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GDT - Game #65:  Red Wings host Wild (7:30)

The Red Wings (42-19-3) skate tonight against the Wild (28-26-10) trying to avoid going winless in three straight home games for the first time in almost four months. DET will once again be playing without their leading scorer Pavel Datsyuk (knee) and captain Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle).  MIN won’t have any sympathy for the Wings, as they lost their #1 net-minder, Niklas Backstrom, to injury in last night’s 5-4 S/O loss at MTL.  That the Wild even managed the consolation point is a miracle, as they tallied three times in the final 3 minutes, 53 seconds to force overtime with the Canadiens.  Meanwhile, the Canuck’s 2-0 win over STL, places the Wings 1st in the Central (tied with STL at 87 pts), and DET play their game in hand tonight.

LGRW

Central Division Standings:

GP W L OTL PTS ROW
1 DET 64 42 19 3 87 35
2 STL 65 40 18 7 87 36
3 NSH 64 37 20 7 81 34
4 CHI 65 34 24 7 75 30
5 CBJ 64 19 38 7 45 16

Team Records:

DET:  64 GP,  42-19-3, 87 pts, (2 in Conf, 1 in Central), 202 GF, 151 GA, Last 10 7-2-1, WON 1

MIN:  64 GP,  28-26-10, 66 pts, (12 in Conf, 4 in Northwest), 143 GF, 172 GA, Last 10 3-5-2, OTL 1

The Wild are 5 points out of 8th.

Home/Away Record:

DET HOME:  26-3-1 (15th)
MIN AWAY:  13-15-6 (30th)

Stats (rank):

DET:  .680 point% (3), 3.05 G/G (5), 2.33 GA/G (6), 1.52 5-5 F/A (1), 17.5 PP% (14), 82.1 PK% (15), 32.6 S/G (5), 27.3 SA/G (4),  51.3 FO% (7).

MIN:  .516 point% (22), 2.14 G/G (29), 2.56 GA/G (10), 0.86 5-5 F/A (27), 15.4 PP% (25), 82.3 PK% (12), 26.7 S/G (30), 31.5 SA/G (28), 52.1% (4).

Goal Differential/Game:

DET = +0.72
MIN =  -0.42

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
C Pavel Datsyuk 59 16 43 59 18 19:22
L Henrik Zetterberg 64 14 37 51 9 19:37
C Valtteri Filppula 63 19 31 50 15 17:45
C Johan Franzen 64 24 25 49 23 17:41
C Jiri Hudler 63 20 19 39 6 15:12
D Nicklas Lidstrom 62 10 21 31 25 23:56
R Todd Bertuzzi 57 12 18 30 20 15:45
R Danny Cleary 59 11 17 28 10 16:09
D Ian White 60 6 22 28 25 23:22
D Niklas Kronwall 64 13 14 27 0 22:27
D Kyle Quincey 56 6 18 24 -2 22:20
L Drew Miller 62 12 11 23 10 12:38
C Darren Helm 60 7 15 22 3 14:26
L Tomas Holmstrom 56 8 11 19 -5 11:53
L Justin Abdelkader 64 7 12 19 7 12:04
D Brad Stuart 63 5 10 15 17 20:49
D Jakub Kindl 48 1 11 12 5 13:54
D Jonathan Ericsson 63 1 9 10 17 16:46
C Cory Emmerton 53 6 4 10 5 7:54
R Chris Conner 7 1 2 3 2 10:52
L Jan Mursak 12 1 2 3 3 7:09
D Brendan Smith 4 0 2 2 0 14:29
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
D Doug Janik 1 0 0 0 2 18:14
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 47,  32-13-2, 2.09,  0.923
Joey MacDonald 9,  7-1-1,  1.70,  0.934

MIN Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
L Dany Heatley 64 20 26 46 8 20:51
C Mikko Koivu 45 10 27 37 10 21:08
C Matt Cullen 63 14 19 33 -6 18:52
C Kyle Brodziak 64 16 16 32 -12 19:03
R Devin Setoguchi 51 16 12 28 -11 17:14
C Pierre-Marc Bouchard 37 9 13 22 -1 16:19
R Nick Johnson 60 6 16 22 0 14:33
R Cal Clutterbuck 59 14 8 22 -1 16:20
D Jared Spurgeon 62 3 19 22 -1 21:40
D Tom Gilbert 49 3 14 17 -4 22:53
D Kurtis Foster 40 4 10 14 -11 16:36
C Darroll Powe 64 4 6 10 -16 13:36
D Nate Prosser 34 1 9 10 -10 19:38
L Guillaume Latendresse 16 5 4 9 6 15:11
D Marco Scandella 46 3 5 8 -13 20:53
D Justin Falk 39 1 6 7 -7 19:35
R Nick Palmieri 32 4 3 7 -7 10:42
C Warren Peters 41 1 4 5 -7 10:27
C Erik Christensen 32 1 4 5 -11 9:32
D Clayton Stoner 39 0 3 3 6 16:51
R Carson McMillan 11 1 2 3 1 11:03
R Brett Bulmer 9 0 3 3 1 11:01
L Jeff Taffe 5 0 2 2 2 12:54
R Jed Ortmeyer 17 1 1 2 -2 9:28
D Mike Lundin 17 0 2 2 -1 20:12
L Matt Kassian 17 2 0 2 1 4:37
C Chad Rau 7 2 0 2 0 10:20
C David McIntyre 7 1 1 2 -1 10:54
D Steven Kampfer 10 0 2 2 6 10:29
C Cody Almond 9 1 0 1 -5 10:30
C Jarod Palmer 6 1 0 1 -2 13:20
R Jon Disalvatore 1 0 0 0 0 14:27
L Stephane Veilleux 4 0 0 0 1 7:54
D Kris Fredheim 2 0 0 0 0 10:13
L Kristopher Foucault 1 0 0 0 0 8:50

MIN Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Matt Hackett 4,  2-0-0,  0.68,  0.979
Niklas Backstrom 42,  17-17-6,  2.44,  0.920
Josh Harding 25,  9-9-4,  2.61,  0.917

TSN - HOT and NOT:

DET: Hot:
Niklas Kronwall (D) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Jakub Kindl (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Henrik Zetterberg (C/LW) 5 pts in last 2 GP
Valtteri Filppula (LW/C) 4 pts in last 2 GP
Jiri Hudler (RW/LW) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Johan Franzen (LW/RW) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Joey MacDonald (G) 4-0-0, 1.50, .943 in last 4 GPI

DET: Not Hot:
Ian White (D) 0 pts in last 6 GP
Todd Bertuzzi (RW/LW) 1 pts in last 5 GP

MIN Hot:
Nick Johnson (RW/LW) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Matt Kassian (LW) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Devin Setoguchi (RW/LW) 2 pts in last 2 GP

MIN: Not Hot:
Erik Christensen (C/LW) 0 pts in last 12 GP
Josh Harding (G) 0-3-1, 3.53, .874 in last 4 GPI
Niklas Backstrom (G) 0-1-0, 4.76, .762 in last 2 GPI

Injury Report:

DET:
Nicklas Lidstrom (D) Ankle injury (Day to day)
Pavel Datsyuk (C/LW) Arthroscopic knee surgery (Sidelined indefinitely)
Jonathan Ericsson (D) Broken left wrist (Sidelined indefinitely)
Kyle Quincey (D) Groin (Day to day)
Patrick Eaves (RW) Jaw injury (Injured reserve)

MIN:
Mikko Koivu (C) Undisclosed (Injured reserve)
Pierre-Marc Bouchard (W/C) Concussion (Injured reserve)
Clayton Stoner (D) Lower body injury (Injured reserve)
Guillaume Latendresse (LW) Concussion (Injured reserve)
Mike Lundin (D) Lower body injury (Injured reserve)
Jarod Palmer (RW) Upper body injury (Injured reserve)
Carson McMillan (RW/C) Lower body injury (Injured reserve)

Jeff Sagarin NHL Ratings, USAToday

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 29

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

1 Detroit Red Wings     =  4.81   42 22   4.02(  11)  15   8 |  24 13
22 Minnesota Wild       =  3.70   28 35   4.06(  5)  11 13 |  16 19
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The Lizard King is out through this weekend, will be re-evaluated Monday.

JFH in net tonight, Q likely, practice lines:

Filppula-Zetterberg-Hudler
Cleary-Abdelkader-Bertuzzi
Miller-Helm-Franzen
Holmstrom-Emmerton-Mursak

Kronwall-Stuart
Janik-White
Smith-Kindl
Quincey

Howard (starting Friday)

MIN goalie Niklas Backstrom is likely out after being injured in the Wild’s shootout loss to MTL last night.

 

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Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

A little more information on the injury front:

Nicklas Lidstrom - deep bone bruise in ankle, out at least two more games.
Jonathan Ericsson - fractured wrist, out four weeks.
Pavel Datsyuk - knee, out until at least March 13.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/02/12 at 12:17 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Great.  DET plays a bad team that will be forced to play their Not Hot goalie (Harding) in net tonight.

That of course means you can expect 40 saves form Harding and something like a 4-1 win for the Wild.

Posted by Primis on 03/02/12 at 12:51 PM ET

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anyone getting the feeling that Pavel’s injury is worse than they are letting on? first it was 2 weeks now its indefinitely?

Posted by TIMMAY from Warren, Mi on 03/02/12 at 01:03 PM ET

Bent's avatar

I would call it uncertain recovery time from a minor surgery, not an injury that is worse than they said.  I initially thought they were being a little too optimistic in saying he would only be out two weeks, so I would say this is more inline with reality.  When he starts to feel better, he will start to skate again.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 03/02/12 at 01:21 PM ET

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“That of course means you can expect 40 saves form Harding and something like a 4-1 win for the Wild”

Naturally.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 03/02/12 at 02:24 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Hola, Hombre.  Good to see the GDT after two days.  NOW I’m ready for the game tonight.

DET:  64 GP,  42-19-3, 87 pts, (2 in Conf, 1 in Central), 202 GF, 151 GA, Last 10 7-2-1, WON 1

Can you friggin’ believe that???  42 wins and second in the conference.  Most wins in the league; second or third biggest 5-v-5 goal differential; and second seeding in the conference.  Parity sucks ass.

From the Pinkys official page:

Even if Backstrom didn’t suffer an injury last night against the Canadiens, Harding probably would’ve gotten the start tonight against the Wings. He has been lights out against Detroit, going 2-0-1 in all three games against the Red Wings this season.

Still waiting on the Game Notes to see who’s calling tonight’s game, Jeff.  As soon as I see it, I’ll post it.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 03/02/12 at 03:08 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Pavs hasn’t started skating yet, 10 days post-surgery, in what was supposed to be a 14 day recovery. Sounds like they did a lot more than clean out some debris.

As far as TPH, I always thought “deep bone bruise” was NHL-speak for slight fracture.

Like Chris and Primis, I expect Pinky to play like it’s game 7 of the Cup final and the Wings to play like it’s still early February.

Still in full Eeyore mode until Pavs and TPH are healthy; After that, it’s Happy Pony time all the way. Though Eeyore will likely return when E52 re-enters the lineup.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/02/12 at 03:12 PM ET

dougie's avatar

The folks at Down Goes Brown wrote a piece about significant dates for the rest of the hockey season. I thought this was noteworthy.

April 11 – The NHL playoffs begin.

April 12 – The NHL playoffs end for whichever team has to play the Red Wings.

Posted by dougie on 03/02/12 at 03:31 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Khan’s gameday skate news - Q is in, Moose still on the 3 line:

Filppula-Zetteberg-Hudler
Cleary-Abdelkader-Bertuzzi
Miller-Helm-Franzen
Holmstrom-Emmerton-Mursak

Kronwall-Stuart
Quincey-White
Smith-Kindl

Howard (starting)

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/02/12 at 03:34 PM ET

Triple Deke Tyler's avatar

DET will once again be playing without their leading scorer Pavel Datsyuk (knee) and captain Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle).

No worries.  We’ve got some cap space and will pick up somebody before the trade deadline to cushion the blow.

Posted by Triple Deke Tyler from Lansing on 03/02/12 at 04:05 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Posted by Triple Deke Tyler from Lansing on 03/02/12 at 01:05 PM ET

Says who?  What rock to you climb out from under?

Good seeing Tyler.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/02/12 at 04:22 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

No worries.  We’ve got some cap space and will pick up somebody before the trade deadline to cushion the blow.
Posted by Triple Deke Tyler from Lansing on 03/02/12 at 01:05 PM ET

Oh Damn, boiiii!  You show up and explode that bombshell on us.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/02/12 at 04:26 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

He has been lights out against Detroit, going 2-0-1 in all three games against the Red Wings this season.
Posted by SYF from a “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” on 03/02/12 at 12:08 PM ET

RSV, Bitches.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/02/12 at 04:28 PM ET

Triple Deke Tyler's avatar

What rock to you climb out from under?

I retreated to lurking status for reasons only known to the Easter Bunny and Darren Helm. I’m noticing now that my avatar is a bit dated. Explaining it to a newcomer could take a minute.

Posted by Triple Deke Tyler from Lansing on 03/02/12 at 04:29 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

I’m noticing now that my avatar is a bit dated.

Maybe, but it is perfect for tonight.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/02/12 at 04:36 PM ET

Behind_Enemy_Lines's avatar

TY Okie,
Tyler I lol’ed at my belly so hard when I saw your avitar again. Pinky Lives!!

Posted by Behind_Enemy_Lines from the Big House,January1,2013. on 03/02/12 at 04:44 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Thanks Oakie!

No worries.  We’ve got some cap space and will pick up somebody before the trade deadline to cushion the blow.

Horry crap!  TD Tyler…he lives!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 03/02/12 at 05:04 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Posted by Triple Deke Tyler from Lansing on 03/02/12 at 01:29 PM ET

So I must ask…how was Battle of the Blades?

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 03/02/12 at 05:14 PM ET

monkey's avatar

I retreated to lurking status for reasons only known to the Easter Bunny and Darren Helm. I’m noticing now that my avatar is a bit dated. Explaining it to a newcomer could take a minute.

Don’t change.  Don’t ever change.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 03/02/12 at 05:54 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Gator with Ken Kal on Red Wings TV.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/02/12 at 06:42 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Look.  It’s Herm’s future wife.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 03/02/12 at 06:43 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Oh thank the hockey gods Tyler’s still kicking.

Game Notes.


Referees :
Tim Peel (#20)
Francois StLaurent (#38)

Linesmen:
Steve Barton (#59)
Mark Wheler (#56)

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 03/02/12 at 06:53 PM ET

Behind_Enemy_Lines's avatar

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Lidstrom’s head telling him 1 more year on 03/02/12 at 03:43 PM ET

I am in love.

Posted by Behind_Enemy_Lines from the Big House,January1,2013. on 03/02/12 at 07:09 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Thanks, Okie! 

LGRW!!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/02/12 at 08:31 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

This GDT has all the signs of the proverbial Shit sandwich with the 2 nd goalie and Pavs and TPH still out. I wish Uncle Mike would give Mursak a chance on a higher line with speedier linemates being we are playing an opponent just about out of the playoff race.

Maybe this is the game where the Horse’s Ass gets out of the doghouse. Need for him, Zata, and Wally to carry this team for awhile. Especially against the bottom feeders of the West.

Thankx again for all you provide Okie

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 03/02/12 at 08:58 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Well if nothing else everyone is getting the benefit of more ice time. More time to assess just what we got, and who keeps on playing.

Thanks OAkie.

Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/02/12 at 09:32 PM ET

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