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Three Questions: Wings-Islanders

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 75th game

Friday, 03.27.2009 / 10:14 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Islanders
Who was the star of the night?

A former Red Wing returned to Joe Louis Arena on Friday, and he had a great game. Goalie Joey MacDonald turned away 42 shots to get the win against his former club. It was also MacDonald’s first career shutout. The Wings pressed in the third period, but the combination of MacDonald and the posts surrounding him stopped the comeback attempt; Detroit hit at least four posts in the third period alone.

What went wrong?

MacDonald helped the Islanders shut down the best power play in the game. The Islanders gave the Wings opportunities throughout the contest, starting 27 seconds in. The Red Wings went 0-6 on the power play. The power-play problems should start to be a concern; the Wings have struggled on the man-advantage of late.
 
They scored three power-play goals against Calgary on March 12, and have struggled ever since.  In their last seven games, the Wings’ man-advantage unit is only 2-for-29. But with all the offensive firepower coach Mike Babcock has to work with, the power play should right itself before the playoffs begin.

What’s next?

The Wings will take another stab at earning their 50th win of the season on Sunday, when they take on their Central Division rivals, the Nashville Predators. Puck drops at 5 p.m. EDT. Detroit will attempt to become the third franchise in NHL history to earn four straight 50-win seasons, joining Montreal and Boston. The Wings also will continue the battle between the Bruins and San Jose for the top record in the NHL, in the quest to win their seventh Presidents’ Trophy.

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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