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GDT - Game #66: Red Wings host Flames (7:00)

To quote ediliac, one of the “soft-euro” of the “19”,  Iggy and the Stooges are coming to play tonight; and they are as desperate for points as DET.  CGY enter the tilt 9th in the W.C., one meager point behind DET.  Thankfully, the Flame haven’t been lighting the world on fire, going 5-4-1 in their last 10.  But they are riding a 2 game winning streak, and Captain Canada had a hat trick against MIN on Sunday.

RWBill pointed out that since the Return of the Mule, DET are 4-1-2, and are sporting a 3.57 G/G in that span (as opposed to their season average of 2.63).  The Wings are winners of 2 in a row, and 4 of the last 5. It remains to be seen whether their implosion against VAN is nothing more than an aberration, or are the Wings ready to be as dominant as they were during their obscene 5 goal, 2nd period in CHI? 

Uncle Mike is riding Jimmah again tonight, Good.  E-52 will try to play the blueline, Bad. The Wings haven’t managed to win three consecutive in nearly three months, Ugly.

The rollercoaster continues early tonight.

Standings:

Only one game last night affecting the Peloton of suck.  DAL was at WSH last night, trying to snap a 3 game losing streak.  After spotting WHS a 2 goal lead, they won in the shootout, moving into the 10 spot.  Turco was impressive. Fuching Caps.

G/P, W L OTL PTS Last 10 Streak
7 Nashville 65 35 25 5 75 5-4-1 Lost 2
8 Detroit 65 31 22 12 74 5-3-2 Won 2

9 Calgary 65 32 24 9 73 5-4-1 Won 2
10 Dallas 65   29 24 12 70   5-4-1 Won 1
11 St. Louis 65 30 26 9 69 6-4-0 Lost 1


DET:  65 GP,  31-22-12, 74 pts (8 in Conf, 3 in Central), 175 GF, 178 GA, Last 10 5-3-2, Streak Won 2

CGY:  65 GP, 32-24-9, 73 pts (9 in Conf, 3 in Northwest), 166 GF, 165 GA, Last 10 5-4-1, Streak Won 2

DET at home:  17-9-5 (17)  DET have got to do better than that.
CGY on road:  16-9-6 (7)  Road Warriors

Stats (rank):

DET:  .569 point% (13), 2.63 g/g (18), 2.62 ga/g (10),  0.88 5-5 f/a (26), 19.4 pp (9), 82.3 pk (13), 33.0 s/g (2), 30.2 sa/g (15), 51.4 fo% (7).

CGY:  .562 point% (15), 2.51 g/g (27), 2.45 ga/g (7), 1.02 5-5 f/a (12), 17.1 pp (21), 82.9 pk (11), 28.4 s/g (27), 28.9 sa/g (7), 47.4 fo% (29).


Goal Differential/Game:
DET = +0.01
CGY = -0.06

MISC:  Pavel Datsyuk has three goals and five assists during a five-game point streak for the Red Wings.  Jarome Iginla has not scored a goal in his last 19 games against the Detroit Red Wings. The teams split their first two meetings, and have not faced each other since November. Miikka Kiprusoff, 4-2-0 with a 2.31 goals-against average in his last six starts against Detroit, is expected to be back in net Tuesday.

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
POS Player GP G A PTS +/-  ATOI
C Pavel Datsyuk 63 19 36 55 12 20:26
L Henrik Zetterberg 57 18 35 53 7 19:59
D Nicklas Lidstrom 65 8 32 40 20 25:37
R Todd Bertuzzi 65 15 22 37 -8 16:52
D Brian Rafalski 61 5 27 32 17 24:25
R Dan Cleary 53 13 16 29 -4 17:44
L Tomas Holmstrom 51 17 11 28 6 15:24
C Valtteri Filppula 38 7 18 25 -6 17:31
C Darren Helm 58 10 9 19 -3 14:54
C Kris Draper 64 7 11 18 -1 12:16
R Patrick Eaves 51 9 8 17 -4 14:00
L Drew Miller 63 7 9 16 1 12:51
D Niklas Kronwall 31 5 9 14 0 21:20
D Brad Stuart 65 2 11 13 -14 23:40
C Jason Williams 27 6 5 11 -7 14:17
D Jonathan Ericsson 48 3 8 11 -17 17:27
D Brett Lebda 59 1 6 7 -3 15:06
C Johan Franzen 10 5 2 7 -2 18:32
L Kirk Maltby 52 4 2 6 1 10:06
D Derek Meech 42 2 4 6 -11 12:51
L Justin Abdelkader 50 3 3 6 -11 10:35
D Doug Janik 13 0 2 2 -3 13:28
D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen 18 0 2 2 1 9:51
L Brad May 40 0 1 1 -5 6:58
D Andreas Lilja 4 0 1 1 -1 14:01
C Mattias Ritola 5 0 0 0 0 11:41
D Jakub Kindl 3 0 0 0 -2 10:49

DET Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Jimmy Howard 47, 24-14-8, 2.37, 0.924  
Chris Osgood 22,  7-8-4, 2.97, 0.890

CGY Skaters:
POS Player GP G A PTS +/-  ATOI
R Jarome Iginla 65 30 32 62 5 20:36
C Matt Stajan 65 19 29 48 -1 18:44
R Rene Bourque 56 19 27 46 8 18:10
L Niklas Hagman 65 21 16 37 -3 16:09
C Daymond Langkow 65 12 21 33 -2 19:14
L Curtis Glencross 62 15 15 30 8 15:54
D Ian White 66 9 20 29 6 23:17
D Mark Giordano 65 11 16 27 8 20:57
L Nigel Dawes 52 10 16 26 3 15:15
R Ales Kotalik 54 9 15 24 -21 14:05
D Jay Bouwmeester 65 2 22 24 3 26:13
L Christopher Higgins 64 6 9 15 -12 17:42
D Robyn Regehr 64 1 13 14 5 22:05
R David Moss 47 8 6 14 -5 13:41
L Eric Nystrom 65 7 6 13 0 13:33
C Craig Conroy 46 2 10 12 -2 13:26
R Jamal Mayers 54 2 7 9 -5 9:05
D Adam Pardy 56 2 7 9 -3 15:48
D Steve Staios 42 0 8 8 -21 18:49
R Brian McGrattan 34 1 3 4 3 3:26
D Cory Sarich 40 0 3 3 0 15:46
D Staffan Kronwall 11 1 2 3 -1 9:54
C Mikael Backlund 11 1 2 3 1 12:02
C Jason Jaffray 3 0 0 0 -1 6:39

CGY Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Miikka Kiprusoff 57,  28-20-9,  2.22,  0.922
Vesa Toskala 27,  8-12-3,  3.59,  0.877

Injury Report:
DET:
Kirk Maltby (RW/LW) Shoulder surgery (Early April)

CGY:
No injured players. 

HOT and NOT:
DET: Hot:
Nicklas Lidstrom (D) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Brian Rafalski (D) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Henrik Zetterberg (C/LW) 5 pts in last 3 GP
Pavel Datsyuk (C/LW) 8 pts in last 5 GP
Valtteri Filppula (C/LW) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Darren Helm (C/LW) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Todd Bertuzzi (LW/RW) 3 pts in last 3 GP

DET: Not Hot:
Dan Cleary (LW/RW) 1 pts in last 4 GP
Chris Osgood (G) 0-1-0, 4.75, .811 in last 2 GPI

CGY: Hot:
Mark Giordano (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Rene Bourque (LW/RW) 5 pts in last 2 GP
Jarome Iginla (RW) 5 pts in last 2 GP
Matt Stajan (C) 3 pts in last 2 GP

CGY: Not Hot:
Jay Bouwmeester (D) 2 pts in last 7 GP
Niklas Hagman (LW/RW) 1 pts in last 5 GP
Curtis Glencross (LW) 2 pts in last 6 GP

Miikka Kiprusoff (G) 1-1-0, 3.50, .848 in last 2 GPI

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E-52 in tonight,and it is part of Uncle Mike’s plan?  Plan to give the 19 random fits of rage or what? Khan(!):

Detroit Red Wings forwards Todd Bertuzzi and Pavel Datsyuk didn’t practice Monday, but coach Mike Babcock said both will be in the lineup for Tuesday’s game against Calgary (7 p.m., FSN). . . .

The only lineup change sees Jonathan Ericsson replacing Brett Lebda, as planned.

“We’re going to keep rotating those guys,’’ Babcock said. “I don’t know if it’s game in, game out, or two in, two out.’’

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The (F)Lame look alot different since the trade deadline:

But gone are hard-hitting defenseman Dion Phaneuf and big center Olli Jokinen, among others.

The Flames made several changes prior to and at the trading deadline. They added forwards Niklas Hagman, Matt Stajan and Jamal Mayers from Toronto and Christopher Higgins and Ales Kotalik from the New York Rangers. They also picked up defensemen Steve Staios from Edmonton and Ian White from Toronto and backup goaltender Vesa Toskala from the Maple Leafs. . . .

TPH says one of the reasons DET is looking better - - they are taking the puck to the net:  “I think we’ve been playing more straight ahead, going hard to the net, getting the puck to the net and creating scoring chances that way instead of ending up in the corners too much,’’

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Helene St James, Freep.com:

Buoyed by a victorious rally against one of the NHL’s top teams, the Red Wings now need to do what they haven’t done in three months: Win a third straight game. . . .

“It’s way easier to be more confident when you’ve got more good players,” Babcock said. “It’s pretty straightforward. When your power play goes on the ice, it’s dangerous. There are people that are killing momentum. I thought we got good balance last night in our scoring. ... The big thing is, we’ve got to keep building on what we’ve got going here. We’ve won four or five. We’ve got to continue to do that. If you play well over a stretch of time, you earn the right to feel good about yourself.”

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The Calgary Herald has the expected line-up:

Bourque Stajan Iginla
Higgins Langkow Kotalik
Hagman Conroy Moss
Glencross Nystrom Mayers

Regehr White
Bouwmeester Staios
Giordano Sarich

And their writer, Scott Cruickshank, has a sense of humor, taking a shot at the CGY scoring woes:

After beating the powerhouse (and home-ice) Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon, Detroit coach Mike Babcock said: “The good teams in the league are hoping that we don’t get into the seventh and eighth spot.” . . . With their 10-goal explosion, the Flames have surged to 27th overall in scoring. The Wings are 18th . . . Both teams are in the top-10 defensively . . . Detroit, averaging only 9.3 minutes per night, is the second least penalized squad in the league. Calgary, 15.2, is sixth most. The daintiest team? Nashville at 9.2. The roughest? Philadelphia at 17.2. In terms of major penalties, the Wings have taken the least (18), the Flames the most (69) . . .

 

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