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GDT - Game #40:  Red Wings at Leafs (7:00)

It is time for the Wings (25-13-1) annual father/son trip with an Original Six weekend slate, tonight at TOR (20-15-5) and tomorrow night at CHI (24-13-4).  The Wings sit one point out of the Central Division lead (with STL), with two games in hand on CHI.  To gain ground, DET are going to have to find a way to muster a road winning streak.  The Wings are 10-11 on the road.  Jimmy F. Howard has alternated wins and loses in his last 8 road games, but that is the only blemish on his stellar season. Howard has won won 20 of his last 26 games, and has earned 49 of the 68 available points in games he has played in, a whopping 72%.  Another interesting note, of the Red Wings skaters appearing in more than five games only one is a minus player, Niklas Kronwall -1.

The Leafs are riding a three game home win streak, and will start Jonas Gustavsson tonight in net, 2-0-0, 1.51, .938 in his last 2 games.  The Leaf PK is even worse than DET’s, 73.4% is dead last in the league.

LGRW and good luck Lions.

Central Division Standings:

GP W L OTL PTS GOAL DIFF
1 CHI 41 24 13 4 52 +12
2 DET 39 25 13 1 51 +40
3 STL 40 23 12 5 51 +14
4 NSH 40 21 15 4 46 -6
5 CBJ 39 10 24 5 25 -36

Team Records:

DET:  39 GP,  25-13-1, 51 pts, (4 in Conf, 2 in Central), 128 GF, 88 GA, Last 10 6-4-0, WON 2

TOR:  40 GP,  20-15-5,  45 pts, (8 in Conf, 3 in Northeast), 129 GF, 128 GA, Last 10 4-4-2,  WON 2

Home/Away Record:

DET away: 10-11-0 (15)
TOR home:  10-5-4 (17)


Stats (rank):

DET:  .654 point% (4), 3.26 G/G (3), 2.26 GA/G (5), 1.72 5-5 F/A (2), 19.5 PP% (6), 81.8 PK% (20), 33.1 S/G (3), 27.5 SA/G (3),  51.1 FO% (9).

TOR:  .563 point% (18), 3.15 G/G (5), 3.15 GA/G (25),  1.09 5-5 F/A (8), 21.1 PP% (3), 73.4 PK% (30), 28.8 S/G (20), 31.1 SA/G (21), 50.1% (13).


Goal Differential/Game:

DET = +1.00
TOR =  Even

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
C Pavel Datsyuk 39 12 28 40 13 18:53
C Valtteri Filppula 38 13 20 33 12 16:59
C Johan Franzen 39 16 17 33 20 17:15
L Henrik Zetterberg 39 8 21 29 6 19:22
C Jiri Hudler 38 11 14 25 6 14:21
D Nicklas Lidstrom 39 8 15 23 17 23:43
D Ian White 35 5 15 20 24 22:58
R Danny Cleary 39 9 9 18 8 16:25
D Niklas Kronwall 39 8 10 18 -1 22:19
R Todd Bertuzzi 33 5 12 17 15 15:02
L Tomas Holmstrom 33 6 9 15 0 12:28
L Drew Miller 37 7 7 14 11 11:30
C Darren Helm 36 4 8 12 4 14:22
L Justin Abdelkader 39 4 6 10 3 12:19
D Brad Stuart 39 4 4 8 10 20:29
D Jakub Kindl 31 1 7 8 8 13:44
D Jonathan Ericsson 39 1 6 7 14 16:33
C Cory Emmerton 29 4 3 7 6 8:29
R Chris Conner 6 1 2 3 2 11:33
D Brendan Smith 3 0 2 2 -1 14:54
D Mike Commodore 9 0 1 1 4 11:55
R Patrick Eaves 10 0 1 1 0 11:02
L Fabian Brunnstrom 5 0 1 1 -2 9:03
C Gustav Nyquist 4 0 1 1 1 8:09
C Joakim Andersson 4 0 0 0 1 6:45

DET Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Ty Conklin 6, 1-4-0,  3.23,  0.889
Jimmy Howard 34,  24-9-1, 1.99,  0.927 #1 in Wins,  #2 in Shutouts

TOR Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
C Phil Kessel 40 23 23 46 5 19:54
R Joffrey Lupul 40 18 27 45 8 18:57
D Dion Phaneuf 40 6 21 27 2 25:15
C Tyler Bozak 35 7 18 25 4 18:06
C Mikhail Grabovski 34 12 11 23 1 17:03
C Tim Connolly 28 7 15 22 7 17:50
D John-Michael Liles 34 4 17 21 2 21:32
L Clarke MacArthur 33 12 9 21 1 14:37
L Nikolai Kulemin 40 4 12 16 1 15:16
R Joey Crabb 29 6 6 12 1 12:13
D Carl Gunnarsson 39 2 10 12 4 21:42
D Luke Schenn 39 1 11 12 6 16:42
D Cody Franson 25 3 8 11 3 16:12
R Matt Frattin 37 5 5 10 2 12:23
D Jake Gardiner 37 0 10 10 -1 20:32
C Matthew Lombardi 22 2 5 7 -6 12:59
C David Steckel 37 6 0 6 -3 13:01
C Nazem Kadri 10 3 2 5 5 14:03
D Mike Komisarek 18 1 3 4 3 16:59
C Joe Colborne 9 1 3 4 1 13:14
R Mike Brown 18 1 2 3 0 9:45
C Darryl Boyce 7 1 1 2 1 9:57
R Colton Orr 5 1 0 1 1 0 4:28
R Colby Armstrong 9 0 1 1 -4 11:16
D Keith Aulie 10 0 1 1 -3 15:46
C Philippe Dupuis 30 0 0 0 -2 10:29
L Jay Rosehill 15 0 0 0 -2 5:53

TOR Goalies:
Ben Scrivens 8,  2-4-1,  2.96,  0.904
Jonas Gustavsson 19,  11-7-0,  3.07,  0.901
James Reimer 17,  7-4-4,  3.01,  0.900

TSN - HOT and NOT:

DET: Hot:
Brad Stuart (D) 2 pts in last 3 GP
Henrik Zetterberg (C/LW) 4 pts in last 2 GP
Valtteri Filppula (C/W) 4 pts in last 2 GP
Jiri Hudler (LW/RW) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Pavel Datsyuk (C/LW) 29 pts in last 22 GP  Magical
Johan Franzen (LW/RW) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Drew Miller (LW/RW) 7 pts in last 9 GP
Jimmy Howard (G) 4-1-0, 2.01, .934 in last 5 GPI

DET: Not Hot:
Niklas Kronwall (D) 2 pts in last 8 GP
Dan Cleary (RW/LW) 0 pts in last 4 GP

TOR: Hot:
Dion Phaneuf (D) 5 pts in last 3 GP
Carl Gunnarsson (D) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Joffrey Lupul (RW/LW) 5 pts in last 2 GP
Mikhail Grabovski (C) 4 pts in last 2 GP
Tim Connolly (C) 4 pts in last 2 GP
Clarke MacArthur (LW) 7 pts in last 6 GP
Phil Kessel (RW) 21 pts in last 21 GP
Jonas Gustavsson (G) 2-0-0, 1.51, .938 in last 2 GPI

TOR: Not Hot:
Cody Franson (D) 1 pts in last 4 GP
James Reimer (G) 0-1-1, 4.11, .870 in last 3 GPI

Injury Report:

DET:
Tomas Holmstrom (RW/LW) Groin (Injured reserve)
Patrick Eaves (RW) Jaw injury (Injured reserve)
Darren Helm (C) Groin (Day to day)

TOR:
Mike Komisarek (D) Broken arm (Injured reserve)
Colby Armstrong (RW/LW) Foot injury (Injured reserve)
John-Michael Liles (D) Concussion (Injured reserve)
Mike Brown (RW/LW) Lower body injury (Injured reserve)
Tyler Bozak (C) Shoulder injury (Injured reserve)

Jeff Sagarin NHL Ratings, USAToday

NHL 2010-2011 through games of 2012 JANUARY 6 FRIDAY

HOME ADVANTAGE=  0.56   RATING   W   L SCHEDL(RANK) VS top 10 | VS top 16  

2 Detroit Red Wings     =  4.88   25 14   4.04(  9)  5   7 |  12 10
13 Toronto Maple Leafs   =  4.03   20 20   4.00(  15)  5   7 |  7 10
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Homer and Helm still out, the Rifleman and the Yak are in:

Franzen-Datsuyuk-Bertuzzi
Filppula-Zetterberg-Hudler
Miller-Abdelkader-Cleary
Nyquist-Emmerton-Conner

Lidstrom-White
Kronwall-Stuart
Kindl-Ericsson

Howard

 

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Comments

monkey's avatar

Detroit is one point behind Chicago and two behind Vancouver with two games in hand on both.

Time to make some hay.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/07/12 at 12:13 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Thanks, Jeff.  Good to see the GDT after nearly three eons ago (Thanks, Gary.Ass).

Nyquist-Emmerton-Conner

Speed.  Lots and lots of speed on that line.  I thought C64 played real well in the games he was in.  Really would’ve liked to see Yak and C64 paired up for once like a couple of people have said.  But that’s why I don’t coach the Wings and Uncle Mike does…and he’s waaay better than any of us at it.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/07/12 at 03:12 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Thanks Oakie! 

I’ll be flipping channel on this one. Gotta watch them Lions!  It’s their first time in the playoffs since Fred & Wilma bought that place in Bedrock…...

They are fired up over here. http://waynefontes.com/

Let’s Go Red Wings !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 01/07/12 at 03:37 PM ET

Bent's avatar

These games make me nervous, my canadian wife is a leafs fan, and for some reason the wings have struggled with them in past years.  One of us is going to be in a bad mood tonight.  No good can come from this…

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 01/07/12 at 03:47 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Referees:
Mike Hasenfratz (2)
Brad Watson (23) <=========

Linesmen:
Mark Wheler (56)
Andy McElman (84

This is not going to go well.

Oh there’s a huge pileup in the VAN/BOS game just 3:54 into the game.  Usual suspects, Burrows, Bieska, Lucic, Chara, etc. trading fist sandwiches.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/07/12 at 04:18 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Like I just said on George’s blog, seems to me the Wings need to win these next two games for:

Pride.

Points.

Papas.

Can’t wait to see that Nyquist/Emmerton/Conner line.  Gives me shivers. 

Hope the Wings play their @sses off tonight and tomorrow night!

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 01/07/12 at 04:35 PM ET

Wings_Fan_In_KC's avatar

F*cking Watson.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 01/07/12 at 04:36 PM ET

monkey's avatar

F*cking Watson.

The game’s afoot.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/07/12 at 05:00 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Go WINGS!  WIn Period x 2 games this weekend.

Awesome trip for the Papas.

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 01/07/12 at 05:47 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Vancouver’s win today means Detroit can’t catch the Canucks with one win, but winning tonight will still put the Wings on top of their division and second in the conference.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 01/07/12 at 07:36 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Can’t wait to see that Nyquist/Emmerton/Conner line. Gives me shivers.

Me too. Young and talented. I really like this combo.

Thanks OAkie for a New Year of GDTs.

#12 in12.

Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/07/12 at 08:27 PM ET

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