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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog

KEYS TO THE GAME

Friday, 04.20.2012 / 3:30 PM ET
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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog
KEYS TO THE GAME

Henrik Zetterberg and his teammates are focused
on winning one game at a time.
These three things could swing Game 5 one-way or another.

Even strength play: Everyone thought that Detroit’s biggest advantage of the series would be at even-strength. Instead, the Red Wings have been outscored 9-4 during the first four games.

“We’ve got to score some goals, so we’ve got to get to the net and yet, we thought we did quite a bit of that last game and had some opportunities,” Mike Babcock said. “If you look at the series really, they are averaging 22.8 shots a game and we’re averaging 35.”

The Red Wings are controlling the play when the sides are even, but they’re going to have to control the scoreboard as well to win Game 5.

Believe: Detroit had six winning streaks of three games or more during the regular season and that doesn’t count an NHL record 23 straight victories at home.

“We won three-in-a-row last year against the Sharks,” said Henrik Zetterberg about last season’s near record-setting playoff comeback. “We’ve just got to go down, play a good road game and get it back here for Game 6.”

One at a time: Rome wasn’t built in a day and you can’t win a seven game series in just one night.

“They still have to win one more game,” said Jimmy Howard. “I’m not the type of person to just roll over. I’m going to give whatever it takes in that next game and we’re just going to try and win one.”

Fans can look ahead, but the players can’t. Game 5 will be taken one period at a time, one shift at a time, even one play at a time. Any potential Game 6 is a mere mute point until the final horn sounds tonight.



Tomas Holmstrom


YOUR WELL WISHES
Earlier this morning on our Facebook page, we asked the best fans in hockey to send along their well wishes for Game 5.

Here are some of your responses.

“Each game is a new one and the previous ones do not matter. Go out there and do what you do best. All of your fans across the country will be cheering you on, especially in Detroit. Good luck guys!”
– Justin Hoot

“You are stronger than you know. We still believe in you 100%.”
– Will, Mary, Hayden and Madison Rogers of Au Train, Michigan

“It’s my birthday today and I’m one of your biggest fans! We need you! And we need you to win. Good luck.”
– Hillary Lombardi

“I’m running my first 5K for charity today and will be wearing my Red Wings shirt. You guys are my inspiration to work hard and give back. Keep up the great work! I’ll be rooting all the way from Florida for you tonight.
– Sarah Payne, Tampa

“If a two goal lead in hockey is considered the worst lead you could have, imagine how uncomfortable a two game lead must feel? If we win tonight, all of the pressure is on them. They’re not going to keep getting every bounce.”
– Justin Giersdorf

“Just wanted to let you know that I’m over here in Turkey rooting you on! Haven’t been able to watch a lot of the games this season, but when AFN does show them, I am glued to the TV.”
– Joe Gratson


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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