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Jimmy Howard: You’re My All-Star

Hey Brian Elliott–don’t let the door hit you in the vag on your way out.

The Red Wings head back to Detroit with only one W from their 3 game road trip after losing 3-2 to the St Louis Blues.

1st Period Highlights:

  • SOG 10-8
  • Drew Miller went to the box for a high-stick…that wasn’t even his stick.
  • Brad Stuart showed us once again that he makes a GREAT backup goalie

2nd Period Highlights:

  • SOG 9-13
  • Jimmy Howard got his 4th career assist and the Mule put the Wings on the board with a PPG (7:42, also assisted by Hudler…)
  • Alex Steen tied it up 4 seconds after Jakub Kindl went to the box (9:20)

3rd Period Highlights:

  • SOG 10-5
  • Kronwall went to the box 0:11 into the period, allowing Backes and his Blues a chance to get ahead 2-1 (0:45)
  • Not even 2 minutes later, Patrik Berglund made it 3-1 (2:38)
  • Jiri Hudler got one in late in the period (18:40, assists to Cleary and Kronwall) when Howard went to the bench to give the Wings an extra skater

First Star of the night: Jimmy Howard—for being a badass. An assist and a scuffle? VOTE FOR JIMMY!

Crazy last couple minutes… But like a shitty massage, there was no happy ending. The Wings return to the Joe to face the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday at 7:30.

*stats from detroitredwings.com

7th Heaven

The Detroit Red Wings got their 7th straight win tonight in Buffalo. Hot damn!

Hannah’s personal highlight: Mike Babcock’s shirt/tie combo.

1st Period Highlights:

  • Wings outshot Buffalo 18-8
  • Jakub Kindl got his first goal of the season (8:50, assists to Holmstrom and Abdelkader)
  • With Jason Pominville in the box, the Mule put the Wings up 2-0 (13:38, assisted by Lidstrom and Datsyuk)
  • 1:03 after the Franzen goal, “red hot” Valtteri Filppula put one in net (14:41, assisted by Henrik Zetterberg)

2nd Period Highlights:

  • Shots on goal 9-9
  • Abdelkader, Kronwall, and Filppula all spent time in the box — successful on the PK
  • Jimmy’s sick save made him look like a break dancer
  • Not much else…

3rd Period Highlights:

  • Buffalo outshot the Wings 11-9
  • Jochen Hecht made the score 3-1 (13:47, assisted by Pominville and Leino)
  • Pavel Datsyuk got an empty netter to make it 4-1 (18:43, unassisted)
  • Nathan Gerbe cut his upper lip and nostril toward the end of the period…looks pretty nast. Feel better boo boo.

Next game is against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday at 8:00pm. Jimmy for president.

I Spy: Pavel Datsyuk

You heard them right. The crowd was chanting “Let’s Go Red Wings!” at the Staples Center this evening as your Detroit Red Wings took down the LA Kings 4-1. My favorite tweet of the game: “kings fans have been telling me the wings suck the whole game & i’m like ‘talk to me when your jerseys aren’t sparkling.'” (thx for the entertainment @hushlittleladyy) — And I agree…the only time I like my men sparkly is in Twilight.

1st Period Highlights:

  • Mike Richards scored a shorthanded goal (6:37) after Hudler made a Hudler mistake
  • Oh there you are, Pavel Datsyuk!!! Datsyuk scored his first goal since OCTOBER 21ST 37 seconds later (7:14, assisted by Holmstrom and Lidstrom) to tie it up at 1

2nd Period Highlights:

  • Niklas Kronwall took advantage of the slashing penalty against Rob Scuderi and put the Red Wings ahead by 1 (7:08, assists to Franzen and Holmstrom)
  • Brad Stuart’s (not so smart) defensive play led to a penalty shot (11:06) for all-star Anze Kopitar. Howard’s save made me feel like a proud mother…I shed a tear or two. The save and Jimmy’s reaction kind of reminded me of one of the scenes in my favorite movie: Robin Hood Men in Tights. See below.
  • Brendan Smith rushed out of the box after a hooking penalty and sped down the ice to assist Justin Abdelkader, earning his first NHL point and giving the Wings a 2-goal lead (15:38) Congratulations, cutie!
3rd Period Highlights:
  • Datsyuk stayed hungry (for curly fries) and scored his second goal of the game and 4th of the season (15:06, assisted by Johan Franzen)
“It’s not fair…look how quick his hands are” -Craig Button, NHL On The Fly

Overall Highlights:

  • Jimmy Howard was 23-24 (.958 sv%) and was on top of his game
  • Holmer got 2 assists in the 9:07 he was on the ice
  • Datsyuk is back. He wanted it…he got it. And then he got it again. Oh, how we’ve missed you.

The Wings wrap up their West Coast roady with a 8:00 pm game against the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow. Do it to it.

Why, Hello Sharks…We Meet Again.

Your Detroit Red Wings (9-6-1) take on the San Jose Sharks (9-5-1) tonight at 10:30 pm for some late night fun. It’s the first of three stops in the Golden State. This is the 2nd time the teams will be facing off this season—their last meeting was on October 28th and resulted in a 4-2 loss for the Wings. This rivalry has developed and grown exponentially over the past couple seasons, being that the Sharks eliminated the Red Wings in the 2010 and 2011 Western Conference Semifinals.

Tonight:

  • Brendan Smith will be making his official NHL debut tonight and will be paired with Niklas Kronwall
  • Jonathan Ericsson will again be paired with Nick Lidstrom
  • Ex-Shark Ian White is still out with a broken cheekbone
  • Fabian Brunnstrom will be taking Patrick Eaves’ spot in the lineup
  • The Red Wings have been struggling on the power play (déjà vu?) to say the least — they only had 6 shots on goal during the 15 power play minutes against St Louis. The Sharks rank 4th in the league on the PP.
  • Datsyuk has gone 11 games without a goal. Yes…I said Datsyuk.  It’s shocking. What does Pavel think?

“I need to be more productive,” Datsyuk said after practice Wednesday. “I need to shoot more, need to be more dangerous.” (Mlive)

I hate playing the Sharks, even though game 6 last season was one of the most exhilarating games I’ve ever been to (I cried).  Joe Thornton rubs me the wrong way. There are players you fight and there are players you don’t. Nick Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk are at the top of the “don’t” list. Clearly, Thornton thinks these rules don’t apply to him and has tried to start shit with two of the NHL’s classiest players. Way to set a positive example for your team, “Captain.” Fast forward to the minute mark to see the ultra-douche in action.
Let’s get back on that winning streak, eh? Tune in tonight on Fox Sports Detroit.

We’re going streaking!!….again

The Red Wings stayed hot behind another strong performance from goalie Jimmy Howard, who finished with 25 saves. After opening with 5 wins, the Red Wings struggled in a six game slide. They have rebounded during the homestand collecting 9 of 12 possible points and finishing with another 4 game winning streak. The Red Wings scored 3 in the third tonight to break a 2-2 tie with goals by Franzen, Helm and Stuart.

Game Recap

It was all over when…

Helm converted on a 2 on 1 to make it 4-2. The speedy forward missed a similar chance on the penalty kill the previous period, so he was happy to redeem himself off of a beautiful feed from Jiri Hudler.

Player of the Game

I’m giving it to Howard. He was not included in tonight’s three stars, but the keeper was sharp when needed on the second leg of back to back games. He kept Detroit in it early when Dallas was threatening to extend their one goal lead in the first period.

Stat of the Game – 7

Johan Franzen registered 7 shots on net. He was effective in all three periods of tonight’s game and finished with a goal and an assist and a plus 2 rating on the night.

Quick Hits

  • Kronwall scored his second goal in as many nights, and also blocked three Dallas shots.
  • Ian White got his third of the season at the beginning of the 2nd period and made a save in the 3rd with his FACE
  • Every Red Wings player had time on the PP tonight, thanks in part to a late penalty to Jamie Benn
  • The Wings held the advantage in the faceoff circle 37-27
  • Jakub Kindl and Jamie Benn fought late after a unnecessary slash from the Stars forward. Benn had the upper hand.
  • Brad Stuart earned his first two points of the season (1G 1A) and was a game high plus 3.

Howard Earns 3rd SO vs Oilers

Jimmy Howard turned away 24 Edmonton Oilers shots in route to a 3-0 Red Wings victory Friday Night. Drew Miller, Niklas Kronwall and Valtteri Filppula added goals for the Wings, who have won three straight at the Joe. Some quick thoughts:

  • Howard was sharp, as the Oilers were denied on all three of the power play attempts and numerous odd man breaks
  • Lidstrom. What really can I say? Led his team in ice time again, great in all areas of the rink. Took a high stick to the face in the first period, but was fine. A +2 on the night
  • Filppula again shined bright, with a finish on a beauty saucer pass from Henrik Zetterberg.
  • Pavel Datsyuk’s line (Cleary, Holmstrom – and later in the 3rd Miller) was held off the scoreboard. Every other line found the back of the net. No need for alarm as Cleary and Datsyuk both looked better than they did against the Avalanche.
  • Abdelkader had a big hit and fight in the second period. Lennart Petrell came to his teammates aid, and recieved the rare and embarrassing 4 minute double minor for instigating with a facemask (or in his case visor). As a former official, I must say this was an excellent call. If these guys want to play sheriff, they need to take the windshields off. Otherwise, let the big boys handle it.
That’s all stay tuned for more and another home game tomorrow.

Sweet Dreams

I hope these vids help you sleep well tonight —

Gap-toothed Nightmares

This is one of those rare occasions when I’m actually disappointed in the Wings and almost too pissed off to write about them. The Caps played some excellent puck tonight and as much as it hurts me to say, we just couldn’t keep up. Losing 7-1 was simply unacceptable and it was clear that our highly skilled team wasn’t at the top of their game. The Red Wings’ sole goal was scored by Niklas Kronwall (assisted by Datsyuk and Lidstrom) during a 5-on-3 power play in the middle of the 2nd period. At the very least, I’m happy that the Captain got a point during his 1500th game. The Caps scored 2 goals during the 1st, 2 during the 2nd, and 3 during the 3rd. Ty Conklin was 18-25 (0.720 sv%), which is ridiculous–but I guess they win as a team and they lose as a team. I suggest that Conklin stay in the net and close his legs…he gave puck slut a whole new meaning tonight. Wings are now 5-1-0, which is clearly not a bad record, but the Capitals being 7-0-0 makes me want to vomit a little. All I know is that I will definitely be seeing Ovi’s gap-toothed smile in my nightmares tonight.

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The next game is Tuesday night at 7:00 in Columbus

Conklin, Wings Spoil Avs Celebration With 3-0 SO

Ty Conklin Denies The Avalanche - Chris Schneider/Associated Press

Ty Conklin was happy to be back in Detroit this season, where he recorded a career high 25 wins in 2008-09. In his first game back, the veteran recorded a 29 save shutout, with a couple of highlight reel saves in the first and second periods.

The Avalanche hoped to cap a wonderful celebration for former forward Peter Forsberg with a win, and came out firing in the first period. But Conklin was there to answer each test, making 11 stops in the opening frame. While no goals through the 37 minutes may not attract the casual fan, both teams had plenty of chances throughout a thrilling back and forth game.

Equally as impressive was Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who was perfect until Johan Franzen converted on a drop pass from Jiri Hudler. The play developed on a 4 on 2 rush, and Hudler made a perfect pass to the trailing Franzen who made no mistake putting the puck off the crossbar and in from just inside the blue line with three minutes to go in the 2nd.

The Wings came out flying in the third period, but Varlamov was terrific foiling a number of odd man rushes and power play chances. The Avalanche fought back and put serious pressure on Conklin midway thru the frame. But Coach Mike Babcock made a change, placing Pavel Datsyuk on a line with Dan Cleary and Henrik Zetterberg. The trio flew down the ice, with Datsyuk feeding Hank for another one-time rocket off the crossbar and in.

Datsyuk added a third goal on the empty net with assists from Cleary and Conklin. After their sluggish start (which can be attributed to their 3:30 am arrival at the Denver hotel), the Red Wings really showed some character in the third period. Conklin stood on his head, and the Red Wings are now sitting on top of the league with a couple wins on back to back nights.

Game Notes

Detroit was 0-4 on the PP…Niklas Kronwall led the team with 22:28 of ice time…Henrik Zetterberg recorded a game high seven shots on goal…Jakub Kindl is now +5 on the year after two games…The Red Wings struggled from the faceoff dot, Darren Helm was 1 of 9…Forwards Tomas Holmstrom and Fabian Brunnstrom were healthy scratches tonight.

Three Questions Facing The Red Wings This Season

This feature will take a look at three questions facing The Red Wings in the season ahead.

1) How will the Red Wings replace recently retired Brian Rafalski, especially on the power play?

Good question. The Red Wings will undoubtedly miss the Dearborn-native Rafalski, who captained the Red Wings power play with precision and calmness matched only by his counterpart, Nicklas Lidstrom. The Red Wings signed both Ian White and Mike Commodore to help bolster their blue line, but neither of these players has even 30 career power play points. Instead, it looks like it will be a power play by committee this season, with Stuart, Kronwall and White rotating to support Lidstrom. Coach Mike Babcock has experimented with forwards on the blue line before, and you have to wonder if his deep forward group may be able to ease the pain of losing Rafalski.
2) What can we expect from Jiri Hudler after last season’s performance?
There’s no denying it, last season was a bit of an embarrassment for Hudler. After a productive year away from the NHL (Hudler scored a point a game in the Russian KHL), he got off to a terribly slow start for the Wings. After rebounding in February (14 points in 14 games), Hudler drew boos from Red Wings fans during the playoffs, being held shotless and a -3 in his final three games.
That being said, it seems the fans may have jumped ship on Hudler a little early. How quickly they forget this is the same player who scored a combined 26 points in the 2008 and 2009 playoff runs. He’s scored 20+ goals in this league and is a career +26 player. At a salary of $2.8 million dollars a year, Wings GM Ken Holland has nothing to apologize for.
We did not see much of Hudler this preseason, registering one goal in four games. Let’s hope he can bounce back with 40 points this season–a good number which could come from the power play.
3) Which of the newest Wings will have the biggest impact?
Tough call here. There are plenty of candidates to choose from this season, with the influx of young talent to Detroit. My money is on Ian White, who I think could quickly become a fan favorite in Detroit. White is a perfect fit for this team, and should enjoy some extended minutes on the power play with partner Nicklas Lidstrom. White is a smart player, and although undersized can deliver big hits on unsuspecting forwards. White will give the Red Wings twenty steady minutes a night, and should provide highlights on both ends of the ice.