Blackhawks once this season and won 3-2 in overtime
3/9/12 @ Detroit
3/13/12 @ LA
The Wings have beat the Kings both at home (8-2) and in Los Angeles (4-1) this season
3/10/12 @ Nashville
3/30/12 @ Detroit
The Red Wings have won both of their games against the Preds at home and also one in Nashville. The 4-3 loss in Nashville was a brutal one, and you can thank Shea Weber for that. He scored 2 goals in the last 5 minutes of the 3rd period.
3/14/12 @ Anaheim
The matchup in Detroit last month was a real nail biter. Todd Bertuzzi won it in the shootout with a shot that had everyone on the edge of their seats.
San Jose Sharks
3/17/12 @ San Jose
Last time the Wings visited San Jose they lost 5-2, even though they outshot the Sharks 42-28 (BARF)
Columbus Blue Jackets
3/26/12 @ Detroit
3/28/12 @ Columbus
The Wings and Jackets will play each other in back to back games, one per city. The Red Wings have won both of their games against the Blue Jackets at home and one of the two games played in Columbus. The Wings suffered a 4-1 loss to Columbus back in October right after they got crushed by the Caps—nothing like being kicked when you’re down. The Red Wings won their most recent meeting with the Blue Jackets by a score of 5-2
St. Louis Blues
4/4/12 @ St. Louis
The Red Wings have won all 3 games vs. the Blues at home this season, but have lost both games they have played in St. Louis. This is gonna be a big one.
Eastern Conference Matchups
3/19/12 @ Detroit
No technique I have learned as a therapist has helped me forget the 7-1 loss the Wings suffered in Washington back in October, after opening the season with a 5-game winning streak. Mike Green had a 4 point game (2G, 2A) and Mathieu Perreault scored 2 goals in his team-low 10:20 of ice time. This will be Detroit’s first game home after a 4-game road trip but I have faith that the Wings will show them who’s boss — and payback’s a bitch.
New York Rangers
3/21/12 @ New York
This will be the first and only meeting between the Red Wings and the Rangers this year. The Red Wings took the win (3-2) when the two teams matched up last season in Detroit.
3/24/12 @ Detroit
This will be the first and only meeting of the two teams this season. The Canes shut out the Wings 3-0 during their only meeting last year.
4/1/12 @ Detroit
This will be the first and only meeting between Detroit and Florida during the 2011-2012 regular season. Last year the Red Wings beat the Panthers 4-3
New Jersey Devils
4/5/12 @ Detroit
This will be the first and only time the Red Wings play New Jersey this season. The two teams met twice last season—once in Detroit, once in New Jersey—with Detroit earning both wins.
3/6/12 @ Philadelphia
The Flyers lost 4-3 when they visited Detroit February 12th, giving the Red Wings their record-tying 20th straight victory at home.
LET’S GO WINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!