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GDT - Game #81: Red Wings at Blue Jackets (7:00)

It is all over but the shouting and the Wings have taken what is theirs.  The Red Wings have emerged from the Peloton of Suck to claim their 19th consecutive post-season appearance.  But now find themselves mired in the Clusterfuch of Seeding; LAK (5), DET (6), NSH (7) all sit with 98 pts.  The LAK and DET each have two games remaining, NSH just one.  Many of the 19 say it doesn’t matter which road trip the Wings journey takes them - - I’ve already announced I’d rather avoid PHX.  It appears Uncle Mike just wants another Fresca, consequences be damned, Jimmah is between the pipes tonight.  Uncle Mike says May and Gator “will have the opportunity to compete” for a roster spot.  Five other Griffins will be on the black ace squad.

Wings are in Columbus for hoping for another happy ending. This is the last game of the season for the BJ’s, they are hoping to get lucky with a lottery pick chance.

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The Lizard King with Essence - - and some of the 19(!)  Guralnick, DETNEWS.

Standings:

5 x -LAK 80 45 27 8 98 4-3-3 OTL
6 x-DET 80 42 24 14 98 8-1-1 Won 1
7 x-NSH 81 46 29 6 98 6-3-1 Lost 1
8 x-COL 80 43 29 8 94 3-5-2 OTL


DET:  80 GP,  42-24-14,  98 pts, (6 in Conf, 3 in Central), 225 GF, 214 GA, Last 10 8-1-1, Won 1

CBJ:  81 GP,  32-35-14,  78 pts, (15 in Conf, 5 in Central), 216 GF, 258 GA, Last 10 3-4-3, Lost 1

DET on road:  17-14-8 (15th)
CBJ at home:  20-12-8 (19th)

Stats (rank):

DET:  .613 point% (8), 2.75 G/G (14), 2.56 GA/G (8),  0.92 5-5 F/A (21), 19.6 PP% (8), 83.8 PK% (10), 33.4 S/G (2), 29.5 SA/G (11), 51.4 FO% (6).

CBJ:  .481 point% (26), 2.64 G/G (18), 3.07 GA/G (27), 0.82 5-5 F/A (29), 18.4 PP% (12), 81.5 PK% (17), 28.6 S/G (24), 30.5 SA/G (17), 50.8 FO% (11).


Goal Differential/Game:
DET = +0.19
CBJ = -0.43

Misc:  The Red Wings are 14-3-2 since the Olympic break, but their poor start means they will open the playoffs on the road for the first time since 1991. Steve Mason is 1-3-0 with a 3.95 goals-against average against the Red Wings this season.

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
POS Player GP G A PTS +/-  ATOI
C Pavel Datsyuk 78 27 42 69 16 20:18
L Henrik Zetterberg 72 23 46 69 12 20:05
D Nicklas Lidstrom 80 9 40 49 21 25:23
R Todd Bertuzzi 80 18 26 44 -7 16:48
L Tomas Holmstrom 66 24 20 44 4 15:43
D Brian Rafalski 76 8 33 41 22 24:12
C Valtteri Filppula 53 11 24 35 -3 18:12
R Dan Cleary 62 15 17 32 -5 17:20
C Darren Helm 73 11 12 23 -3 14:31
C Kris Draper 79 7 15 22 -2 11:39
D Niklas Kronwall 46 7 15 22 5 21:50
R Patrick Eaves 63 11 10 21 0 13:28
C Johan Franzen 25 10 11 21 0 18:31
D Brad Stuart 80 3 16 19 -12 23:11
L Drew Miller 78 10 9 19 2 12:42
C Jason Williams 42 6 9 15 -7 13:41
D Jonathan Ericsson 60 4 9 13 -16 16:47
D Brett Lebda 63 1 7 8 -2 14:59
L Kirk Maltby 52 4 2 6 1 10:06
D Derek Meech 49 2 4 6 -12 11:54
L Justin Abdelkader 50 3 3 6 -11 10:35
D Doug Janik 13 0 2 2 -3 13:28
D Andreas Lilja 18 1 1 2 -3 14:05
D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen 18 0 2 2 1 9:51
L Brad May 40 0 1 1 -5 6:58
C Mattias Ritola 5 0 0 0 0 11:41
D Jakub Kindl 3 0 0 0 -2 10:49

DET Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Jimmy Howard 60, 35-15-10, 2.31, 0.923   #5 in save%
Chris Osgood 23,  7-9-4, 3.02, 0.888

CBJ Skaters:
POS Player GP G A PTS +/-  ATOI
L Rick Nash 75 33 34 67 -2 20:53
C Antoine Vermette 81 27 38 65 2 20:07
L Kristian Huselius 73 23 40 63 -4 18:22
C RJ Umberger 81 23 32 55 -16 19:08
R Jakub Voracek 80 16 34 50 -7 15:34
C Derick Brassard 78 9 27 36 -17 14:55
D Anton Stralman 72 6 28 34 -17 20:30
D Fedor Tyutin 79 6 26 32 -7 23:27
D Kris Russell 69 7 15 22 3 18:30
R Chris Clark 74 7 13 20 -12 11:52
C Samuel Pahlsson 78 3 13 16 -9 16:16
R Derek Dorsett 50 4 10 14 6 10:57
D Jan Hejda 62 3 10 13 -14 20:38
D Mike Commodore 56 2 9 11 -9 18:59
D Rostislav Klesla 26 2 6 8 -7 20:06
D Marc Methot 59 2 6 8 -8 19:26
C Andrew Murray 46 5 2 7 -6 10:21
R Jared Boll 68 4 3 7 -8 7:12
C Derek MacKenzie 18 1 3 4 3 8:41
R Mike Blunden 39 2 2 4 3 8:04
D Grant Clitsome 10 1 2 3 0 14:51
D Nathan Paetsch 21 1 1 2 -3 10:24
C Tomas Kana 5 0 2 2 2 7:59
L Nikita Filatov 13 2 0 2 0 8:06
R Greg Moore 3 0 0 0 0 5:57
C Chad Kolarik 2 0 0 0 -1 6:29
L Tom Sestito 2 0 0 0 0 5:49
C Trevor Frischmon 3 0 0 0 0 6:06
R Maksim Mayorov 4 0 0 0 -1 7:40

CBJ Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Mathieu Garon 35,  12-9-6,  2.81,  0.903
Steve Mason 57,  20-26-8,  3.12,  0.899

Injury Report:
DET:
Kirk Maltby (RW/LW) Shoulder surgery (Early April)

CBJ:
Chris Clark (RW/LW) Knee injury (Remainder of season)
Derek MacKenzie (C) Sprained left MCL (Sidelined indefinitely)
Rostislav Klesla (D) Torn Groin Muscle (Sidelined indefinitely)
Rick Nash (RW/LW) Neck injury (Day to day)
Andrew Murray (W/C) Head injury (Day to day)
Jan Hejda (D) Right knee injury (Sidelined indefinitely)
Jared Boll (RW) Hand injury (Sidelined indefinitely)

HOT and NOT:
DET: Hot:
Niklas Kronwall (D) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Brian Rafalski (D) 2 pts in last 3 GP
Brad Stuart (D) 3 pts in last 5 GP
Tomas Holmstrom (LW/RW) 9 pts in last 5 GP
Dan Cleary (LW/RW) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Johan Franzen (LW/RW) 10 pts in last 7 GP
Pavel Datsyuk (C/LW) 7 pts in last 5 GP
Henrik Zetterberg (C/LW) 16 pts in last 14 GP
Darren Helm (C/LW) 2 pts in last 2 GP

DET: Not Hot:
Valtteri Filppula (C/LW) 0 pts in last 4 GP
Todd Bertuzzi (LW/RW) 2 pts in last 7 GP

CBJ: Hot:
Tomas Kana (RW/C) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Michael Blunden (RW/C) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Samuel Pahlsson (C) 2 pts in last 2 GP

CBJ: Not Hot:
Anton Stralman (D) 0 pts in last 5 GP
Kristian Huselius (LW) 0 pts in last 3 GP
Derick Brassard (C) 1 pts in last 5 GP
Jakub Voracek (RW) 1 pts in last 5 GP
Mathieu Garon (G) 0-0-2, 3.49, .879 in last 3 GPI
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Khan(!), Seven Griff’s recalled:

“Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will have more options at his disposal when the series starts, Wednesday or Thursday on the road. The Red Wings will recall seven players from AHL affiliate Grand Rapids on Monday, two of whom, forwards Justin Abdelkader and Brad May, will compete for lineup spots right off the hop.

“They’ll be parachuted into our lineup right away. Whether they get into the lineup Day 1 or don’t get in, or just practice with us, I can’t answer that,” Babcock said. “We’re going to watch our players and they decide.” . . .

Abdelkader and May will practice with the Red Wings.

Forwards Mattias Ritola and Jan Mursak, defensemen Doug Janik and Jakub Kindl and goaltender Daniel Larsson will be recalled as “Black Aces,” taking the ice after the main group is finished. Mursak will join the club after competing for Slovenia in the B Pool World Championships. . .

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The Lizard King isn’t thinking about “next year”, McCosky:

Nick Lidstrom was asked Thursday if he had allowed himself to think this might be his last playoff run with the Red Wings.

“No, I haven’t,” he said. “I’m just getting ready to another playoff that starts next week. I haven’t looked any farther than that.”

Lidstrom, 39, is in the last year of his contract. Although general manager Ken Holland and Mike Babcock have made it clear they want and expect him to return next season, Lidstrom said he wouldn’t make any decision about his future until after the season.

“It’s more a matter of looking forward to the playoffs,” he said. “When you’ve been in so many playoff years and rounds, you just look forward to it. The intensity picks up, the fans get into it, it’s a lot of fun.”

This is Lidstrom’s 18th NHL season. He has played in 1,410 games, with 237 goals and 809 assists.

Babcock said Jimmy Howard would start in goal tonight. He said he wouldn’t announce his goalie for the season finale in Chicago Sunday until after the game tonight.

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Always the optimist, Aaron Portzline, Puck-Rakers:

The Blue Jackets had a very good night tonight, and they didn’t even play.

Wins by Carolina, Tampa Bay and Florida tonight mean that the Blue Jackets—with a regulation loss to the Red Wings on Friday in Nationwide Arena—will head into next Tuesday’s NHL lottery with the fourth-best chance at winning the No. 1 overall pick. That means the Jackets would pick 1st, 4th or 5th.

In fact, if the Blue Jackets lose in regulation on Friday, Columbus could end up with the third-best chance at winning the No. 1 overall pick if Tampa Bay and Florida split their weekend back-to-back series.

 

 

 

 

 

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