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Three Questions: Wings-Capitals

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 49th game

Saturday, 01.31.2009 / 3:24 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Capitals
Who was the star of the afternoon?

Ville Leino made his NHL debut Saturday afternoon, and he scored the game’s best goal in the first period.  Leino, who signed with the Wings last spring, skated with Marian Hossa and Pavel Datsyuk, and he had no problems fitting in with his superstar linemates.  With just under two minutes remaining in the opening period, Leino grabbed a bounce pass from Datsyuk, and raced to the Washington goal.  The 25-year-old was cut off in his drive to the cage, so he pulled a quick toe drag, and ended up spinning around so his back was facing goaltender Jose Theodore.  It didn’t stop Leino from scoring however; the former Finnish Elite League star scored on a backhand wraparound shot, beating Theodore low with a surprising shot.

Leino looked like an NHL regular throughout the contest.  He skated for 12:20 on 16 shifts, and picked up two hits to accompany his one-for-one shooting percentage.  Leino controlled the puck along the boards well, and his puckhandling and passing skills allowed him to excel with Datsyuk and Hossa.  His performance shouldn’t be a surprise; coach Mike Babcock said that Leino was the best player he had ever had to send down to the minors at the beginning of the season.

How did Justin Abdelkader look?

Former MSU Spartan Justin Abdelkader got his first chance with the Red Wings today as well.  Abdelkader, who was called up yesterday when the Red Wings reassigned Aaron Downey, centered the third line with Jiri Hudler and Dan Cleary.  Abdelkader was able to display his speed and grit throughout the contest.  He skated for 9:25, and he picked up two hits, two shots, and won both face-offs he took.  Abdelkader, along with Leino, is not far off from finding a permanent home on an NHL roster. 

What went wrong?


Leino and Abdelkader were able to get into the line-up because the Wings are banged up.  Henrik Zetterberg missed his second straight game, and Tomas Holmstrom missed the trip to Washington.  Hudler was questionable for the game, after his foot was so swollen that he couldn’t practice yesterday, but he made it into the line-up for today’s game.  Needless to say, the Red Wings are having trouble adjusting to looking at a different roster every game.  Once healthy, the Wings will be able to find more consistency between their lines, and they will be a very difficult team to stop.

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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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
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
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80