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Three Questions: Wings-Predators'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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