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GDT - Game #79:  Red Wings host Panthers (4:00)

Shockingly, DET (46-27-5) are still in the hunt for 4th in the West, thanks to CHI’s 5-4 win last night at NSH.  The Wings and ‘Hawks both have 97 points, and trail NSH who have 98 points. However, today’s game is DET’s game in hand on both NSH and CHI.  So, DET still control their own destiny, with a win today, DET leap-frogs NSH into 4th place.

FLA (37-25-16) lead the Caps by two points in the Southeast.  That 2 points make a huge difference to the Panthers, who currently sit 3rd in the East (by virtue of leading the Division). The Caps are in a fight with BUF for the 8th spot in the East.

The 2 points DET blew against CBJ, and the home loss to NSH aren’t looming quite so large if DET can manage a win today.  Then again, given how disinterested the Wings have appeared in the last two games, a “W” is hoping for quite a lot, maybe the best that can be expected is for DET to skate like it matters.  LGRW

Central Division Standings:

GP W L OTL PTS ROW
1 y - STL 79 48 21 10 106 44
2 x - NSH 79 45 26 8 98 41
3 x - DET 78 46 27 5 97 39
4 x - CHI 79 44 26 9 97 38
5 CBJ 79 27 45 7 61 23

Team Records:

DET:  78 GP,  46-27-5, 97 pts, (5 in Conf, 3 in Central), 240 GF, 195 GA, Last 10 2-6-2, LOST 2

FLA:  78 GP,  37-25-16, 90 pts, (3 in Conf, 1 in Southeast), 192 GF, 215 GA, Last 10 5-2-3, LOST 1

FLA leads WSH by 2 points in the Southeast.  Right now it is the difference between 3rd in Conference and 8th.

Home/Away Record:

DET HOME:  30-6-2 (2nd)
FLA AWAY:  17-16-6 (14th)

Stats (rank):

DET:  .622 point% (6), 2.99 G/G (5), 2.47 GA/G (7), 1.45 5-5 F/A (1), 16.3 PP% (20), 80.6 PK% (22), 32.3 S/G (4), 26.9 SA/G (3),  51.6 FO% (6).

FLA:  .577 point% (12), 2.38 G/G (26), 2.63 GA/G (12), 0.88 5-5 F/A (24), 18.6 PP% (9), 79.6 PK% (25), 29.7 S/G (15), 30.6 SA/G (18), 50.7 FO% (10).

Goal Differential/Game:

DET = +0.52
FLA = -0.25

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
L Henrik Zetterberg 78 22 46 68 14 19:41
C Pavel Datsyuk 66 18 46 64 18 19:26
C Valtteri Filppula 77 23 41 64 20 18:10
C Johan Franzen 73 26 27 53 20 17:39
C Jiri Hudler 77 24 24 48 10 15:37
R Todd Bertuzzi 67 14 22 36 23 15:42
D Niklas Kronwall 78 15 21 36 -1 22:49
D Nicklas Lidstrom 66 11 23 34 23 23:46
R Danny Cleary 73 12 21 33 4 16:01
D Ian White 74 7 25 32 22 23:07
D Kyle Quincey 69 7 19 26 -2 22:00
C Darren Helm 68 9 17 26 5 14:30
L Drew Miller 76 14 11 25 7 12:52
L Tomas Holmstrom 70 10 12 22 -8 11:54
L Justin Abdelkader 77 8 14 22 6 12:17
D Brad Stuart 77 6 15 21 17 21:03
D Jakub Kindl 53 1 11 12 8 13:57
D Jonathan Ericsson 65 1 10 11 17 16:44
C Cory Emmerton 67 6 4 10 3 8:06
D Brendan Smith 14 1 6 7 3 15:37
C Gustav Nyquist 14 1 6 7 2 10:18
R Chris Conner 8 1 2 3 2 10:33
L Jan Mursak 24 1 2 3 2 7:33
D Doug Janik 9 0 1 1 2 14:30
R Patrick Eaves 10 0 1 1 0 11:02
L Fabian Brunnstrom 5 0 1 1 -2 9:03
C Joakim Andersson 5 0 0 0 1 6:40

DET Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Ty Conklin 15, 5-6-1,  3.28,  0.884
Jimmy Howard 53,  33-16-3, 2.16,  0.919 #4 in SO
Joey MacDonald 14,  8-5-1,  2.16,  0.914

FLA Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
L Tomas Fleischmann 78 25 33 58 -6 19:03
C Stephen Weiss 76 19 36 55 7 20:28
D Brian Campbell 78 4 47 51 -10 26:53
R Kris Versteeg 67 22 28 50 4 19:56
D Jason Garrison 73 16 15 31 5 23:40
R Tomas Kopecky 76 9 21 30 -10 17:24
R Mikael Samuelsson 50 12 15 27 0 15:56
D Dmitry Kulikov 54 4 22 26 -4 22:01
C Shawn Matthias 76 10 14 24 -2 13:58
C Marcel Goc 53 10 13 23 3 17:35
L Sean Bergenheim 58 17 5 22 -5 16:27
D Mike Weaver 78 0 16 16 0 20:17
L Wojtek Wolski 27 4 8 12 -4 14:00
D Ed Jovanovski 62 2 9 11 -12 16:38
C Mike Santorelli 60 9 2 11 -10 12:24
R Jack Skille 46 4 6 10 -9 11:57
R Matt Bradley 45 3 5 8 -3 10:52
D Erik Gudbranson 68 2 6 8 -19 14:12
R Jerred Smithson 68 1 5 6 -5 11:47
R Krystofer Barch 51 2 3 5 0 7:21
R Michal Repik 17 2 3 5 -3 10:21
D Keaton Ellerby 40 0 5 5 -3 15:23
R Scottie Upshall 22 2 2 4 -3 12:52
L Marco Sturm 44 2 1 3 -14 12:30
D Tyson Strachan 15 1 2 3 1 14:20
C John Madden 27 2 0 2 -3 11:49
C Mark Cullen 6 0 1 1 2 7:59
R Bill Thomas 7 1 0 1 0 8:44
D Nolan Yonkman 1 0 0 0 0 6:19
C Bracken Kearns 5 0 0 0 0 7:14
C Jon Matsumoto 1 0 0 0 0 5:04
C Greg Rallo 1 0 0 0 0 3:31
D Colby Robak 3 0 0 0 1 12:34

FLA Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Brian Foster 1,  0-0-0,  0,  0.000
Jacob Markstrom 7,  2-4-1,  2.66,  0.923
Jose Theodore 51,  22-15-10,  2.38,  0.920
Scott Clemmensen 27,  13-6-5,  2.71,  0.908

TSN - HOT and NOT:

DET: Hot:
Niklas Kronwall (D) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Nicklas Lidstrom (D) 3 pts in last 4 GP
Henrik Zetterberg (C/LW) 8 pts in last 4 GP
Pavel Datsyuk (C/LW) 4 pts in last 3 GP
Jiri Hudler (RW/LW) 5 pts in last 4 GP
Tomas Holmstrom (RW/LW) 3 pts in last 3 GP

DET: Not Hot:
Kyle Quincey (D) 0 pts in last 4 GP
Dan Cleary (RW/LW) 0 pts in last 3 GP
Ty Conklin (G) 2-1-1, 3.59, .869 in last 6 GPI

FLA Hot:
Brian Campbell (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Tomas Fleischmann (LW/C) 9 pts in last 9 GP
Tomas Kopecky (W/C) 3 pts in last 4 GP
Scott Clemmensen (G) 2-0-0, 1.44, .954 in last 2 GPI

FLA: Not Hot:
Ed Jovanovski (D) 0 pts in last 5 GP
Jason Garrison (D) 2 pts in last 8 GP
Marco Sturm (LW) 0 pts in last 7 GP
Stephen Weiss (C) 0 pts in last 3 GP
Mikael Samuelsson (RW) 1 pts in last 5 GP
Jose Theodore (G) 0-1-1, 3.03, .887 in last 2 GPI

Injury Report:

DET:
Joey MacDonald (G) Back injury (Day to day
Patrick Eaves (RW) Jaw injury (Injured reserve)
Darren Helm (C) Left knee injury (Sidelined indefinitely)

FLA
Matt Bradley (RW) Upper body injury (Injured reserve)
Jack Skille (RW) Shoulder injury (Remainder of season)

Jeff Sagarin NHL Ratings, USAToday

FRIDAY March 30

HOME ADVANTAGE=  0.60 RATING   W   L SCHEDL(RANK) VS top 10 | VS top 16

5 Detroit Red Wings     =  4.51   46 32   4.00(  14)  13 12 |  27 19
20 Florida Panthers     =  3.75   37 41   3.97(  24)  8 17 |  12 23

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Nike back to Datsyuk’s line?:  [Babcock] is considering moving rookie Gustav Nyquist back to Pavel Datsyuk’s line for Sunday’s game against the Florida Panthers at Joe Louis Arena (4 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit). Nyquist practiced with Datsyuk and Johan Franzen Saturday, replacing Todd Bertuzzi, who skated with Justin Abdelkader and Danny Cleary.

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The Wings remaining games:
Wed @STL
Thu NJD
Sat CHI

The ‘Hawks
Sun MIN
Thu @MIN
Sat @DET

The Pred’s
Tue MIN
Thu DAL
Sat @COL

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Comments

Vladimir16's avatar

Despite their play they’re still in 4th. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth….

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 04/01/12 at 11:22 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Fourth Place.  It’s what’s for dinner.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/01/12 at 11:29 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

Babs may start with NyQuil on Datsyuk’s line.  Yes.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 04/01/12 at 12:06 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Uncle Mike in the running for understatement of the year:

“A little adversity right now is not the end of the world,’’ Babcock said. “Instead of slapping yourself on the back all day today and feeling great about yourself, you’re not doing that. You’re digging in, and I think that’s important.’‘

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 04/01/12 at 02:02 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Thanks Oakie!!

You’re digging in, and I think that’s important.

Yeah but, what aboot the first rule of holes…..?

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, for the 23rd postseason.... on 04/01/12 at 02:18 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Thanks, Okie.

i just hope someone has taking the time to wakes these guys up ...

the playoffs start next week - - - start playing like it matters, boys.

Get the “W” today.

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/01/12 at 02:53 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Todd Bertuzzi shouldn’t be demoted to 4th line.  Bertuzzi should be demoted to the press box.  I’m sick of the lame, stupid penalties he takes to start off every game anymore…  For those of you griping about Franzen playing alongside Gus and Pav, weck up to thees.  Bertuzzi is a huge, HUGE liability on the ice right now.  He should fall to his knees and thank deities everywhere that he still gets icetime given his boneheaded play.  I just hate home more and more every game, and aside from his shootout chances I never have seen what he brings to the table…

the playoffs start next week - - - start playing like it matters, boys.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/01/12 at 12:53 PM ET

No the playoffs started when DET’s slide started.  They have yet to respond and play like it matters.

Truthfully?  I don’t know that it DOES matter to them.  I sometimes wonder if the players don’t have a sense about the team as to whether success is achievable or not.  They haven’t played like they feel they are contenders.  They maybe don’t feel they are either.  And if that really is the case, then… hello first round exit for sure.

*sigh*  Man, just think of all the teams that would give their right arms for DET’s playoff seed and position.  And even after two previous 2nd round exits, we still expect to be going to a SCF and are disappointed if it looks like we won’t.

Man, when’s Helm coming back?

Posted by Primis on 04/01/12 at 03:07 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

I continue to scratch my head as to why everyone fears Nashville.  Their rise in the standings has been far more a result of Detroit playing like horseshit for the past month than anything they’ve accomplished.

For example, in March they were 2-0 against Detroit, but against the rest of the league last month, they managed only 6 wins in 13 games, and in those 13 games they gave up 3+ goals against 7 times.  I watch probably way more hockey than I should and I’m telling you, for all the talk I keep hearing about how the Prednecks are suddenly this mighty, unstoppable juggernaut, I’m just not seeing any evidence of it.

What I see is a very inconsistent team that, night in, night out, relies almost exclusively on their goaltending to steal their wins, and on nights when Rinne isn’t standing on his head the whole thing goes south pretty fast.  For as much as they try to clog the neutral zone and slow the game down by turning it into a mugging, they still give up way too many quality scoring chances.  When their goaltending bails them out they have a chance.  When he doesn’t, things don’t go well for them.

I know we’re all concerned about the Wings not being at the top of their game, and I get that part.  The part I don’t understand is this sudden fear of the Prednecks.  They have been pretty average at best over the past month.  I watch them play against other teams and I think to myself—we’re shaking in our boots over these guys?  Seriously?  They’re not that good.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 03:46 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Let’s go Red Wings!  Play the type of determined, dominating hockey that you are capable of and help us all off the ledge of despair.

Let’s go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 04/01/12 at 04:06 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I know we’re all concerned about the Wings not being at the top of their game, and I get that part.  The part I don’t understand is this sudden fear of the Prednecks.  They have been pretty average at best over the past month.  I watch them play against other teams and I think to myself—we’re shaking in our boots over these guys?  Seriously?  They’re not that good.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 04/01/12 at 01:46 PM ET

We’re not scared OF Nashville.

We’re scared of losing to Nashville because we know, deep down, that NAS is not very good.  Still only 3rd or 4th-best team in the division.

It’s going to suck if we lose to Nashville, and that’s what it looking like more and more.

Posted by Primis on 04/01/12 at 04:17 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Thanks, Okie!

LGRW!!!!!  Just play like you care.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 04/01/12 at 04:45 PM ET

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I continue to scratch my head as to why everyone fears Nashville.

6’5 concrete roadblock with some funny Finnish name, something to the tune of “Peck a Reno”.
Oh, and this roadblock moves better that you know who.

Posted by Alex on 04/01/12 at 05:32 PM ET

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What I see is a very inconsistent team that, night in, night out, relies almost exclusively on their goaltending to steal their wins, and on nights when Rinne isn’t standing on his head the whole thing goes south pretty fast.

RW always have trouble against teams that rely on goalies standing on their heads. E.g. J-S Giguere - round 1, 2003 SC playoffs, and many others.
Need more finish in the lineup, I guess.

Posted by Alex on 04/01/12 at 05:41 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Have to say…....

Thanks OAkie. Before I jump over to the LB.

Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 04/01/12 at 06:14 PM ET

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