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Three Questions: Wings-Blackhawks

DRW.com analyzes the Wings' 82nd game

Sunday, 04.12.2009 / 4:32 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blackhawks
Who were the Wings missing Sunday afternoon?

It was the last game of the season Sunday against Chicago, and the Red Wings second place spot in the Western Conference was firmly locked in.  So coach Mike Babcock figured it was about time his leader on the ice got a break.  Babcock gave captain Nicklas Lidstrom the day off, allowing the Wings’ leader to rest before the playoffs begin on Wednesday (the Wings might start on Thursday).   Joining Lidstrom on the list of players not dressing were forwards Marian Hossa and Kris Draper.  What it meant for the Wings was that they were missing a defenseman who eats up 25 minutes or more, a forward who has scored 40 goals this season, and the Wings’ best face-off man.  All of the contributions previously mentioned were sorely missed Sunday afternoon.  The good news for the Wings is that Lidstrom is healthy, and Draper (day-to-day with an upper-body injury) and Hossa (sore groin) are both expected to be back by the start of the playoffs.

What went wrong?


The Wings struggled on the special teams Sunday afternoon.   Detroit went 0-4 on the power-play, including failing to score on a five-on-three advantage for 1:04 in the first period.  The Blackhawks scored one goal on three power-play opportunities.  The Wings also ran into a hot goaltender in Nikolai Khabibulin, who stopped 37 shots for the shutout.  Khabibulin, who is competing with Cristobal Huet for the starting job in the playoffs, kept the Wings from building any momentum throughout the contest with some big saves.

What’s next?


The Wings will spend the next few days preparing for the 2009 NHL Playoffs, and they are guaranteed home ice in the first two rounds.  However, they don’t know who they are playing against yet.  It will be either Columbus or Anaheim, depending on the results of the St. Louis vs. Colorado game, which starts at 5 p.m. EST.   If St. Louis picks up a point, they will move into the sixth spot in the West, moving Columbus down to seventh to face the Wings.  If the Avalanche defeat the Blues in regulation, then the Wings will square off against the Ducks.  Be sure to check out detroitredwings.com for all your playoff information.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89