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GDT - Game #70:  Red Wings at Kings (10:30)

DET (44-22-3) begin their last road trip of the season tonight at LAK (32-25-12).  The Wings 4-5-1 record in their past 10 tilts, combined with STL going 9-1-0 in that span, has given the Blues a commanding 6 point lead in the Central.  Unless the NHL leading Blues implode, the Wings have virtually no chance of catching them.  And unless the Wings start winning, they will almost certainly be overtaken by NSH, who trail DET by only two points.  It is looking more and more likely that DET and NSH will open the playoffs in a 4-5 matchup. Given the Wings road futility, hanging onto the 4th spot and the opening round home-ice advantage will be crucial.

Wings desperately need a W tonight, pretty, ugly or undeserving, just get a W.  LGRW.

Central Division Standings:

GP W L OTL PTS ROW
1 STL 70 45 18 7 97 41
2 DET 69 44 22 3 91 37
3 NSH 69 41 21 7 89 37
4 CHI 70 37 25 8 82 33
5 CBJ 69 22 40 7 51 19

Team Records:

DET:  69 GP,  44-22-3, 91 pts, (4 in Conf, 2 in Central), 217 GF, 162 GA, Last 10 4-5-1, LOST 1

LAK:  69 GP,  32-25-12, 76 pts, (11 in Conf, 4 in Pacific), 154 GF, 152 GA, Last 10 5-4-1, WON 1

The Kings are only 2 points out of 8th, and are in a dogfight for the 8th spot, 7-11 in Conference are separated by only 3 points.

Home/Away Record:

DET AWAY:  16-18-1 (18th)
LAK HOME:  17-13-4 (23rd)

Stats (rank):

DET:  .659 point% (4), 3.04 G/G (4), 2.32 GA/G (4), 1.58 5-5 F/A (1), 16.2 PP% (21), 81.6 PK% (18), 32.4 S/G (5), 26.8 SA/G (3),  51.3 FO% (7).

LAK:  .551 point% (17), 2.16 G/G (29), 2.10 GA/G (2), 0.88 5-5 F/A (25), 16.2 PP% (20), 88.0 PK% (4), 29.8 S/G (14), 28.2 SA/G (5), 51.0 FO% (8).


Goal Differential/Game:

DET = +0.72
LAK =  +0.06

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
C Pavel Datsyuk 59 16 43 59 18 19:22
L Henrik Zetterberg 69 18 40 58 11 19:40
C Valtteri Filppula 68 22 35 57 18 17:57
C Johan Franzen 69 25 27 52 25 17:42   #5 in +/-
C Jiri Hudler 68 20 21 41 11 15:27
D Niklas Kronwall 69 14 18 32 1 22:40
D Nicklas Lidstrom 62 10 21 31 25 23:56 #5 in +/-
R Todd Bertuzzi 59 12 18 30 21 15:35
R Danny Cleary 64 11 19 30 12 16:07
D Ian White 65 7 23 30 29 23:21 #3 in +/-
C Darren Helm 65 9 17 26 6 14:32
D Kyle Quincey 61 6 19 25 2 22:15
L Drew Miller 67 13 11 24 11 12:43
L Justin Abdelkader 68 8 13 21 9 12:06
L Tomas Holmstrom 61 8 11 19 -4 11:59
D Brad Stuart 68 5 12 17 17 20:53
D Jakub Kindl 50 1 11 12 6 13:44
D Jonathan Ericsson 63 1 9 10 17 16:46
C Cory Emmerton 58 6 4 10 6 8:03
D Brendan Smith 9 1 4 5 4 15:30
R Chris Conner 8 1 2 3 2 10:33
L Jan Mursak 17 1 2 3 3 7:31
C Gustav Nyquist 7 0 3 3 2 8:49
R Patrick Eaves 10 0 1 1 0 11:02
L Fabian Brunnstrom 5 0 1 1 -2 9:03
D Doug Janik 4 0 0 0 4 14:47
C Joakim Andersson 5 0 0 0 1 6:40

DET Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Ty Conklin 11, 3-5-0,  3.40,  0.878
Jimmy Howard 48,  33-13-2, 2.05,  0.924 #3 in Wins, #3 in SO
Joey MacDonald 13,  8-4-1,  2.01,  0.918

LAK Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
C Anze Kopitar 69 20 38 58 3 21:27
R Justin Williams 69 16 31 47 5 16:58
L Dustin Brown 69 19 24 43 10 20:10
C Mike Richards 61 14 21 35 1 19:00
C Jeff Carter 47 19 11 30 -12 19:30
D Drew Doughty 64 8 20 28 -5 25:03
C Jarret Stoll 65 5 13 18 2 16:44
D Willie Mitchell 63 4 13 17 11 21:53
L Simon Gagne 34 7 10 17 -1 17:59
D Slava Voynov 41 5 10 15 10 18:13
R Dustin Penner 52 5 9 14 -8 14:44
D Matt Greene 69 4 7 11 -3 16:35
L Kyle Clifford 68 4 6 10 -7 9:25
D Rob Scuderi 69 1 7 8 -8 20:29
L Dwight King 14 3 5 8 3 15:03
R Trent Hunter 38 2 5 7 -4 10:05
C Andrei Loktionov 39 3 4 7 -4 12:31
C Colin Fraser 54 1 5 6 -4 9:39
D Alec Martinez 38 2 4 6 -5 14:54
R Brad Richardson 54 3 2 5 -7 12:45
C Trevor Lewis 59 3 2 5 -4 12:57
L Ethan Moreau 28 1 3 4 -3 10:31
C Jordan Nolan 13 2 1 3 0 9:55
R Scott Parse 9 2 0 2 1 11:16
R Kevin Westgarth 25 1 1 2 -3 5:15
D Davis Drewiske 9 2 0 2 0 12:33

LAK Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Jonathan Quick 58,  28-19-11,  2.00,  0.929 #2 in Shutouts, #4 in GAA, #4 in Save%
Jonathan Bernier 14,  4-6-1,  2.35,  0.912

TSN - HOT and NOT:

DET: Hot:
Brendan Smith (D) 2 pts in last 3 GP
Henrik Zetterberg (C/LW) 12 pts in last 7 GP
Valtteri Filppula (LW/C) 11 pts in last 7 GP
Gustav Nyquist (LW/C) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Darren Helm (C) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Johan Franzen (LW/RW) 5 pts in last 6 GP

DET: Not Hot:
Ian White (D) 0 pts in last 4 GP
Tomas Holmstrom (RW/LW) 0 pts in last 5 GP
Dan Cleary (RW/LW) 1 pts in last 4 GP
Jiri Hudler (RW/LW) 2 pts in last 6 GP
Joey MacDonald (G) 1-1-0, 3.03, .864 in last 2 GPI

LAK Hot:
Willie Mitchell (D) 3 pts in last 4 GP
Dustin Brown (RW/LW) 12 pts in last 8 GP
Jeff Carter (C/RW) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Dwight King (LW) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Anze Kopitar (C) 7 pts in last 7 GP
Justin Williams (RW) 7 pts in last 7 GP
Jonathan Bernier (G) 1-1-0, 1.34, .955 in last 4 GPI

LAK: Not Hot:
Jarret Stoll (C/RW) 0 pts in last 7 GP
Dustin Penner (LW) 0 pts in last 3 GP
Mike Richards (C/LW) 1 pts in last 4 GP

Injury Report:

DET:
Todd Bertuzzi (RW/LW) Groin (Day to day)
Nicklas Lidstrom (D) Ankle injury (Day to day)
Pavel Datsyuk (C/LW) Arthroscopic knee surgery (Sidelined indefinitely)
Jonathan Ericsson (D) Broken left wrist (Sidelined indefinitely)
Patrick Eaves (RW) Jaw injury (Injured reserve)
Jimmy Howard (G) Groin (Day to day)
Jakub Kindl (D) Upper body injury (Day to day)

LAK:
Simon Gagne (LW) Concussion (Injured reserve)
Scott Parse (LW/RW) Lower body injury (Injured reserve)
Kevin Westgarth (RW) Bruised hand (Day to day)

Jeff Sagarin NHL Ratings, USAToday

MONDAY March 12

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

1 Detroit Red Wings     =  4.75   44 25   4.01(  12)  15   7 |  24 16
17 Los Angeles Kings     =  3.93   32 37   4.03(  6)  11 13 |  20 23
———————————————————————————————————-

Jimmy F’N Howard will play tonight.  All others on the injury report, still out.

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Comments

hockeychic's avatar

Please just a win, I don’t care how, just win.

Let’s go Red Wings!!!!

Thank you for the GDT as always, OakieJeff.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 03/13/12 at 12:20 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Thanks Oakie!

Just win Baby!

LGRW !!!!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 03/13/12 at 02:00 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Thanks for all your hard work with the GDT’s Okie.

I’ll be at the game tonight. Hopefully, not as a gamewrecker.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/13/12 at 03:23 PM ET

SYF's avatar

G’morning, Jeff.  Nice waking up [late, I know] to the GDT this morning.  Game day.

Wings desperately need a W tonight, pretty, ugly or undeserving, just get a W.  LGRW.

I think I can safely say that we wished the playoffs were here already.  This season is just nuts.  A record-setting home win streak and a road futility to balance it out.  What a stupid season.

Game Notes.
Referees:
#10 Paul Devorski         <=======
#38 Francois St. Laurent   <=======

Linesmen:
#88 Mike Cvik
#66 Darren Gibb

[sigh]

Like it’s gonna get any easier.  I echo the sentiments above:  just get the two points, Wings.  Any which way you can.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/13/12 at 03:52 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I think I can safely say that we wished the playoffs were here already.

With so many top players out with injuries, I trust you were being sarcastic. I, for one, am very happy that the playoffs don’t start for another four weeks

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/13/12 at 05:09 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Heh.  I should’ve used Tyler’s sarcastic font, CaptD but yeah, there it is.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/13/12 at 05:12 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Khan twitter:

Franzen practicing at center on line with Cleary and Nyquist. Other lines are 51-40-26, 20-43-8, 96-48-39. Datsyuk and Bertuzzi also skating

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/13/12 at 05:28 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Thanks, Jeff.  The video that George posted yesterday of Datsyuk doing one-timer slap shots was encouraging.  I was watching his knees esp. with the follow-through.  It’s just a matter of putting it all together again and at game speed.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/13/12 at 05:34 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Am I the only one who is nervous about Jimmah? Groin injuries are kryptonite to goalies. Is a week really long enough for a groin injury to heal?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/13/12 at 05:53 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Are we all being a little hard on Moose? Bleacher Report seems to think so:

Detroit Red Wings: Johan Franzen\‘s Growing Hate Bandwagon

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/13/12 at 05:57 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Are we all being a little hard on Moose?

hehehe:  Boris Badenov, eh?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/13/12 at 06:31 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Gotta love Bleacher Report.  At least they didn’t do this one in the form of a slideshow.

“People complain that Franzen’s numbers have declined since the contract instead of improving”

[shows numbers which have genereally declined since the contract instead of improving]

“See how wrong they are?!”

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/13/12 at 06:37 PM ET

Sullyosis's avatar

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/13/12 at 04:37 PM ET

You mean, things like this:

“Have the points declined? Yes. Is it a worrisome decline? No.”

To that, I say:

Don’t tell me what a worrisome decline is. I’ll determine what is worrisome and what isn’t. And watching Franzen the second half of the season, it has been worrisome to say the least.

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 03/13/12 at 07:03 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

It is looking more and more likely that DET and NSH will open the playoffs in a 4-5 matchup.

This just makes me want to RSV and it isn’t even the playoffs yet.  Sigh.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 03/13/12 at 07:23 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Repeat after me.  Gotta get better on special teams and improve on the road.  Granted I’m no pharmacist and maybe I watch way too much hockey on TV, but it does seem like lately I see a lot of one-goal games that are decided by special teams.  Detroit seems to come out on the short end of that most nights, while the Blues (who haven’t allowed a PP goal in almost a month) and Nashville with a power play that is suddenly the envy or Red Wing fans (and who thought we’d EVER say that?) seem to inevitably win these types of games with the crucial PK or the clutch PP goal just when they need it most.

St Louis and Nashville are also becoming the road warriors the Wings used to be—consistently winning the close games away from home.  Last I checked, both teams are somehow managing to do these incredible things without Datsyuk or Lidstrom in their lineups either.  Time to man the fuch up Wings!

Two points.  By whatever means necessary.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/13/12 at 08:20 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Gotta get better on special teams and improve on the road.  Granted I’m no pharmacist and maybe I watch way too much hockey on TV, but it does seem like lately I see a lot of one-goal games that are decided by special teams.  Detroit seems to come out on the short end of that most nights, while the Blues (who haven’t allowed a PP goal in almost a month) and Nashville with a power play that is suddenly the envy or Red Wing fans (and who thought we’d EVER say that?) seem to inevitably win these types of games with the crucial PK or the clutch PP goal just when they need it most.

St Louis and Nashville are also becoming the road warriors the Wings used to be—consistently winning the close games away from home.  Last I checked, both teams are somehow managing to do these incredible things without Datsyuk or Lidstrom in their lineups either.  Time to man the fuch up Wings!

Two points.  By whatever means necessary.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/13/12 at 08:36 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Gotta get better on special teams and improve on the road.  Granted I’m no pharmacist and maybe I watch way too much hockey on TV, but it does seem like lately I see a lot of one-goal games that are decided by special teams.  Detroit seems to come out on the short end of that most nights, while the Blues (who haven’t allowed a PP goal in almost a month) and Nashville with a power play that is suddenly the envy or Red Wing fans (and who thought we’d EVER say that?) seem to inevitably win these types of games with the crucial PK or the clutch PP goal just when they need it most.

St Louis and Nashville are also becoming the road warriors the Wings used to be—consistently winning the close games away from home.  Last I checked, both teams are somehow managing to do these incredible things without Datsyuk or Lidstrom in their lineups either.  Time to man the fuch up Wings!

Two points.  By whatever means necessary.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/13/12 at 08:38 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Gotta get better on special teams and improve on the road.  Granted I’m no pharmacist and maybe I watch way too much hockey on TV, but it does seem like lately I see a lot of one-goal games that are decided by special teams.  Detroit seems to come out on the short end of that most nights, while the Blues (who haven’t allowed a PP goal in almost a month) and Nashville with a power play that is suddenly the envy or Red Wing fans (and who thought we’d EVER say that?) seem to inevitably win these types of games with the crucial PK or the clutch PP goal just when they need it most.

St Louis and Nashville are also becoming the road warriors the Wings used to be—consistently winning the close games away from home.  Last I checked, both teams are somehow managing to do these incredible things without Datsyuk or Lidstrom in their lineups either.  Time to man the fuch up Wings!

Two points.  By whatever means necessary.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/13/12 at 08:57 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

CLYDE !

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/13/12 at 09:07 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I’m just gonna quit right now.
Fuching Staples Center.

RSV.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 03/13/12 at 09:09 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Gotta get better on special teams and improve on the road.  Granted I’m no pharmacist and maybe I watch way too much hockey on TV, but it does seem like lately I see a lot of one-goal games that are decided by special teams.  Detroit seems to come out on the short end of that most nights, while the Blues (who haven’t allowed a PP goal in almost a month) and Nashville with a power play that is suddenly the envy or Red Wing fans (and who thought we’d EVER say that?) seem to inevitably win these types of games with the crucial PK or the clutch PP goal just when they need it most.

St Louis and Nashville are also becoming the road warriors the Wings used to be—consistently winning the close games away from home.  Last I checked, both teams are somehow managing to do these incredible things without Datsyuk or Lidstrom in their lineups either.  Time to man the fuch up Wings!

Two points.  By whatever means necessary.

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, doing the prospect shuffle.... on 03/13/12 at 09:18 PM ET

Avatar

Posted by Malcolm X from behind you on 03/13/12 at 09:51 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Freakin hell, you guys are good and all, but I never said “Simon says.”

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 03/13/12 at 10:19 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Gotta get better on special teams and improve on the road.  Granted I’m no pharmacist and maybe I watch way too much hockey on TV, but it does seem like lately I see a lot of one-goal games that are decided by special teams.  Detroit seems to come out on the short end of that most nights, while the Blues (who haven’t allowed a PP goal in almost a month) and Nashville with a power play that is suddenly the envy or Red Wing fans (and who thought we’d EVER say that?) seem to inevitably win these types of games with the crucial PK or the clutch PP goal just when they need it most.

St Louis and Nashville are also becoming the road warriors the Wings used to be—consistently winning the close games away from home.  Last I checked, both teams are somehow managing to do these incredible things without Datsyuk or Lidstrom in their lineups either.  Time to man the fuch up Wings!

Two points.  By whatever means necessary.

Posted by monkey from Finland on 03/13/12 at 10:30 PM ET

monkey's avatar

Who the fuch is Simon?

Posted by monkey from Finland on 03/13/12 at 10:31 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Here he is

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/13/12 at 10:44 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Whatever it takes. In it to win it!

Thanks OAkie.

Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 03/13/12 at 11:45 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

guess i am early. thought the game time was 10pm. nope, gonna be a late one tonight. early hours of the new day afor this one is over.

what ever it takes? not if it takes happy or da mule getting a broken bone.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/14/12 at 12:03 AM ET

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