Contain Ovechkin - Ovechkin has a goal in 5 straight games and 15 pts in his last 16 games.
Need a fast start - Caps are 20-1-3 when scoring first. Detroit hasn't scored the first goal of a game since Dec 19th vs NYI. Need to compete right from the opening face off.
Win the goaltending battle - Braden Holtby has played in 23 consecutive games. He's lost just 4 games in regulation during that span. Jimmy Howard needs a good game against the Caps. Washington is the only team with 6 players who have scored 10 or more goals this season.
(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)
On January 10, 2009The Detroit Red Wings figured the best way to beat star Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller was to keep firing the puck at him. Eventually, it worked. After firing 48 shots on goal, Mikael Samuelsson scored the go-ahead goal with 2:34 remaining and Detroit beat the Sabres 3-1.
(Photo by The Washington Post)
The Red Wings placed Johan Franzen on injured reserve Thursday with an upper-body injury and forward Tomas Jurco is out with a disc problem in his back. With injuries starting to pile up, Detroit will keep its 'next man up' mentality as the recalled Rookie forward Teemu Pulkkinen from the Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Friday to help out. Pulkkinen, who had the most goals in the AHL (20), skated with center Riley Sheahan and forward Drew Miller during practice. "He just seems to be a player who scores and has scored his whole life," coach Mike Babcock said. "So, is he ready to score in the NHL? We're always looking for goals and if he can score, we're happy to have him … plus, he's a right-hand shot."
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Sheahan skates by Engelland for a beauty
Detroit Red Wings forward Riley Sheahan skates around Calgary Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland and beats goaltender Karri Ramo over the glove.
Tonight's Stars of the Game Powered by Ram Trucks are...
1. Henrik Zetterberg (1 Goal, 1 Assist)
2. Mikael Backlund (1 Goal, 1 Assist)
3. Justin Abdelkader (1 Goal, 1 Assist)
(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)
Thanks for tuning into our Game Day Blog, we'll see you in D.C. Saturday night when we take on the Capitals!
|LEFT WING||CENTER||RIGHT WING|
|Stephen Weiss||Pavel Datsyuk||Darren Helm|
|Gustav Nyquist||Henrik Zetterberg||Justin Abdelkader|
|Tomas Tatar||Riley Sheahan||Johan Franzen|
|Drew Miller||Luke Glendening||Joakim Andersson|
|LEFT DEFENSE||RIGHT DEFENSE|
|Jonathan Ericsson||Niklas Kronwall|
|Kyle Quincey||Danny DeKeyser|
|Brendan Smith||Xavier Ouellet|