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The Red Wings hit the ice to prepare for Saturday's opponent, the Nashville Predators, just after noon on Friday...
Amidst the news that Drew Miller and Teemu Pulkkinen will be out for 6-8 weeks apiece with a broken jaw and dislocated shoulder, respectively, as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan confirmed:
Miller broken jaw and Pulkkinen shoulder dislocation
Miller and Pulkkinen both out about 6 weeks....
The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness confirmed as well:
Per Wings GM Ken Holland: Miller out fractured jaw. Surgery Saturday. Out 6 weeks. Pulkkinen dislocated shoulder. Sidelined 6-8 weeks.
As a result, per MLive's Ansar Khan...
Here are the hits:
‘Three Things’: Extended Wings-Yotes highlights, praise for the Winged Wheel and cracking ‘Super 16’
Of brief Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. AWood40 posted an extended highlight clip from last night's 5-1 win over Arizona:
2. The Wings' uniform was picked as the 6th-best "sweater" in the Hockey News's "Top 50 Jersey" rankings:
[W]hat if I told you that Datsyuk is in fact probably buoying this recent run of success in Detroit to an almost unbelievable extent?
Let's start with the very, very basic numbers. Without Datsyuk in their first 15 games, the Red Wings went 8-6-1, with two of those wins in overtime. That's a pace for just 92.3 points, which isn't getting the job done, and stoked fears that the Detroit playoff streak was coming to an end. With Datsyuk in their next 10 games, the Red Wings went 5-2-3, with all but one of their wins coming outside regulation, but it was still a pace for 106.6 points.
That put them at 13-8-4 as a club, and a pace for 98.4 points. Which sounds like just about what most people probably should have expected coming into the season.
More numbers: The Wings overall goal differential through 15 games was a poor minus-2 (34 for, 36 against). Since Datsyuk's return, it's still minus-2 (26 for, 28 against). And while that's still not ideal, it shows the Wings have increased their scoring even as the goaltending struggled.
But on a more granular level, it's clear that the team is both quickly adapting to new coach Jeff Blashill's system — which is slightly different from that of Mike Babcock, but apparently different enough that things weren't coming to them easily — and benefiting significantly from the return of their still-No. 1 center.
The Red Wings have posted a reminder regarding the Salvation Army Kettle Bell-Ringing competition this evening...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard liked what he saw nearly 200 feet away at the other end of the ice Thursday.
His teammates peppered the opposing goaltenders with shots, which enabled them to equal a season-high goal total.
A team that was starved for scoring and struggled to get shots on goal has come alive. The Red Wings defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-1 at Joe Louis Arena and have gained points in nine consecutive games (6-0-3).
The Red Wings outshot the Coyotes 44-27. They have scored nine goals and amassed 90 shots in their past two games.
"Early in the season we were having a little bit of an issue clicking offensively and getting shots on net," Howard said. "The last couple of games we've gone 40-plus, making other goalies work. When you're getting those opportunities, more often than not you're going to find the back of the net. That's going to lead to W's for us."
added 7:57am, Extended game highlights are below...
Of prospect-related note:
You expect a coach's challenge to change the face of a game, but just as strangely as the Wings have suddenly become a 14-8-and-4 team on a 9-game point streak, a lifted skate changed the tone of a predictably slow-starting Wings team getting bitten by a young, hungry Coyotes team into what ultimately became a 5-1 Wings rout of Arizona.
The big concern going forward is obviously that Teemu Pulkkinen (lower-body) and Drew Miller (upper-body) are injured and, to quote the coach, may be out "for a while," but those were the only negatives to take from the game.
For the record, ArizonaCoyotes.com's Dave Vest reports that the Yotes had no problem with the ruling:
As the Red Wings' 6-game home stand draws to a close, the Wings were presented with a good opportunity to push ahead in the Atlantic Division standings by defeating the Arizona Coyotes. Phoenix has given Detroit fits of late, but the Coyotes aren't yet elite, and without Shane Doan in the lineup, the Wings could at least rest a little easier about the states of their knee ligaments.
Regrettably, Detroit had other concerns--with Teemu Pulkkinen and Drew Miller leaving the game with lower and upper-body injuries, respectively--but the Red Wings did dominate on the scoreboard, parlaying the momentum bounce of a successful coach's challenge to a 3-0 lead and an eventual 5-1 win that was nothing less than dominant by the Wings.
Working with 10 forwards and a Larkin-Datsyuk-Zetterberg trio that all cleared 20 minutes of ice time, the Red Wings shot early, often, and by default as the Wings amassed a 44-27 shot advantage and a fast and furious scoring advantage against Mike Smith and Anders Lindback, with the Wings using speed, puck possession, consistent pressure and stout goaltending by a Jimmy Howard who was strong when needed to defeat Arizona--which never gave up, to its credit--in rousing fashion.
Both Teemu Pulkkinen (hit by Martin Hanzal, upper-body injury) and Drew Miller (hit to the head from Klas Dahlbeck) are out for the Wings:
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