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GDT - Game #44: Red Wings at Blue Jackets (7:00)

DET (27-11-5) have been on a grueling schedule since the Christmas break.  The Wings played four games in six nights in late December, three of them on the road (3-1, winning all three road games).  Prior to this three day break, DET had played five games in ten nights this month (3-2), winning all three tilts in western Canada,  After tonights game, they will have played an equal number of home and road contests.

A look at the numbers reveals that DET leads the league in scoring (3.42/game), it is their mediocre defense 2.84 GA/G (18), and penalty kill (82.2%, 17) that keep them from leading the conference. Injuries certainly play some roll, but DET’s defensive game has been struggling all season. 

Things couldn’t be much worse for the BJ’s; the intertubes are alive with talks of blowing up the roster - including trading Nash (if I had more time, I’d post the links).  Aaron Portzline at Puck-Rakers notes that on November 25th, the BJ’s were 14-6, and “sniffing” the top perch in the W.C.  Loses in a home and home with DET began a 6-14-3 spiral (only NJD have a worse record in that span).  The BJ’s cannot score nor keep the puck out of their net; they are rated 26 in both G/G (2.49) and GA/G (3.09), their 12.4% PP is rated 29.  CBJ are riding a 5 game losing skid, and have given up 4 or more goals against in each game (DET’s magic number).

Three days rest for the Wings, short travel, and a BJ’s team that has fallen off the tracks.  This game has trap written all over it.  Game On(!) Bitches.

Central Division Standings:

GP W L OTL PTS Goal Differential
DET 43 27 11 5 59 +26
NSH 43 23 14 6 52 +12
CHI 45 24 18 3 51 +18
STL 43 21 16 6 48 -7
CBJ 43 20 20 3 43 -24

DET:  43 GP,  27-11-5, 59 pts, (2 in Conf, 1 in Central), 149 GF, 123 GA, Last 10 6-3-1, LOST 1

CBJ:  43 GP,  20-20-3,  43 pts, (13 in Conf, 5 in Central), 110 GF, 134 GA, Last 10 3-7-0, LOST 5

Home/Away Record:

DET on road:  14-6-1 (5th)
CBJ at home:  11-10-1 (18th)

Stats (rank):

DET:  .686 point% (2), 3.42 G/G (1), 2.84 GA/G (18),  1.14 F/A (8), 23.3 PP% (3), 82.2 PK% (17), 33.2 S/G (4), 29.7 SA/G (12),  52.2 FO% (5).

CBJ:  .500 point% (23), 2.49 G/G (26), 3.09 GA/G (26), 0.89 5-5 F/A (22), 12.4 PP% (29), 79.1 PK% (23), 29.7 S/G (19), 30.5 SA/G (17), 51.2 FO% (10).

Goal Differential/Game:

DET = + 0.58
CBJ =  - 0.60

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
L Henrik Zetterberg 43 16 33 49 9 19:55 #4 in assists
D Nicklas Lidstrom 43 11 30 41 0 23:44
C Pavel Datsyuk 33 12 27 39 8 19:29
C Johan Franzen 42 18 15 33 2 17:14
D Brian Rafalski 32 3 27 30 12 20:18
R Todd Bertuzzi 43 7 20 27 -1 16:33
R Danny Cleary 35 16 10 26 6 15:50
C Valtteri Filppula 41 10 15 25 1 16:47
L Tomas Holmstrom 43 11 11 22 1 15:33
D Niklas Kronwall 43 8 13 21 3 22:34
C Darren Helm 43 4 13 17 6 12:49
R Patrick Eaves 35 12 3 15 3 12:03
D Brad Stuart 41 3 9 12 7 20:57
C Jiri Hudler 38 3 9 12 -8 12:57
D Jonathan Ericsson 35 2 8 10 7 17:20
L Justin Abdelkader 35 3 7 10 12 11:28
C Mike Modano 20 2 6 8 -3 13:08
L Drew Miller 36 1 6 7 -1 11:13
D Ruslan Salei 42 0 6 6 2 18:45
C Kris Draper 15 3 1 4 1 8:33
L Jan Mursak 8 1 0 1 -2 7:33
C Tomas Tatar 5 1 0 1 0 10:16
D Doug Janik 7 0 0 0 -2 13:13
D Jakub Kindl 15 0 0 0 -1 12:06

DET Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Jimmy Howard 33, 22-7-3,  2.78,  0.907 #1 in Wins
Chris Osgood 11, 5-3-2,  2.77,  0.903
Joey MacDonald 2,  0-1-0,  1.85,  0.917


CBJ Skaters:
GP,  G, A, PTS,  +/-,  ATOI
L Rick Nash 42 20 15 35 -1 18:25
C RJ Umberger 43 14 15 29 3 18:34
C Derick Brassard 43 9 17 26 -5 16:35
R Jakub Voracek 41 8 17 25 -1 16:26
C Antoine Vermette 43 9 14 23 1 18:16
D Marc Methot 38 0 15 15 7 19:56
R Chris Clark 36 5 8 13 0 15:00
L Kristian Huselius 21 9 4 13 -11 16:18
D Fedor Tyutin 41 3 10 13 -2 21:09
C Kyle Wilson 28 4 7 11 0 10:45
D Rostislav Klesla 41 3 7 10 11 0 19:12
D Anton Stralman 33 0 10 10 -4 20:06
C Samuel Pahlsson 43 3 6 9 -5 15:42
D Kris Russell 36 2 7 9 -8 17:48
R Jared Boll 34 4 4 8 0 7:49
D Jan Hejda 41 2 5 7 -8 21:02
R Derek Dorsett 40 2 5 7 -11 13:31
L Nikita Filatov 23 0 7 7 3 12:19
D Mike Commodore 20 2 4 6 -8 18:33
L Ethan Moreau 23 1 4 5 -5 14:18
C Derek MacKenzie 27 2 3 5 1 10:42
C Andrew Murray 15 2 3 5 3 10:19
L Tom Sestito 9 2 2 4 -4 9:31
L Matt Calvert 3 1 0 1 -2 10:21
D Grant Clitsome 1 0 0 0 -1 15:57
R Mike Blunden 1 0 0 0 -1 10:31
D Nick Holden 5 0 0 0 0 17:11

CBJ Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Mathieu Garon 23,  8-9-2,  2.70,  0.902
Steve Mason 26,  12-11-1,  3.26,  0.899

HOT and NOT:
DET: Hot:
Nicklas Lidstrom (D) 12 pts in last 8 GP
Brian Rafalski (D) 4 pts in last 3 GP
Henrik Zetterberg (C/LW) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Darren Helm (C) 5 pts in last 4 GP
Tomas Holmstrom (RW/LW) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Johan Franzen (LW/RW) 11 pts in last 12 GP

DET: Not Hot:
Jimmy Howard (G) 2-1-1, 3.87, .881 in last 5 GPI

CBJ: Hot:
Fedor Tyutin (D) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Rick Nash (RW/LW) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Jakub Voracek (RW) 2 pts in last 2 GP

CBJ: Not Hot:
Derick Brassard (C) 0 pts in last 3 GP
Kristian Huselius (LW) 1 pts in last 5 GP
Antoine Vermette (C/LW) 1 pts in last 5 GP
Mathieu Garon (G) 0-5-0, 5.32, .831 in last 6 GPI

Injury Report:
DET:
Dan Cleary (LW/RW) Broken left ankle (Injured reserve)
Chris Osgood (G) Groin surgery (Sidelined indefinitely)
Mike Modano (C) Right wrist injury (Injured reserve)
Brad Stuart (D) Broken jaw (Sidelined indefinitely)
Pavel Datsyuk (C/LW) Broken right hand (Injured reserve)

CBJ:
Ethan Moreau (LW) Rib injury (Injured reserve)
Steve Mason (G) Strained groin (Day to day)

Jeff Sagarin NHL Ratings, USAToday:

NHL 2010-2011 through games of 2011 January 12 WEDNESDAY
HOME ADVANTAGE=  0.22 RATING   W   L SCHEDL(RANK) VS top 10 | VS top 16  

2 Detroit Red Wings     =  4.63   27 16   3.99(  19)  5   8 |  13 10
23 Columbus Blue Jackets   =  3.77   20 23   4.05(  7)  5 11 |  10 15
—————————————————————————————————————————

The Wings were off Tuesday and Wednesday.  Khan(!) has the practice lines from Thursday:

Justin Abdelkader did not practice—Babcock said he was given a personal day—but he’ll play on Friday.

Franzen-Zetterberg-Holmstrom
Hudler-Filppula-Bertuzzi
Draper-Helm-Eaves
Miller-Mursak

Lidstrom-Kronwall
Ericsson-Rafalski
Kindl-Salei

Howard (starting)
MacDonald

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An interesting note from Portzline:

On Nov. 26 and 28, the Blue Jackets played a home-and-home with the Red Wings for first place in not only the Central Division but the Western Conference.
The Wings won both games, 2-1 in Nationwide Arena and 4-2 two nights later in Joe Louis Arena.
So began the Blue Jackets’ steady descent, which had them 13th in the West entering last night’s games.
“I don’t think we thought at the time that it was going to send us into any (skid),” right winger Chris Clark said. “At the time, we didn’t think anything of it. But looking back at it now, you can certainly speculate that it was the turning point.”
The Blue Jackets played quite well in the 2-1 loss but faded badly in the final two periods two nights later after taking a 1-0 lead.
Those losses were the start of a 6-14-3 swoon that has shaken the franchise, enraged an already battered fan base and prompted general manager Scott Howson to press for a trade that will restore an esprit de corps.

 

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Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Here is an interesting tidbit from the (and a peculiar observation) Detroit News:

With injuries piling up, a struggling penalty kill unit, and six games remaining before the All-Star break, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock doesn’t appear to be in a soft and cuddly mood. . .

Babcock doesn’t intend to start Joey MacDonald over the next six games, instead planning to use the backup goaltender sparingly.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/14/11 at 11:15 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Well here’s the deal.

If the Wings want to prove they are the Wings, they will beat the tar out of the Jackets tonight, choke the life out of them, and then urinate in their faces.  With all the injuries mounting, doing so would be proving a huge point.

What they probably WILL do is keep it close, and somehow let the Jackets eke it out late in the game by, say… 3-2.

Is it the All Star Break yet?

Posted by Primis on 01/14/11 at 11:20 AM ET

SnLO's avatar

From the same DetNews article referenced above:
“We’re going to do whatever it takes to win,” Babcock said Thursday. “If that means Nick has to play 29 minutes, he’s playing 29 minutes.”

I should know better than to question Uncle Mike, but isn’t that course of action a little short-sighted? Isn’t this what happened during last year’s regular season, only for the team to run out of gas in the playoffs? I’m just saying.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 01/14/11 at 11:32 AM ET

SnLO's avatar

The Uncle Mike goaltending rollercoaster. From the 13 Jan DetNews:
MacDonald will get chances
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was trying to get Chris Osgood into a game a week, helping lessen the load on starter Jimmy Howard .
With Osgood out until March (sports hernia surgery), Babcock said things won’t change.
Joey MacDonald will take over Osgood’s role.
“It’s not going to affect the rotation one bit,” Babcock said. “Whenever Ozzie was supposed to start, I’m going to play MacDonald.”

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 01/14/11 at 11:43 AM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Yahoo is streaming tonight’s game…

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 01/14/11 at 11:44 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

their 12.4% PP is rated 29.

Yay, a power play goal against guarantee.

Fuching YOH all over again.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 01/14/11 at 11:50 AM ET

Trish's avatar

Yahoo feed for tonights game: http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/hockeynight/2011011429

PD claims that in an attempt to spark their team from its “January death spiral”, BJ fans have pledged >$3,000 for a game winning goal over DET this weekend.  I applaud their efforts, but did havta chuckle at an LAK fan posting “maybe they can use that money to buy a real hockey team!”
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Columbus-fans-put-money-on-the-board-for-Blue-?urn=nhl-307166

Posted by Trish from Tampa/Clearwater FL on 01/14/11 at 01:13 PM ET

Sullyosis's avatar

Is it just me or does trading Nash to attempt to assemble a better team not make any sense, especially in the context that the pressure comes from the fans wanting to see talent on the ice and winning?

If the pressure were coming from the top, okay, I get it.  But the fans want to see better hockey?  So you trade Nash?  WTF?

That’s like Wings fans saying we want better defensive play so we trade away Nick and Z so that we can rebuild.

...retards, those BJ’s.

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 01/14/11 at 01:31 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Wow, seems like forever since the Wings have played.  After having all those games crammed into a very short time frame, this break feels strange.

Don’t know what to expect from the team tonight.  I go with Jeff on this one and say this game has trap written all over it.  With the Wings lately playing down to their level of competition…

but then it is Columbus….

LET’S GO RED WINGS!!!!!

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 01/14/11 at 01:58 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Okay…so I ‘ll say it.

What are the Wings’ options to pick him up?  I’m at work and elbow deep in paperwork so I’m not able to scour the Gore for salaray cap numbers and such.

But just curious…

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 01/14/11 at 02:14 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

What are the Wings’ options to pick him up?  I’m at work and elbow deep in paperwork so I’m not able to scour the Gore for salaray cap numbers and such.

Basically none.  His salary is way too high and the Wings are pushing the cap as it is.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 01/14/11 at 02:34 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Great GDT as usual, Okie, thanks. Completely off topic…

From Deadspin, a video of a drunken pens fan at the Winter Classic, jumping up and down on the roof of his van, then falling through the open sun roof:

http://deadspin.com/5733669/penguins-fan-faceplants-onto-a-van

One of the comments reads: And he still has to live in it, down by the river.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 01/14/11 at 02:35 PM ET

Behind_Enemy_Lines's avatar

ty for GDT Okie.

And you are correct:

Posted by Behind_Enemy_Lines from Evanston,IL on 01/14/11 at 02:59 PM ET

SnLO's avatar

What are the Wings’ options to pick him up?

Nash is a $7.8M cap hit for at least the next seven years. So, there’s the length and the hit issue.
The Wings are up against the cap. They would basically have to trade away enough cap space to get Nash on the roster. The Wings would either have to trade away some skill or depth or both in order to take on Nash’s salary. The best we could offer without shooting our own foot would be Fils, Hudler and Miller for Nash ($3M, $2.9M, & $.65M) for Nash and that would still not clear enough cap space. Trade any more people and we hurt our depth trade. Trading any other player with higher salary would constitute a major roster shake-up, which at this point is not warranted.
Then again maybe we could absorb Fils and/or Huds and Rafalski for Nash… just a thought from dreamland.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 01/14/11 at 03:11 PM ET

SnLO's avatar

...we hurt our depth. Trading…

Fixed

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 01/14/11 at 03:13 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Captain Dennis - I think it is great the guy in the video has a Crosby sweater on. smile

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 01/14/11 at 03:20 PM ET

Lucce's avatar

Nash for maybe Fil, the older….

Posted by Lucce from Kingdom of Zweden on 01/14/11 at 03:25 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

Wow, seems like forever since the Wings have played.  After having all those games crammed into a very short time frame, this break feels strange.

thumper (my better half) was just asking me, “have the wings gone into a losing streak or something, you haven’t watched them in like forever.  it’s been nice having a husband again.”

i informed her, she would be a widow again real soon.  i pray the wings got as much enjoyment from the three days off as i did.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/14/11 at 03:35 PM ET

SnLO's avatar

Nash for maybe Fil, the older….

Not only does he only count for $.5M of a cap hit, he isn’t on the roster. For the Wings to do anything in regards to acquiring Nash, they will have to move enough cap salary from the roster to match what they will gain from Nash. Not to mention that these two teams would have to be willing to make an intra-division trade.
I’m only talking in possibilities. Realistically, any chance of the Wings acquiring Nash is extremely remote. It just doesn’t make sense; not in their division, salary structure or style of play.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 01/14/11 at 03:41 PM ET

Behind_Enemy_Lines's avatar

i informed her, she would be a widow again real soon.  i pray the wings got as much enjoyment from the three days off as i did.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/14/11 at 01:35 PM ET

You forgot

Posted by Behind_Enemy_Lines from Evanston,IL on 01/14/11 at 03:48 PM ET

Sullyosis's avatar

Does anyone know if Nash kills penalties?

And if so, does he kill penalties as the only forward during a 5-on-3 shorthanded situation?

If the answer is no, then that basically takes care of any questions regarding his “maybe” coming to Detroit.  As it stands, it’s being talked about way too much, in my opinion.

Where would they realistically send him, though?  I could see one of the (L)eastern conference teams making room for him…but not really.  Too big of a contract.

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 01/14/11 at 03:48 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

uncle mike on wdfn

...gave the boys two days off, which we never ever do…

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 01/14/11 at 03:56 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Why is EVERY damn game a TRAP game?

Hell, the back to back game in VAN was a friggin trap game.  The game at the Ass Can was a trap game.

F Me.  They’re all trap games when you’re the Detroyet Red Wings.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/14/11 at 05:01 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Oh and new use for hot dog buns in my twitpic RWBill.

Hail to the Confederacy allowing a lazy late brunch of bacon, ale, and hot dog buns.

The immortal Virginia Lee-Jackson day moved from Monday back to the preceding Friday so as not to conflict with the federal MLK holiday, giving state workers in the Commonwealth of Virginia a 4 day weekend.  About time, I last worked a five day week sometime in mid December.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/14/11 at 05:06 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Does anyone know if Nash kills penalties?

Posted by Sullyosis from A hateful lair in Post Apocalyptic US (or Arizona) on 01/14/11 at 01:48 PM ET

He does and had a number of shorties a couple of years ago, some against Detroit.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/14/11 at 05:07 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Vancouver has no more games at hand….
Three points ahead of the Wings….
On the 2nd of a B2B in Washington tonight….
After being shutout last night by the Rangers 1-0….
They are currently 8-3-2 against EC teams….

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 01/14/11 at 05:10 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Posted by HockeyTownTodd

Tonight vs Washington is also the 3rd in 4 nights for the Canucks.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 01/14/11 at 05:14 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

thanks I didn’t catch that score.  WASH should be a real good game for them, and they will challenge the Caps too.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 01/14/11 at 05:17 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

OTHER 2nd of B2B tonight…
PHILLY in Atlanta
Calgary in OTTAWA

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 01/14/11 at 05:22 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

From Puck-Rakers:

Steve Mason will get the start in goal. He will oppose Jimmy Howard. Mason said the strained groin muscle feels good. Meanwhile, captain Rick Nash (groin) also practiced and will be in the lineup.

Khan(!) has the Wings lineup for tonight:

Franzen-Zetterberg-Holmstrom
Hudler-Filppula-Bertuzzi
Draper-Helm-Eaves
Miller-Abdelkader-Mursak

Lidstrom-Kronwall
Ericsson-Rafalski
Kindl-Salei

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/14/11 at 06:31 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

From the CBC.ca preview:

The Blue Jackets are 11-10-1 at home this season, despite being only 7-of-85 (8.2%) on the power play at home, worst in the NHL. . .

No wonder then that CBJ are on 13th in conference.

Brian Rafalski has three goals and two assists over his last four games, and has scored in each game. Since December 15, Rafalski has been held pointless in only two games, putting up 15 points over 13 games.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/14/11 at 06:46 PM ET

Guilherme's avatar

No one cares, but I traded Hudler and Filppula for Nash on Eastside Manager, and oh lord the dude rocked. Is it worth it? No idea, but that was a cool lineup.

And can I be mad with people liking Darren Helm? He’s mine, dammit.

Oh, and Disco Stu had surgery. “While initial evaluation revealed fractures that did not require surgery, the Red Wings said additional examinations deemed surgery was necessary to insert two plates to help stabilize the fractures in his jaw. The surgery is not expected to change the original diagnosis of six-to-eight weeks of recovery before Stuart can return to the lineup”.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 01/14/11 at 07:23 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Three days rest for the Wings, short travel, and a BJ’s team that has fallen off the tracks.  This game has trap written all over it.

You know us so well, Jeff.  Excellent read as always.

Oh, and Disco Stu had surgery. “While initial evaluation revealed fractures that did not require surgery, the Red Wings said additional examinations deemed surgery was necessary to insert two plates to help stabilize the fractures in his jaw. The surgery is not expected to change the original diagnosis of six-to-eight weeks of recovery before Stuart can return to the lineup”.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 01/14/11 at 05:23 PM ET

They should make Kocktopulous watch that surgery in person.  Ass…

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 01/14/11 at 07:32 PM ET

calquake's avatar

They should make Kocktopulous watch that surgery in person.  Ass…
Posted by SYF from Las Vegas, NV on 01/14/11 at 05:32 PM ET

Or they should perform the exact same surgery on him so he has a “taste” of what he did to Stu.

Posted by calquake on 01/14/11 at 08:22 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Been lurking all week. Thanks OKie.
Bitches.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/14/11 at 08:26 PM ET

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Posted by Behind_Enemy_Lines from the poopship. on 01/14/11 at 01:48 PM ET

That’s just wrong on so many levels.

Posted by Forlorn in VA on 01/14/11 at 08:29 PM ET

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