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Michigan-Michigan State week big for two Wings

Wednesday, 10.12.2011 / 4:57 PM ET
By Bill Roose - DetroitRedWings.com / The Wheel Deal
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A lot of attention has been give to the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions this week. And rightly so. It’s not every year that the Tigers are in the MLB postseason, and heck, Dwight Eisenhower was POTUS the last time the Lions had an undefeated record this late in the season.

But where’s the love for this Saturday’s football game between No. 11 Michigan and No. 23 Michigan State?

However, with two Spartans in the Red Wings’ locker room, Saturday’s Big Ten battle – with first-place implications on the line in the newly formed Legends Division – wouldn’t slip by unnoticed.
“It’s a huge weekend,” said Wings forward Drew Miller. “It’s one of those weekends that people look forward to. I think both teams are doing very well, so far. I know Michigan is doing a little better in the rankings, but we both have some big wins. This is something that I think both teams get up for. It’ll be a good, competitive game, and the score will be relatively close.”

Miller’s fellow MSU alum, Justin Abdelkader is a big college football fan, who believes that his Spartans will win if they can stop Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson.

“He’s like a Vince Young-type of player,” said Abdelkader, referring to the former University of Texas QB.

The Wings should just be returning to their team hotel from Saturday’s morning skate in St. Paul in time to catch the second half of the college football game. Even though the game hasn’t received the media attention that it usually does, both Wings said they will try to watch the game, if they can.

“Obviously, with the Lions, and then the Tigers in the playoffs, I think everyone has been so into those guys, that there hasn’t been much Michigan-Michigan State talk, which is fine,” Abdelkader said. “But once Friday and Saturday come around, I think everyone will start getting hyped up for the football game.”


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80