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GDT - Game 25: Red Wings (12-8-4) at Blue Jackets (8-12-4) 2:00

Half way there, and DET are sitting in 4th. After the start to this season, who'd a thunk it?  That is the good news anyways.  In the crosstown traffic that is the WC, the Wings are only 4 points from 11th position. The problematic bit is that DET are the road warrior the rest of the month;  8 road games versus just 3 at home.  April is a little better, 7 road, 6 at JLA.  The ugly bit is that DET are 3-4-2 on the road.

Better hold on, it could get bumpy.

SEASON RECORD:

DET:  24 GP,  12-8-4,  28 pts, (4 in Conf, 2 in Central), 66 GF, 60 GA, Last 10 5-3-2,  WON 2

CBJ:  24 GP,  8-12-4,  20 pts, (15 in Conf, 5 in Central), 55 GF, 70 GA, Last 10 4-4-2,  WON 3

DET ROAD:  3-4-2 (15)

CBJ HOME:  6-4-3  (19)

TEAM STATISTICS:

DET:  0.583 point% (12), 2.67 G/G (18), 2.46 GA/G (7), 1.38 5-5 F/A (3), 14.7 PP% (25), 77.5 PK% (25), 29.7 S/G (12), 28.8 SA/G (17), 52.9 FO% (5)

CBJ:  0.417 point% (29), 2.21 G/G (27), 2.88 GA/G (19), 0.74 5-5 F/A (28), 13.7 PP% (28), 85.4 PK% (6), 26.8 S/G (29), 29.4 SA/G (19), 50.2 FO% (16)

Goal Differential/Game:

DET = +0.21

CBJ =  -0.67

PLAYER STATS:

DET Skaters:

POS Player GP G A PTS +/-  ATOI

L Henrik Zetterberg 24 6 20 26 5  20:52
C Pavel Datsyuk 23 8 16 24 8  20:12
D Niklas Kronwall 24 3 15 18 -2  23:55
C Damien Brunner 24 10 8 18 0  17:21
C Valtteri Filppula 19 4 6 10 3  17:40
D Jonathan Ericsson 21 2 8 10 5  21:14
C Johan Franzen 17 4 6 10 4  18:39
C Tomas Tatar 16 4 3 7 3  11:32
R Daniel Cleary 24 5 2 7 -2  17:16
R Patrick Eaves 16 1 5 6 6  10:08
D Jakub Kindl 17 2 4 6 10  17:25
C Joakim Andersson 14 3 3 6 6  10:11
L Drew Miller 24 2 3 5 0  13:23
R Jordin Tootoo 24 2 2 4 2  9:29
D Brian Lashoff 20 1 3 4 -3  18:19
C Cory Emmerton 24 2 1 3 1  10:31
R Todd Bertuzzi 7 2 1 3 3  15:31
D Ian White 14 1 1 2 -2  20:47
L Justin Abdelkader 24 1 1 2 -4 14:07
R Mikael Samuelsson 3 0 1 1 -2  14:07
D Kyle Quincey 22 1 0 1 12  18:47
D Brendan Smith 13 0 1 1 6  18:24
D Kent Huskins 11 0 0 0 -3  15:20
D Carlo Colaiacovo 2 0 0 0 0  17:26
C Darren Helm 1 0 0 0 0  12:27
L Jan Mursak 2 0 0 0 0  5:38
C Gustav Nyquist 2 0 0 0 -1  12:22

DET Goalies:

Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT

Petr Mrazek 2,  1-1-0,  2.02,  0.922
Jimmy Howard 21, 10-7-3,  2.50,  0.915
Jonas Gustavsson 3,  1-0-1,  1.80,  0.923

CBJ Skaters:
POS Player GP G A PTS +/-  ATOI

L Vinny Prospal 24 9 5 14 -2  16:25
C Mark Letestu 22 5 8 13 2  15:43
D Fedor Tyutin 24 1 12 13 -4  24:13
L Nick Foligno 24 2 9 11 -1  15:44
C Derick Brassard 22 3 8 11 -7  16:26
D Jack Johnson 20 2 8 10 -9  26:15
D James Wisniewski 15 3 6 9 -2  23:32
R Derek Dorsett 24 3 6 9 -11  15:59
C Brandon Dubinsky 15 1 7 8 -3  18:15
C Artem Anisimov 19 6 2 8 -6  16:44
C RJ Umberger 24 4 4 8 -4  18:54
L Matt Calvert 21 4 2 6 -11  13:07
C Ryan Johansen 16 1 4 5 -10  15:50
D Nikita Nikitin 20 2 2 4 -5  22:01
R Jared Boll 24 1 3 4 3  7:54
R Cam Atkinson 11 2 2 4 2  16:59
D Tim Erixon 16 0 4 4 3  16:43
C Derek MacKenzie 22 3 1 4 1  10:14
D Adrian Aucoin 18 0 2 2 -10  16:58
D Cody Goloubef 9 1 0 1 -2  14:50
D John Moore 13 0 1 1 -4  14:17
C Nick Drazenovic 4 0 0 0 -1  10:34
C Colton Gillies 12 0 0 0 -1  8:22
D Nick Holden 2 0 0 0 1  8:34
C Sean Collins 2 0 0 0 -1 12:33
D Dalton Prout 4 0 0 0 1  15:13
D David Savard 3 0 0 0 -3  14:51
C Jonathan Audy-Marchessault 2 0 0 0 -1  10:56

CBJ Goalies:

Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT

Sergei Bobrovsky 15,  6-6-3,  2.46, 0.913
Steve Mason 11,  2-6-1,  3.08,  0.897

THE HOCKEY NEWS - TOTT:

DET - HOT:

Patrick Eaves  - 3 pts in last 4 GP
Jimmy Howard - 2-0-0, 0.50, .983 in last 2 GPI
Jonas Gustavsson - 1-0-1, 1.58, .932 in last 2 GPI

DET - NOT HOT:

Jakub Kindl - 1 pts in last 5 GP
Kyle Quincey - 0 pts in last 4 GP
Dan Cleary  - 0 pts in last 5 GP

CBJ - HOT:

Vaclav Prospal - 5 pts in last 5 GP
Jack Johnson - 2 pts in last 2 GP
Nick Foligno - 5 pts in last 5 GP
Tim Erixon  - 2 pts in last 3 GP
Fedor Tyutin  - 2 pts in last 3 GP
Sergei Bobrovsky  - 2-0-0, 0.56, .982 in last 2 GPI

CBJ - NOT HOT:

Adrian Aucoin  - 0 pts in last 4 GP
Steve Mason  - 0-0-1, 5.00, .837 in last 2 GPI

Injury Report:

DET:

Bertuzzi, Todd Back injury injured reserve
Colaiacovo, Carlo Shoulder injury injured reserve
Filppula, Valtteri Left shoulder injury day-to-day
Helm, Darren Back injury injured reserve
Samuelsson, Mikael Broken finger injured reserve

CBJ:

Dorsett, Derek  Fractured clavicle  injured reserve
Dubinsky, Brandon  Knee injury  injured reserve
Moore, John  Shoulder injury  injured reserve
Wisniewski, James  Broken foot  injured reserve

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Friday practice:

Jonas Gustavsson starting.  Babcock said the goalie is the only lineup change. No changes to the anticipated lines and defense pairs:

Johan Franzen-Henrik Zetterberg-Damien Brunner

Justin Abdelkader-Pavel Datsyuk-Daniel Cleary

Tomas Tatar-Joakim Andersson-Patrick Eaves

Drew Miller-Cory Emmerton-Jordin Tootoo

Niklas Kronwall-Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey-Brendan Smith

Brian Lashoff-Jakub Kindl

Jonas Gustavsson (starting)

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RWBill's avatar

“Some nights you walk out of here and you’re in fourth place. You come back in the morning in 10th; it’s like, ‘Wow! What happened?’ ‘’ Howard said. “It definitely makes for entertaining hockey, knowing that so much is on the line every single night.’‘

Entertaining hockey.  Remember the YOH (Year of Hossa) when entertaining hockey meant the Wings would give up a 2 goal lead in the third period and decide to start playing again and then score 2 more?  Dominating games was so predictable.
<sigh>

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/09/13 at 08:22 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Managed to hold on to 4th place over night, but everyone 5-8 has 1 or 2 games in hand on Detroit.  What a cluster.  Must win road games.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/09/13 at 08:32 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Wings on tonight, and Sault High playing for a state championship this afternoon: Hockey Heaven!

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/09/13 at 08:38 AM ET

Zqto's avatar

Entertaining hockey.  Remember the YOH (Year of Hossa) when entertaining hockey meant the Wings would give up a 2 goal lead in the third period and decide to start playing again and then score 2 more?  Dominating games was so predictable.
<sigh>

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek

I hear ya…  I kinda remember when the wings where 2 goals behind under 5 minutes to go, and all lthat crossed my mind was “who are the 2 loving bastards that gonna score to tie this up?”

Posted by Zqto on 03/09/13 at 08:39 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Red Winger the Wings game is 2 pm, so hope that doesn’t conflict!

Where do they play the state championship?  Do they divide hockey by classes too, I hope?  Some of the Detroit area schools have a lot of kids.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/09/13 at 08:54 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

This is cool.  High School hockey playoffs would definitely be something I could get into if I move back to Michigan.  Plymouth is an area I was considering moving to as it’s halfway between Ann Arbor and JLA / Comerica Park.  Looks like the arena there is nice, and they have the Whalers.

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PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, MI—Not many hockey teams can allow a 33 shots on goal margin of difference and live to tell about. Flint Powers Catholic learned that reality Friday, when it dropped a 4-3 double-overtime loss to Sault Ste. Marie in the Division 3 semifinals at Compuware Arena.

The Chargers were out-shot 54-21 by the Soo, including 13-1 in the two overtime periods. Sault Ste. Marie’s final shot came off the stick of Eric Hillock and found the back of the net at the 2:45 mark of the second overtime.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/09/13 at 09:04 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

And in the YOH he pretty much disappeared in the playoffs.

Thanks, Okie!

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/09/13 at 09:05 AM ET

dougie's avatar

And in the YOH he pretty much disappeared in the playoffs.

He was just demonstrating what day-to-day life with Franzen was going to be like.

Posted by dougie on 03/09/13 at 09:11 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Franzen had 12 goals in the ‘09 playoffs.  Hossa had 6.  Just a reminder for those still questioning why the Wings signed Mule instead of Hoss.  (Not to mention the money - the Wings could not afford to pay what Hossa was demanding.  They had already signed Franzen - it wasn’t “either/or” and they had other players to re-sign.)

Has Hossa turned out to be the better player over time?  Of course!  But at the time, Mule looked like the better - much better - playoff performer.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/09/13 at 09:37 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Mornin’ Bitches. I can’t lament aboot Hossa. What’s done is done. Besides, he would have stayed in the “Big D” if he really wanted to. He was made an awesome offer but, opted for the “city of the big shoulders”. We signed Mule because Hossa had no intentions of staying in Detroyet.  Plus, that other Mule was darn good.

Now if only we can land Corey Perry. Say what you will. I do not give a flying fuch. He is a power forward, scores decent amounts of foals, and, is a total douchenozzle.

Thanks OKie.

Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/09/13 at 09:46 AM ET

dougie's avatar

Franzen had 12 goals in the ‘09 playoffs.  Hossa had 6.  Just a reminder for those still questioning why the Wings signed Mule instead of Hoss.

I know, I know. I didn’t say I was being entirely rational. I need to stop commenting about Franzen, because I never have anything good to say aboot him.

I don’t think that would change if he scored the game winning goal in OT of the Stanley Cup Finals. Small minded? Yep. Petty? Yep. apparnetly I have a deep character flaw.

Posted by dougie on 03/09/13 at 10:02 AM ET

dougie's avatar

And apparnetly I can’t spell apparently. Or use spellcheck.

Posted by dougie on 03/09/13 at 10:14 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

thanks, Okie.

m u s t   w i n   r o a d   g a m e s ...
m u s t   w i n   r o a d   g a m e s ...
m u s t   w i n   r o a d   g a m e s ...

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/09/13 at 10:42 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I need to stop commenting about Franzen, because I never have anything good to say aboot him.

There isn’t anything good to say aboot him these days.  Fire away!  wink

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/09/13 at 10:47 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Wings will be wearing their red sweaters today.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/09/13 at 10:47 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Improving on the 0-33 road PP might be a good idea.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/09/13 at 10:49 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

thanks, Okie.

m u s t   i m p r o v e   P P ...
m u s t   i m p r o v e   P P ...
m u s t   i m p r o v e   P P ...

L.G.R.W.

... apearantlly ...
... appirenttly ...
... appearentlly ...
... apararntty ...
... aparently ...
... //sigh //

… obviously.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/09/13 at 10:56 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Wings will be wearing their red sweaters today.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/09/13 at 10:47 AM ET

Maybe that’ll make them think they’re at home and they’ll score on the PP…

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/09/13 at 10:57 AM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Pasha at his best - comment from GJM’s post for today’s game at TMR.

‘Using an analogy to sum up Abdelkader’s contribution to the top six forwards this season, Datsyuk said, “It’s like somebody needs to pull the piano and somebody needs to play the piano. This is a guy who pulls the piano.” ‘


Great Stuff.

Posted by w2j2 on 03/09/13 at 06:13 AM ET

LOL

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/09/13 at 11:08 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Pav.  Hilarious.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/09/13 at 11:41 AM ET

RorSchach's avatar

That he is. smile

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 03/09/13 at 12:06 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Thanks, Jeff.  Toasting the GDT with a java.

Better hold on, it could get bumpy.

Aye.  We’re gonna find out what kind of character this team has with all of those road games.

Referees:
Kelly Sutherland #11
Ian Walsh #29

Linesmen:
Vaughan Rody #73
Michel Cormier #76

One took a puck to the noggin and the other (Walsh) doesn’t need one to be a dumb ref.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 03/09/13 at 12:48 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Thanks again Okie.
Remember the other deal with signing Hossa vs Franzen was Hossa getting hurt toward the end of the season against the Blows and needing shoulder surgery in the off season.  If I remember right, he missed a good bit of the next season rehabbing.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/09/13 at 01:18 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Eaves
Tootoo
Miller
Emmerton
Andersson
Tatar
Abdelkader
Cleary
__________
Franzen
Filppula
__________
Datsyuk
Brunner
Zetterberg

Yes, it’s because of Babcock, lolzz.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/09/13 at 05:22 PM ET

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