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GDT - Game #6:  Red Wings at Capitals (7:00)

Clash of the Perfect tonight.  WSH (6-0-0), off to the best start in franchise history, hosts DET (5-0-0).  It is “The Perfect Human’s” 1500th game.  Nicklas Lidstrom will move into 14th spot in all-time games played, right behind “The Captain” (1514). 

Bruce Boudreau is calling tonights tilt, the proverbial measuring stick: “We feel it’s huge test, a huge measuring stick and we’re looking forward to it. You know what (the Red Wings) are like. They’re good.” 

The Red Wings are looking to open with six straight wins for the first time since 1972-73.  It appears to be nearing closing time for the Wings whiskey bar;  after starting 0 fer 16, the PP units are 4 for 8 in the last two games.  Game On(!), bitches.

Central Division Standings:

GP W L OTL PTS GOAL DIFF L10
1 DET     5 5 0 0 10 +11 5-0-0
2 CHI     6 4 1 1 9 +7 4-1-1
3 STL     7 3 4 0 6 -4 3-4-0
4 NSH     6 2 3 1 5 -7 2-3-1
5 CBJ     7 0 6 1 1 -11 0-6-1


Team Records:

DET:  5 GP,  5-0-0, 10 pts, (2 in Conf, 1 in Central), 18 GF, 7 GA, Last 10 5-0-0,  WON 5

WSH:  6 GP,  6-0-0,  12 pts, (1 in Conf, 1 in Southeast), 23 GF, 13 GA, Last 10 6-0-0, WON 6

Home/Away Record:

DET on road:  2-0-0 (8)
WSH at home:  4-0-0 (2)

STATS (rank):

DET:  1.00 point% (2), 3.60 G/G (2), 1.40 GA/G (1), 3.00 F/A (1), 16.7 PP% (15), 80.0 PK% (24), 37.8 S/G (2), 26.8 SA/G (5),  47.9 FO% (23).

WSH:  1.00 point% (1), 3.67 G/G (1), 2.17 GA/G (11),  1.67 5-5 F/A (3), 26.1 PP% (3), 83.3 PK% (15), 30.7 S/G (12), 32.7 SA/G (24), 48.7 FO% (20).

Goal Differential/Game:

DET = + 2.20
WSH =  + 1.50

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
C Valtteri Filppula 5 2 5 7 5 17:06
C Johan Franzen 5 4 3 7 4 16:49
C Pavel Datsyuk 5 2 2 4 1 18:34
C Jiri Hudler 5 2 2 4 4 14:03
D Nicklas Lidstrom 5 2 1 3 3 24:00
D Ian White 5 2 1 3 5 0 22:44
L Tomas Holmstrom 4 0 3 3 2 10:46
R Todd Bertuzzi 5 1 1 2 2 14:16
R Danny Cleary 5 0 2 2 2 15:44
L Henrik Zetterberg 5 1 1 2 2 19:32
D Jakub Kindl 5 0 2 2 6 13:48
C Cory Emmerton 5 1 1 2 2 9:16
L Drew Miller 4 0 2 2 3 10:08
L Justin Abdelkader 5 1 0 1 1 15:30
D Niklas Kronwall 5 0 1 1 1 23:36
D Jonathan Ericsson 5 0 1 1 5 15:45
C Darren Helm 5 0 1 1 2 15:26
D Brad Stuart 5 0 0 0 0 19:52
R Patrick Eaves 2 0 0 0 0 10:01

DET Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Ty Conklin 1, 1-0-0,  0.00,  1.000
Jimmy Howard 4,  4-0-0,  1.72,  0.933

WSH Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
C Nicklas Backstrom 6 1 7 8 -1 18:33
D Dennis Wideman 6 2 4 6 4 21:12
L Alex Ovechkin 6 3 2 5 -1 19:10
R Alexander Semin 6 2 3 5 0 16:55
L Jason Chimera 6 4 0 4 3 13:53
R Mike Knuble 6 1 3 4 2 15:20
C Marcus Johansson 5 3 1 4 2 14:43
D Karl Alzner 6 0 3 3 3 18:36
R Joel Ward 6 1 2 3 3 14:49
C Brooks Laich 6 1 2 3 1 18:25
C Mathieu Perreault 4 1 2 3 4 10:47
D Jeff Schultz 6 0 2 2 2 17:32
R Troy Brouwer 6 1 1 2 2 15:14
D Mike Green 6 1 1 2 0 22:51
D Roman Hamrlik 6 1 0 1 0 21:21
C Jeff Halpern 6 0 1 1 1 11:55
D John Carlson 6 0 1 1 3 19:52
C Matt Hendricks 6 0 1 1 3 10:35
C Jay Beagle 2 0 0 0 0 10:02
L DJ King 1 0 0 0 0 6:58

WSH Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Tomas Vokoun 5,  5-0-0,  1.95,  0.939
Michal Neuvirth 1,  1-0-0,  2.90,  0.903

TSN - HOT and NOT:  

DET: Hot:
Ian White (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Nicklas Lidstrom (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Valtteri Filppula (C/W) 6 pts in last 2 GP
Johan Franzen (LW/RW) 5 pts in last 2 GP
Tomas Holmstrom (RW/LW) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Jiri Hudler (LW/RW) 4 pts in last 5 GP
Jimmy Howard (G) 3-0-0, 1.30, .945 in last 3 GPI

DET: Not Hot:
Dan Cleary (LW/RW) 0 pts in last 3 GP

WSH: Hot:
Dennis Wideman (D) 6 pts in last 6 GP
Nicklas Backstrom (C) 6 pts in last 4 GP
Alexander Ovechkin (LW) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Mathieu Perreault (C) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Mike Knuble (RW) 4 pts in last 4 GP
Alexander Semin (RW/LW) 4 pts in last 4 GP
Marcus Johansson (C) 4 pts in last 5 GP
Tomas Vokoun (G) 3-0-0, 1.00, .969 in last 3 GPI

WSH: Not Hot:
John Carlson (D) 0 pts in last 5 GP
Jason Chimera (LW/RW) 1 pts in last 4 GP
Brooks Laich (LW/C) 1 pts in last 4 GP
Joel Ward (RW/LW) 1 pts in last 4 GP

Injury Report:

DET:
Mike Commodore (D) Back injury (Day to day)
Jan Mursak (RW/LW) Fractured ankle (Injured reserve)
Brendan Smith (D) Suspended ()

WSH:
Tom Poti (D) Groin (Injured reserve)
John Erskine (D) Left shoulder surgery (Injured reserve)
Michal Neuvirth (G) Bruised foot (Day to day)
Jay Beagle (C/RW) Head injury (Day to day)

Jeff Sagarin NHL Ratings, USAToday

NHL 2010-2011 through games of 2011 OCTOBER 2 FRIDAY

HOME ADVANTAGE=  0.22   RATING   W   L SCHEDL(RANK) VS top 10 | VS top 16  

1 Washington Capitals   =  5.28   6   0   3.93(  19)  1   0 |  4   0
2 Detroit Red Wings     =  5.13   5   0   3.54(  29)  1   0 |  1   0
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Fabian Brunnstrom will make his debut tonight in Washington — Holmstrom, whom Babcock doesn’t want to use on back-to-back nights, likely will sit.  Conklin will be in net.

The Caps new netminder, Tomas Vokoun, heaps some praise on the Circus:

“He’s [Ovechkin] got so much pressure from everybody to score 60 goals and get 100 points,” Vokoun said. “To me the best players in the game are [Henrik] Zetterberg, [Pavel] Datsyuk and those guys, they’re not 100 point guys but they play solid game both ways. I think it’s he’s trying to learn to play both ways and be more useful to his team maybe than he was in the past.

H/T to the Emperor for the following:

Scoring goals like hot cakes: the Capitals have 23 goals in six games while the Red Wings scored 18 in five (placing both around 3.6 per game).

Stingy Wings: Detroit’s defensive weaknesses flew under the radar last season, but they’ve only allowed seven goals so far. (Feel free to blame Brian Rafalski or Chris Osgood, even if that’s completely unfair.) The Capitals only allowed eight goals in the five games in which Tomas Vokoun didn’t lose his mind.

Other signs of dominance: The Red Wings average a staggering 37.8 shots per game while the Capitals power play is connecting at a 26.1 percent rate.

Detroit has improved at keeping the puck in the other end. “We’re hanging on to the puck and making plays in the offensive zone,” said captain Nicklas Lidstrom, who will play his 1,500th NHL game on Saturday. “We’re not one shot and done, going the other way. It’s not just one or two lines that have been going offensively. All four lines have been creative in the offensive zone, getting chances.”

The result has been the Wings wearing down the opposition and getting more shots on goal. Through Thursday, they’re averaging 39 shots per game, second in the league to the Sharks’ 40.5. Their average of 25 shots-against ranks third behind the Blues (23.3) and Sharks (23.5). They’ve also spread out the scoring, too. Ten different Wings have goals and all but two skaters have points.

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Comments

SnLO's avatar

Two teams enter, one team leaves.

Thanks Okie

Posted by SnLO from the Northern Guard on 10/22/11 at 12:54 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Thanks, Okie!

Wings should be hugely motivated to win TPH’s 1,500th game.

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 10/22/11 at 12:59 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Really, really looking forward to this tilt!

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 10/22/11 at 01:03 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

time to unleash the machine..  detroit always rises to the occassion playing the caps.  they’ll be a tougher caps team in the past and a stingier one but with Flip and Fran clicking I think we have depth over them.  Gonna be an epic game for sure.  No reason for either of these teams not to show up, legs ready.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 10/22/11 at 02:46 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Hands down game of the night. Will watch after midnight or early sunday AM depending on the jackassery in the neighborhood . have a great night 19.  Thanks again Okey for all you do here .

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 10/22/11 at 03:27 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I like our chances tonite.

Thanks, OAkie.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 10/22/11 at 03:35 PM ET

SYF's avatar

First time I’ve seen Jeff’s GDT this season and it looks like Christmas morning.

Thanks, Jeff.

The result has been the Wings wearing down the opposition and getting more shots on goal. Through Thursday, they’re averaging 39 shots per game, second in the league to the Sharks’ 40.5. Their average of 25 shots-against ranks third behind the Blues (23.3) and Sharks (23.5). They’ve also spread out the scoring, too. Ten different Wings have goals and all but two skaters have points.

Shades of the ‘08 Cup Champs.  I love it.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 10/22/11 at 05:01 PM ET

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