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GDT - Game #75:  Red Wings host Hurricane (7:00)

DET (44-25-5) host CAR (30-30-15) tonight, needing a win in the worst way.  In their last six contests, the Wings are 0-4-2, and were outscored in those contests 10-22 (1.66 G/G).  The Wings simply cannot score, and their crack-pipe excuse for a PP (1-gazillion) obviously isn’t helping (if I weren’t too lazy this morning I’m sure I could find how badly DET have been outscored on special teams in this six game stretch).  The ‘Canes need a miracle to find the postseason, they sit in 11th place, 7 points out with only 7 games to play.  They surrender a league worst 32.1 SA/G, have the 4th worst GA/G at 2.89, and their 75.6% PK is 5th worst.  The Wings should be able to help them improve those stats.

The ‘Hawks are putting on a run (8-1-1), while NSH has cooled a bit (5-4-1), so DET are again 4th in the Conference

There is some good news about DET’s six game winless streak, they haven’t lost seven straight games since January 14-30, 1991. LGRW.

Central Division Standings:

GP W L OTL PTS ROW
1 x - STL 75 46 20 9 101 42
2 DET 74 44 25 5 93 37
3 NSH 74 42 24 8 92 38
4 CHI 75 42 25 8 92 37
5 CBJ 74 24 43 7 55 20

Team Records:

DET:  74 GP,  44-25-5, 93 pts, (4 in Conf, 2 in Central), 225 GF, 181 GA, Last 10 2-6-2, OT 1

CAR:  75 GP,  30-30-15, 75 pts, (11 in Conf, 4 in Southeast), 198 GF, 223 GA, Last 10 6-3-1, LOST 1

The ‘Canes are 11th in the East, 7 points out of playoff position.

Home/Away Record:

DET HOME:  28-5-2 (2nd)
CAR AWAY:  11-17-9 (26th)

Stats (rank):

DET:  .628 point% (6), 2.95 G/G (6), 2.42 GA/G (5), 1.50 5-5 F/A (1), 15.8 PP% (23), 80.6 PK% (22), 32.0 S/G (5), 26.9 SA/G (3),  51.6 FO% (7).

CAR:  .500 point% (24), 2.64 G/G (14), 2.89 GA/G (26), 0.87 5-5 F/A (27), 16.2 PP% (20), 79.6 PK% (25), 30.7 S/G (11), 32.1 SA/G (30), 50.8 FO% (9).

Goal Differential/Game:

DET = +0.53
CAR = -0.25

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
C Pavel Datsyuk 62 17 43 60 18 19:26
L Henrik Zetterberg 74 19 41 60 11 19:41
C Valtteri Filppula 73 23 36 59 17 18:07
C Johan Franzen 71 26 27 53 21 17:39
C Jiri Hudler 73 21 22 43 8 15:32
D Niklas Kronwall 74 14 19 33 -1 22:51
R Danny Cleary 69 12 20 32 7 16:06
D Nicklas Lidstrom 62 10 21 31 25 23:56 #3 in +/-
R Todd Bertuzzi 63 13 18 31 21 15:39
D Ian White 70 7 24 31 24 23:16
D Kyle Quincey 66 7 19 26 -2 22:08
C Darren Helm 68 9 17 26 5 14:30
L Drew Miller 72 13 11 24 8 12:50
L Justin Abdelkader 73 8 14 22 8 12:11
L Tomas Holmstrom 66 8 11 19 -5 11:56
D Brad Stuart 73 5 14 19 17 21:04
D Jakub Kindl 50 1 11 12 6 13:44
D Jonathan Ericsson 63 1 9 10 17 16:46
C Cory Emmerton 63 6 4 10 5 8:08
D Brendan Smith 14 1 6 7 3 15:37
C Gustav Nyquist 10 0 5 5 3 10:17
R Chris Conner 8 1 2 3 2 10:33
L Jan Mursak 22 1 2 3 2 7:39
D Doug Janik 9 0 1 1 2 14:30
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 12, 3-5-1,  3.25,  0.886
Jimmy Howard 52,  33-15-3, 2.15,  0.920 #4 in Wins, #3 in SO
Joey MacDonald 14,  8-5-1,  2.16,  0.914

CAR Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
C Eric Staal 75 23 43 66 -15 21:35
C Jeff Skinner 57 20 22 42 -6 18:29
L Jussi Jokinen 72 11 30 41 0 17:44
C Jiri Tlusty 72 15 19 34 4 14:37
R Tuomo Ruutu 65 17 14 31 -1 16:37
C Brandon Sutter 75 15 15 30 -2 17:26
R Chad LaRose 60 17 12 29 -10 16:41
D Jamie McBain 69 7 18 25 -4 19:38
C Tim Brent 72 11 12 23 -7 10:48
D Jay Harrison 65 8 14 22 -4 21:02
R Anthony Stewart 70 9 11 20 0 8:13
D Justin Faulk 59 8 12 20 -11 22:58
D Tim Gleason 75 1 16 17 9 20:51
D Jaroslav Spacek 45 5 10 15 6 16:11
D Joni Pitkanen 23 4 10 14 -11 22:16
D Bryan Allen 75 1 11 12 0 19:21
L Drayson Bowman 32 6 6 12 3 13:28
R Patrick Dwyer 67 5 6 11 1 15:25
R Andreas Nodl 59 3 5 8 -5 11:39
R Jerome Samson 16 2 3 5 -3 12:16
L Brett Sutter 15 0 3 3 -1 7:34
R Evgenii Dadonov 15 2 1 3 -4 10:02
C Zac Dalpe 16 1 2 3 -3 9:35
D Derek Joslin 37 1 1 2 -15 11:18
L Zach Boychuk 16 0 2 2 -3 8:55
C Riley Nash 5 0 1 1 1 10:34
D Bobby Sanguinetti 3 0 0 0 0 11:56

CAR Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Mike Murphy 2,  0-1-0,  0,  1.00
Justin Peters 7,  2-3-2,  2.48,  0.931
Cam Ward     63,  27-22-12,  2.79,  0.913
Brian Boucher 8,  1-4-1,  3.23,  0.887

TSN - HOT and NOT:

DET: Hot:
Brendan Smith (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Gustav Nyquist (LW/C) 2 pts in last 2 GP - - - You know things are bad when your hot list is composed of only two guys, from your farm team, no less.

DET: Not Hot:
Tomas Holmstrom (RW/LW) 0 pts in last 10 GP
Dan Cleary (RW/LW) 1 pts in last 4 GP
Henrik Zetterberg (C/LW) 1 pts in last 4 GP
Jiri Hudler (RW/LW) 1 pts in last 4 GP
Ty Conklin (G) 0-0-1, 3.90, .857 in last 3 GPI

CAR Hot:
Joni Pitkanen (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Eric Staal (C/LW) 5 pts in last 3 GP
Jeff Skinner (W/C) 11 pts in last 12 GP
Jiri Tlusty (LW/RW) 3 pts in last 4 GP

CAR: Not Hot:
Tim Gleason (D) 0 pts in last 9 GP
Jay Harrison (D) 0 pts in last 7 GP
Jamie McBain (D) 0 pts in last 7 GP
Anthony Stewart (RW) 0 pts in last 3 GP
Cam Ward (G) 1-1-0, 3.00, .895 in last 2 GPI

Injury Report:

DET:
Nicklas Lidstrom (D) Ankle injury (Sidelined indefinitely)
Joey MacDonald (G) Back injury (Day to day)
Jonathan Ericsson (D) Broken left wrist (Sidelined indefinitely)
Patrick Eaves (RW) Jaw injury (Injured reserve)
Jimmy Howard (G) Strained groin (Day to day)
Johan Franzen (LW/RW) Back injury (Sidelined indefinitely)
Jakub Kindl (D) Upper body injury (Day to day)
Darren Helm (C) Left knee injury (Sidelined indefinitely)

CAR:
Jaroslav Spacek (D) Lower body injury (Day to day)
Andreas Nodl (LW/RW) Concussion (Day to day)

Jeff Sagarin NHL Ratings, USAToday

FRIDAY March 23

HOME ADVANTAGE=  0.62 RATING   W   L SCHEDL(RANK) VS top 10 | VS top 16

3 Detroit Red Wings     =  4.56   44 30   4.04(  2)  13 11 |  27 18
27 Carolina Hurricanes   =  3.61   30 45   3.98(  22)  11 14 |  14 19

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Khan(!):
Kindl thinks he is in, TPH - maybe.  Jimmy Howard (strained groin), forward Johan Franzen (back spasms) and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (fractured wrist) hope to return next week.

RSV:  The Red Wings are 3-8-3 since March 4. They have scored 17 goals in their past nine games (1-6-2). They are 1-for-33 on the power play over 10 games (3 percent). They are 18-for-27 on the penalty kill over nine games (66.7 percent).

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Hopefully the Wings take this game seriously, we know how hard a time they ahve against bottom feeders.

Really need to build on that Rangers game.  I could handle every loss if that’s how they played.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/24/12 at 12:21 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I thought Kindl yesterday wasn’t that close to returning?  We’ll see.

the GWOTG was scored on a player change…
Cleary went to the bench and his replacement skated very nonchalant towards the Wings end, with no effort to catch up to the play, making the GW’er basically a 4 on 3.
.................Anyone notice which player it was..?

I say Hudler. I watched the replay over and over and could not tell for sure who it was.

Datsyuk, Kronwall, and Stuart are clearly on the ice for that shift and had been working their asses off.

Going by all this it had to be Hudler.

Posted by monkey from here to Timbuktu on 03/23/12 at 08:24 PM ET

That is what I thought, but the NYR only had 3 going in to our zone, it was 3x3, not 4x3.  It’s Iffy, at best, that had Hudler made a bee line straight to the slot that he even could have caught their third man in.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/24/12 at 12:45 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

“Every boo on the road is a cheer.” - Scotty Bowman

Posted by Evan from Raleigh on 03/23/12 at 11:17 PM ET

I somewhat agree with possibly overblowing the importance of home ice from the perspective that all it takes is to win game one or two on the road and flip the advantage.  but then you’ve got to win all at home to hold that.

However, imagine G7 vs SJS last playoff at a shrieking JLA home instead of another 3 hours trip west.

If they get healthy I think they can overcome the so so performance on the road.  there is no evidence of that for this group, only history with the seasoned core of players we have.

Hey, another NC/VA Groupie?  Hey Dougie, break out the Beamer MoonShine!

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/24/12 at 12:51 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

.................Anyone notice which player it was..?

I thought it was Buckets. I watched over and over again too.

Come on Gramps, give it up.

Hopefully the Wings take this game seriously, we know how hard a time they ahve against bottom feeders.

It’s the lack of respect for the other teams ability no matter where they may sit in their respective division. This has always been a problem.

Also, Uncle Mike finding time to write a short story(book) aboot his credo for life, coupled with his coveting the head coaching position for the Olympics. He needs to put his effort into today, the here and now. The priority is going for the Silver instead of going for the Gold. Mr.I pays him to win Cups, not Gold medals.

Thanks OAkie.

Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/24/12 at 01:47 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

This date in history….

1936  Red Wings beat Montreal Maroons in 16 minutes and 30 seconds of 6th period Stanley Cup game lasts 9 periods (176 minutes), ends 1-0.

The Red Wings went on to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Stanley Cup Finals later that spring.

Historical Footnote:

When the Lions won the 1935 NFL Championship Game, the City of Detroit was mired in the Great Depression, which had hit Detroit and its industries particularly hard. But with the success of the Lions and other Detroit athletes in 1935, Detroit’s luck appeared to be changing, as the City was dubbed the “City of Champions.” The Detroit Tigers also won the 1935 World Series, and when the Detroit Red Wings won the 1935–36 Stanley Cup championship, the city had seen three major league championships in less than a year. Detroit’s “champions” also included Detroit’s “Brown Bomber,” Joe Louis, the heavyweight boxing champion; native Detroiter Gar Wood who was the champion of unlimited powerboat racing and the first man to go 100 miles per hour on water; Eddie “the Midnight Express” Tolan, a Detroit native who won gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter races at the 1932 Summer Olympics.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/24/12 at 01:56 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Thanks Oakie!!

Need a win…the Cawks have hiked up their collective big girl panties and are making a run.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 03/24/12 at 01:57 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

“We gotta decide what kind of a team we’re gonna be.’ - Uncle Mike, last fall

//sigh//

the walking wounded ... but never quit.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/24/12 at 01:59 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/24/12 at 11:56 AM ET

I always thought my Dad was joking when he said they used to call Detroit the City of Champions.  He would have been about 21 or 22 at that time.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/24/12 at 02:09 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Kindl in, TPH a game-time decision, Khan(!)

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/24/12 at 02:40 PM ET

Alzy's avatar

Kindl is back in tonight, TPH is a game-time decision. It’s in his hands basically, if he thinks he can play, he’ll play. If he does, Smith will be scratched.

Ericsson’s looking like he’s back Monday, and JIMMAH and Mule on Wednesday. Both Howard and Franzen said they need a couple good practices before they return, so I’m thinking Wednesday for both. (all info courtesy of Khan(!))

LGRW.

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 03/24/12 at 02:43 PM ET

Alzy's avatar

Dammit Okie, you’re too quick on the draw!

Thank you for the GDT as well, always a pleasure to read when I first wake up on gamedays.

I’m also wondering if I have the magical cure for what ails the Wings. Four weeks ago, I put in the WC jersey I have for customization. We all know how they’ve fared in that time,m but maybe now that my jersey is back in my possession, the ship will be righted. That’s what I’ve been telling myself anyways. The player I got? Kronwall, bitches (I already have a Lidstrom, Datsyuk and Zetterberg if you were wondering why I didn’t choose one of those three). I think JIMMAH will be next.

LGRW

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 03/24/12 at 02:52 PM ET

monkey's avatar

I always thought my Dad was joking when he said they used to call Detroit the City of Champions.  He would have been about 21 or 22 at that time.

Before that it was known as “The Paris of the Midwest”.

I thought it was Buckets. I watched over and over again too.

Come on Gramps, give it up.

Hard to say if Gramps was honestly asking a question or trying to make a point.  Usually it’s the latter.  In any case it was definitely not Buckets.

That is what I thought, but the NYR only had 3 going in to our zone, it was 3x3, not 4x3.  It’s Iffy, at best, that had Hudler made a bee line straight to the slot that he even could have caught their third man in.

But he didn’t even try.  If he had skated like mad but couldn’t catch up no one says anything besides “Jesus that guy is slow”.  “[N]o effort to catch up to the play”.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 03/24/12 at 03:08 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

i got nuthin’ ‘cept GO WINGS!

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/24/12 at 03:09 PM ET

monkey's avatar

HOtt Dogggsssssssssshhhhhhhhh

Posted by monkey from Finland on 03/24/12 at 03:13 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Thanks, Okie.

We’re slowly getting the wounded warriors back.  Things are starting to look up!

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/24/12 at 03:27 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Just looked at the replay of the Rangers’ GWG the other night.  It was definitely not Buckets who came on the ice - he was the player who went off.  I think it was Hudler.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/24/12 at 03:32 PM ET

monkey's avatar

But he didn’t even try.  If he had skated like mad but couldn’t catch up no one says anything besides “Jesus that guy is slow”.  “[N]o effort to catch up to the play”.

If he hadn’t been so damn lazy it would not be so hard to figure out who it was.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 03/24/12 at 03:55 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

It was Huds.
@ 3:35 & 4:02

... slow to enter the play.

But, IMHO, that didn’t decide the game.
Watch the entire highlight vid - we had our chances throughout the game but didn’t cash-in.

//sigh//

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/24/12 at 04:16 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/24/12 at 04:35 PM ET

monkey's avatar

The point is this: he was slacking off at a critical time.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 03/24/12 at 04:57 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

The point is this: he was slacking off at a critical time.

Posted by monkey from here to Timbuktu on 03/24/12 at 02:57 PM ET

Or hanging back to cover the late man.  I love you crazy bunch of douchebags, but Huds would be getting ripped right now if he had skated like mad to catch up to the play and left the late man all alone to basically do what Callahan did.  But then again, what the hell do I know.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/24/12 at 05:46 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

As a Wings fan from the beginning, my expectations are:

* 100% of the Red Wings are to give
* 100% effort
* 100% of the time;

and,

* every second of
* every minute of
* every period of
* every game shall be considered, before the fact, as “a critical time”.

slackers aren’t champions ...

but, then again, what do I know.

I’ll be a Wings fan until the end. And beyond.

L.G.R.W. grin

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/24/12 at 06:07 PM ET

Behind_Enemy_Lines's avatar

From Alexander Ovechkins perspective Hudler is clearly too close to the blue line in order to be effective after his teammates recover the puck. He needs to be 10 feet on the other side of the Red line. Duh.

Posted by Behind_Enemy_Lines from Evanston,IL on 03/24/12 at 06:09 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Ahh, the late man.  In Hudler’s defense, that Rangers D man Ryan McDonagh hanging back was even more slacksadaisical than the Oompa Loompa.  He was at center ice when the goal was scored and his legs weren’t moving. 

I really don’t understand the game well enough to debate stuff like this, but from my perspective it looks bad.  Hudler did not try to catch up to the play, and if we was supposed to be defending McDonagh he was doing even worse, because McDonagh was far, far away.

Maybe he’s supposed to hang up high in the zone in those situations, while the two D and the forward back (Datsyuk in this case) are supposed to break up the play and pass it to him to start the rush the other way.

Personally I think Gramps asked the question in the hopes it would stir this shit up.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 03/24/12 at 06:28 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Upcoming Red Wings career goal milestones:

-Nicklas Lidstrom (263), currently in ninth, needs two goals to catch John Ogrodnick (265) at eighth place amongst Red Wings players.

-Henrik Zetterberg’s (249) next goal will be his 250th, one quarter of the way to 1000. He’s fairly comfortable (too comfortable for my tastes) in tenth.

-12th place Pavel Datsyuk (238) needs two goals to catch 11th place Tomas Holmstrom (240).

Lidstrom, Zetterberg, Holmstrom, and Datsyuk are 1-2-3-4 amongst active Wings in goals scored and 9-10-11-12 all time.  Johan Franzen in fifth active and 27th all time.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 03/24/12 at 06:41 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

The goat on that play was Datsyuk, if he never leaves his guy that whole play ends different.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 03/24/12 at 06:59 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Some how, some way, Ericsson was also at fault in that goal.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/24/12 at 08:29 PM ET

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