Detroit Red Wings presented by AT&T
2015-16 Ticket Plans Available Follow @DetroitRedWings on Twitter! Follow the Red Wings on Facebook! Follow @DetroitRedWings on Instagram! Follow the Red Wings of YouTube! Follow DetroitRedWings on Periscope! Follow the Red Wings on Vine! Follow the Red Wings on Google +! Follow OfficialDRW on Snapchat! Follow the Red Wings on Pinterest! Follow the Red Wings on Tumblr! Get Red Wings Email Updates Get Red Wings Text Updates Get the Detroit Red Wings Official Mobile App

  • RSS

Three Questions: Wings-Islanders'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
Share with your Friends

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.


H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38 is the official Web site of the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit Red Wings and are trademarks of the Detroit Red Wings. NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and Original Six is a trademark of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Detroit Red Wings and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.
© NHL 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Advertise/SponsorshipsOlympia Entertainment | Code of Conduct | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Employment | Contact Us | Terms of Use | Site Map