The Malik Report
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
Despite being near the top of the Atlantic Division standings, some of the same problems continue to plague the Detroit Red Wings.
Scoring goals has been an issue many nights. So has production from the power play. And their inability to protect third-period leads has cost them valuable points.
All three hurt the Red Wings again Sunday night in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in their first game at Joe Louis Arena after six straight on the road.
The game marked the 25th time in 45 games the Red Wings have scored two or fewer goals. And the power play has to take a big chunk of the blame for that against the Flyers.
Yet again, the Red Wings were burned by the shootout, losing 2-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday--perhaps because they weren't able to "create the separation" necessary via a 2-0 goal to add to their 1-0 lead.
If you care about Ryan White's hit on Tomas Jurco, it was controversial; if you're fans of Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones, the Wings' goal shouldn't have counted, and if you're a fan of the game being decided by players and not skills competitions, you're probably a little disappointed that this one went the shootout distance, because the game was pretty damn beautiful to watch and downright enjoyable, nastiness between the teams included.
Despite the Wings' inability to score on the 5-minute power play, the Wings got a bucketful of scoring chances on Michal Neuvirth on the night, but the Flyers website's Brian Smith reports that Philadelphia was aggravated by and with both of the following goal and/or non-goal calls:
Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins feel similarly to the Red Wings this evening in that they were unable to build upon 1-0 and 2-1 leads, they rallied for a 3-3 tie, and overtime treated them poorly: despite goals from Andy Miele, Tomas Nosek and A.J. Jenks, and despite a 33-save performance from Jared Coreau, the Griffins dropped a 4-3 OT decision to the Chicago Wolves, ending the Griffins' home winning streak at 14.
The Griffins' website posted a recap...
The Red Wings hoped to avoid a first-game-back-from-a-West-Coast-Swing funk against the Philadelpiha Flyers on Sunday evening, facing a team unbeaten in 5 (4-0-and-1) and a team that had won 4 of its past 5 meetings with the Wings.
As the teams kicked off an abbreviated 3-game second-half set of games, the Wings hoped to push the Flyers deeper into the Eastern Conference's playoff pack while gaining ground in the Atlantic Division.
The Red Wings were robbed of a better result by a stupid shootout. Mrazek was marvelous, Detroit out-shot, out-attempted, out-goal-posted and out-played a mean and nasty Flyers team in what was marvelous end-to-end hockey...
But Detroit was unable to score that 2-0 goal after it had earned the 1-0 margin, the Flyers tied the game, played overtime for the shootout, and they gave Detroit 2-1 shootout loss.
Ryan White received a match penalty and game misconduct for this hit on Tomas Jurco:
added 8:00pm, video of the hit below...
Sportsnet's Hometown Hockey reported from Grande Prairie, Alberta on Sunday, and they profiled a certain Chris Osgood as a goaltender "remembered for his resiliency and success":
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Here's the Red Wings' Game-Day Preview video:
2. Of note from MLive's Brendan Savage's game-day article:
Updated 4x at 1:58 PM: The Red Wings held their morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Philadelphia Flyers (7:30 PM EST on NBCSN/97.1 FM), and it offered no surprises: Petr Mrazek will start opposite MIchal Neuvirth, and Teemu Pulkkinen will play alongside Luke Glendening and Tomas Jurco, giving the fourth line a bit of scoring "pop."
The Flyers didn't hold a morning skate as they're coming into town having hosted the New York Rangers yesterday (Philadelphia lost 3-2 in a shootout)
The Red Wings face a possible playoff spot-earning rival in the Philaelphia Flyers this evening (7:30 PM EST on NBCSN/97.1 FM; TSN's Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro are calling the game with Pierre McGuire). Philadelphia's won 4 of their past 5 games, and they've won 4 of the past 5 meetings with the Wings, who hope to avoid a first-game-back-from-a-West-Coast-swing struggle at home.
Among the Flyers website's "5 Things to Know" about tonight's game:
This is the first of three meetings against the Red Wings this season and first of two in Detroit… The Flyers have won four of their last five meetings with the Red Wings, including their last contest by a score of 7-2 in March of last year, and are 7-3-0 in their last 10 meetings dating back to 2009-10… In the Flyers-Red Wings rivalry each team has had success on home ice - the Flyers have a .711 winning percentage with a 40-13-11 record at home, but only a .379 winning percentage playing at Detroit, going 20-36-10… The Flyers have three players on their roster who average a point per-game or better in their career against the Red Wings (Giroux, Raffl & Streit) while the Red Wings have two (Datsyuk & Zetterberg).
Dave Jackson and Ghislain Hebert will referee tonight's game, with Steve Miller and Greg Devorski working the lines.
The Wings hit the ice just after 10:30 AM for the morning skate, per the Wings...
MLive's Brendan Savage spoke with Wings prospect Vili Saarijarvi about playing for the victorious Finns at the World Junior Championship in Helsinki this past December and early January:
"It was like very big experience and very good, very good experience," said Saarijarvi, 18. "What made it so special was that it was played in Finland and Helsinki. I went to home before the tournament to see my family and friends and then the goal in the tournament was that we get the gold and we get it so it was a great experience. That made it so special that we won at home.The crowd we had there and those Finnish fans was awesome. it was unreal."
The tournament marked the fourth straight year Saarijarvi represented Finland on the international stage.
He played for the Finns' U-16 and U-17 teams before representing his country in last year's U-18 World Junior Championship."Two, three years ago, I started playing under-16 national team games and watching TV," he said. "Those under-20 World Juniors, it was like a dream. I wanted to play there. It was my goal. I watched it as a kid. It was pretty awesome."
Savage continues, and he posted a video of Saarijarvi's comments as well:
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