The Malik Report
by George Malik on 02/19/13 at 10:48 PM ET
Updated w/ injury news, again, at 11:32 PM: The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Nashville Predators, despite Pavel Datsyuk's brilliance and some incredible efforts by Henrik Zetterberg, Danny Cleary of all people, Jordin Tootoo and even Jonathan Ericsson, but I'm left angry after this one.
Despite the Wings rallying from a 2-0 deficit, a late scratch for Mikael Samuelsson (broken hand?), an injury to Jimmy Howard (upper body?) and nearly losing Niklas Kronwall (chest or something thanks to a dirty hit from behind) and Cory Emmerton (blocked shot with his face)...The Red Wings' will, skill, and during an 11-Wings-shots-to-4 Preds shots third period that actually looked like Red Wings hockey being played for the first time since the team's win against Edmonton...
Was negated because the team blew its only power play of the third period (gee, power plays six to two, I wonder why?), because Joakim Andersson acidentally put the puck in his own net, and because, depending on your opinion, either Niklas Kronwall wiped out Jonathan Ericsson in OT or Andrei Kostitsyn set up the game winner by making sure that he took out both Wings defensemen.
I'm proud of the team's effort as a Wings fan, I'm proud of the point, I'm crossing my fingers about Howard and I'm just delighted with the grit, jam, poise and determination showed by the vast majority of the Wings' players, including an incredibly motivated Jordin Tootoo who has to start playing like he did tonight every night, but against Nashville, nothing less than a win will suffice, and the Wings still shot themselves in both skates.
And that ain't good enough.
Now a Wings team that turns out to have heart and grit and guts is 7-6-and-3, and they rather desperately need Johan Franzen to return on Thursday from his hip flexor injury, they rather desperately need Jimmy Howard's injury to be a minor one, and they rather desperately need to take the Columbus Blue Jackets seriously before their rematch against Nashville on Saturday and their game against the Canucks on Sunday.
Update in terms of injuries:
Shots 29-25 Detroit overall. Detroit out-shot Nashville 11-8 in the 1st, were out-shot 12-7 in the 2nd, out-shot Nashville 11-4 in the 3rd and were out-shot 1-0 in OT.
The Predators went 1-for-6 in 10:46 of PP time; the Wings went 0-for-2 in 4:00 of PP time.
Rinne stopped 26 of 29 shots; Howard stopped 16 of 18; Gustavsson stopped 21 of 25.
The 3 stars were picked by the Nashville media, and they were Gabriel Bourque (3), Pavel Datsyuk (2) and Shea Weber (1).
The Wings' goals: Cleary (2) from Datsyuk (10), shorthanded;
Tootoo (4) from Zetterberg (16) and Kindl (3);
Datsyuk (8) from Cleary (1) and Gustavsson (1).
Faceoffs 31-21 Detroit (Detroit won 60%);
Blocked shots 15-9 Nashville;
Missed shots 17-13 Detroit (total attempts 61-47 Detroit, Detroit fired 29 on Rinne and 32 wide or into Preds players);
Hits 14-11 Detroit;
Giveaways 10-8 Nashville;
Takeaways 9-2 Nashville.
Individual stats, TMR style:
Faceoffs: Datsyuk went 15-and-9 (63%); Zetterberg went 8-and-5 (62%); Emmerton went 5-and-5 (50%); Filppula went 2-and-1 (67%); Andersson went 1-and-1 (50%);
Shots: Datsyuk led the team with 7 shots; Tootoo and Brunner had 5; Cleary and Eaves 2; Abdelkader, White, Miller, Lashoff, Emmerton, Zetterberg, Filppula and Kronwall had 1.
Blocked attempts: Brunner also hit Predators players 5 times; Filppula and Kronwall had 2 attempts blocked; Cleary, White, Tootoo, Emmerton, Quincey and Zetterberg had single attempts blocked.
Missed shots: Zetterberg missed the net 4 times; Abdelkader missed the net 3 times; Datsyuk missed the net 2 times; Abdelkader, Eaves, White, Miller, Brunner, Quincey, Ericsson and Kronwall missed the net 1 time.
Hits: Tootoo led the team with 4 hits; Abdelkader and Zetterberg had 2 hits; Datsyuk, Eaves, Miller, Brunner, Emmerton and Kronwall had 1 hit.
Giveaways: White had 2 giveaways; Datsyuk, Miller, Tootoo, Filppula, Kronwall and Howard had 1.
Takeaways: Datsyuk and Ericsson had takeaways.
Blocked shots: Emmerton blocked 2 shots; Kindl, White, Miller, Lashoff, Zetterberg, Kronwall and Andersson blocked 1.
Penalties taken: Kindl took 3 minors; Brunner, Filppula and Gustavsson took 1.
Plus-minus: The team finished at a collective zero. Eaves, Tatar, Ericsson and Andersson finished at -2; White and Brunner finished at -1; Abdelkader, Miller, Tootoo and Quincey finished at +1; Kindl, Cleary and Datsyuk finished at +2.
Points: Both Cleary and Datsyuk had a goal and an assist, finishing with 2 points; Tootoo scored a goal; Kindl, Zetterberg and Gustavsson had assists.
Ice time: Ericsson played 27:03; Kronwall played 23:12; Datsyuk played 21:03;
Cleary played 20:57; Zetterberg played 20:06; Lashoff played 20:03;
White played 19:11; Quincey played 18:11; Filppula played 17:59;
Brunner played 15:07; Miller played 14:17; Emmerton played 12:18;
Kindl played 11:45; Tootoo played 11:38; Eaves played 11:27;
Abdelkader played 11:14; Tatar played 9:27; Andersson played 7:12.
Video: Here's Datsyuk's goal...
Another injury update:
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