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Three Questions: Wings-Kings

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 62nd game

Friday, 02.27.2009 / 10:08 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Kings
How did Kirk Maltby celebrate his big night?

Forward Kirk Maltby doesn’t normally start a hockey game alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.  But Friday night was anything but normal for Maltby, as he celebrated his 1,000th career NHL game against the Kings.  Coach Mike Babcock put him up on the top line for the first shift of the contest before he joined his usual linemates Kris Draper and Tomas Kopecky for the rest of the contest.  At the first stoppage in play, public address announcer Budd Lynch congratulated Maltby, which was followed by a standing ovation from the Hockeytown faithful.

Maltby made arguably the play of the night to top it off.  During the second period, with the Wings clinging to an early lead, Kings forward Patrick O’Sullivan found himself alone with the puck standing to the right of goaltender Chris Osgood.  As he wound up to shoot it past a sprawling Osgood, Maltby got his stick in front of the puck, and redirected what looked like a sure goal up over the Detroit goal.  It kept the Wings ahead, and they never relinquished their lead.  Maltby played just over 10 minutes in the contest, and finished plus-one.


How did Chris Osgood look in his first game back?

There appeared to be more rust on Osgood’s helmet then his goaltending abilities.  The game was halted just a few minutes in so Osgood get his helmet back into working condition, but from then on, there were few flaws in his game.  Osgood turned aside 30 shots in the 41st win for the Wings.  He played his angles to perfection, coming out whenever he could to give the Kings’ scorers nothing to shoot at.

Who filled in for injured Marian Hossa?

When a team loses their leading goal-scorer, somebody needs to step up to assume the role.  The Wings got that and more with who lit up the right light Friday night.  Defenseman Derek Meech cracked the scoreless tie in the second period when he recorded his second goal of the season.  Ville Leino, who filled in for Hossa on a line with Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula, wrapped the puck around the net, dumping a shot towards goaltender Jonathan Quick.  The initial shot didn’t get past him, but a charging Meech found the rebound and flipped it into the Los Angeles goal.

The Wings capitalized on a mistake from Quick early in the third period.  The Los Angeles netminder failed to field a Wings’ dump in, and the puck ended up on Filppula’s stick.  He quickly dished the puck to Tomas Kopecky, who was waiting on the right post to bank a shot off Quick and into the goal for his fourth 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 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