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Red Wings-Oilers quick take: efficient and dominant

The Detroit Red Wings may have struggled with some mental and physical fatigue after having played 3 games over the course of 4 nights coming into Saturday night's battle with the Edmonton Oilers...

But the Oilers didn't prove to be much of an opponent. Save a couple of goalposts and Brian Lashoff taking a tipped shot off of Stephen Weiss in the visor, there were no "scary" moments en route to Petr Mrazek's 14-save shutout and the Red Wings' 5-0 trouncing of the Oilers, giving the Wings 3 straight wins and their second-ever sweep of Alberta and British Columbia.

The Wings came out against a hungry Oilers team in tough, trading some chances and some shots--and having to kill a Brendan Smith penalty taken all of 53 seconds in--but Darren Helm pounced upon a slightly lucky bounce after Daniel Alfredsson and Daniel Cleary had cleared the zone, and, wouldn't you know it, Helm scored in his first game in a year-and-a-half, cracking the scoresheet at 5:09:

The Wings had a helluva bump-up shift, too. Joakim Andersson and Tomas Tatar capitalized on some Oilers gaffes in their own end, and Tatar slammed the puck into the net a 5:36, all of 27 seconds after Helm scored:

Soon after, Richad Bachman tweaked his groin, and the Oilers did rally a bit when Jason LaBarbera entered the crease.

But the score remained 2-0 for another twenty-one minutes because the Wings stayed strong defensively and played efficient hockey, limiting the Oilers' time of possession and working their butts off to keep the turnover bakery through the neutral zone closed. The Wings moved the puck speedily up ice to their forwards, they kept the puck away from their net for the vast majority of the game, and when the Oilers did threaten, they kept Petr Mrazek's sightlines clear.

The Wings' power play went 0-for-2 prior to Jakub Kindl scoring a lovely goal thanks to hard work by Pavel Datsyuk and Daniel Alfredsson, 6:55 into the 2nd...

And the Wings held tough into the 3rd, when the Oilers really did come out on a tear until Randy Jones took a doofy holding penalty 5:01 in. The Wings didn't score on the power play, but they did score shortly thereafter, with Joakim Andersson netting his second point of the game when Justin Abdelkader mucked the puck down to Drew Miller, who executed a slick wraparound "pass" to Andersson 7:54 in...

And the Wings finally pounced on the power play with just over 10 minutes left in the game, with Todd Bertuzzi scoring a lovely power play marker thanks to a slick give-and-go play with Henrik Zetterberg, 9:43 into the 3rd:

Other than a crossbar late--and a dumb set of a minor penalty and then a fight taken by Brendan Smith, who finished what was an otherwise strong effort with 4 penalties and 11 minutes in PIM's--the Wings just cruised through the boos directed at the Oilers and managed to emerge a 14-save shutout for Petr Mrazek.

Nice effort, and now the Wings will head to Winnipeg hoping to make Jimmy Howard's return to the lineup and Helm's return to his hometown (or nearly so) a sweet one as the team attempts to sweep its road trip.

At this point, with the PK humming along, the Wings getting points from everyone not named Stephen Weiss and the young defense holding up very well as the team's strengthened its transition game and cranked up its defensive effort while working harder and smarter to keep the puck away from their own goalie for as long as possible--and when their goalies have faced chances against, the Wings have done their best to make sure their goalies can see pucks and don't have to face the kinds of secondary or tertiary scoring chances the Wings are earning at the other end of the ice.

Statistics:

Shots 31-14 Detroit overall. The Wings out-shot Edmonton 12-6 in the 1st, 9-4 in the 2nd and 10-4 in the 3rd.

The Wings went 1-for-5 in 8:56 of PP time; the Oilers went 0-for-3 in 6:00.

Petr Mrazek stopped 14 of 14 shots; Richard Bachman stopped 7 of 9; Jason LaBarbera stopped 19 of 22.

The 3 stars were picked by the CBC, and they picked Petr Mrazek, Tomas Tatar and Daniel Alfredsson.

The Wings' goals: Helm (1) from Cleary (2) and Alfredsson (9);

Tatar (3) from Andersson (4);

Kindl (1) from Alfredsson (10) and Datsyuk (9);

Andersson (2) from Miller (1) and Abdelkader (3);

Bertuzzi (4) from Zetterberg (7) and Kindl (4), PPG.

Faceoffs a stunning 40-22 Detroit (Detroit won 65%);

Blocked shots 15-13 Edmonton;

Missed shots 17-10 Detroit (shot attempts 63-37 Detroit, with the Wings firing 31 shots ON net and 32 wide/blocked);

Hits 29-16 Edmonton;

Giveaways 13-9 Edmonton;

Takeaways 10-7 Detroit.

Individual stats:

Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 16-and-7 (70%); both Weiss and Andersson went 9-and-5 (64%); Helm went 5-and-5 (50%); Alfredsson won his only faceoff.

Shots: Kindl led the Wings with 4 shots; Tatar, Quincey, Zetterberg and Bertuzzi had 3; Abdelkader, Andersson, Miller, Lashoff and Samuelsson had 2 shots; Smith, Helm, DeKeyser, Cleary and Weiss had 1.

Blocked attempts: Zetterberg had 3 attempts blocked by Oilers players; Smith and Quincey hit Oilers 2 times; Kindl, Abdelkader, Alfredsson, Miller, Tatar, Samuelsson, Helm and DeKeyser had 1 attempt blocked.

Missed shots: Kindl and DeKeyser missed the net 3 times; Datsyuk, Samuelsson and Zetterberg missed the net 2 times; Alfredsson, Miller, Quincey, Bertuzzi and Kronwall missed the net 1 time.

Hits: Miller, Lashoff, Helm, DeKeyser and Cleary had 2 hits; smith, Abdelkader, Tatar, Quincey and Samuelsson had 1.

Giveaways: Kindl, Lashoff, Quincey, Zetterberg, Kronwall, DeKeyser, Cleary, Weiss and Mrazek had giveaways.

Takeaways: Andersson had 4 takeaways; Alfredsson, Datsyuk, Miller, Lashoff and Quincey had 1 takeaway.

Blocked opponent shots: Kindl blocked 4 shots; Kronwall blocked 3; DeKeyser blocked 2; Smith, Andersson, Tatar and Lashoff blocked 1.

Penalties taken: Smith took 4 penalties, 3 minors and a major for fighting.

Plus-minus: The Wings finished at a collective +20. Kindl, Abdelkader, Alfredsson, Andersson, Lashoff, Kronwall and Cleary finished at +2; Smith, Miller, Tatar, Helm, DeKeyser and Weiss finished at +1.

Points: Andersson had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Kindl had a goal and an assist for 2 points; Alfredsson had 2 assists; Tatar, Helm and Bertuzzi had goals; Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Miller, Zetterberg and Cleary had assists.

Ice time: Kronwall led the team with 22:47; Kindl played 20:07; Quincey played 19:41;

DeKeyser played 19:35; Datsyuk played 19:28; Zetterberg played 19:08;

Bertuzzi played 17:30; Tatar played 16:57; Weiss played 16:03;

Smith played 15:08; Andersson played 14:56; Cleary played 14:43;

Lashoff played 14:23; Abdelkader played 14:05; Samuelsson played 13:15;

Alfredsson played 13:09; Miller played 12:55; Helm played 10:10.

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Now they just need to follow the same blueprint against better teams. With players like Nyquist and Franzen back in the lineup (assuming Franzen doesn’t suck the whole year), there’s no reason to think we can’t beat teams like the Bruins in the same way.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 11/03/13 at 01:11 AM ET

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I felt pretty bad for the Oilers’s fans by the end.

The Red Wings still had some issues in their own zone, especially after they were already ahead 3-0. There was one uncharacteristic Kronwall d-zone giveaway I remember with the top line out. And a few times, Kindl got into some troubleā€”I actually thought it was his worst defensive game this season.

Smith. 15:08 toi, 12 pim (and iirc all but one of his penalties were totally unnecessary). I’m speechless.

Quincey. All hope lost. Then he did the unthinkable and strung 3 (I assume, but I did not see last night’s game) games together where he didn’t suck.

I seriously wonder at the toi distribution given that the Red Wings played the night before and had a lead for all but 5:36. Andersson, Cleary, Abdelkader, and Miller all played less than 15 minutes (Helm, Samuelsson, and Alfredsson all have reasons why they might not have played that much). Unfortunately, on account of Lashoff’s face and Smith being Smith, the coach didn’t have that much choice in terms of the defense, but Datsyuk and Zetterberg were as close to non-factors as they get and they still logged nearly 20 minutes.

Posted by bleep bloop on 11/03/13 at 02:56 AM ET

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But the Oilers didn’t prove to be much of an opponent.

And in spite of that, Sammy, Cleary and Smith all looked like absolute garbage.  If Sammy ever plays another game wearing red and white, it better be for Carolina. And as for Smith, I’d waive him and let some poor sucker of a GM take him off our hands. But Cleary’s not going anywhere until someone gets the photos he has of Babcock doing god-knows what.

Otherwise, that was a fun, fun, fun game to watch. And seeing Helm skating at “warp” speed was more than I expected. I honestly thought he was done.

There just might be hope for this team yet.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/03/13 at 03:10 AM ET

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Points to consider:

-A week ago Holland had screwed up the roster while Babcock had lost the teams ear.

-A game in which the Wings lost 5-0 while being outshot 31-14 would be treated wildly differently on the rhetoric scale than one in which they win by those margins.

Perspective, everyone.  The two game win streak to start the year didn’t mean the Wings were awesome just like the two game losing streak meant they sucked just like the 4 game win streak then the 4 game losing streak then the 3 game win streak didn’t establish the Wings as anything.

Detroit isn’t what they are going to be yet.  We’re still a month away from seeing the team fully gel, and at least that long away from being able to make serious assessments of what the teams weaknesses are.

If Sammy ever plays another game wearing red and white, it better be for Carolina.

I know, right?  How dare that almost 37 year old dope look rusty after not playing for nearly two weeks.  Everybody else just jumps right off the bench and looks amazing after long layoffs.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 11/03/13 at 03:35 AM ET

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That one-timer by Kindl was sweet!

I am amazed how much better Tatar plays when paired with Anderson.
You cannot separate them.

Darren Helm!

Posted by w2j2 on 11/03/13 at 08:37 AM ET

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Everybody else just jumps right off the bench and looks amazing after long layoffs.

*ahem*

43 D. Helm C 1 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 50% 0:00 1:25 10:10

Hey HiHD, next time you think of doing that “I’m going show show how much smarter I am than everyone via awesome sarcasm” you might want to make note of how much better the guy who played his second game in 19 months because of injuries was than the guy who took a whopping two weeks off.  Or the fact that he sucked when he was playing regularly too.

Posted by Garth on 11/03/13 at 11:50 AM ET

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I think Sammy was okay… No turnovers, was skating hard, forechecking… Didn’t look terrible on the pp. Sure, he isn’t a superstar and would be nice to get rid of his salary, but bitching about him and Smith after a 5-0 game on the road, where the other team rarely had the puck… That is pretty silly.

Can we just create a permanent place where people can complain about Smith, Sammy,  Nyquist being in GR, Cleary… with a pinch of “we need a new coach, Babcock’s message is getting old” and of course “Holland can’t trade and has lost his mojo”... of wait a minute, we have that already… is every discussion on TMR.

Posted by alukacs on 11/03/13 at 12:10 PM ET

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen Samuelsson skate as fast as he did that game.

Posted by bleep bloop on 11/03/13 at 01:50 PM ET

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43 D. Helm C 1 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 50% 0:00 1:25 10:10

Posted by Garth on 11/03/13 at 10:50 AM ET

Nice one.

Posted by SK77 on 11/03/13 at 02:36 PM ET

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