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GDT - Game #69: Red Wings at Flames (9:30)

Three straight wins, the impossible dream, right?  The Wings have not won 3 straight in almost 3 months, since Dec. 11-17.  Ironically, the last time DET was in position to win three straight was on March 9th, when they hosted CGY, and played well early, before ending in an ugly, heartless 4-2 loss.  But, the Wings are heating up lately, winners of four of their last five and six of eight. The team claim they are looking for redemption this evening. 

Meanwhile, CGY lost on the road at VAN last night 3-1.  Kiprusoff was in net last night, but got the hook after the 1st - - more out of mercy because his team was flat early on.  He faced 20 SOG and surrendered all 3 VAN goals in the 1st period.  CGY played inspired the remainder of the game, they outshot VAN 27-8 over the final 40 minutes, including 11-0 in the third period.  By virtue of their loss, CGY have slipped to 9th.

The Wings now hold the 8 spot entering the game tonight, it would be nice if they could keep it for more than 1 day.  Another huge game tonight.

Standings:

Both VAN and MIN helped the cause yesterday.  VAN beat CGY 3-1, and MIN beat STL 4-2.  LAK failed to beat NSH 3-2.  Today, the Wings are in. 

G/P, W L OTL PTS Last 10 Streak
7 NSH 69 38 26 5 81 193 198 18-12-2 20-14-3 6-4-0 Won 2
8 DET 68 33 23 12 78 185 185 19-10-5 14-13-7 6-2-2 Won 2

9 CGY 68 34 25 9 77 173 170 17-15-3 17-10-6 5-4-1 Lost 1
10 STL   68 32 27 9 73 186 188 12-16-5 20-11-4 7-3-0 Lost 1

DET:  68 GP,  33-23-12, 78 pts (8 in Conf, 3 in Central), 185 GF, 185 GA, Last 10 6-2-2, Streak Won 2

CGY: 68 GP,  34-25-9,  77 pts (9 in Conf, 3 in Northwest), 173 GF, 170 GA, Last 10 5-4-1, Streak Lost 1

DET on road:  14-13-7 (15th)
CGY at home:  17-10-6 (7th) 

Stats (rank):

DET:  .574 point% (12), 2.66 g/g (16), 2.60 ga/g (10),  0.88 5-5 f/a (26), 19.5 pp (8), 83.0 pk (12), 33.0 s/g (3), 30.0 sa/g (14), 51.4 fo% (7).

CGY:  .566 point% (14), 2.50 g/g (28), 2.41 ga/g (3), 1.05 5-5 f/a (10), 16.4 pp (25), 83.2 pk (10), 28.5 s/g (27), 29.0 sa/g (7), 47.2 fo% (29).

Goal Differential/Game:
DET = +0.06
CGY = +0.09

Player Stats:
DET Skaters:
POS Player GP G A PTS +/-  ATOI
C Pavel Datsyuk 66 21 36 57 12 20:21
L Henrik Zetterberg 60 19 38 57 7 19:56
D Nicklas Lidstrom 68 8 35 43 17 25:32
R Todd Bertuzzi 68 15 22 37 -8 16:42
D Brian Rafalski 64 6 29 35 16 24:18
L Tomas Holmstrom 54 19 13 32 5 15:27
R Dan Cleary 56 13 16 29 -6 17:41
C Valtteri Filppula 41 7 19 26 -6 17:31
C Darren Helm 61 10 10 20 -4 14:49
C Kris Draper 67 7 12 19 0 12:06
R Patrick Eaves 54 10 9 19 -3 13:53
L Drew Miller 66 8 9 17 2 12:46
D Niklas Kronwall 34 5 11 16 1 21:23
D Brad Stuart 68 2 12 14 -15 23:33
C Jason Williams 30 6 5 11 -9 14:07
D Jonathan Ericsson 49 3 8 11 -17 17:21
C Johan Franzen 13 7 2 9 -1 18:24
D Brett Lebda 61 1 7 8 -1 15:05
L Kirk Maltby 52 4 2 6 1 10:06
D Derek Meech 42 2 4 6 -11 12:51
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
D Andreas Lilja 7 0 1 1 1 14:44
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 50, 26-15-8, 2.35, 0.924  
Chris Osgood 22,  7-8-4, 2.97, 0.890

CGY Skaters:
POS Player GP G A PTS +/-  ATOI
R Jarome Iginla 68 31 33 64 420:35
C Matt Stajan 68 19 30 49 -2 18:46
R Rene Bourque 59 20 28 48 7 18:12
L Niklas Hagman 68 21 16 37 -2 15:58
C Daymond Langkow 68 13 22 35 2 19:08
L Curtis Glencross 65 15 17 32 10 15:49
D Ian White 69 9 22 31 11 23:08
D Mark Giordano 68 11 16 27 9 20:53
L Nigel Dawes 52 10 16 26 3 15:15
R Ales Kotalik 57 9 15 24 -19 13:57
D Jay Bouwmeester 68 2 22 24 3 26:06
L Christopher Higgins 67 8 9 17 -9 17:32
D Robyn Regehr 67 2 14 16 9 22:04
R David Moss 50 8 6 14 -5 13:33
L Eric Nystrom 68 7 7 14 1 13:28
C Craig Conroy 49 2 10 12 -2 13:20
R Jamal Mayers 57 3 7 10 -4 9:03
D Adam Pardy 56 2 7 9 -3 15:48
D Steve Staios 45 0 8 8 -23 18:47
R Brian McGrattan 34 1 3 4 3 3:26
D Cory Sarich 43 0 3 3 1 15:52
D Staffan Kronwall 11 1 2 3 -1 9:54
C Mikael Backlund 11 1 2 3 1 12:02
C Jason Jaffray 3 0 0 0 -1 6:39

CGY Goalies:
Player GPI W L OT GAA PCT
Miikka Kiprusoff 60,  30-21-9,  2.22,  0.923 #3 in GAA
Vesa Toskala 28,  8-12-3,  3.50,  0.878


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

CGY:
No injured players

HOT and NOT:
DET: Hot:
Brian Rafalski (D) 5 pts in last 4 GP
Nicklas Lidstrom (D) 5 pts in last 4 GP
Niklas Kronwall (D) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Henrik Zetterberg (C/LW) 4 pts in last 2 GP
Tomas Holmstrom (LW/RW) 4 pts in last 3 GP
Pavel Datsyuk (C/LW) 10 pts in last 8 GP
Johan Franzen (LW/RW) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Patrick Eaves (RW/LW) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Jimmy Howard (G) 2-0-0, 1.50, .938 in last 2 GPI

DET: Not Hot:
Dan Cleary (LW/RW) 0 pts in last 4 GP
Todd Bertuzzi (LW/RW) 0 pts in last 3 GP
Jason Williams (W/C) 0 pts in last 3 GP
Chris Osgood (G) 0-1-0, 4.75, .811 in last 2 GPI

CGY: Hot:
Ian White (D) 3 pts in last 4 GP
Robyn Regehr (D) 2 pts in last 3 GP
Curtis Glencross (LW) 2 pts in last 2 GP
Vesa Toskala (G) 1-0-0, 1.22, .946 in last 2 GPI

CGY: Not Hot:
Craig Conroy (C) 0 pts in last 4 GP
Ales Kotalik (LW/RW) 0 pts in last 4 GP
Niklas Hagman (LW/RW) 0 pts in last 4 GP
David Moss (RW/LW) 0 pts in last 4 GP

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Khan(!) has a whole lotta nothing in his Wings article today:

The Flames lead the season series 2-1. The road team has won all three games. The Flames stunned the Red Wings with three unanswered goals in the third period for a 4-2 win at Joe Louis Arena on March 9.

“I think we owe Calgary, especially after they embarrassed us in our own barn in the third period,’’ Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard said. “We’ll be prepared and come out and play strong.’‘

Said coach Mike Babcock: “It’s a big opportunity for us to go to Calgary and make amends for the way we played when they were here.’‘

The Red Wings are 5-2 since the Olympic break, including a 3-2 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

Special teams have been strong the past several weeks. They have scored at least one power-play goal in nine consecutive games (11 for 35, 31.4 percent). They have killed 43-of-46 shorthanded situations (93.5 percent) over their past 15 games.

“Our penalty-kill has gotten better and better as the year’s gone on,’’ Babcock said. “Guys have done a real good job of blocking shots, we’re getting good goaltending in those situations.

“The power play since Mule (Johan Franzen), (Niklas) Kronwall and (Jason) Williams have come back (from injuries), we just have so much more depth. It’s made it a lot easier for us to generate offense.’‘

Winners of their past two games, the Red Wings have not won three in a row since their season-high four-game winning streak from Dec. 11-17.

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Steve McFarlane, Calgary Sun, didn’t mince words about the Flame’s performance last night:

No one expected the Flames to win all their remaining games.

Counting on seeing their best effort on a nightly basis, however, isn’t too much to ask.

What makes the 3-1 loss to the Canucks so tough to swallow is the fact the Flames were trying. They never quit.

They were simply dismantled by a better team — one that has taken full control of the Northwest Division and made the Flames’ goal of just making the playoffs a little more difficult in the process — in a span of 17 minutes they never recovered from.

“They were obviously a lot better than us in the first period,” said Flames captain Jarome Iginla, whose team was behind 3-0 by the first intermission. “We weren’t ready to go full kilter the way we have been lately. We’ve been jumping on teams early lately.

 

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