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The Ingredients for Success

What do you get when you mix 30 saves by Jimmy, 10 Red Wings with points, 5 Red Wings goals, 2 Phoenix goaltenders, and a handful of Mickeyisms?

A 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, giving the Detroit Red Wings their 8th consecutive win at home.

3 stars: Filppula, Zetterberg, Conner

1st Period Highlights:

  • SOG 12-12
  • 1:12 into the game Todd Bertuzzi scored his second goal of the season after a nice feed from Datsyuk
  • Valtteri Filppula made all the ladies (and gentlemen) squeel when he got his 9th goal of the season 53 seconds later (2:09, assisted by Z and Hudler)
  • Taylor Pyatt went to the box for hooking Abdelkader leading to the PPG by Tomas Holmstrom (14:46, assists to White and Datsyuk) — AMAZING effort by Ian White.
  • 43 seconds later Helm finished off a great play by Chris Conner putting the Wings up 4-0 (15:29, assists to Conner and Kindl) … emphasis on the word “finished”
  • Phoenix goalie Mike Smith was pulled after going 7-11 (.636 sv%)
  • Jiri Hudler made it 5 with just 43 seconds left (assisted by Zetterberg and Fil) …and backup goalie LaBarbera was 0-1 for the period
  • Datsyuk, Hudler, Zetterberg, and Filppula all had 2 point periods… now THAT’s what I’m talkin bout.
  • 02/07/09 was the last time the Red Wings scored 5 goals in the first period
  • Mickeyisms:

“He’s got more moves than a monkey on the high wire”

“There’s been more giveaways here in the first period than the Salvation Army”

2nd Period Highlights:

  • SOG 8-9
  • Not nearly as exciting as the first period but no complaints
  • Radim Vrbata put the Coyotes back in the game (hehe just kidding) with a pretty much unstoppable slapshot (15:15, assisted by Yandle and Morris)

3rd Period Highlights:

  • SOG 12-11
  • Mickey told us a little bit about “Nickel Beer Night” from the good ol’ days… I need to hear more ASAP
  • Datsyuk sat out as a “precaution” because of a lower body injury #FMP
  • Martin Hanzal scored with Jakub Kindl in the box for hooking (11:32, assisted by Doan and Whitney)
The Wings will play the Winnipeg Jets Saturday night at 7:30 at the Joe Louis Arena
My requests: More Fil, a healthy Datsyuk, maybe a fight, some curly fries, and a win. Oh, and I’d like to be invited to Nickel Beer Night. #VoteJimmah! (vote.nhl.com)

Mickey-isms

What I like most about watching the games from home is that I get to hear my favorite broadcasters commentating throughout. Some of the things that Mickey Redmond says are so incredibly entertaining that fans have termed his best phrases “Mickey-isms.”  Michael Heidner from Fox Sports Detroit is brilliant and compiled the best Mickey-isms on a Mickey Redmond Soundboard. (You can refer to these while playing the DRW Drinking Game!)

Check out the Mickey Redmond Soundboard here:

Courtesy of Fox Sports Detroit & Nick on Sports

“Nucks” Rhymes With…

Another great game played by your undefeated Detroit Red Wings, taking the W over the Vancouver Canucks . Jimmy Howard was a rockstar, which as we know can be the make or break factor in a game. Not even the Sedins or hungry hungry Burrows could get one past Jimmy tonight. He made 25 saves in his 6th career shutout. Abs was strong and confident throughout the game– 5 min major for fighting Lapierre in the first, goal in the second. I’m assuming his thought process was something along the lines of “Schneider’s my bitch.”  Would have liked to have seen him get a Gordie Howe hat trick, but no complaints over here. If Abs can keep playing like he has been recently we can expect a rowdy season.

Valtteri Filppula finally gave us a little taste of what he’s got, and I think this was only a preview of what we can expect from him during the season. He put one in just a few minutes after Abdelkader, giving the Wings a two point lead. He made some nasty (the good nasty) moves on the ice, showing us that he can not only steal your girlfriend, but the puck too.

There was a little bit of a scare at the end of the 2nd period when Cody Hodgson got one past Howard right as the buzzer went off. It was reviewed and ruled no goal.

The Detroit Red Wings three stars of the night were Fil, Abs, and Howard, but what really stood out to me was Jonathan Ericsson NOT sucking. He played 16:44, had two shots on goal–legit ones–and actually pushed and shoved a little bit. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but maybe little Jonny will finally give us what we’ve been waiting (and waiting, and waiting) for.

Lastly, it always catches me off guard when Datsyuk does something even semi-rough like making a big hit. I know he’s a hockey player, but for some reason it shocks me every single time. One of these shocking moments came at the beginning of the 2nd when he sent Kevin Bieksa flying into the boards. What a man.

Mickey Redmond quote of the night (credit to z led): “Are we playing hockey or are we playing tiddly-wink here?”

Next Game: Saturday 8:00pm at Minnesota

**Make sure to watch Wingspan: The Winged Wheel tomorrow night at 6:30 on Fox Sports Detroit — that shit looks bomb.

Wings 4, Hawks 3 SO

A little bit of drama went down during tonight’s exhibition game.  To get it out of the way, the major downer was that Jan Mursak fractured his ankle in the 2nd period after being shoved into the boards by Dylan Olsen (and will probably be on injured reserve for a while). He has really been shining throughout the preseason and this injury is a real bummer. One of the other youngins, Brendan Smith, made some good plays once again but definitely made a few of those “rookie mistakes” tonight. I think he has a lot of potential and his mistakes will surely minimize with the help of the almighty captain. On that note — damn it felt good to see #5 on the ice. Lidstrom is a boss and it’s always such a pleasure seeing him out there.

“Meh.”:

  • Conklin made some good saves but had a .875 save percentage, which clearly wouldn’t cut it in the regular season… but I think he’s just warming up
  • Jonathan Ericsson — in general
  • As much as I hate to say it, Brandon Pirri was on fire tonight and scored two goals for the Blackhawks during regulation as well as their shootout goal

Some highlights:

  • Valtteri Filppula had 3 points in tonight’s game, with a power play goal in the first and was credited with assists for Zetterberg’s and Lidstrom’s goals in the 2nd period. This WILL be his season.
  • Lidstrom and Zetterberg each had a goal and an assist
  • Ian White stuck out to me and I think he’s going to do big things for us this year. He had the most ice time out of any player on the Wings or Blackhawks tonight and got an assist for Lidstrom’s goal in the 2nd period
  • Bertuzzi’s shootout goal was out of this world. I had to do a double take to make sure it was a 44 and not a 24(13) on the back of his jersey. So slick, so sick.
  • Mickey Redmond.
  • The Wings ended up getting the win with goals by Bertuzzi and Zetterberg in the shootout

This was a wonderful way to top off a great Sunday in Detroit. The Tigers, Lions and Red Wings all came out on top. We have the Red and White game coming up in Grand Rapids on Tuesday and another exhibition game in Chicago on Wednesday. So much hockey, so much love.

NHL Announces National TV Schedule

NHL on Versus

One of the more exciting days of the long, unbearable, NHL off season has arrived. The NHL and its partners released their National TV Schedule today. Wings fans can look forward to seeing their team compete in 12 games this year on NBC and Versus (soon to be renamed NBC Sports Network). That trails only Boston and Philadelphia (both with 13 games) for the most appearances on National TV.

Additionally, the Red Wings will be a part of 3 Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts on CBC.  Canadian sports channel TSN plans to show 5 Red Wings games to its national audience, and the NHL Network plans to showcase the perennial playoff contenders 9 times (These games will be blacked out it the Detroit market).

Now if you are like me, you’d rather watch the Red Wings own Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond do their thing on local Fox Sports Net. I will save that rant for another blog post, but I understand the honor and importance of gaining national exposure for your hockey team. And I also know the pain of being out of town and desperately searching for TV coverage of your favorite squad.

So no matter what corner of Canada or the United States you find yourself this winter, rest assured that there will plenty of opportunities to watch your favorite team.

Some notable nationally televised Red Wings games below:

  • 11/25/11 Detroit @ Boston  (Former champions play host in first NBC game of the year)
  • 11/30/11 Tampa Bay @ Detroit (Yzerman returns home with the Eastern Conference finalist)
  • 2/17/12 San Jose @ Detroit (rematch of last year’s seven game playoff battle)
  • 4/7/12 Chicago @ Detroit  (Final game of regular season)

You can read the full story and access the full National Schedules at: NHL announces its national TV schedule for 2011-12 – NHL.com – Schedule.