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GDT - Game #63: Red Wings host Canucks (7:30)

Don’t look now, but Detroit find themselves winners of two in a row and locked solidly in playoff contention (where is that sarcasm font).  Meanwhile, Vancouver, in the midst of an obscene 14 game road trip, played in Columbus last night, and won 4-3 in overtime. 

The Red Wings fight for a playoff position in the W.C., will likely be ridiculously stressful for the first time in years.  There are just 6 points separating the 7th place team from the 12th place team - - i.e there are 6 teams fighting for 2 spots.  Captain Obvious told me that DET needs to get on a run, because at least one of the other 5 teams will certainly do so.

7 NSH 62 g/p, 73 pts last 10 5-3-2
8 DET 62 g/p, 70 pts   last 10 4-3-3
9 CGY 62 g/p, 69 pts last 10 4-3-3
10 DAL 62 g/p, 68 pts last 10 6-3-1
11 ANA 62 g/p, 67 pts last 10 6-4-0
12 STL 63 g/p, 67 pts last 10 6-3-1

DET have won both meetings this season with VAN, lets go for three(!)

Standings:

DET:  62 GP,  29-21-12, 70 pts (8 in Conf, 3 in Central), 162 GF, 166 GA, Last 10 4-3-3, Streak Won 2

VAN:  62 GP, 38-22-2, 78 pts (3 in Conf, 1 in Northwest), 194 GF, 152 GA, Last 10 6-4-0, Streak Won 1

DET at home:  16-8-5
VAN on road:  15-15-1

Stats (rank):

DET:  .565 point% (14), 2.55 g/g (23), 2.55 ga/g (10),  0.89 5-5 f/a (23), 18.7 pp (12), 82.4 pk (13), 33.2 s/g (2), 30.3 sa/g (16), 51.3 fo% (7).

VAN:  .629 point% (6), 3.14 g/g (3), 2.47 ga/g (7), 1.31 5-5 f/a (2), 21.3 pp (5), 81.2 pk (19), 30.5 s/g (12), 29.1 sa/g (7), 51.2 fo% (9).


Goal Differential/Game:
DET = -0.00
VAN = +0.67

MISC:  TPH is looking for his 800th assist tonight.  DET have killed off 25-of-26 (96.2 percent) opponent power plays since January 29, best in the NHL.  DET is 10-for-28 (35.7 percent) on the power play in its last seven games at Joe Louis Arena, scoring at least one power-play goal in all seven games.

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
POS Player GP G A PTS +/-  ATOI
C Pavel Datsyuk 60 17 34 51 14 20:35
L Henrik Zetterberg 54 16 32 48 5 20:09
D Nicklas Lidstrom 62 7 30 37 20 25:42
R Todd Bertuzzi 62 15 19 34 -8 17:06
D Brian Rafalski 58 4 25 29 15 24:33
R Dan Cleary 50 13 15 28 -4 17:51
L Tomas Holmstrom 48 16 11 27 7 15:29
C Valtteri Filppula 35 6 16 22 -7 17:37
C Kris Draper 61 7 11 18 -1 12:24
C Darren Helm 55 8 9 17 -4 15:02
R Patrick Eaves 48 9 7 16 -3 14:07
L Drew Miller 60 7 8 15 2 12:45
D Brad Stuart 62 2 11 13 -13 23:43
D Niklas Kronwall 28 5 8 13 2 21:18

D Jonathan Ericsson 47 3 8 11 -18 17:27

C Jason Williams 24 4 5 9 -8 14:23
D Brett Lebda 57 1 6 7 -3 15:12
L Kirk Maltby 52 4 2 6 1 10:06
D Derek Meech 42 2 4 6 -11 12:51
C Johan Franzen 7 4 2 6 0 18:59
L Justin Abdelkader 50 3 3 6 -11 10:35
D Doug Janik 13 0 2 2 -3 13:28
D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen 18 0 2 2 1 9:51
L Brad May 40 0 1 1 -5 6:58
C Kris Newbury 4 1 0 1 1 8:41
D Andreas Lilja 1 0 0 0 -1 9:28
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 44, 22-13-8, 2.28, 0.927   Howard is 4th in the NHL in Save %, and 5th in GAA.
Chris Osgood 21,  7-8-4, 2.94, 0.891

VAN Skaters:
POS Player GP G A PTS +/-  ATOI
C Henrik Sedin 62 25 55 80 27 19:28   Henrik is 2nd in points, second in assists
L Daniel Sedin 44 16 39 55 26 18:49
C Ryan Kesler 62 16 39 55 2 19:51
L Alexandre Burrows 62 27 26 53 30 17:50   Burrows is 4th in +/-
L Mason Raymond 62 22 22 44 2 17:36
R Mikael Samuelsson 62 21 19 40 7 17:22
D Christian Ehrhoff 62 12 20 32 23 5 22:55
D Alexander Edler 56 2 26 28 -2 22:05
D Sami Salo 50 6 15 21 16 4 20:14
R Steve Bernier 56 11 10 21 -2 14:24
C Kyle Wellwood 55 8 9 17 7 13:35
D Kevin Bieksa 40 1 15 16 -1 21:48
D Willie Mitchell 48 4 8 12 13 22:36
L Tanner Glass 56 4 6 10 7 10:40
R Jannik Hansen 27 6 4 10 0 11:15
C Rick Rypien 51 3 3 6 -3 7:25
D Mathieu Schneider 17 2 3 5 0 15:14
R Pavol Demitra 12 2 3 5 3 15:05
D Shane O’Brien 53 1 4 5 12 17:17
R Michael Grabner 9 2 3 5 -1 15:22
C Ryan Johnson 41 0 4 4 -3 10:24
D Nolan Baumgartner 9 1 1 2 4 13:49
D Brad Lukowich 13 1 1 2 5 11:13
L Matt Pettinger 7 1 1 2 2 11:07
L Darcy Hordichuk 45 1 1 2 -7 6:20
D Aaron Rome 30 0 1 1 -1 14:04
R Guillaume Desbiens 1 0 0 0 0 9:25
C Alexandre Bolduc 15 0 0 0 -3 9:58
C Mario Bliznak 2 0 0 0 -2 8:31
L Sergei Shirokov 6 0 0 0 -4 12:49

VAN Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Roberto Luongo 52,  31-17-2,  2.35,  0.919
Cory Schneider 2,  0-1-0,  3.80,  0.915
Andrew Raycroft 15,  7-4-0,  2.37,  0.911

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

VAN:
Willie Mitchell (D) Upper body injury (Day to day)
Kevin Bieksa (D) Lacerated leg (Sidelined indefinitely)
Alexandre Bolduc (C/LW) Shoulder injury (Sidelined indefinitely)

HOT and NOT:
DET: Hot:
Nicklas Lidstrom (D) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Brad Stuart (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Pavel Datsyuk (C/LW) 4 pts in last 2 GP
Tomas Holmstrom (LW/RW) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Johan Franzen (LW/RW) 4 pts in last 4 GP
Henrik Zetterberg (C/LW) 11 pts in last 11 GP
Jimmy Howard (G) 2-0-0, 1.50, .944 in last 2 GPI

DET: Not Hot:
Dan Cleary (LW/RW) 1 pts in last 4 GP

VAN: Hot:
Christian Ehrhoff (D) 3 pts in last 2 GP
Sami Salo (D) 6 pts in last 8 GP
Nolan Baumgartner (D) 2 pts in last 3 GP
Ryan Kesler (C/RW) 11 pts in last 10 GP
Mason Raymond (LW/RW) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Alexandre Burrows (LW/RW) 15 pts in last 15 GP
Kyle Wellwood (C) 3 pts in last 3 GP
Mikael Samuelsson (RW/LW) 3 pts in last 4 GP

VAN: Not Hot:
No cold players.
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The superior intellect, Kenny Holland, told Khan(!):

“It looks like we’re not going to be very active,”

The Red Wings are right against the $56.8 million cap, so Holland said any move they make would require them to shed equal or more salary. Now that the team is almost completely healthy for the first time this season, Holland likes his roster and doesn’t feel any urgency to deal.

“I look at our trade deadline acquisitions as being (Johan) Franzen, (Andreas) Lilja and (Niklas) Kronwall,” Holland said of the players who recently returned from long-term injuries. “I still believe we have a good team. I don’t foresee us doing anything of any significance.”

That hasn’t prevented other teams from calling. Holland said he had spoken with three or four GMs in the past couple days.

“They’re offering decent players, veteran guys who will be unrestricted free agents (after the season), but they’ve got serious cap numbers,” Holland said. “We can’t get into that game. We don’t want to get into that game.

“I don’t believe I can make a move that will make us better.”

UPDATE:  via George:
In an earth-shattering move,  Detroit sends Kris Newbury to the NYR for Jordan Owens.  Owens is is a 6’0,” 170-lb. winger who’s 23 years old.  He has posted 5 goals and 13 assists for 19 points in 50 games (as well as 53 penalty minutes) with the Hartford Wolfpack
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Seems like the DET diggers have latched onto something that many of the “19” (myself most assuredly included), had spotted months ago, “E-52” is killing the team, McCosky, DETNEWS:

What are the Red Wings going to do about Jonathan Ericsson?

This has become an extremely delicate issue for coach Mike Babcock and general manager Ken Holland.

Ericsson, who turned 26 on Tuesday, is a big (6-foot-4), highly skilled defenseman who burst upon the scene during the playoffs last season and played nearly flawless hockey.

But a funny thing happened on his way to the Hall of Fame. He has stumbled mightily in his first full NHL season. The rigors of playing such a heavy, condensed schedule have worn him down physically and the mounting mistakes seem to be at the point of ruining him mentally.

How much longer can the Wings afford to keep running him out there? At what point does his confidence get shattered beyond repair?

Ericsson is a team-worst minus-18.

He’s minus-12 over his last 14 games

. He was on the ice for both Colorado goals Monday. His errant pass up the boards led directly to the second goal. There was a stretch in the second period where his mistakes and turnovers helped trigger three odd-man rushes

Are all these goals his fault? No, of course not. The Avs’ second goal Monday was one of the softest Jimmy Howard has allowed in a while. But bad things are happening way too often when Ericsson is on the ice.

It got to the point Monday where Babcock essentially rotated two pairs of defensemen in the third period. . .

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Uncle Mike was calling out his team in practice today, save the 1st line; Freep.com:

The Detroit Red Wings host Vancouver tonight, and coach Mike Babcock wants to see more from some of his biggest stars.

“Let’s make it real clear,” Babcock said following today’s morning skate. “It’s about our high-end guys. It’s time for them to step up.”

Babcock said he thought that was done in Monday’s 3-2 victory at Colorado by Pavel Datsyuk’s line with Johan Franzen and Tomas Holmstrom, along with the back-end pairing of Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski.

Tellingly, Babcock did not name Henrik Zetterberg’s line with Dan Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi.

“The rest of us,” Babcock said, “the guys who have been here before and been through the wars, it’s time to step up.”

The lineup tonight will be the same as the Colorado game, meaning defensemen Brett Lebda and Derek Meech are out. Up front, there could be a change on the second power-play unit, the one led by Zetterberg, as Cleary, Bertuzzi and Valtteri Filppula are in the running to be among the two wingers on the ice. Each was part of a shift and each missed a shift during the morning skate. . .

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Brad Zeimer, Vancouver Sun:

If there are any of those gold medals left over from the Olympics, let’s hand one to the Vancouver Canucks, the National Hockey League’s comeback kings.

No one plays better from behind than the Canucks, who did it again Tuesday night as they stole a 4-3 overtime win from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

It was the eighth time this season — more than any other NHL team — the Canucks have come back to win games they were trailing after two periods.

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