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GDT - Game #59:  Red Wings host Predators (7:30)

DET (39-17-2) look to add to their NHL record home winning streak, now at 21, when they host NSH (33-18-6) tonight. It won’t be easy, especially since Zetterberg is out with the ethereal “lower body injury.”  The Predators sit third in the Central, 8 points behind the Wings.  Although NSH are only 2-2-2 this month, they were incredibly hot heading into February, going 13-2-0.  As usual, Pekka Rinne has been leading their charge, a stupidly obscene 11-1-2, 1.91, .940 in last 14 games played.

Sparty moves up to the #2 line tonight, in Hank’s stead (Go Green).  Joey MacDonald is in net again, 3-0-0 in his last three, 1.62 GAA, .938 save % (even better than JFH?). LGRW.

Central Division Standings:

GP W L OTL PTS ROW
1 DET 58 39 17 2 80 32
2 STL 57 35 15 7 77 33
3 NSH 57 33 18 6 72 30
4 CHI 58 30 21 7 67 26
5 CBJ 57 17 34 6 40 14

Team Records:

DET:  58 GP,  39-17-2, 80 pts, (1 in Conf, 1 in Central), 185 GF, 136 GA, Last 10 7-2-1, WON 4

NSH:  57 GP,  33-18-6,  72 pts, (5 in Conf, 3 in Central), 161 GF, 150 GA, Last 10 6-2-2, WON 1

Home/Away Record:

DET home:  24-2-1 (2nd)
NSH road:  15-11-2 (9th)

Stats (rank):

DET:  .690 point% (2), 3.07 G/G (4), 2.33 GA/G (5), 1.52 5-5 F/A (1), 17.8 PP% (14), 81.3 PK% (20), 32.8 S/G (4), 27.0 SA/G (3),  51.5 FO% (7).

NSH:  .632 point% (6), 2.77 G/G (11), 2.58 GA/G (11), 1.02 5-5 F/A (10), 21.5 PP% (2), 81.7 PK% (16), 27.6 S/G (25), 31.2 SA/G (25), 49.2% (23).

Goal Differential/Game:

DET = +0.74
NSH =  +0.19

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
C Pavel Datsyuk 57 15 42 57 17 19:24  #4 in Assists
C Johan Franzen 58 22 24 46 25 17:44  #3 in +/-
L Henrik Zetterberg 58 12 32 44 6 19:33
C Valtteri Filppula 57 16 28 44 14 17:41
C Jiri Hudler 57 18 17 35 5 15:05
D Nicklas Lidstrom 57 10 20 30 26 24:00  #2 in +/-
R Todd Bertuzzi 51 12 16 28 21 15:43
D Ian White 54 6 22 28 28 23:32  #1 in +/-
R Danny Cleary 55 11 16 27 12 16:12
D Niklas Kronwall 58 12 12 24 -1 22:29
L Drew Miller 56 11 9 20 10 12:19
L Tomas Holmstrom 50 8 10 18 -5 11:52
C Darren Helm 54 5 13 18 4 14:18
L Justin Abdelkader 58 6 10 16 4 11:53
D Brad Stuart 57 5 9 14 15 20:47
D Jakub Kindl 44 1 9 10 4 13:45
D Jonathan Ericsson 58 1 8 9 14 16:50
C Cory Emmerton 47 6 3 9 3 7:53
R Chris Conner 7 1 2 3 2 10:52
D Mike Commodore 17 0 2 2 3 11:29
L Jan Mursak 6 0 2 2 2 7:10
D Brendan Smith 3 0 2 2 -1 14:54
R Patrick Eaves 10 0 1 1 0 11:02
L Fabian Brunnstrom 5 0 1 1 -2 9:03
C Gustav Nyquist 5 0 1 1 1 7:53
C Joakim Andersson 4 0 0 0 1 6:45

DET Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Ty Conklin 11, 3-5-0,  3.40,  0.878
Jimmy Howard 44,  32-11-1, 2.03,  0.924 #1 in Wins,  #3 in Shutouts
Joey MacDonald 6,  4-1-1,  1.72,  0.930

NSH Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
R Martin Erat 49 13 29 42 9 18:30
D Shea Weber 53 11 26 37 20 26:23
C David Legwand 53 13 21 34 -1 18:32
C Mike Fisher 49 17 17 34 4 19:07
D Ryan Suter 54 7 27 34 12 26:40
L Sergei Kostitsyn 51 14 18 32 8 16:15
C Craig Smith 55 11 20 31 -7 14:54
R Patric Hornqvist 55 17 12 29 0 15:31
C Colin Wilson 54 11 18 29 2 16:50
R Jordin Tootoo 55 6 17 23 -2 13:54
R Matt Halischuk 55 12 7 19 7 11:13
C Nick Spaling 52 8 8 16 -2 16:01
D Kevin Klein 49 3 11 14 -11 20:27
D Roman Josi 36 2 7 9 -11 18:18
D Ryan Ellis 20 3 6 9 8 2 15:16
D Francis Bouillon 42 0 7 7 0 18:08
D Jonathon Blum 33 3 4 7 -14 17:56
D Jack Hillen 46 2 4 6 4 0 13:40
R Jerred Smithson 49 1 4 5 -6 12:02
L Gabriel Bourque 19 2 3 5 0 13:00
C Blake Geoffrion 22 0 3 3 -2 10:20
R Brian McGrattan 30 0 2 2 -1 5:19
R Brandon Yip 17 1 1 2 3 10:41
R Niclas Bergfors 11 1 1 2 -2 8:04
R Zack Stortini 1 0 0 0 0 4:53
C Kyle Wilson 5 0 0 0 -1 8:08
D Teemu Laakso 9 0 0 0 -1 11:35
R Ryan Thang 1 0 0 0 0 8:32
C Chris Mueller 4 0 0 0 -1 9:08
D Mattias Ekholm 2 0 0 0 -1 12:25

NSH Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Pekka Rinne 51,  31-12-6,  2.41,  0.924 #2 in Wins
Anders Lindback 10,  2-6-0,  2.70,  0.897

TSN - HOT and NOT:

DET: Hot:
Ian White (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Brad Stuart (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Nicklas Lidstrom (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Henrik Zetterberg (C/LW) 4 pts in last 2 GP
Johan Franzen (LW/RW) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Valtteri Filppula (LW/C) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Joey MacDonald (G) 3-0-0, 1.62, .938 in last 3 GPI

DET: Not Hot:
Tomas Holmstrom (RW/LW) 0 pts in last 11 GP
Jiri Hudler (RW/LW) 1 pts in last 6 GP
Todd Bertuzzi (RW/LW) 1 pts in last 5 GP
Ty Conklin (G) 0-0-0, 6.00, .727 in last 2 GPI

NSH: Hot:
Ryan Suter (D) 4 pts in last 3 GP
Ryan Ellis (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Mike Fisher (C) 18 pts in last 17 GP
Sergei Kostitsyn (LW/RW) 5 pts in last 5 GP
Pekka Rinne (G) 11-1-2, 1.91, .940 in last 14 GPI

NSH: Not Hot:
Craig Smith (C/RW) 0 pts in last 5 GP
Colin Wilson (W/C) 0 pts in last 3 GP

Injury Report:

DET:
Dan Cleary (RW/LW) Knee injury (Day to day)
Patrick Eaves (RW) Jaw injury (Injured reserve)
Jimmy Howard (G) Finger injury (Day to day)

NSH:
Brian McGrattan (RW) Upper body injury (Injured reserve)
Patric Hornqvist (RW/LW) Upper body injury (Day to day)

Jeff Sagarin NHL Ratings, USAToday

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16

HOME ADVANTAGE=  0.53 RATING   W   L SCHEDL(RANK) VS top 10 | VS top 16

1 Detroit Red Wings     =  4.86   39 19   4.01(  10)  10   6 |  20 10
8 Nashville Predators   =  4.29   33 24   3.97(  22)  8   9 |  14 16
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Hank is out, Tatar-tots is up from Grand Rapids

Joey MacDonald will make his sixth consecutive start in goal for Detroit. Henrik Zetterberg is out with a lower-body injury, listed as day-to-day. Danny Cleary will miss two more games after having fluid from his left knee drained for a second time this week. Tomas Tatar was recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins.  Abdelkader will replace Zetterberg at center on the line with Valtteri Filppula and Jiri Hudler.

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Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

In conclusion, I’m 12.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/17/12 at 05:53 PM ET

Puberty is overrated.

As are the rest of us friendly band of redolent misfits, except for Kate and the MIA Ms. B.

Posted by too lazy to log in from teh gore on 02/17/12 at 06:04 PM ET

Maturity is underrated. But, that never stopped me from hangin’ with the boys.(Mother of 5 sons, and , wife of a 12.) One more than 11.

Thanks OAkie.

Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/17/12 at 09:41 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

All you have to do is look at the stats. Right now, Joey is the No. 2 guy.”

Me likey. Telling it like it is.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/17/12 at 09:55 PM ET

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