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GDT - Game #73:  Red Wings host Capitals (7:30)

DET (44-24-4) enter tonight’s tilt with WSH (36-30-6) in 5th place in the Western Conference, and Third place in the Central. NSH have overtaken 4th place in the Conference by winning 3-1 last night at ANA.  NSH and DET are tied with 92 points, but NSH owns the regulation/overtime win (ROW) tiebreaker.  The Wings have 10 games left to try to regain 4th in the West, and get home ice for at least the opening round.  Fortunately for DET, they play 7 of their remaining games at home.   

The Capitals currently sit 8th in the East, but only 2 points in front of WPG and BUF.  WSH played yesterday and lost to the ‘Hawks, 5-2.

Wings need a W in the worst way.

Central Division Standings:

GP W L OTL PTS ROW
1 x - STL 73 46 19 8 100 42
2 NSH 72 42 22 8 92 38
3 DET 72 44 24 4 92 37
4 CHI 73 40 25 8 88 35
5 CBJ 72 23 42 7 53 19

Team Records:

DET:  72 GP,  44-24-4, 92 pts, (5 in Conf, 3 in Central), 221 GF, 174 GA, Last 10 3-6-1, OT 1

WSH:  72 GP,  36-30-6, 78 pts, (8 in Conf, 2 in Southeast), 193 GF, 205 GA, Last 10 5-4-1, LOST 2

Home/Away Record:

DET HOME:  28-4-2 (2nd)
WSH ROAD: 13-20-3 (26th)

Stats (rank):

DET:  .639 point% (5), 2.97 G/G (6), 2.39 GA/G (4), 1.50 5-5 F/A (1), 15.6 PP% (22), 81.7 PK% (18), 32.1 S/G (5), 26.9 SA/G (3),  51.3 FO% (7).

WSH:  .542 point% (19), 2.65 G/G (13), 2.81 GA/G (22), 0.99 5-5 F/A (15), 16.6 PP% (16), 80.7 PK% (22), 28.1 S/G (23), 29.9 SA/G (13), 49.8 FO% (18).

Goal Differential/Game:

DET = +0.58
WSH =  -0.16

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
C Pavel Datsyuk 60 17 43 60 18 19:21
L Henrik Zetterberg 72 18 41 59 10 19:42
C Valtteri Filppula 71 23 36 59 16 18:04
C Johan Franzen 71 26 27 53 21 17:39
C Jiri Hudler 71 21 21 42 9 15:31
D Niklas Kronwall 72 14 19 33 -1 22:47
D Nicklas Lidstrom 62 10 21 31 25 23:56 #3 in +/-
R Danny Cleary 67 11 20 31 8 16:06
R Todd Bertuzzi 61 12 18 30 20 15:36
D Ian White 68 7 23 30 24 23:20 #4 in +/-
C Darren Helm 68 9 17 26 5 14:30
D Kyle Quincey 64 6 19 25 -1 22:12
L Drew Miller 70 13 11 24 9 12:47
L Justin Abdelkader 71 8 13 21 9 12:10
L Tomas Holmstrom 64 8 11 19 -5 11:59
D Brad Stuart 71 5 13 18 16 20:59
D Jakub Kindl 50 1 11 12 6 13:44
D Jonathan Ericsson 63 1 9 10 17 16:46
C Cory Emmerton 61 6 4 10 5 8:08
D Brendan Smith 12 1 4 5 3 15:19
R Chris Conner 8 1 2 3 2 10:33
L Jan Mursak 20 1 2 3 2 7:40
C Gustav Nyquist 8 0 3 3 1 9:18
D Doug Janik 7 0 1 1 2 14:13
R Patrick Eaves 10 0 1 1 0 11:02
L Fabian Brunnstrom 5 0 1 1 -2 9:03
C Joakim Andersson 5 0 0 0 1 6:40

DET Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Ty Conklin 11, 3-5-0,  3.40,  0.878
Jimmy Howard 50,  33-14-3, 2.11,  0.922 #3 in Wins, #3 in SO
Joey MacDonald 14,  8-5-1,  2.16,  0.914

WSH Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
L Alex Ovechkin 68 30 24 54 -9 19:36
D Dennis Wideman 72 10 34 44 -6 23:50
R Alexander Semin 68 18 26 44 6 16:48
C Nicklas Backstrom 38 13 29 42 -2 19:10
C Marcus Johansson 70 13 26 39 -5 16:50
C Brooks Laich 72 15 21 36 -10 18:32
L Jason Chimera 72 16 16 32 1 14:36
R Troy Brouwer 72 18 13 31 -12 17:00
D John Carlson 72 8 22 30 -10 22:41
C Mathieu Perreault 54 13 10 23 7 11:51
R Joel Ward 71 6 12 18 12 12:26
D Dmitry Orlov 53 3 15 18 3 17:14
C Jeff Halpern 66 4 11 15 0 12:44
D Karl Alzner 72 1 14 15 10 20:48
R Mike Knuble 63 5 9 14 -13 14:08
D Roman Hamrlik 58 2 8 10 5 19:02
C Matt Hendricks 68 4 4 8 -5 11:44
C Keith Aucoin 17 2 6 8 3 10:53
C Cody Eakin 29 4 4 8 2 9:19
D Jeff Schultz 49 1 5 6 2 15:42
D Mike Green 22 3 3 6 -2 20:13
C Jay Beagle 31 2 1 3 2 10:25
D John Erskine 28 0 2 2 3 12:05
L DJ King 1 0 0 0 0 6:58
D Sean Collins 2 0 0 0 -1 10:56
D Kevin Marshall 10 0 0 0 -1 8:45
R Joel Rechlicz 3 0 0 0 0 1:58
D Tomas Kundratek 5 0 0 0 0 9:45

WSH Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Tomas Vokoun 47,  25-17-2,  2.53,  0.916
Michal Neuvirth 32,  11-12-4,  2.85,  0.900
Braden Holtby 1,  0-1-0,  5.08,  0.857

TSN - HOT and NOT:

DET: Hot:
Valtteri Filppula (LW/C) 13 pts in last 10 GP

DET: Not Hot:
Ian White (D) 0 pts in last 7 GP
Kyle Quincey (D) 0 pts in last 5 GP
Brendan Smith (D) 0 pts in last 4 GP
Niklas Kronwall (D) 1 pts in last 4 GP
Tomas Holmstrom (RW/LW) 0 pts in last 8 GP
Jimmy Howard (G) 0-1-1, 3.41, .885 in last 2 GPI
Joey MacDonald (G) 0-2-0, 3.53, .841 in last 2 GPI

WSH Hot:
Dmitry Orlov (D) 6 pts in last 7 GP
Keith Aucoin (RW/C) 4 pts in last 3 GP
Marcus Johansson (C/LW) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Alexander Ovechkin (LW/RW) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Brooks Laich (C/LW) 4 pts in last 5 GP

WSH: Not Hot:
Jeff Schultz (D) 0 pts in last 16 GP
John Carlson (D) 0 pts in last 6 GP
Jason Chimera (LW/RW) 0 pts in last 5 GP
Troy Brouwer (RW/LW) 0 pts in last 4 GP
Alexander Semin (RW/LW) 0 pts in last 3 GP
Michal Neuvirth (G) 1-1-0, 3.84, .862 in last 2 GPI

Injury Report:

DET:
Nicklas Lidstrom (D) Ankle injury (Day to day)
Jonathan Ericsson (D) Broken left wrist (Sidelined indefinitely)
Patrick Eaves (RW) Jaw injury (Injured reserve)
Jakub Kindl (D) Upper body injury (Day to day)
Johan Franzen (LW/RW) Back injury (Sidelined indefinitely)

WSH:
Tomas Vokoun (G) Lower body injury (Day to day)
Tom Poti (D) Groin (Injured reserve)
Nicklas Backstrom (C) Head injury (Injured reserve)


Jeff Sagarin NHL Ratings, USAToday

SUNDAY March 18

HOME ADVANTAGE=  0.60 RATING   W   L SCHEDL(RANK) VS top 10 | VS top 16

2 Detroit Red Wings     =  4.61   44 28   4.03(  4)  13 10 |  27 17
17 Washington Capitals   =  3.92   36 36   3.97(  24)  9 14 |  13 20
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Nyquist recalled from GR.

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CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

We have all been waiting for you to finally get your meds dialed in. Congrats:-)
Posted by dougie on 03/19/12 at 03:56 PM ET

Not so fast. I’d still like to see Uncle Mike get a pink slip. I’m still not sure we will win another game this season.

And am I the only person who saw how much trouble Jimmah was having at the end of the game getting back on his feet after going down to make a play?

sick

A couple of wins and Happy Pony will be return, I promise.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/19/12 at 05:05 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

(or even the best RFA—do the Wings care about losing a few low 20’s first round picks

I THINK(and someone can probably confirm or deny this) that because the Wings traded their 1st round pick, they cannot then give an offer sheet to a RFA if that would require giving up a 1st round pick. Can’t use successive year picks to fill that obligation.

So because of the Quincey trade, we could not offer sheet Weber this off-season for example. Outside of Weber I’m not sure if the RFA availables are ever strong enough for that to be a serious concern for a KH led wings anyway, but if I’m correct here, something to keep in mind.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/19/12 at 05:20 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

So because of the Quincey trade, we could not offer sheet Weber this off-season for example. Outside of Weber I’m not sure if the RFA availables are ever strong enough for that to be a serious concern for a KH led wings anyway, but if I’m correct here, something to keep in mind.
Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/19/12 at 04:20 PM ET

You may be correct, I don’t know. I did find this summary of RFA rules proicehockey.about.com:

If the original team declines the offer sheet and loses the player, it receives draft picks from the player’s new team as compensation.

Compensation for losing a restricted free agent is on a sliding scale, depending on how much the new contract is worth. The exact numbers change every year.

The most a team can lose for signing an RFA is four first-round draft picks.

For 2011, a team signing a restricted free agent to a contract worth more than $7,835,219 per season loses four first-round picks to the player’s old team.

For a contract worth $6,268,176 or more per year, the acquiring team gives up two first-round picks, one second rounder, and one third.

There are another four levels of compensation, going down to a contract worth up to $1,034,249 per year, for which there is no compensation.

I have a sense that you may be somewhat correct, because a team that had traded away 2-3 of their 1st rounders should not be able to force a team losing an RFA to wait that long to start reaping the compensation. But since the compensation is spread over up to four years anyway, what’s the big deal about making them wait a year?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/19/12 at 05:31 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Hmm…. that doesn’t seem to state either way. But I agree a team should not have to wait for compensation. It’s also entirely possible I’m getting mixed up with MLB’s FA rules.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/19/12 at 06:15 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Lawyer talk.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/19/12 at 07:19 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

What those morons don’t realize is if TPH retires, there is a whole lot more dough available (on top of the pile already available) to go get the best UFA D-man available
Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 03/19/12 at 04:31 PM ET

Being such that they did get Stuart and White each for 0.5 Lidstroms, it’s been assumed that KH would sign a top notch, next-Norris candidate Defenseman with 1.0 Lidstrom freed up salary.  I’m not assuming that would happen, and we made need 2 b/c of Stuart leaving.  On July 1st our best Defensive pairing could be Ian White and Johnny Ericcssson, with Kronwall and Q, whom we already cut once.

What a different looking team, considering 96 not on the roster either.  Young Smith up, NyQuil too.  Do you resign Hudler?  In spite of the increase in goals, a substantial one, I’d be curious aboot what other options we might have.

One hour to game time, time for me to STFU about summer, the next CBA may be one year away.

One thing matters right now, winning tonight.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/19/12 at 07:32 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

One thing matters right now, winning tonight.

Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 03/19/12 at 06:32 PM ET

Amen brother!

Thanks OAkie.

Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/19/12 at 07:58 PM ET

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