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Red Wings-Predators quick take: sore spot

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:

Update #3:


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...

Early recaps: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, the Free Press's Helene St. James, MLive's Ansar Khan, the Associated Press and the Tennessean's Josh Cooper have all filed recaps.

Another injury update:

Video update #2: Here're the game highlights, narrated by...Fox Sports Tennessee?

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Chet's avatar

pretty tired of watching pucks end up in the net while 55 is running around the D zone. it’s getting to be a constant.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 02/19/13 at 11:52 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

gee, power plays six to two, I wonder why?

As I mentioned on A2Y, in that building, it seems that the guys in stripes make damn sure that the home team always gets some early momentum.  The fact that they’re one of Bettman’s sacred cow franchises makes this ongoing “coincidence” seem a bit suspicious to many of us.

If you’re going to call the ticky-tack touch fouls, and you call them both ways, fine.  I don’t necessarily like it, but I can at least live with it.  But that shit was ridiculous.  There were numerous instances of interference (at least as it was defined by the officiating crew in the opening minutes), and yet those calls only went one way.  It’s frustrating, but not the first time we’ve seen it go down that way in that building, and probably not the last.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/20/13 at 12:07 AM ET


Didn’t catch this game, but I imagine the Wings Internet collective to do a complete 180 on Kindl and call for his head because of the 3 penalties tonight. I imagine Babcock kept his ice time at 11 minutes on purpose.

Too many injuries. I just want them to make the playoffs. Fight to keep the streak alive. That’s enough for me.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 02/20/13 at 01:21 AM ET

perfection's avatar

I thought the officiating really was horrible tonight. not just for some really bad calls, but they were incredibly inconsistant the entire night which is far worse than isolated bad calls.

And yeah, while all the bad stuff sucked and I too am not terribly happy about the outcome, that Datsyuk goal is what I missed during the lockout. I missed that and the playoffs. While I realize we need to get points so we actually make the playoffs (not a given and by far the most important thing), if the choice were we got two points tonight and Dats didn’t score that goal or we get one and he did, I would gladly take the goal. It was one of the best goals I’ve seen from anyone in a long long time. I’m awestruck

and though it never went in for him, Z played out of his mind. those two were just incredible. I guess that is the worst part about losing is that we did it despite the otherworldly efforts by Dats and Z. The other side of it is we went down two in a tough road building and our starting goalie went down in the first period and we took them to overtime and got a point out of it… you know, for what it’s worth.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 02/20/13 at 01:22 AM ET

perfection's avatar

also I thought at least one of if not two of the calls on Kindl were pretty weak. he played the breakaway perfectly I thought.

of course it’ not like he had a very good game besides those penalties. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him scratched again for those penalties.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 02/20/13 at 01:24 AM ET

NIVO's avatar

Rinne stopped 26 of 29 shots; Howard stopped 16 of 18; Gustavsson stopped 21 of 25.

this doesnt make any sense. Wasnt the final 4-3 in OT?

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 02/20/13 at 02:38 AM ET

HeilThom's avatar

We need a #1 defenseman. From somewhere. We need someone that can head man the puck consistently & get shots through consistently.

Posted by HeilThom from Hockeytown, USA on 02/20/13 at 05:21 AM ET

Chet's avatar

no shit?

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 02/20/13 at 08:02 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Gee, I wonder who Mike has in mind?  Lemme see, the usual whipping boys are Kindl and Filppula. I’m going with those two. Tombad about Jimmy: blurred vision sounds like a problem.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/20/13 at 08:34 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

When is Ian White going to throw away his toothpick stick for wooden ones that A: won’t break on him when trying to clear the zone and near the blueline allowing a breakway that leads directly to a goal and B: a wooden stick that is so heavy his girly arms can’t fire the puck hard enough to even injure one of our own players in PRACTICE.
I used to think he was a decent defenseman but now I can’t wait til his contract is up and he’s gone which will be summer or sooner by current play.

Kindl sucks. 1st round draft bust. He gets crushed always around the boards too, just brutal to watch him and worse point man a PP.

Feared Howie getting injured the most so now this season may a lost cause.

Don’t trade our top prospects. “Reloading” won’t make this team a very good SC contender.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 02/20/13 at 08:53 AM ET

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