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Three Questions: Wings-Kings

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 44th game

Friday, 01.16.2009 / 1:03 AM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Kings
How did the Wings win this one?

The Wings picked up their second win in as many nights with a big 4-0 win over Los Angeles Thursday night.  They were able to come away with a victory on no rest because everybody chipped in.  The Kings held the Wings top unit off the scoresheet, but the Wings’ grinders were waiting to pick up the slack.  Detroit’s forth line of Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, and Tomas Kopecky had a big night on the scoresheet, with Maltby and Draper coming away with a goal and assist and Kopecky picking up one helper.  To be successful over the course of an 82-game schedule, all the forwards need to chip in some points when the top line sometimes can’t get it done.  Maltby and Draper had exceptional performances, and it was the first time since 2004 that both of them had a two-point night in the same game.

What was the save of the game?

Goaltender Ty Conklin announced very early on that he was going to give the Kings’ scorers fits on their home ice.  In the first big scoring chance of the game, LA’s two top scoring threats in Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar came in with the puck, looking to take the early lead.  Kopitar hit Brown with a pass right on the left side of Conklin’s crease for a redirect shot that looked to be heading into the back of the net.  Conklin had other ideas in mind, doing the splits to kick out his leg and deny Brown of a sure goal.  A few minutes later, Maltby scored, and the game was soon out of reach for LA.  Conklin made 23 saves on the evening to capture his fifth shutout of the season, and first in the road, but one of his first stops of the game won the game.

What was the goal-scoring trend in the big win?

The Wings had a lot of fun looking for back-door passes in their 4-0 win.  Detroit was able to control the puck and the flow of play easily, especially in their offensive zone.  Being able to control the play in the LA end allowed the Wings to look around for ideal passes, one of which being the ‘back-door pass’, where a player waits on the far post behind the goalie for a redirect goal into a wide-open net.  First it was Johan Franzen’s goal, when the Mule took a cross-crease feed from Henrik Zetterberg.  Then it was Jiri Hudler hitting Mikael Samuelsson as he snuck out from behind the goal to wait next to the post.  Goals like Franzen’s and Samuelsson’s mean that the offense is clicking right down to coach Mike Babcock’s playbook.


SCHEDULE

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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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