The Malik Report
The Red Wings face a stiff task as they prepare to battle the Winnipeg Jets this evening (8 PM EST on FSD Plus/TSN 3/97.1 FM).
Winnipeg's coming off a pair of victories over St. Louis and Chicago this past weekend, and the 13-13-and-2 Jets have won 4 of their past 5 games. The 12-11-and-3 Wings have split their past 4 games (2-1-and-1) and are coming into town having defeated the New York Islanders on Sunday.
Among MLive's Brendan Savage's Wings-Jets keys to the game:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Here are five things to watch for this week:
Jets, Laine a challenge
... Patrik Laine, the second pick in this year's draft, leads all rookies with 16 goals and 23 points. Mark Scheifle leads the Jets with 26 points. Defenseman Jacob Trouba, who rescinded his trade request after signing with the Jets, has appeared in 13 games (no goals, three assists, minus-3).
Winnipeg is last in the league in shots per game (27.5) and Detroit is 29th (27.8). The Jets also are last in faceoff percentage (45.5 percent).
Protecting leads troublesome
Third periods have been quite the white-knuckle ride for this team in recent weeks. Detroit has squandered the lead or allowed the go-ahead goal in the third period in 11 of its past 16 games, losing many valuable points.
They've had difficulty getting the puck out of their end in some of the games, like in their 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh Saturday. Turnovers and defensive breakdowns also have contributed to some of the blown leads.
from Greg Kruppa of The Detroit News,
Larkin said the comfort afforded him by the Red Wings and their veteran players during his rookie season was a big help. This season is a little different, however, especially playing far more at center than on a wing.
“I was kind of in a good position,” Larkin said of his rookie season. “I think I was trusted in my first year,”
“I think I was put out in all situations and I was able to feel like I could produce and, you know, just play.
“And nothing was complicated. I just went out and played.
“I think in terms of this season, right now, it hasn’t gone terrible, by any means. But you look at stats and there’s a bit of a drop off.
“But you know, I think as a team we want to be to a certain spot, and there’s a lot of pressure on myself to get us there.”
from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
In his 14th NHL season, 944 games and 855 points into his career, Henrik Zetterberg continues to lead the Detroit Red Wings.
At age 36, Zetterberg’s 19 points and 13 assists in 26 games both lead the team.
His goals tie him with Frans Nielsen and Mike Green for second on the team, behind Dylan Larkin with eight.
And there is his constancy around his teammates.
“We’ve been having our back a little bit against the wall here, digging our own hole, and he’s been stepping up as the leader he is,” Frans Nielsen said.
There was more acclaim from veteran teammates and his coach Sunday.
The Detroit Red Wings' 4-3 OT win over the New York Islanders involved a 3rd period in which the Red Wings surrendered the lead twice but were able to respond to the Islanders' rallies, eventually winning in overtime thanks to a slick Danny DeKeyser marker.
It was also a game in which a coach's challenge took back what would have been Mike Green's second hat trick of the season; Green still scored 2 goals and finished second in the team in ice time as Green emerges as the Wings' #1 defenseman.
For the Red Wings, playing their second game in 2 nights and their 3rd game played over the course of 4 nights, the win was particularly satisfying, especially given their performance against Pittsburgh the night before. For the Islanders, the loss stung, and they insisted that Sunday's game was in fact a game that the Islanders gave away, as they told Newsday's Arthur Staple...
Of prospect-related note:
In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin had an assist and finished at +2 in 14:06 played as Lokomotiv Yaroslavl won 7-1 over Barys Astana;
In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Mattias Elfstrom didn't register a point in IK Pantern's 3-2 win over AIK;
In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh had 2 shots in the Val-d'Or Foreurs' 3-2 shootout loss to Cape Breton;
In the OHL, Filip Hronek scored a goal on 6 shots in the Saginaw Spirit's 3-2 OT loss to the Windsor Spitfires in the "Farewell to the Joe" game at Joe Louis Arena. Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus filed a fine recap, and the OHL's website posted a special story about the "OHL memories at the Joe";
Jordan Sambrook scored a goal in the Erie Otters' 6-1 win over the Owen Sound Attack;
And Vili Saarijarvi had an assist and 6 shots in the Mississauga Steelheads' 6-3 win over Ottawa.
The Detroit Red Wings attempted to rally from what may have been their worst loss of the season as they faced the New York Islanders on Sunday evening.
The Red Wings surrendered 2 3rd-period leads en route to a 4-3 OT win over the Islanders on Sunday, wrapping up a slate of 2 games in 2 nights with 2 of a possible 4 points.
Given the way that Detroit played in Pittsburgh, and given the fact that Mike Green (2 goals) and Danny DeKeyser (game-winner) were on the ice for 3 3rd-period Isles goals, DeKeyser got some earned redemption on the gamer from Tatar and Zetterberg...
And Mrazek's 32-save performance on the Islanders was incredibly underrated.
This could have and maybe should have been a regulation win, but the NHL took away what would have been Mike Green's hat trick goal on a coach's challenge; Detroit continued to battle, and eventually, they were rewarded.
DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji penned a notebook in which she speaks with Frans Nielsen regarding "coming home" to Brooklyn to play against the New York Islanders this evening...
"It was weird landing here last night, coming in, staying at a hotel," Nielsen said. "I saw Johnny Boychuk in his car waiting by the elevator. I jumped in his car and got a little two-minute ride down there with him. It's all kind of weird right now. Hopefully I take like one or two shifts and it's going to feel like any game."
And she spoke with Nielsen regarding his present circumstances in Detroit:
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Here's the Red Wings' Game Day Preview video ahead of tonight's game against the New York Islanders:
2. The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa took note of Wings coach Jeff Blashill's pre-game comments:
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