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Three Questions: Wings-Sharks

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 45th game

Sunday, 01.18.2009 / 1:35 AM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Sharks
Did the game live up to the hype? 

Whenever the top two teams in the Western Conference collide, there will be lots of attention from the hockey world.  The Wings and the Sharks did not disappoint, assembling a thrilling 60 minutes. The Wings weren’t able to come out on top, but it was still a great game to watch.  The two teams combined for nine goals, 67 hits, and 12 penalties; the game was fast-paced, hard-hitting, and full of lead changes.  In my opinion, a rivalry is brewing between Detroit and San Jose, and the possibility of a playoff series in a few months is very intriguing.  Whenever you have superstars like Marian Hossa and Joe Thornton exchanging words, and hits being thrown everywhere on the ice, you’re in for some good hockey.  Saturday’s game was one of the most compelling of the 2008-09 season.

What went wrong?


The loss of Johan Franzen was quite a blow to the Wings line-up Saturday night.  After being involved in the five-penalty altercation at the end of the second period, it was announced at the start of the third that Franzen would not be returning, due to a lower-body injury.  The game was the type that ‘The Mule’ thrives on – fast and physical.  Without one of their biggest forwards in the line-up, goal scoring became a little bit more difficult for Detroit.  It also forced coach Mike Babcock to juggle the forward lines at the most important time of the game, which is never easy.  Franzen had one goal in three shots on 11:37 worth of ice time through the first two periods, and his strong presence in front of the net and the corners was missed in the third.

Who was the Wings’ player of the game?


Hossa turned in yet another impressive performance for Hockeytown Saturday night.  The winger had a goal and two assists while eating up 20:15 worth of ice time.  Hossa fired eight shots towards the San Jose goal, and he also threw five hits throughout the game.  His goal was another display of his hockey smarts and quick shot.  He scored on the power play resulting in a penalty that he drew, using his speed in the neutral zone to force defenseman Douglas Murray to hold him up.  He then went to work on the man-advantage, sneaking away from Mike Grier to get open in the slot.  After drifting away from the coverage, Hossa took a Pavel Datsyuk pass and blasted right past goaltender Evgeni Nabokov for his 22nd goal of the season.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59