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GDT - Game #38:  Red Wings host Blues (7:00)

Not many bright spots for the Wings (23-13-1) in last nights 3-2 loss at CHI, says Babcock:  “We got a real good night out of Abdelkader’s line (with Cleary and Miller), a good night from Emmerton’s line (with Nyquist and Andersson). The bottom line is, we weren’t good enough.”  The Wings woeful PK was surprisingly good too, they killed all five CHI power plays, including three in the third period.  Zetterberg’s line was just plain terrible, on the ice for the tying and winning goals, combined for a minus-6 rating and accounted for only one shot on goal.  Moose, meet Boris and Natasha

The Wings now trail CHI by 5 points, as do STL (21-11-5).  The Blues earned a charity point losing at home last night to NSH, 2-1, in the shootout. DET and STL both have 47 points and a game in hand (tonight’s tilt) on CHI.   

The Wings were outplayed last night, said Babcock: “Any way you look at it, that’s not good enough.”  Hopefully returning to JLA avoids a repeat of last nights performance.  The Wings are riding an 11-game home winning streak, the team’s longest since a 13-game run from Dec. 20, 2006-Feb. 21, 2007.  LGRW.

Central Division Standings:

GP W L OTL PTS GOAL DIFF
1 CHI 38 24 10 4 52 +18
2 DET 37 23 13 1 47 +36
3 STL 37 21 11 5 47 +13
4 NSH 38 20 14 4 44 -5
5 CBJ 37 10 22 5 25 -33

Team Records:

DET:  37 GP,  23-13-1, 47 pts, (5 in Conf, 2 in Central), 120 GF, 84 GA, Last 10 6-4-0, LOST 1

STL:  37 GP,  21-11-5,  46 pts, (6 in Conf, 3 in Central), 95 GF, 82 GA, Last 10 6-2-2,  OT 1

Home/Away Record:

DET home: 14-2-1 (3)
STL away:  7-8-3 (19)


Stats (rank):

DET:  .635 point% (6), 3.22 G/G (4), 2.27 GA/G (6), 1.69 5-5 F/A (2), 20.0 PP% (4), 81.3 PK% (20), 33.2 S/G (3), 27.4 SA/G (3),  51.3 FO% (8).

STL:  .635 point% (7), 2.57 G/G (19), 2.08 GA/G (3),  1.38 5-5 F/A (4), 12.7 PP% (29), 82.1 PK% (17), 30.7 S/G (12), 26.4 SA/G (1), 48.9% (22).


Goal Differential/Game:

DET = +0.95
STL =  +0.49

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
C Pavel Datsyuk 37 12 26 38 12 18:55
C Johan Franzen 37 14 17 31 18 17:16
C Valtteri Filppula 36 12 17 29 11 16:50
L Henrik Zetterberg 37 8 17 25 5 19:18
D Nicklas Lidstrom 37 8 15 23 17 23:44
C Jiri Hudler 36 8 14 22 4 14:08
R Danny Cleary 37 9 10 19 7 16:25
D Ian White 33 5 14 19 24 22:52
R Todd Bertuzzi 31 5 12 17 14 15:00
D Niklas Kronwall 37 8 9 17 -4 22:27
L Tomas Holmstrom 33 6 9 15 0 12:28
L Drew Miller 35 7 6 13 11 11:19
C Darren Helm 36 4 8 12 4 14:22
L Justin Abdelkader 37 3 6 9 3 12:15
D Jakub Kindl 31 1 7 8 8 13:44
D Jonathan Ericsson 37 1 6 7 13 16:31
D Brad Stuart 37 4 2 6 8 20:29
C Cory Emmerton 27 3 3 6 5 8:31
R Chris Conner 6 1 2 3 2 11:33
D Brendan Smith 3 0 2 2 -1 14:54
D Mike Commodore 7 0 1 1 2 11:37
R Patrick Eaves 10 0 1 1 0 11:02
L Fabian Brunnstrom 5 0 1 1 -2 9:03
C Joakim Andersson 2 0 0 0 0 5:46
C Gustav Nyquist 2 0 0 0 0 8:51

DET Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Ty Conklin 6, 1-4-0,  3.23,  0.889
Jimmy Howard 32,  22-9-1, 1.99,  0.926

STL Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
R David Backes 37 11 14 25 9 19:45
C Alexander Steen 36 13 11 24 20 19:30
C T.J. Oshie 35 12 12 24 9 19:09
C Jason Arnott 36 8 12 20 12 14:40
D Kevin Shattenkirk 36 5 15 20 11 21:13
C Patrik Berglund 37 8 8 16 -3 17:48
R Matt D’Agostini 37 8 7 15 12 14:44
R Chris Stewart 34 7 7 14 0 16:36
R Jamie Langenbrunner 35 2 10 12 5 14:30
D Carlo Colaiacovo 24 1 10 11 4 18:07
L David Perron 12 2 9 11 1 17:37
D Alex Pietrangelo 36 5 6 11 12 24:03
C Vladimir Sobotka 28 2 8 10 9 16:01
D Roman Polak 37 0 8 8 2 19:05
D Kris Russell 33 5 3 8 5 17:09
D Barret Jackman 37 0 5 5 9 20:19
D Kent Huskins 9 2 2 4 6 16:54
D Ian Cole 12 1 3 4 7 17:08
C Evgeny Grachev 22 1 3 4 -4 9:12
C Scott Nichol 37 1 2 3 -5 8:59
C Andy McDonald 3 0 2 2 1 19:01
L Chris Porter 23 2 0 2 -3 9:25
R Adam Cracknell 2 1 0 1 1 7:38
R B.J. Crombeen 2 0 0 0 -1 7:56
L Brett Sterling 4 0 0 0 -1 7:33
R Ryan Reaves 24 0 0 0 -2 5:51
D Cade Fairchild 1 0 0 0 0 10:31

STL Goalies:
Brian Elliott 19,  14-4-0,  1.63,  0.940
Jaroslav Halak 19,  7-7-5,  2.32,  0.907

TSN - HOT and NOT:

DET: Hot:
Ian White (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Pavel Datsyuk (C/LW) 27 pts in last 20 GP
Dan Cleary (RW/LW) 10 pts in last 10 GP
Todd Bertuzzi (RW/LW) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Valtteri Filppula (C/W) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Drew Miller (LW/RW) 6 pts in last 7 GP
Jimmy Howard (G) 2-1-0, 2.01, .934 in last 3 GPI

DET: Not Hot:
Niklas Kronwall (D) 1 pts in last 6 GP
Nicklas Lidstrom (D) 1 pts in last 5 GP
Jiri Hudler (LW/RW) 0 pts in last 3 GP
Ty Conklin (G) 0-2-0, 3.05, .902 in last 2 GPI

STL: Hot:
Kevin Shattenkirk (D) 3 pts in last 3 GP
David Perron (RW/LW) 9 pts in last 9 GP
David Backes (C/RW) 7 pts in last 7 GP
Jason Arnott (C) 4 pts in last 4 GP
Matt D’Agostini (W/C) 3 pts in last 4 GP
Jaroslav Halak (G) 6-1-5, 1.78, .931 in last 12 GPI
Brian Elliott (G) 12-4-0, 1.56, .942 in last 16 GPI

STL: Not Hot:
Jamie Langenbrunner (RW) 0 pts in last 3 GP

Injury Report:

DET:
Tomas Holmstrom (RW/LW) Groin (Injured reserve)
Patrick Eaves (RW) Jaw injury (Injured reserve)
Darren Helm (C) Groin (Day to day)
Chris Conner (LW/RW) Right hand injury (Injured reserve)

STL:
Kent Huskins (D) Fractured left ankle (Injured reserve)
Andy McDonald (LW/C) Head injury (Injured reserve)
Alexander Steen (LW) Concussion (Day to day)
Kris Russell (D) Groin (Injured reserve)
Ryan Reaves (RW/LW) Hip injury (Injured reserve)

Jeff Sagarin NHL Ratings, USAToday

NHL 2010-2011 through games of 2011 DECEMBER 30 FRIDAY

HOME ADVANTAGE=  0.54   RATING   W   L SCHEDL(RANK) VS top 10 | VS top 16  

2 Detroit Red Wings     =  4.77   23 14   4.05(  9)  5   8 |  10 11
6 St. Louis Blues       =  4.44   21 16   4.03(  12)  10   4 |  13 10

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WestWing's avatar

Thanks as always for the GDT, Jeff.

“We got a real good night out of Abdelkader’s line (with Cleary and Miller), a good night from Emmerton’s line (with Nyquist and Andersson). The bottom line is, we weren’t good enough.” 

Our bottom six forwards were really good.  Top six?  Honestly, aside from Datsyuk, is there anyone in that group that really puts any kind of fear into a team like Chicago?

Relying on your bottom six forwards to win hockey games against the elite teams in this league is probably not a real good plan.  Hibernating Moose and Dazed Filppula need to really start showing up in games like that against teams of that caliber.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/31/11 at 01:02 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

The Moose Fills-A-Pool-A:

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Thanks for the GDT, Okie!

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 12/31/11 at 02:03 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Oops.  Guess the image didn’t work…  Sorry.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 12/31/11 at 02:06 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Maybe this will work better…

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 12/31/11 at 02:08 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

...a good night from Emmerton’s line (with Nyquist and Andersson).

That line wasn’t good, they were exceptional (except for Emmerton’s brain cramp in shooting the puck instead of passing it to a wide open Nyquist). They definitely deserved more than the measly six and a half minutes they got.

Fil has played well this year, but trying to poke-check a puck away from a moving Hossa is (and was) a recipe for disaster. If he’d just skated in front of him instead of trying to make a “hero” play, the whole outcome might have been different.

As for Mule, well, he’s playing more like a donkey right now. He’s always out of position, and when he gets a great scoring chance, he can’t bury it. I’m not looking forward to 10 more years of this crap.

The one positive I’m hanging onto from last night’s game is the play of Nyquist. This kid is scary good, and he can easily take Happy’s spot on the second line. Add him to Tatar and Smith next year, while weeding out Happy, Bert and Commodore (although Red has played well) and there’s lots to look forward to in the future.

But as for this year, I see another second-round exit on the horizon.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 12/31/11 at 03:12 PM ET

Yzersyuk's avatar

I am starting to get severely annoyed with the Moose. The fact is that Franzen has all the ability needed to be an explosive player night in and night out but recently he has floundered. He has looked god awful and that is not an exaggeration. The last time I can remember Franzen playing well was in the last two minutes of the game against Calgary when the Wings were trying to mount a comeback. I remember seeing him rush past the blue line with the puck, completely out skating the defense, and then fire a shot on net. All I could think was “Who is this?” Eventually as I continued watching him it came to me, this is the mule. This is the man who can carry the entire team on his back, the man who can easily explode for a four goal night, the man who I feel confident having on the ice. Unfortunately by the next game he was back to Moose central.

The scary thing is that this Jekyll and Hyde syndrome seems to have infected the entire team for the past few years. Where once the Big Red Machine was a model of consistency now I’m always anxious over which team will show up when the puck drops.

All that being said I still think our season is going well and that we have all the talent we need even without a deadline acquisition. The only thing I ask of our players is whether you’re playing well or not, play hard. And all you have to do is look at players like Datsyuk, Helm and Lidstrom to know what that looks like.

Posted by Yzersyuk on 12/31/11 at 03:52 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Thanks, Okie.

Happy New Year!, 19

let’s get a(n important) “W” to end / start the year(s)

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/31/11 at 04:07 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Well done, Jeff.  Much appreciated.

The Wings woeful PK was surprisingly good too, they killed all five CHI power plays, including three in the third period.  Zetterberg’s line was just plain terrible, on the ice for the tying and winning goals, combined for a minus-6 rating and accounted for only one shot on goal.

Other than the Griffins line, I thought the PK showed excellent attention to details.

I’m past last night’s debacle.  Just fuching win, Wings.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 12/31/11 at 04:56 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

By the end of October 2008 I stated on this blog that we should do everything we can to resign Hossa, even if it meant not being able to resign Franzen.  I stuck with that even knowing Franzen has ridiculous spurts of scoring, sometimes in the playoffs. I stick with it now.  I would rather have signed Hossa early that year long term and lived with not having enough to resign Franzen.  No need to go into a long discussion about the attributes of each player, it was and remains my opinion, that’s all.  Others are just as good as mine if not better.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 12/31/11 at 06:12 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I’m past last night’s debacle.  Just fuching win, Wings.

Posted by SYF from “Balls Hill” on 12/31/11 at 01:56 PM ET

Indeed, was thinking last night that’s a benefit of 82 games, get over the last one quickly.  We hit two posts, a total of two inches and we’d all be giddy about a 4-3 road win.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 12/31/11 at 06:15 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

, a total of two inches and we’d all be giddy about a 4-3 road win.

That’s what she said

Oh wait..

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 12/31/11 at 07:10 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Happy New Year!!

Thanks Oakie.

Not many bright spots for the Wings

.....and after tonight no 100 watt incandescent’s to boot.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 12/31/11 at 07:26 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

The bottom line is, we weren’t good enough.

21st Century Schizoid Man.

Thanks OAkie, and, Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 12/31/11 at 09:16 PM ET

MarkK's avatar

It’s been a busy year and I haven’t been around much this season, but just wanted to drop in and say what Kate said:

Happy New Year, Bitches. LGRW

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 12/31/11 at 09:28 PM ET

SYF's avatar

LB?

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 12/31/11 at 10:00 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Hey bitches, Happy New year.

No LB, we’ll make do.

You heard the Mick, no passengers.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 12/31/11 at 10:06 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Ram vs. Mule?  The Ram is winning…. L.G.R.W.

Posted by calquake on 12/31/11 at 10:07 PM ET

Paul's avatar

I started a LB.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/31/11 at 10:08 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Ram vs Mule.  All I know is my Dodge truck starts faithfully and delivers the goods day after day, rain or shine.  Mule?  Well, he seems more high strung and tempermental than that.  Big contract though.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 12/31/11 at 10:09 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Evening Ya ALL- Happy New Year!

Go WINGS!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 12/31/11 at 10:13 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Jimmah!!!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 12/31/11 at 10:17 PM ET

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