Abel to Yzerman
Yes, it's another late nighter, but, it's what the 19 do. Not much to add. The Wings need to reel in the two points and head back East.
We're going fishing, and the Sharks are biting.
Season series: The San Jose Sharks swept two games against the Detroit Red Wings last season. Goalies Antti Niemi and Jimmy Howard each earned a shutout but only Niemi got a win in San Jose's 1-0 shootout victory at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 21, 2013. Forward Joe Pavelski scored two goals in a 4-1 win at SAP Center on Jan. 9, 2014.
Red Wings team scope: Detroit has lost the first two of three games in California playing without captain Henrik Zetterberg, who took a shot to the head from Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn on Saturday. Zetterberg is expected to miss a third straight game. The Red Wings are not calling the injury a concussion, but Zetterberg said Tuesday he's experiencing "some symptoms that I don't have when I'm 100 percent." Detroit is three points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for second place and six points back of the Montreal Canadiens for first in the Atlantic Division. Goalie Jonas Gustavsson made 26 saves in a 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, his first start since he separated his left shoulder Nov. 5 against the New York Rangers. "I thought [Gustavsson] played well," coach Mike Babcock told the Red Wings website. "I think Gus plays well all of the time, he just doesn't play. He's been injured so much, so when he plays I think he plays well. I think he gives us a chance most nights." Howard, who allowed three goals on 25 shots in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, is expected to start.
Sharks team scope: San Jose is 3-6-2 in February and has lost three of four to fall out of a Western Conference spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; it trails the second wild card Calgary Flames by two points. The Sharks, who have not played since a 2-1 loss to the Kings in the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game Saturday, have four games in six days. Defenseman Brent Burns has five goals, including two on the power play, in the past seven games. The Sharks have not gotten much with the man-advantage outside of their top unit, which is Burns, Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture. In the past 28 games, rookie center Melker Karlsson has San Jose's only power-play goal outside the top unit, which has scored 31 of the Sharks' 39 man-advantage goals through 61 games. "The second unit will someday become our first unit, so they better get their act together and get going," coach Todd McLellan said, according to CSN Bay Area. "You want to play in the League and you want power-play time? Get it done. Our power play, like anybody's, is going to sway throughout the year. We're still producing, but most of it is coming from the other unit. It has to balance out more."
Looking forward to tonight's game against the high flying Kings with the added bonus of a later start.
Oh well, we are Wing's Fans, and, we will have a some of the 19 in the building. Ambassadors Quake, and, Captain D. The best in the league. Eh!
Be there, or, be square.
Puck drops just after 10:30pm ET.
Season series: Gustav Nyquist and Pavel Datsyk each had two goals and one assist to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 31. Detroit scored four of its five goals in the first period.
Red Wings team scope: It's the fourth of a six-game road trip for the Red Wings, who suffered a 4-3 shootout loss at the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. Detroit is 2-0-1 on the trip thus far and is three points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for second place in the Atlantic Division. "I thought we controlled the game," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "The puck found a way in our net a couple times. I didn't like it, but I thought our team played good and played hard. Our kids were good." Goalie Jonas Gustavsson is expected to start Tuesday for the first time since Nov. 5. He made two saves in relief of Jimmy Howard in a 7-6 overtime win at the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Gustavsson missed three months because of a shoulder injury.
Kings team scope: Los Angeles will be seeking its eighth straight win on Tuesday. Some of the Kings' recent success can be attributed to goalie Jonathan Quick, who was named the NHL's First Star on Monday for his efforts over the past week. Quick went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and .959 save percentage. "If I have to pick a goaltender in a big game, I want Jonathan Quick," coach Darryl Sutter told LA Kings Insider, "and we're playing big games, so I want Jonathan Quick." Los Angeles is expected to be without defenseman Alec Martinez, who has missed the past six games because of an upper-body injury.
I for one, could not be happier with the results so far on this road trip. Four points the hard way are still four points, and will come in handy when all is said and done.
Tonight we will go for two more points against the Ducks. They are doing pretty good out West winning their last two games, and leading the Pacific Division. So, be on the look out for the usual suspects.
The Malik Report has a game update.
via Evan Sporer of NHL.com,
Season series: Ryan Getzlaf scored twice, including the game-winner with 24 seconds left in the third period, to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings in the second game on the schedule for each team this season. Detroit took a 2-1 lead 1:57 into the third, but Anaheim forward Matt Beleskey tied the game 1:21 later.
Red Wings team scope: Forward Henrik Zetterberg was injured Saturday late in the second period of Detroit's game against the Dallas Stars and played one shift in the middle of the third. He traveled with the Red Wings to Anaheim for the first of a five-game road trip, according to the Detroit Free Press, but did not practice. Forward Daniel Cleary, a healthy scratch the past nine games, took line rushes. "I don't know if we'll make any decisions until tomorrow," general manager Ken Holland said regarding Zetterberg, according to the Free Press. The Red Wings rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period Saturday to tie the game, only to again fall behind by two, again tie the game, and finally win 7-6 in overtime, becoming the first team since 1934 to trail by two in the third period, tie the game, trail by two again, and then win, according to the Elias Sport Bureau. "For the fans it was probably fun to watch," said defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who scored the overtime winner, according to the Red Wings website. "For players and coaches, there wasn't a lot of pretty things out there. … Tonight we got lucky, crawled back into the game and found a way to get two points. That's pretty much all you can say."
Ducks team scope: Coach Bruce Boudreau has split up forwards Corey Perry and Getzlaf the past two games, first Friday against the Calgary Flames, when Anaheim fell behind 3-1, only to score five goals in the third period and win 6-3. The Ducks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Saturday with Getzlaf and Perry again on separate lines. With the win, the Ducks improved to 25-0-7 in one-goal games this season. They're the only team in the NHL to earn at least a point in every game they've played this season decided by one goal. "We've been trying to get to the net more aggressively," said Getzlaf, who scored the game-winner against Edmonton. "When you are having trouble scoring goals, that's what you need to do. We got a lucky bounce there at the end."
Did you miss the Detroit/Dallas game last night? Did you turn it off after the Wings went down by 2 goals (twice)? Do just want to watch the highlights again?
awood40 has you covered.
Tonight is the second game on the road for the Wings, just having come off a hard fought win against Chicago which made 19 fans supremely happy. We already have gained two points more than many out there thought we would have at this point on the road. Now, the time zone travel begins, and, I'm hoping the youngster's stamina will carry us throughout the entire West Coast swing.
But, first things first. The Stars are one of those Teams that cannot be taken for granted. In this league, nothing can be considered easy, any Team can win on any given night, and, I want to see a Wings Team that brings it from the time they drop the first puck, and, until the last second ticks off the clock.
Season series: The Detroit Red Wings are going for a two-game sweep of the Dallas Stars. Darren Helm scored twice, and Jimmy Howard made 22 saves to help Detroit defeat Dallas in early December.
Red Wings team scope: This is the second of a grueling six-game road trip for Detroit, which plays its next three games in California, beginning Monday against the Anaheim Ducks. The Red Wings got off to a successful start Wednesday by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout. Detroit recalled defenseman Jakub Kindl from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League, where he was halfway through a four-game conditioning assignment, after defenseman Kyle Quincey left practice Friday with an undisclosed leg injury. Quincey's status will be re-evaluated after the morning skate in Dallas.
Stars team scope: Dallas held an optional practice Friday. One of the participants was forward Ales Hemsky, who has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury. Coach Lindy Ruff said Hemsky will likely return Saturday. He also said forward Brendan Ranford, who made his NHL debut Thursday in a 5-2 home loss to the San Jose Sharks, will stay with the Stars through a two-game trip that begins Sunday at the Minnesota Wild. One player who won't be making the trip is first-line center Tyler Seguin, who sustained a knee injury Feb. 13 and is expected to miss 3-6 weeks. “OK,” Seguin said Friday when asked how he's feeling. "It’s more spiritually right now, trying to stay positive. It’s very frustrating. It's weird watching games. I’ve really never missed time during the season for injuries." Dallas will be trying to end a five-game losing streak to Detroit at American Airlines Center, where the Red Wings haven't lost since Oct. 14, 2010.
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