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GDT - Game #59:  Red Wings host Predators (7:30)

DET (39-17-2) look to add to their NHL record home winning streak, now at 21, when they host NSH (33-18-6) tonight. It won’t be easy, especially since Zetterberg is out with the ethereal “lower body injury.”  The Predators sit third in the Central, 8 points behind the Wings.  Although NSH are only 2-2-2 this month, they were incredibly hot heading into February, going 13-2-0.  As usual, Pekka Rinne has been leading their charge, a stupidly obscene 11-1-2, 1.91, .940 in last 14 games played.

Sparty moves up to the #2 line tonight, in Hank’s stead (Go Green).  Joey MacDonald is in net again, 3-0-0 in his last three, 1.62 GAA, .938 save % (even better than JFH?). LGRW.

Central Division Standings:

GP W L OTL PTS ROW
1 DET 58 39 17 2 80 32
2 STL 57 35 15 7 77 33
3 NSH 57 33 18 6 72 30
4 CHI 58 30 21 7 67 26
5 CBJ 57 17 34 6 40 14

Team Records:

DET:  58 GP,  39-17-2, 80 pts, (1 in Conf, 1 in Central), 185 GF, 136 GA, Last 10 7-2-1, WON 4

NSH:  57 GP,  33-18-6,  72 pts, (5 in Conf, 3 in Central), 161 GF, 150 GA, Last 10 6-2-2, WON 1

Home/Away Record:

DET home:  24-2-1 (2nd)
NSH road:  15-11-2 (9th)

Stats (rank):

DET:  .690 point% (2), 3.07 G/G (4), 2.33 GA/G (5), 1.52 5-5 F/A (1), 17.8 PP% (14), 81.3 PK% (20), 32.8 S/G (4), 27.0 SA/G (3),  51.5 FO% (7).

NSH:  .632 point% (6), 2.77 G/G (11), 2.58 GA/G (11), 1.02 5-5 F/A (10), 21.5 PP% (2), 81.7 PK% (16), 27.6 S/G (25), 31.2 SA/G (25), 49.2% (23).

Goal Differential/Game:

DET = +0.74
NSH =  +0.19

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
C Pavel Datsyuk 57 15 42 57 17 19:24  #4 in Assists
C Johan Franzen 58 22 24 46 25 17:44  #3 in +/-
L Henrik Zetterberg 58 12 32 44 6 19:33
C Valtteri Filppula 57 16 28 44 14 17:41
C Jiri Hudler 57 18 17 35 5 15:05
D Nicklas Lidstrom 57 10 20 30 26 24:00  #2 in +/-
R Todd Bertuzzi 51 12 16 28 21 15:43
D Ian White 54 6 22 28 28 23:32  #1 in +/-
R Danny Cleary 55 11 16 27 12 16:12
D Niklas Kronwall 58 12 12 24 -1 22:29
L Drew Miller 56 11 9 20 10 12:19
L Tomas Holmstrom 50 8 10 18 -5 11:52
C Darren Helm 54 5 13 18 4 14:18
L Justin Abdelkader 58 6 10 16 4 11:53
D Brad Stuart 57 5 9 14 15 20:47
D Jakub Kindl 44 1 9 10 4 13:45
D Jonathan Ericsson 58 1 8 9 14 16:50
C Cory Emmerton 47 6 3 9 3 7:53
R Chris Conner 7 1 2 3 2 10:52
D Mike Commodore 17 0 2 2 3 11:29
L Jan Mursak 6 0 2 2 2 7:10
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,  #3 in Shutouts
Joey MacDonald 6,  4-1-1,  1.72,  0.930

NSH Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
R Martin Erat 49 13 29 42 9 18:30
D Shea Weber 53 11 26 37 20 26:23
C David Legwand 53 13 21 34 -1 18:32
C Mike Fisher 49 17 17 34 4 19:07
D Ryan Suter 54 7 27 34 12 26:40
L Sergei Kostitsyn 51 14 18 32 8 16:15
C Craig Smith 55 11 20 31 -7 14:54
R Patric Hornqvist 55 17 12 29 0 15:31
C Colin Wilson 54 11 18 29 2 16:50
R Jordin Tootoo 55 6 17 23 -2 13:54
R Matt Halischuk 55 12 7 19 7 11:13
C Nick Spaling 52 8 8 16 -2 16:01
D Kevin Klein 49 3 11 14 -11 20:27
D Roman Josi 36 2 7 9 -11 18:18
D Ryan Ellis 20 3 6 9 8 2 15:16
D Francis Bouillon 42 0 7 7 0 18:08
D Jonathon Blum 33 3 4 7 -14 17:56
D Jack Hillen 46 2 4 6 4 0 13:40
R Jerred Smithson 49 1 4 5 -6 12:02
L Gabriel Bourque 19 2 3 5 0 13:00
C Blake Geoffrion 22 0 3 3 -2 10:20
R Brian McGrattan 30 0 2 2 -1 5:19
R Brandon Yip 17 1 1 2 3 10:41
R Niclas Bergfors 11 1 1 2 -2 8:04
R Zack Stortini 1 0 0 0 0 4:53
C Kyle Wilson 5 0 0 0 -1 8:08
D Teemu Laakso 9 0 0 0 -1 11:35
R Ryan Thang 1 0 0 0 0 8:32
C Chris Mueller 4 0 0 0 -1 9:08
D Mattias Ekholm 2 0 0 0 -1 12:25

NSH Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Pekka Rinne 51,  31-12-6,  2.41,  0.924 #2 in Wins
Anders Lindback 10,  2-6-0,  2.70,  0.897

TSN - HOT and NOT:

DET: Hot:
Ian White (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Brad Stuart (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Nicklas Lidstrom (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Henrik Zetterberg (C/LW) 4 pts in last 2 GP
Johan Franzen (LW/RW) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Valtteri Filppula (LW/C) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Joey MacDonald (G) 3-0-0, 1.62, .938 in last 3 GPI

DET: Not Hot:
Tomas Holmstrom (RW/LW) 0 pts in last 11 GP
Jiri Hudler (RW/LW) 1 pts in last 6 GP
Todd Bertuzzi (RW/LW) 1 pts in last 5 GP
Ty Conklin (G) 0-0-0, 6.00, .727 in last 2 GPI

NSH: Hot:
Ryan Suter (D) 4 pts in last 3 GP
Ryan Ellis (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Mike Fisher (C) 18 pts in last 17 GP
Sergei Kostitsyn (LW/RW) 5 pts in last 5 GP
Pekka Rinne (G) 11-1-2, 1.91, .940 in last 14 GPI

NSH: Not Hot:
Craig Smith (C/RW) 0 pts in last 5 GP
Colin Wilson (W/C) 0 pts in last 3 GP

Injury Report:

DET:
Dan Cleary (RW/LW) Knee injury (Day to day)
Patrick Eaves (RW) Jaw injury (Injured reserve)
Jimmy Howard (G) Finger injury (Day to day)

NSH:
Brian McGrattan (RW) Upper body injury (Injured reserve)
Patric Hornqvist (RW/LW) Upper body injury (Day to day)

Jeff Sagarin NHL Ratings, USAToday

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16

HOME ADVANTAGE=  0.53 RATING   W   L SCHEDL(RANK) VS top 10 | VS top 16

1 Detroit Red Wings     =  4.86   39 19   4.01(  10)  10   6 |  20 10
8 Nashville Predators   =  4.29   33 24   3.97(  22)  8   9 |  14 16
———————————————————————————————————-
Hank is out, Tatar-tots is up from Grand Rapids

Joey MacDonald will make his sixth consecutive start in goal for Detroit. Henrik Zetterberg is out with a lower-body injury, listed as day-to-day. Danny Cleary will miss two more games after having fluid from his left knee drained for a second time this week. Tomas Tatar was recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins.  Abdelkader will replace Zetterberg at center on the line with Valtteri Filppula and Jiri Hudler.

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42jeff's avatar

Let’s do this!

LGRW!

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/17/12 at 11:47 AM ET

Primis's avatar

I fully expect NAS to overtake STL shortly and be our main remaining Central competition.

However, no reason the Wings shouldn’t be able to win this.  Look at those Top 4 scorers on their team.  Yeeeaahhhh…

Anyhow, NAS is a team you simply outwork.  DET needs to be prepared to outwork them, because if you can NAS has no real backup plan or capability.  Beat NAS to loose pucks, muck in the corners, and get lots of shots on (and through to) Rinne (because NAS does a good job blocking shots).

My bet is Z’s back is acting up.  Just in time for stretch run too.

Posted by Primis on 02/17/12 at 12:18 PM ET

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I fully expect NAS to overtake STL shortly and be our main remaining Central competition.

Word. But is it do to NAS being on a roll, STL slowing down (with the tough schedule coming up), both, or because the Hockey Gods say so?

My point is, does STL drop below the 5 seed or do we see a NSH-STL 4/5 Matcup in the first round? It’d make it easier for us to only have to face 1 or none of those teams, I hate series against physical teams with brainless goons (Calgary/Anaheim in 07, any series with NSH even after the Hartnell loss, STL is too dumb not to goon it up).

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 02/17/12 at 12:29 PM ET

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Sully, I see STL as still being a 4 or 5, and NAS in the 4 or 5 too, unless CHI suddenly finds switch to flip that I don’t think they have in them.  Wouldn’t be a total surprise though for STL to slip to 6 or 7 if things start to fall apart during the long road stretch they have against good teams (especially if the players start to get tired of Hitchcock).

I’m not sure CHI necessarily even makes the playoffs.  They have serious problems there.  They won to end their winless skid, but there could be a lot more losses on the way.  Goalie is hardly the only problem there…

Posted by Primis on 02/17/12 at 12:55 PM ET

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They won to end their winless skid

And not to mention that it was against a (L)eastern conference opponent, which is also their last win before the 9-game skid started for them.

They are still in danger of losing to the majourity of their Western Conf opponents, and if so and they miss the playoffs I hope we draw either Phx (so I can see them) or COL in the first round (so Mule can heat up and I can laugh-tuzzi).

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 02/17/12 at 01:58 PM ET

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I’m not sure how soon we can expect the Predators to make up a 5-point deficit on the Blues.

The Blues have 9 of 25 remaining games at home, but the Predators only have 12.

Of the Blues’ schedule, 13 of those games are against teams I expect to make the playoffs (Minnesota and Anaheim are not in that list).  16 of the Preds’ games are. St. Louis is significantly better defensively and at 5-on-5. 

Just to throw them in there, Chicago has 12 of 24 remaining at home. 16 of those are against likely playoff opponents (although three of those are taken from the fact that they play Toronto, Ottawa, New Jersey, and Washington still).

I still think Chicago gets hot and figures enough of it out to make the playoffs. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s probably only slightly more likely that Chicago catches Nashville than it is that Nashville catches St. Louis, but I agree that the final standings in the west are going to have the Preds and Blues playing each other in the first round.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/17/12 at 02:39 PM ET

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You all should get as much joy out of this as I do.

According to an article posted in The Tennessean today (The same rag that called Pavel Datsyuk a defenseman in 2010)

The Red Wings haven’t lost at home since Nov. 3, when they fell in overtime to Minnesota 4-1. That is their only loss at Joe Louis Arena this season. They are 24-1 there.

Yi-hi-hi-hi-hiiikes.

You almost want to feel badly when you come across a Nashville hockey fan who doesn’t know the game. With journalism like that, how can you blame them?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/17/12 at 03:22 PM ET

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THey have had a team long enough that they should understand the game, after all, they are Stanley Cup Champs !!!  LOL

Posted by Jim from Nashville on 02/17/12 at 03:37 PM ET

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The Red Wings haven’t lost at home since Nov. 3, when they fell in overtime to Minnesota 4-1. That is their only loss at Joe Louis Arena this season. They are 24-1 there.

That is some top notch detective work there.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/17/12 at 03:52 PM ET

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Hey, remember when we were all so sad to see Ty Conklin go, and how worried we were about whether or not Jimmy Howard could handle being an NHL goaltender?  Man, those were the days.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/17/12 at 03:58 PM ET

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Z now a game time decision tonight.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/17/12 at 04:03 PM ET

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The Red Wings haven’t lost at home since Nov. 3, when they fell in overtime to Minnesota 4-1. That is their only loss at Joe Louis Arena this season. They are 24-1 there.
Yi-hi-hi-hi-hiiikes.
You almost want to feel badly when you come across a Nashville hockey fan who doesn’t know the game. With journalism like that, how can you blame them?
Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/17/12 at 12:22 PM ET

Deep Throat tells me the Wings last loss at home was Thursday November 3, 2012 to the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-1, that the Wings have only lost three times on home ice this season, and that 18 minute gap on the tapes was Dick getting freaky with Pat in the Oval Office.

Such information is hard to come by, from sources that are difficult to cultivate. I can understand why The Tennessean got it wrong.

Posted by Bob Woodward from a deserted parking structure on 02/17/12 at 04:05 PM ET

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Thanks, Jeff.  I raise my warm cup of Java to your GDT.  Cheers.

It won’t be easy, especially since Zetterberg is out with the ethereal “lower body injury.”

Some of the hfboards denizens speculate that it’s a right leg injury when he crashed into the boards awkwardly in the first period.  It’s the kind of injury that you don’t feel when you’re warm and your blood circulation is pumping pain-killing adrenaline but you sure as hell feel it the next day.


Referees:
Dean Morton (#36)
Kevin Pollock (#33)  <============= 

Linesmen:
Scott Cherrey (#50)
Mike Cvik (#88)

If there is ever a guy who learned how to call craptacular game from Stephen Walkom, it’s him.  We’re so fuched…

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/17/12 at 04:17 PM ET

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Z now a game time decision tonight.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/17/12 at 01:03 PM ET

w00t!

Won’t be able to make the LB tonight, 19.  This should be a tense game.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/17/12 at 04:27 PM ET

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Just for creativity sake it might be fun to see Tatar on a line with Filppula and Hudler.  Babs may be concerned about defensive responsibility on that line,  Abby is quite good in that regard and Babs wants that characteristic getting the more minutes on the ice.

Scoring goals against NSV is never too easy, will need Abby mucking it up in front of the net.

So Z now a gametime decision?

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/17/12 at 04:30 PM ET

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Just for creativity sake it might be fun to see Tatar on a line with Filppula and Hudler.

I dunno’ Bill. Don’t you see that line getting pushed around easily?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 02/17/12 at 04:37 PM ET

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Just for creativity sake it might be fun to see Tatar

Trade bait.

on a line with Filppula

Trade bait.

and Hudler

Trade bait.

Babs

Trade bait.

may be concerned about defensive responsibility on that line,  Abby

Trade bait.

is quite good in that regard and Babs wants that characteristic getting the more minutes on the ice.

Scoring goals against NSV is never too easy, will need Abby mucking it up in front of the net.

So Z

Trade bait.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/17/12 at 04:52 PM ET

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Posted by monkey from here to Timbuktu on 02/17/12 at 01:52 PM ET

Subliminiailalialalolmaorofl.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/17/12 at 05:31 PM ET

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I dunno’ Bill. Don’t you see that line getting pushed around easily?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 02/17/12 at 01:37 PM ET

Yes, that’s why it was for creativity’s sake!  There are no nights off, that’s why Babs will put the more proven hard forechecker and responsible Abdelkader on that line if Z does not play.


Also, Nashville picks up Hal Gill from MTL for 2 unknown low ranked AHL players.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/17/12 at 05:33 PM ET

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Per phillyd, Gill probably will NOT dress for tonight’s game pending physicals.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/17/12 at 05:39 PM ET

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Also, Nashville picks up Hal Gill from MTL for 2 unknown low ranked AHL players.

He’s a big body with a Stanley Cup ring Edzo!

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/17/12 at 05:40 PM ET

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He’s a big body with a Stanley Cup ring Edzo!
Posted by monkey from here to Timbuktu on 02/17/12 at 02:40 PM ET

This place is a hell of a lot funnier when we’re winning.

Also, Jonathan Ericsson [pause for laughter].

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 02/17/12 at 05:50 PM ET

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Thanks Oakie!

Also, Nashville picks up Hal Gill from MTL for 2 unknown low ranked AHL players.

low ranked AHL players?.....noice. Could just said a bag of pucks and two broken sticks.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, hanging with Dan Cleary.... on 02/17/12 at 06:01 PM ET

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Fun (not really) Facts for Friday:

Detroit and StL are virtually identical 5x5,  GF:GA,  1.52 : 1.00 .

Also both significantly better at home than on the road, and on both ends of the ice.

Home,  DET almost scoring  3.7 goals a game.  On the road, just 2.5.

Home,  DET goals against about 1.8.  On the road giving up almost 3.0 goals a game.

DET a swing of -2.4 goals a  game on the road? What?

StL is similar, home scoring 3.0 goals and on the road just 2.0.

Home, StL giving up just 1.6 per game, road giving up 2.3 per game.

StL a swing of -1.7 goals a game on the road.

Of these stats there is one killer, Detroit giving up the dreaded 3 goals per game on the road.  

3 goals is the horizon event of hockey.  Give up 3 and you don’t often win.  Score 3 and your chances of winning go up astronomically.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/17/12 at 06:07 PM ET

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Trade bait.
Trade bait.
Trade bait.
Trade bait.
Trade bait.
Trade bait.

Posted by monkey from here to Timbuktu on 02/17/12 at 01:52 PM ET

I KNEW IT !!  You are the Master Baiter.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/17/12 at 06:09 PM ET

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Also, Nashville picks up Hal Gill from MTL for 2 unknown low ranked AHL players.
Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 02/17/12 at 02:33 PM ET

Hal Gill, in his visitor sweater, looking stunned at the news that the Habs had traded him to Nashville:

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/17/12 at 06:09 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

The stats above establish one heretofore previously hidden and never before mentioned fact.

It is advantageous for Detroit to have a wide margin of home games remaining while StL has a wide margin of away games.

It took a lot of digging to come up with that nugget.  You’re welcome.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/17/12 at 06:15 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

..pffffffffftghhhhhgghhhaaaarrrrrggggggggg

So much of what goes on in here is over my head…....

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/17/12 at 06:19 PM ET

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Holland didn’t want to reveal what the Wings will do when Howard returns, but he did say that “in pro hockey, it’s what have you done for me lately. It’s a competitive environment. Ty had the job all year, and he had some good games, he had some not-so-good games. All you have to do is look at the stats. Right now, Joey is the No. 2 guy.”

The Wings have the roster space to carry three goalies, “but that’s not an ideal option,” Holland said.


Quoted from Helene in the Freep. Reading the tea leaves, it looks like Conk is on the block and if no one wants him, to the waiver wire he goes.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/17/12 at 06:20 PM ET

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The perspective on Eaves has changed, now I’m just hoping he can get a normal life back without pain.


“I’m dealing with a lot of headaches right now, but yeah, it’s getting better, slowly,” Eaves told the Web site. “I have one pretty much all of the time.”

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with creepy Rob Lowe. on 02/17/12 at 06:38 PM ET

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..pffffffffftghhhhhgghhhaaaarrrrrggggggggg
So much of what goes on in here is over my head…....
Posted by RWBill from the Land of 12 in 12. on 02/17/12 at 03:19 PM ET

Like Hal Gill’s nickname being Pylon? I thought everyone knew that from the SCF against the filthy flightless birds.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/17/12 at 07:04 PM ET

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they fell in overtime to Minnesota 4-1

That’s talent right there.  First overtime game in history not decided by one goal.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/17/12 at 07:10 PM ET

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they fell in overtime to Minnesota 4-1
That’s talent right there.  First overtime game in history not decided by one goal.
Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 02/17/12 at 04:10 PM ET

Minnesota had Donald Igwebuike kick a field goal in OT. Knowing NHL refs, it could have happened.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/17/12 at 07:22 PM ET

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Thanks, Oakie!

I hope Z doesn’t play if he’s hurt.  Abby will be a good physical presence on that line, and Z doesn’t need to get hurt worse.

This game is huge, I think, in terms of psychological edge.  Best thing Wings can do is crash the net relentlessly and create lots of traffic in front of Pekker.

Hoping for a full-throttle, 60 minute effort tonight.

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 02/17/12 at 08:14 PM ET

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I KNEW IT !!  You are the Master Baiter.

I did have the day off today.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/17/12 at 08:16 PM ET

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Also, Nashville picks up Hal Gill from MTL for 2 unknown low ranked AHL players.

Jeff Finger and Wade Redden?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/17/12 at 08:19 PM ET

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I’m still waiting for somebody to acquire Jeff Finger so I can write the headline “Brian Burke gives Blue Jackets the Finger to plug defensive holes.”

Of course, I’ve also been waiting for Jeff Finger to get called up and take a penalty for a pretty similar reason.

In conclusion, I’m 12.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/17/12 at 08:53 PM ET

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In conclusion, I’m 12.
Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/17/12 at 05:53 PM ET

As are the rest of us friendly band of redolent misfits, except for Kate and the MIA Ms. B.

Posted by too lazy to log in from teh gore on 02/17/12 at 09:04 PM ET

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In conclusion, I’m 12.

You’re 12?  Already?  What’s it like?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 02/17/12 at 09:04 PM ET

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In conclusion, I’m 12.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/17/12 at 05:53 PM ET

Kids grow up so fast these days…

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/17/12 at 09:31 PM ET

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