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GDT - Game 3:  Red Wings (1-1) host Stars (1-1)  7:30

The Wings (1-1) home-opener tonight against the Stars (1-1).  Detroit desperately needed a win at CBJ last night, and got it in dramatic fashion.  From the drop of the puck and Tootoo's gloves, DET got off to a spirited start and a 2 goal lead.  Then special teams woes and piss poor defense found CBJ tallying three unanswered goals to take the lead late in the 3rd.  But outstanding effort by Zetterberg along the boards, and a great pass by a driving Kronwall, led to a tap-in goal by Datsyuk to tie the game.  Brunner's specatacular shoot-out goal wins it for the Wings.

But special teams play are killing the Wings.   DET have allowed six power-play goals in two games, given up a short-hander, and are o-fer on the PP (I didn't have enough time to look up the tries).  Last night DET's PP looked dangerous at least once - - the others were momentum killers.

And don't think you are the only one noticing the Wings blueline issues, DET have allowed four breakaway goals in two games. Even Khan(!) is taking note of the painfully obvious:  Quincey, in particular, must play better.  Lashoff did play quite well in his debut.  Fredo got hurt - again.

Wings fan should take heart at their effort last night, but also realize it is going to be a struggle this season.


DET:  2 GP,  1-1-0,  2 pts, (10 in Conf, 5 in Central), 4 GF, 9 GA, Last 10 1-1-0, WON 1

DAL:  2 GP,  1-1-0,  2 pts, (8 in Conf, 3 in Pacific),  4 GF, 4 GA, Last 10 1-1-0,  LOST 1

DET home:  0-0
DAL road:  0-1


DET:  0.500 point% (14), 1.50 G/G (25), 4.50 GA/G (26),  1.00 5-5 F/A (12), 0.00 PP% (30), 50.0 PK% (26), 28.0 S/G (20), 34.5 SA/G (24), 50.4 FO% (13).

DAL:  0.500 point% (13), 2.00 G/G (21), 2.00 GA/G (11), 2.00 5-5 F/A (7), 25.0 PP% (14), 75.0 PK% (16), 25.0 S/G (28), 36.0 SA/G (26), 48.3 FO% (20).

Goal Differential/Game:

DET = -3.00
DAL = +0.00

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

C Pavel Datsyuk 2 1 1 2 1  22:16

D Niklas Kronwall 2 0 2 2 2 24:17
R Mikael Samuelsson 2 0 1 1 -1  13:22
L Henrik Zetterberg 2 0 1 1 1  21:20
D Ian White 2 1 0 1 0  22:00
C Johan Franzen 2 0 1 1 1  17:48
R Daniel Cleary 2 0 0 0 -1  16:40
D Carlo Colaiacovo 2 0 0 0 0  17:26
R Jordin Tootoo 2 0 0 0 0  8:29
C Valtteri Filppula 2 0 0 0 -1  18:01
D Jonathan Ericsson 1 0 0 0 0 18:53
R Patrick Eaves 1 0 0 0 0 11:40
D Kyle Quincey 2 0 0 0 -2  20:18
L Drew Miller 2 0 0 0 0 15:00
L Justin Abdelkader 2 0 0 0 0 12:36
C Cory Emmerton 2 0 0 0 0  9:10
L Jan Mursak 1 0 0 0 0  2:34
D Brendan Smith 2 0 0 0 -1  16:58
C Damien Brunner 2 0 0 0 -1 18:17

DET Goalies:

Jonas Gustavsson 1, 0-0-0, 3.16, 0.875
Jimmy Howard 2, 1-1-0, 4.53,  0.869  

DAL Skaters:

POS Player GP G A PTS +/-  ATOI

R Jaromir Jagr 2 2 2 4 1  17:02
L Ray Whitney 2 1 1 2 0  19:11
D Stephane Robidas 2 0 2 2 2  22:32
L Loui Eriksson 2 1 1 2 1  19:29
C Derek Roy 2 0 1 1 1  19:41
L Brenden Morrow 2 0 0 0 0 15:01
R Michael Ryder 2 0 0 0 0 17:38
L Vernon Fiddler 2 0 0 0 0  12:47
D Trevor Daley 2 0 0 0 -2  20:55
L Eric Nystrom 2 0 0 0 -1  12:43
D Alex Goligoski 2 0 0 0 1 24:11
C Tom Wandell 2 0 0 0 0  12:43
D Philip Larsen 2 0 0 0 0  15:38
D Jordie Benn 2 0 0 0 -2  16:56
R Reilly Smith 2 0 0 0 0 0 11:04
C Cody Eakin 2 0 0 0 0  9:43
D Brenden Dillon 2 0 0 0 0  16:38
C Ryan Garbutt 2 0 0 0 0  8:54

DAL Goalies:

Cristopher Nilstorp 1 0-1-0,  1.02,  0.969 
Kari Lehtonen 1, 1-0-0,  3.00,  0.925 



No hot Players


No players


 Jaromir Jagr, Dal (RW)
4 pts in last 2 GP
Loui Eriksson, Dal (LW/RW)
2 pts in last 2 GP
Ray Whitney, Dal (LW)
2 pts in last 2 GP
Stephane Robidas, Dal (D)
2 pts in last 2 GP


No players

Injury Report:


Todd Bertuzzi (RW/LW): Mononucleosis
Jonathan Ericsson (D): Shoulder injury
Jonas Gustavsson (G): Groin
Darren Helm (C): Back injury
Jakub Kindl (D): Groin
Joey MacDonald (G): Bulging disc in lower back
Jan Mursak (RW/LW): Collarbone


Aaron Rome (D):  Groin, Day to day

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No hot Players

A stunning assessment.  What about Fredo?  Two injuries in two games isn’t hot?

Posted by monkey from Prague on 01/22/13 at 08:28 AM ET

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“Great game out of Lashoff. I thought he was incredible,’’ coach Mike Babcock said. “Actually, I thought he was better here than in the American League, maybe because the game’s more organized. But he made good decisions.

“He’s a big man (6-3, 208), he showed good hands, was great on the penalty kill—four-on-three penalty with him, Pav (Datsyuk) and (Henrik Zetterberg) on it, he did a heck of a job.

Babcock liked the poise Lashoff displayed.

“He just settled in and played,’’ Babcock said. “You got to feel pretty good about yourself

Posted by w2j2 on 01/22/13 at 08:39 AM ET

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Lashoff might have bought a ticket to the big show. Quincey ought to be nervous. Seriously, that guy is awful.

It pains me to see the wings essentially on par with COLUMBUS. The rusty winged wheel needs to get its shit together.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 01/22/13 at 09:36 AM ET

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Detroit Red Wings: The team has promised a nonstop series of giveaways that will start on opening night and last all season long, although come to think of it they may have been referring to their new blueline.

From the latest DGB: Other ways NHL teams are trying to make things up to the fans


Posted by gusoline on 01/22/13 at 10:02 AM ET

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Solid debut for Lashoff, and yeah, he might get a few games to make himself awfully hard to dislodge.  Q’s playing like crap (again) and while White’s off to a good start, he was bad at times last year too.  I’m not sure the team likes Kindl enough anymore to not drop him if they need to.

The future looks bright; if only they can get through this season.  I’d take an 8th seed just to keep the playoff streak alive.

BTW, does anyone understand why Smith hasn’t been getting PP time?  Kronwall and White I get, but I couldn’t figure out why Fredo/Mr. Glass was out there.

Posted by Stevis on 01/22/13 at 10:13 AM ET

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Quincey is absolutely painful to watch play, he shouldn’t be nervous he outta be packing his bags. He’s got zero upside whatsoever.
This idea of defense by committee won’t work wuith subpar “talent” like Q.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 01/22/13 at 10:45 AM ET

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Posted by MOWingsfan19 on 01/22/13 at 09:45 AM ET

Can I hear an Amen, brother!

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/22/13 at 10:51 AM ET

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Holland bringing someone in


Posted by FranzensMouthguard from Chicago, IL on 01/22/13 at 10:52 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

Thanks Okie

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 01/22/13 at 11:36 AM ET

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Posted by RedMenace from The Luke Witkowski Fan Club on 01/22/13 at 11:42 AM ET

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Kindl, Bert and Helm, all hard at it for the morning skate.  #RedWings

Holland bringing a veteran D man, and wants him for the game tonight?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/22/13 at 11:49 AM ET

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Sammy, E-52, Fredo, Kindl, Bert, Helm - - - all out tonight.

According to Red Wings Twitter, they have in fact signed someone - - but they arent saying who.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/22/13 at 12:45 PM ET

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Nyquist recalled from GR, playing with Fil and Franzen tonight. Samuelsson (groin) out

A bit of good news.  Samuelsson’s mediocrity has been kind of lost in the suckage that is Quincey.

Posted by Colquhoun on 01/22/13 at 12:56 PM ET

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Kent Huskins - Thanks, Paul.

Age: 33
DOB: 1979/05/04
POB: Almonte, Ont, Canada
Height: 6-4 Weight: 210lbs
Shoots: L
NHL Seasons: 6

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/22/13 at 01:01 PM ET

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No confirmation, but these seem the probable lines:



McCollum backing up Jimmah

Man - - Holland should seriously buy-out Q after E-52, and Yak are ready. 

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/22/13 at 01:07 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Thanks Okie!

“Sammy pulls groin while facing BJ’s” <snort>

So who has the 411 on this Huskins chap?  Where has he been hiding?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, Czech out my recliner..... on 01/22/13 at 01:19 PM ET

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We got Gus!  We got Gus!  We got Gus!

Agree with all the comments about Lashoff.  He played extremely well and confidently.  I figured Uncle Mike was pleased when I saw him out on the 4 on 3.  Great job.

Ian White’s goal was sweet.

And Brunner’s shoot out goal!  Wow.  Just wow.  Hope that gets him going confidence-wise.

I like the top 2 “probable” lines - a lot.  When Helm comes back, I’d like to see the old Miller/Helm/Eaves line reunited.  (Wonderful to see Eaves back and playing well right away). Then put Cleary with Gator and Bert for a 4th line.

I have to say I agree that Quincey is pretty worthless and so is Sammy (and I used to like Sammy and was glad he was coming back - geez.) 

And Fredo… he’s had an injury-plagued career, right?  When I saw him take that puck to the face in the first game, I thought: it won’t be long and he’ll be hurt and out of the line up.  Hope I didn’t curse him…

I know nothing about this Huskins guy. 

Can’t believe these guys have to play again tonight.  And no real backup for Jimmah.  Poor Jimmah - it’s been that way for him all along.

And yes, the future looks good.  Even Pee-Air was going on and on about all the great young players the Wings have in the pipeline.  He said; “The Red Wings will be back.  And sooner than a lot of people think.”


Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 01/22/13 at 01:23 PM ET

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Thanks OAkie. I think tonite is Homer’s retirement.  downer The end of an era.

Best Ass Ever! Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 01/22/13 at 05:25 PM ET

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I wouldn’t mind Cleary replacing Franzen permanently on the first PP unit.  Creates even more of a dropoff in expectation of the second unit, but for cripe’s sakes:  as slow as he has looked in the first two games at least Cleary will get in the crease area where Franzen seems to think his role is to skate up to the goalie after the save and deliver a death stare.  Honestly, with the size and skills this guy has, what is it going to take for him to “want it”?

Posted by Colquhoun on 01/22/13 at 06:40 PM ET

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