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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings couldn't have envisioned a better start one-third of the way into the season.
They've won seven of their past eight games to tie the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, just two points behind the league-leading Anaheim Ducks.
Their goaltending has been strong, the defense better than most anticipated and they're as deep up front as they have been in some time, with three capable scoring lines.
The Red Wings (17-6-5) rank among the NHL's top eight teams in goals for (fourth at 3.11), goals against (seventh at 2.39), the power play (eighth at 21.8 percent) and the penalty kill (third at 87.1 percent).
Here are five things to watch for this week:
added 12:05pm Pavel Datsyuk names First Star of the Week.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
No morning skate, little time to rest after an emotional victory the night before, but it didn't matter for Pavel Datsyuk.
He was ready to go Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes.
"We didn't have practice, I like it," said Datsyuk, who along with linemates Tomas Tatar and Darren Helm led the way in the Red Wings 3-1 victory. "Save energy (right) there. You have energy if you win."
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Whenever the Detroit Red Wings have called on the young goaltender to spell Jimmy Howard, Mrazek has stepped in and given them a chance to win.
The Red Wings, having played the night before, weren't as energized Sunday. Mrazek gave them a boost, making 34 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.
"I thought he was good," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "He didn't create extra shots. They were (35) legitimate shots in the fact that they weren't coming off him.
"(Hurricanes coach Bill Peters) had his team ready to play. They were organized, they played fast. I was impressed by them, but we had good goaltending and timely scoring."
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Wings win 3-1 over Carolina, will head home tonight, day off tomorrow and get ready to host Toronto on Wednesday and Florida on Friday.
Regarding the game, Detroit took control late in the first period with two goals, then added their 3rd goal with about 8 minutes left in the 2nd period.
The Hurricanes made it 3-1 late in the 2nd period and that ended the scoring for the game.
Say what you want about the game but the most important thing is the Wings leave Carolina with 2 more points and now are tied with Tampa Bay for the first overall spot in the Eastern Conference.
Detroit goals are below and feel free to discuss the game.
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
A year ago, they were all about the Detroit Red Wings.
Bill Peters was an assistant coach for the Wings on Mike Babcock's staff, working for a man and coach he has long admired.
Andrej Nestrasil was a forward in the Wings organization, playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League and looking to work his way up to the Wings....
Peters used his three years with the Wings as a springboard to his first NHL head coaching job, coming to Carolina in June to replace the fired Kirk Muller. Nestrasil did make the Wings roster this year, making his NHL debut and playing 13 games before being placed on waivers last month by Detroit and being claimed by the Canes.
"It's going to be a really weird day," Nestrasil said, smiling.
Wings win 3-2.
Right here boys, the story of the game.
09:13 DET Johan Franzen Too many men/ice - bench - 2 min
10:26 DET Kyle Quincey Hi stick - double minor - 4 min against Derick Brassard
12:37 DET Jonathan Ericsson Hi-sticking - 2 min against Martin St. Louis
And the momentum takes them home and a nice stat to show the Wings do not give up...
Detroit goals are below and feel free to discuss the game in the comments.
Hopefully Geoge will be back on Sunday.
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
“Tats is a guy who had high-end skill and he’s determined to score,” Babcock continued. “We want our guys to be determined to score and determined not to get scored against.”
However Tatar is being treated, it’s working so far.
“He is really hard on me, but I think he means this in a good way,” Tatar said. “He’s just trying to help me out since I got here. I appreciate it, but sometimes it’s really hard. That’s just the way he coaches me. I guess he doesn’t know any other way to work with me, so I appreciate it.”
Heading into play Saturday, Tatar is third on the team in goals (10) and tied for third in points (17).
“He’s hard, demanding,” Tatar said. “He’s been a good coach and we’ve had success under him. It’s just the way he is and I respect that.”
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is seeking his 500th NHL win (between Detroit and Anaheim he is 499-266-19-110).
"They have good depth," Babcock said. "They have a real nice back end and up front they have good skill and good speed, so they're a hard team for us. They're a fun team to play. It's an Original Six battle, so it'll be a lot of fun."
The Red Wings (15-6-5) are 5-2 in their past seven games. The Rangers (11-9-4) are 4-2 in their past six.
"They have some skilled players," Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "You put them on the power play, they will hurt you."
added 12:30pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
"It's definitely been nice to be in the lineup every night and feel healthy," Helm said today. He will take 13 points in 26 games into tonight's contest at Joe Louis Arena against the New York Rangers (FSD+).
"The extra points on the scoresheet are an added bonus, but I'm just happy to be healthy and playing."
Helm hasn't played a full season since 2010-11, when he pumped a career high 32 points into 82 games. From 2011-12 season through last year, he played 111 of 212 games, waylaid by various injuries. He's altered his routine to counter any flare-ups.
"I'm making a concerted effort to make sure that nothing comes back," Helm said. "I want to make sure I'm doing my job. I'm happy with the way things are going."
via Ansar Khan tweets,
Everybody except Abdelkader (shoulder) taking part in morning skate.
Lines the same as last game:
Power play units:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Franzen, Jurco (net front) and Kronwall
Tatar-Datsyuk-Weiss, Sheahan (net front) and Kindl
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
It’s been half a century since he’s been under NHL contract, but Ted Lindsay still partakes in the training regimen of an athlete preparing for a season-long slog. Three days a week Lindsay hits the weights, sweating through sessions that last as long as three hours apiece. Seven days a week he starts his morning with about an hour’s worth of stretching at his Detroit-area home.
This is a man residing in a body that’s been battered by an 14-year playing career’s worth of cross-checks and spears and punches, all of which Lindsay, who retired as the league’s penalty-minutes leader, returned with a devilish pleasure.
Still, all these decades later, and through a recent heart surgery to replace a calcified aortic valve, he remains a force. Lindsay was once nicknamed Terrible Ted, he figures by a dastardly sports scribe in Toronto, where eons ago he was hated for, among many things, using his stick to punish a fan who dared take a swing at teammate Gordie Howe.
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