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GDT - Game #54:  Red Wings at Coyotes (8:00)

DET (35-16-2) have earned 5 of 6 points in Western Canada, and wrap up their 4 game road trip tonight against the franchise that Gary owns. DET are 9-1-1 in their last 11, and will try to avoid consecutive defeats for the first time since Dec. 21-22.  For as good as the Wings have been, their special teams are a disaster.  The Wings are a paltry 6-for-65 (9.2 percent) on the power play in their past 22 games, just plain inept.  Coach Babcock: “Our power play, for the skill level we have on our team, isn’t good enough, so that’s a reflection of the coaches.”  Can I get an amen, please.  And as bad as the PP has been, the PK is even worse at 80.1 PK% (25). 

PHX (23-21-8) currently sit 4 points our of playoff position. To gain any momentum, the ‘Dogs are going to have to figure out how to win at home.  Their 11-10-4 home record is next to last in the league, and their 12.3% PP (30) isn’t helping.  DET own the Dogs at JLA West, Phoenix is 5-17-6 over its last 28 home games against the Wings. 

LGRW.

Central Division Standings:

GP W L OTL PTS ROW
1 DET 53 35 16 2 72 29
2 NSH 53 32 17 4 68 29
3 STL 51 30 14 7 67 29
4 CHI 53 29 17 7 65 25
5 CBJ 52 14 32 6 34 11

Team Records:

DET:  53 GP,  35-16-2, 72 pts, (1 in Conf, 1 in Central), 171 GF, 126 GA, Last 10 8-1-1, OT 1

PHX:  52 GP,  23-21-8,  45 pts, (12 in Conf, 4 in Pacific), 136 GF, 141 GA, Last 10 3-4-3, WON 1

PHX are 4 pts out of 8 spot.

Home/Away Record:

DET road:  15-14-1 (6th)
PHX home:  11-10-4 (29th)


Stats (rank):

DET:  .679 point% (2), 3.11 G/G (4), 2.36 GA/G (6), 1.53 5-5 F/A (2), 17.4 PP% (16), 80.1 PK% (25), 33.1 S/G (3), 27.2 SA/G (3),  51.2 FO% (8).

PHX:  .519 point% (20), 2.58 G/G (17), 2.62 GA/G (12),  1.00 5-5 F/A (11), 12.3 PP% (30), 83.4 PK% (11), 29.5 S/G (17), 31.3 SA/G (24), 50.0% (15).

Goal Differential/Game:

DET = +0.75
PHX = -0.04

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
C Pavel Datsyuk 52 14 39 53 18 19:12 #4 in Assists
C Valtteri Filppula 52 16 26 42 14 17:31
C Johan Franzen 53 19 23 42 26 17:39
L Henrik Zetterberg 53 9 29 38 7 19:28
C Jiri Hudler 52 17 17 34 5 15:01
D Nicklas Lidstrom 52 10 18 28 26 23:52
R Todd Bertuzzi 46 12 15 27 23 15:35
R Danny Cleary 53 11 15 26 11 16:25
D Ian White 49 6 19 25 31 23:33 #2 in +/-
D Niklas Kronwall 53 11 11 22 -4 22:29
L Tomas Holmstrom 45 8 10 18 -3 12:05
L Drew Miller 51 10 8 18 10 12:09
C Darren Helm 49 5 12 17 3 14:21
L Justin Abdelkader 53 5 8 13 2 11:55
D Brad Stuart 53 4 7 11 11 20:51
D Jonathan Ericsson 53 1 8 9 17 16:44
D Jakub Kindl 39 1 8 9 4 13:55
C Cory Emmerton 42 5 3 8 2 8:06
R Chris Conner 7 1 2 3 2 10:52
D Mike Commodore 16 0 2 2 3 11:33
L Jan Mursak 3 0 2 2 2 8:43
D Brendan Smith 3 0 2 2 -1 14:54
R Patrick Eaves 10 0 1 1 0 11:02
L Fabian Brunnstrom 5 0 1 1 -2 9:03
C Gustav Nyquist 5 0 1 1 1 7:53
C Joakim Andersson 4 0 0 0 1 6:45

DET Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Ty Conklin 11, 3-5-0,  3.40,  0.878
Jimmy Howard 44,  32-11-1, 2.03,  0.924 #1 in Wins,  #2 in Shutouts
Joey MacDonald 1,  0-0-1,  1.33,  0.957

PHX Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
L Ray Whitney 52 16 29 45 15 18:20
R Radim Vrbata 52 24 18 42 12 18:38
R Shane Doan 52 15 17 32 -9 19:41
D Keith Yandle 52 6 23 29 -4 22:23
L Lauri Korpikoski 52 13 13 26 7 16:46
C Martin Hanzal 38 6 16 22 5 18:53
D Oliver Ekman-Larsson 52 7 14 21 -1 21:01
C Daymond Langkow 43 7 13 20 -6 16:49
C Boyd Gordon 45 5 13 18 11 15:47
L Mikkel Boedker 52 7 9 16 -2 14:05
L Raffi Torres 49 8 6 14 0 10:43
L Taylor Pyatt 52 6 7 13 -6 12:24
C Kyle Chipchura 40 1 11 12 3 10:54
D David Schlemko 41 1 10 11 7 18:28
D Rostislav Klesla 45 2 7 9 7 19:44
D Derek Morris 44 0 8 8 -12 18:22
D Michal Rozsival 24 0 6 6 3 17:35
D David Rundblad 26 1 5 6 -10 14:56
D Adrian Aucoin 42 2 3 5 5 20:04
C Patrick O’Sullivan 23 2 2 4 -4 11:02
C Gilbert Brule 9 3 1 4 0 12:04
D Chris Summers 10 0 3 3 0 12:33
C Marc-Antoine Pouliot 9 0 2 2 -3 12:03
L Brett MacLean 5 0 2 2 1 8:29
L Paul Bissonnette 16 1 0 1 -1 6:39
C Andy Miele 7 0 0 0 -3 8:56

PHX Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Curtis McElhinney 2,  1-0-0,  1.67,  0.944
Mike Smith 40,  19-14-7,  2.50,  0.920
Jason LaBarbera 15,  3-7-1,  2.73,  0.909

TSN - HOT and NOT:

DET: Hot:
Brad Stuart (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Henrik Zetterberg (C/LW) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Dan Cleary (RW/LW) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Darren Helm (C) 4 pts in last 4 GP
Drew Miller (LW/RW) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Jiri Hudler (LW/RW) 4 pts in last 4 GP
Todd Bertuzzi (RW/LW) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Valtteri Filppula (C/W) 3 pts in last 3 GP

DET: Not Hot:
Niklas Kronwall (D) 0 pts in last 4 GP
Ian White (D) 1 pts in last 6 GP
Tomas Holmstrom (RW/LW) 0 pts in last 6 GP
Pavel Datsyuk (C/LW) 0 pts in last 4 GP
Johan Franzen (LW/RW) 1 pts in last 4 GP
Ty Conklin (G) 0-0-0, 6.00, .727 in last 2 GPI

PHX: Hot:
Michal Rozsival (D) 2 pts in last 3 GP
Martin Hanzal (C) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Radim Vrbata (RW) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Ray Whitney (LW) 6 pts in last 4 GP
Lauri Korpikoski (W/C) 5 pts in last 4 GP
Shane Doan (RW/LW) 7 pts in last 7 GP
Boyd Gordon (C/RW) 2 pts in last 2 GP

PHX: Not Hot:
Derek Morris (D) 0 pts in last 4 GP
Raffi Torres (LW) 1 pts in last 4 GP
Jason LaBarbera (G) 0-4-1, 3.10, .896 in last 6 GPI
Mike Smith (G) 2-3-1, 3.55, .878 in last 6 GPI

Injury Report:

DET:
Patrick Eaves (RW) Jaw injury (Injured reserve)
Jimmy Howard (G) Finger injury (Day to day)

PHX:
Kurt Sauer (D) Head injury (Injured reserve)
David Schlemko (D) Lower body injury (Injured reserve)

Jeff Sagarin NHL Ratings, USAToday

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5

HOME ADVANTAGE=  0.51   RATING   W   L SCHEDL(RANK) VS top 10 | VS top 16

1 Detroit Red Wings     =  4.85   35 18   4.03(  7)  9   6 |  16 11
21 Phoenix Coyotes       =  3.80   23 29   4.04(  5)  5 13 |  11 18

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Comments

Primis's avatar

Time to put down the Mange tonight.  I can’t wait to hear the chants and pro-Wings cheers at JLA West tonight through my TV.

Just like I can’t wait to hear NBCsports trying to ignore and spin it as something other than the Coyotes crowd getting owned in their own building.

And like how I can’t wait to hear Ed Olczyk complain about a phantom too-man-men penalty, and reference the Blackhawks at least 483209480382045 times.

OK so I lied about that last part.

LGRW.

Posted by Primis on 02/06/12 at 12:14 PM ET

dougie's avatar

8:00, eh?

That’s good news, I figured it would be another 10 pm start.

I would love for one of you photoshop gurus to put Conklin’s face on a milk carton, under the caption

MISSING GOALIE!!

Posted by dougie on 02/06/12 at 12:33 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

OK so I lied about that last part.

LGRW.

Posted by Primis on 02/06/12 at 09:14 AM ET

I all seemed like the truth to me Primis.


Thanks Okie! & LGRW!

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/06/12 at 12:35 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Coach Babcock: “Our power play, for the skill level we have on our team, isn’t good enough, so that’s a reflection of the coaches.”

Does anyone think we would have seen anything like that cute little game of “pass around” we saw during the five-on-three on Saturday if Babs had hired Hitchcock instead of Blashill and Peters? Everything those two have tried on the PK and the PP has been a disaster.

I know that not many first-place teams have ever fired their assistant coaches at this point in a season, but these two (or whichever one is most reponsible) should be the first. The Wings will get killed in the playoffs with their current approach to the PK and PP.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/06/12 at 02:50 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Does anyone think we would have seen anything like that cute little game of “pass around” we saw during the five-on-three on Saturday if Babs had hired Hitchcock instead of Blashill and Peters?

Hitch said no.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 02/06/12 at 03:04 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I would love for one of you photoshop gurus to put Conklin’s face on a milk carton, under the caption
MISSING GOALIE!!
Posted by dougie on 02/06/12 at 09:33 AM ET

Photobucket

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/06/12 at 03:45 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Thanks, Jeff.  Nice waking up to your GDT on my screen.

The Wings are a paltry 6-for-65 (9.2 percent) on the power play in their past 22 games, just plain inept.  Coach Babcock: “Our power play, for the skill level we have on our team, isn’t good enough, so that’s a reflection of the coaches.”

Uncle Mike, respects and all, shut up and fix it.  All four of you, McKittrick as well.

I would love for one of you photoshop gurus to put Conklin’s face on a milk carton, under the caption
MISSING GOALIE!!
Posted by dougie on 02/06/12 at 09:33 AM ET

MissingConk.jpg

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 02/06/12 at 12:45 PM ET

Awesome, CaptD.

Referees:
Greg Kimmerly (18)
Kevin Pollock (33)  <====

Linesmen:
Mark Shewchyk (92)
Tony Sericolo (84)

Oy vey… 

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/06/12 at 04:00 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 02/06/12 at 12:45 PM ET

Great job.  I especially liked “Eyes:  None”

LOL

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 02/06/12 at 04:05 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Thanks, Okie.

Word is, JMac starting.

Any new news on James? Back by ... Wednesday’s game with the oil? (please???)

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 02/06/12 at 04:45 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

As a public service I’m pleased to offer the following pre-packaged post-game quote.  Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but…

“I thought they had better jump than we did. I don’t think we came out with as much energy. It took us a couple of periods to get going.”

Rinse. Repeat. Rinse. Repeat.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/06/12 at 04:45 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 02/06/12 at 12:45 PM ET

Brilliant.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/06/12 at 05:01 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Khan says JMac is in net tonight

Franzen-Datsyuk-Bertuzzi
Filppula-Zetterberg-Hudler
Miller-Helm-Cleary
Emmerton-Abdelkader-Holmstrom

Lidstrom-White
Kronwall-Stuart
Ericsson-Kindl

MacDonald (starting)

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/06/12 at 05:06 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Sometime in ancient history, probably November 2011, with the Wings dropping to 5-6 or whatever it was, many, a lot in other forums more than here, were bitching about having to get rid of half the team, Cleary, Bertuzzi, Datsyuk was not a star, Lidstrom should have retired, just so much stupid stuff.  I wrote then that The Franchise had only one big concern, and it was not any of the personnel repeatedly written about by fans.  The One and only major concern on the minds of the braintrust back at game 12 was back up goalie.

Scoring goals in the playoffs is a premium and we could have and still could use another natural goal scorer, for as much as I like the flock of young skaters we have, none at this time have the skills or demonstrated ability to consistently pose a threat to create goals from nothing.

However, everyone on top knows that an injury or unpredictable cold streak by Jimmy and there is no chance at a run at The Cup.

I agree with the refreshingly optimistic primus in that you don’t build a franchise by trading away the future for a backup goalie, but the Wings are as well positioned as any team to win the Cup this year, right now, and to let that slip away by not securing a credible NHL goalie as backup would be criminal, possibly flushing down the toilet the last best shot this Franchise has at winning The Cup in the Lidstrom era.

... unless you think MacDonald is the answer. 

The other teams will be in a bidding war during the next 21 days to better themselves, it’s more likely and probable that if the Wings make a move it will be a skater, but one injury like a fluke broken finger to Jimmy and this team’s chances plummet dramatically.  This is the time to be bolder than normal to secure the goaltending position.  Who that would be, I don’t know.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/06/12 at 05:25 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Okie, I forgot to say “thanks” earlier.

I agree with RWBill re: back up goaltending.  It has been my biggest concern all year also. 

And WestWing, wouldn’t be a bit surprised if you’re right.  But I sure do hope you’ll be proven wrong.

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 02/06/12 at 05:51 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

The Wings will get killed in the playoffs with their current approach to the PK and PP.

Posted by OlderThanChelios on 02/06/12 at 11:50 AM ET

I agree that it’s generally a good idea to have both special teams clicking in the postseason, but the Boston Bruins proved last year that you can win in the playoffs with a power play that in all honesty makes the Wings current PP look like a well-oiled machine in comparison.  On the other hand the Bruins were outstanding killing penalties.

As for the Detroit penalty kill, how much worse can they be?  They’ve given up at least one goal against in an astounding 13 straight games now.  But let’s be honest about this.  This is not a recent development.  The PK has been a mess for three consecutive seasons and shows no sign of getting better any time soon.  Uncle Mike says he’s made it a priority.  He picked the brain of Jacques Lemaire for advice two years ago.  He brought in Ken Hitchcock as a consultant before last season.  Coaching changes have been made.  We continue to hear that it’s a high priority in practices.  Yet nothing ever changes.

I know everyone wants to light up the torches, grab the pitchforks and go after Conklin after that third goal in Edmonton, but seriously, in a league where it’s often said that players have to “pay a price” to go to the front of the net, the Red Wings D-men let the hottest player in the league waltz through their zone untouched and camp out in front of their net?  How many times do we see Homer have to pick himself up off the ice after being bludgeoned fighting for that same position in front of the opposition crease?  Our guys on the other hand, (White and Lidstrom in this case) are so utterly unwilling to engage physically that they give a guy an absolute free pass to the front of the goal.  Blame Conklin if you want, but that was absolutely disgraceful and a perfect example of why this team has a hard time killing penalties.  Smart hockey people will you that good penalty killing is mostly a matter of hard work and because of that. also can be a pretty good barometer of a team’s level of commitment.  Draw your own conclusions there.

As for the power play, it just continues to get worse and worse.  Unlike the PK (which has unrelentingly sucked ass all season) the power play at least had a brief run a few weeks ago.  Recently it has reached that remarkable level of futility where a shot on goal actually feels like something of a moral victory and any kind of legit scoring chance would make us all giddy.  An actual goal on the power play?  I’m not sure how I’d react.  Does anyone even remember what that feels like?

In Edmonton on Saturday night they got none of those things.  Even with a full two minutes of five on three, not only did they fail to generate any sort of scoring threat, they lost just about every battle for loose pucks, getting outworked and outhustled every step of the way.  No one was moving their feet, and no one going hard to the net.  Worse yet, at this point, I don’t think any of us were the least bit surprised by such an absolutely abysmal failure.  We can argue all we want about the various tactics they employ or don’t employ on the power play, but ultimately none of that even matters when the five guys on your side are completely outworked by the three skaters on their side.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/06/12 at 05:52 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 02/06/12 at 12:45 PM ET

Thanks for making my day, Cap’n.

Posted by dougie on 02/06/12 at 06:09 PM ET

dougie's avatar

Blame Conklin if you want

OK, if you insist. Scapegoating can be a lot of FUN, even if it’s not a particularly effective way of dealing with problems.

As a fan, I’m not in a position to change anything, but I sure as hell feel better when I have someone to blame. I’ll just call it one of my many character flaws.

I need to switch up, The Midget Pimp is apparently no longer willing to co-operate.

Conklin works for me. Grab yer pitchforks, 19.

Posted by dougie on 02/06/12 at 06:28 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Thanks Oakie!!

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from Warm and sunny SoCal on 02/06/12 at 12:45 PM ET

Great stuff…....except, what if it works and someone finds him?!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 02/06/12 at 06:54 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

RW is right.This may be our last great chance at Stanley for awhile. If we don’t have some steady backup goaltending soon, Jimmah will be run over more than Homer in the playoffs. Tick Tock Kenny.Make it happen.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 02/06/12 at 07:10 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

I also think Babbles college coach experiment has failed and waiting for the summer for a change would be too late.I don’t. believe. the players have bought into their system and are tuning them out.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 02/06/12 at 07:17 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 02/06/12 at 02:25 PM ET

This could be a case where I agree with most of your premises yet arrive at a different conclusion.  For example, I agree that the core of this lineup is strong and puts them among the contenders to win this year.  I also agree that it would be criminal to allow this chance to slip away by failing make a move to seize the moment, and in the process “possibly flushing down the toilet the last best shot this Franchise has at winning The Cup in the Lidstrom era.

Where we differ though is a matter of how they go about this.  My belief is simply that as good as this current group of players might be, there’s an x-factor that just simply isn’t there.  Back in those crazy days of October and November, my initial thought was that this is probably a team that would do well during the regular season, but I thought they would sorely need some juice at the top of the lineup in order to get them over the hump come playoff time.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d feel a helluva lot better going into the playoffs with a backup goaltender on the bench who could step in and win the cup if Jimmy were to go down.  But how many guys who fit that description are going to be available? Assuming anyone who even comes close to fitting that criteria is available, I can only imagine the price we’re talking about.  It’s a lot like buying insurance.  You have to decide how much you need, how much you can reasonably afford to pay for it, and make a smart decision based on that. 

I wouldn’t be opposed to trading for a backup goalie and if KH can land a good one at a fair price count me in, but it wouldn’t be my highest priority and I wouldn’t give up much to get one either.  As far as injuries go at playoff time, you can make the same argument about a few other players at a few other positions who would seem to be every bit as hard to replace as JHoward.  Ultimately you can only do so much though and, just like the fifteen other teams at the start of the playoffs, just cross your fingers and hope that none of your key guys goes down for any length of time. 

In the end I guess you have to prioritize what you believe to be the best use of your resources.  I still think a skilled, legit top six forward with size would be the type of player who would do wonders in terms of separating the Wings from the pack, but that might ultimately prove to be unrealistic.  In any case I do think they need to make a move even if adding talent to the top lines isn’t in the cards.  If for no other reason than to shake up the team chemistry and infuse this lineup with some fire and passion that seem to be sadly lacking many nights, I’d like to see them at the very least go out and get someone who can play significant high energy minutes and maybe, just maybe bring to the table some ability to kill penalties for fuch sake.  If Kenny finds a way to bring in a quality backup tender at the same time, then we’ll all rejoice and write folk songs about the man who brought the cup home Detroit.

Anyway, whatever issues I have with this team, and whatever tweaks I’d like to see made at the trade deadline have much less to do with talent than it does with a kind of palpable complacency that seems to have become their calling card of late.  Seriously, if I have to hear “I thought they had better jump than we did. I don’t think we came out with as much energy. It took us a couple of periods to get going.” one more time, I’m gonna go all hell-fire rage and fury and start breakin’ shit.

Conklin works for me. Grab yer pitchforks, 19.

Posted by dougie on 02/06/12 at 03:28 PM ET

Best advice my daddy ever gave me was to never stand in the way of an angry mob.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/06/12 at 07:30 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

What kind of shit hole franchise schedules a home hockey game at 6 pm local time?  Is that to appease Red Wings fans back east? The only people attending at 6 pm local will be retired and Snow Bird Red Wings fans.

Cool.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/06/12 at 08:13 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

I still think a skilled, legit top six forward with size would be the type of player who would do wonders in terms of separating the Wings from the pack

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/06/12 at 04:30 PM ET

Put me in that column too.

Now, where is my pitchfork?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/06/12 at 08:18 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

West Wing is describing Shane Doan, a guy I could do a 180 on in a heartbeat, rather a change of sweater.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/06/12 at 08:19 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Coach Babcock: “Our power play, for the skill level we have on our team, isn’t good enough, so that’s a reflection of the coaches.”  Can I get an amen, please.  And as bad as the PP has been, the PK is even worse at 80.1 PK% (25).

Amen!  If the plan ain’t panning, change the fuching plan.

Thanks OAkie!

Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/06/12 at 10:05 PM ET

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