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Of prospect-related note:
In the Swedish J20 league, Joren Van Pottelberghe stopped 22 of 23 shots as Linkopings HC defeated the Frolunda Indians 3-1;
In the WHL, Dominic Turgeon had a goal and an assist in the Portland Winterhawks 3-2 win over Vancouver. Turgeon was named the game's first star;
And in the USHL, Chase Pearson had a goal and an assist in the Youngstown Phantoms' 4-2 loss to Team USA.
Update: Hockey's Future also issued its annual team prospect rankings, and the Wings still fare pretty well:
The Red Wings were charitably engaged on Monday night...
But they're going to kick off a stretch of 4 games played over the course of 6 nights on Wednesday against the Blues, heading to Buffalo on Friday, hosting the Ducks on Saturday and wrapping up the pre-All-Star-break slate in Brooklyn against the Islanders next Monday.
Before the Wings return to practicing tomorrow, the beat writers have penned a series of articles which we'll survey presently.
1. First, in his "5 Things to Watch" article, MLive's Ansar Khan discusses the Wings' offense or the lack thereof:
I had a feeling that this hit wouldn't yield supplemental discipline because Flyers forward Ryan White, history of suspensions included, did not hurt Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco, and because he received a 5-minute major and game misconduct...
And the Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi confirms just that:
Flyers winger Ryan White escaped further punishment from the NHL on Monday and will likely be in the lineup Tuesday against visiting Toronto.
White was ejected and received a five-minute match penalty early in the Flyers' 2-1 shootout win Sunday in Detroit. He lowered his right shoulder into the head of the Red Wings' Tomas Jurco, who left the game but later returned.
Detroit failed to score on the long power play.
Stephane Quintal, the NHL's disciplinary chief, reviewed the incident Monday and determined there would be no supplemental discipline, a league spokesman said.
Red Wings fans have been very vocal of late as to what they believe the team is missing--secondary scoring, an impact trade, better cap management, renovated special teams play, etc.--but the Wings remain a "playoff team" today, sitting 3 points behind the Atlantic Division-leading Florida Panthers, so:
What and who do you "like about our team?" What trends and which players impress you, what systems do you feel are working well, what aspects of the Wings' play do you feel are effective, and what healthy foundations do you believe that the Wings can lean upon as they attempt to improve their scoring, their special teams play, and as they look to improve the team as the trade deadline nears?
As fans, we tend to vocalize our dissent and disappointment most easily (see: "WTF is Jonathan Ericsson doing on the top pair?" as an example), so I'm challenging you to respond to this entry with positives that extend beyond the obvious, "Well, Petr Mrazek and Dylan Larkin have been playing spectacularly" line.
Give it a shot. Let's see if you can do it.
Updated 2x at 12:09 PM: Two Things:
1. While the Red Wings' inconsistencies may be frustrating, 97.1 the Ticket's Ken Kal duly noted that the Wings are still doing the most important thing they can possibly do when surrendering 1-goal leads--they're getting points in the vast majority of their games:
2. I'll know you'll grumble about this, and I'll grumble about it because the Wings still seem to need a net-front presence and another top-four defenseman, but Sportsnet's John Shannon penned a list of the "Top 25 Power Brokers" in hockey, and Wings GM Ken Holland made the list at #19:
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
Despite being near the top of the Atlantic Division standings, some of the same problems continue to plague the Detroit Red Wings.
Scoring goals has been an issue many nights. So has production from the power play. And their inability to protect third-period leads has cost them valuable points.
All three hurt the Red Wings again Sunday night in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in their first game at Joe Louis Arena after six straight on the road.
The game marked the 25th time in 45 games the Red Wings have scored two or fewer goals. And the power play has to take a big chunk of the blame for that against the Flyers.
Yet again, the Red Wings were burned by the shootout, losing 2-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday--perhaps because they weren't able to "create the separation" necessary via a 2-0 goal to add to their 1-0 lead.
If you care about Ryan White's hit on Tomas Jurco, it was controversial; if you're fans of Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones, the Wings' goal shouldn't have counted, and if you're a fan of the game being decided by players and not skills competitions, you're probably a little disappointed that this one went the shootout distance, because the game was pretty damn beautiful to watch and downright enjoyable, nastiness between the teams included.
Despite the Wings' inability to score on the 5-minute power play, the Wings got a bucketful of scoring chances on Michal Neuvirth on the night, but the Flyers website's Brian Smith reports that Philadelphia was aggravated by and with both of the following goal and/or non-goal calls:
Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins feel similarly to the Red Wings this evening in that they were unable to build upon 1-0 and 2-1 leads, they rallied for a 3-3 tie, and overtime treated them poorly: despite goals from Andy Miele, Tomas Nosek and A.J. Jenks, and despite a 33-save performance from Jared Coreau, the Griffins dropped a 4-3 OT decision to the Chicago Wolves, ending the Griffins' home winning streak at 14.
The Griffins' website posted a recap...
The Red Wings hoped to avoid a first-game-back-from-a-West-Coast-Swing funk against the Philadelpiha Flyers on Sunday evening, facing a team unbeaten in 5 (4-0-and-1) and a team that had won 4 of its past 5 meetings with the Wings.
As the teams kicked off an abbreviated 3-game second-half set of games, the Wings hoped to push the Flyers deeper into the Eastern Conference's playoff pack while gaining ground in the Atlantic Division.
The Red Wings were robbed of a better result by a stupid shootout. Mrazek was marvelous, Detroit out-shot, out-attempted, out-goal-posted and out-played a mean and nasty Flyers team in what was marvelous end-to-end hockey...
But Detroit was unable to score that 2-0 goal after it had earned the 1-0 margin, the Flyers tied the game, played overtime for the shootout, and they gave Detroit 2-1 shootout loss.
Ryan White received a match penalty and game misconduct for this hit on Tomas Jurco:
added 8:00pm, video of the hit below...
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