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Three Questions: Wings-Predators

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 63rd game

Saturday, 02.28.2009 / 10:25 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Predators
What went wrong?

The Red Wings came out for Saturday’s game unprepared for the Predators’ home attack, and they paid for it. Nashville took advantage of costly turnovers and some strange bounces to jump to a big early lead. Chris Osgood replaced Ty Conklin midway through the first period. He gave up four goals on nine shots. But he shouldn't shoulder the blame for the loss; the Wings did a poor job of clearing away rebounds, which resulted in two of the goals.

The Wings also ran into a hot goaltender in Pekka Rinne, who has stolen the starting job from Dan Ellis. Rinne turned aside 30 shots in blanking Detroit. To make matters worse, the Red Wings didn’t have a single power-play opportunity until the halfway mark of the third period.

Where do the Wings go from here?

The important thing to remember is that it’s only one game. FS Detroti color analyst Mickey Redmond summed it up best during the game when he said it was time to, “Wipe the slate clean and start over tomorrow”. The San Jose Sharks also lost Saturday -- in Montreal -- so the Wings didn’t lose any ground in the standings. Detroit has a few days to rest and recollect their thoughts, and such an experienced squad should be able to put this game behind them.

Who are the Wings looking at next?

The Wings have back-to-back road games in St. Louis and Denver starting on Tuesday. Detroit beat St. Louis, 4-3 in a shootout, in their last meeting, and they dropped a 6-5 overtime thriller to Colorado.

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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
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80