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Wings-Hawks tailings: on power play time and post-game comment videos

Of late-breaking note from the Red Wings' 4-3 OT loss to the Chicago Blackhawks last night:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan penned a late-breaking recap that notes the penalty disparity between the Blackhawks (7 power plays) and the Red Wings (9 seconds of power play time) last night:

The Red Wings haven't converted on the power play in 55 consecutive chances on the road, dating back to Oct. 19. But, it would have been nice to have an opportunity or two.

"For sure we have to stay out of the box," Tatar said. "But I think we deserved a chance to play some power play and maybe it would be different game."

Zetterberg said his team did a lot of good thing.

"It was tough, even that 0-2 start, those are some tough goals. a few mistakes but I thought we battled back and overall it was a good hockey game," Zetterberg said.

Asked if he was slashed late in the third, Zetterberg said, "Yeah, probably in front of the net. My stick broke, so it was either the wind or a slash."

Khan continues...

2. The Red Wings posted videos of post-game comments from Petr Mrazek...

Justin Abdelkader...

Andreas Athanasiou...

Henrik Zetterberg...

And coach Jeff Blashill:

3. It's not necessarily Wings-Hawks related, but ESPN's Matthew Coller penned an Insider-only column discussing the teams "hurt the most by injuries":

Detroit Red Wings
Minutes lost:
3,122 minutes

Impact: The Red Wings didn't come into the season with the same kind of firepower they have had for much of the past decade, but they might have at least been in the mix for a playoff spot if not for a myriad of injuries to key players; as it is, they're one point ahead of the Islanders for last place in the Eastern Conference.

Leading scorer Thomas Vanek, who has 25 points in 29 games, has missed 11 matches, while quality two-way center Darren Helm hasn't played since mid-November because of a shoulder injury.

On the blue line, Brendan Smith has battled a knee injury throughout the season, missing 16 games. He is one of Detroit's key puck movers, posting a plus-5.3 relative Corsi during his 24 contests.

The injury time on ice statistics only count skaters, so Detroit has it even worse off than the numbers look, with Jimmy Howard expected to be out until February with a knee sprain. In 13 games this season, Howard has an outstanding .934 save percentage, but he can't be saving all those pucks when he's on the shelf.

Update: Here are Darren Eliot and Trevor Thompson holding a "Digital Post-Game" report on FSD's YouTube channel:

Update #2: From Sportsnet's Luke Fox's power rankings, which list the MVP for each and every one of the NHL's 30 teams:

27 Red Wings:  Captain Henrik Zetterberg, who should’ve been the Wings’ All-Star Game selection. Z leads all Wings in scoring (28 points) and is Detroit’s most complete player. Problem is, at age 36, someone should’ve taken the mantle from him already.
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stonehands-78's avatar

Asked if he was slashed late in the third, Zetterberg said, “Yeah, probably in front of the net. My stick broke, so it was either the wind or a slash.”

love it

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 01/11/17 at 01:57 PM ET


But I think we deserved a chance to play some power play and maybe it would be different game.”

No, it would not be. The less PP time we get, the better we play. PP kill all the momentum we ever have in games.

Posted by VPalmer on 01/11/17 at 05:07 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

The Red Wings had 10 seconds of PP time, while the Slackhawks had 6 PP’s.  The Slackhawks slashed, hooked throughout the game and were not called for it. Remember game 7 of the western semi finals game in Chicago? It was the last game played by the Red Wings as members of the Western Conference. The game went to overtime. Nyquist was boarded by a Slackhawk before the Slackhawk who scored the series winning goal (which deflected off Kronwall’s stick) even touched the puck .Of course no boarding penalty was called on the Slackhawk like was called on Abby last night which resulted in the winning goal. This goes on when the Red Wings play the Slackhawks or Crybaby. I knew this would happen last night before the game even started. The Red Wings were fortunate to get a point considering. This crap gets tiring over the years. Some things never change. The Red Wings getting a point was a major achievement in this debacle.


Posted by bigfrog on 01/11/17 at 07:00 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

This goes on when the Red Wings play the Slackhawks or Crybaby.

Also when the Lions play Green Bay

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 01/11/17 at 08:22 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Also when the Lions play Green Bay

Also Dallas. Remember when the Lions were jobbed in a playoff game a couple of years ago in Dallas?The ref threw a yellow for pass interference against Dallas, and then picked it up. This seems to happen a lot to Detroit teams. angry

Posted by bigfrog on 01/11/17 at 08:50 PM ET

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