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Three Questions: Wings-Canadiens

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' preseason opener

Wednesday, 09.24.2008 / 10:07 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Canadiens
Who impressed most in his first game with the Red Wings?

The additions of forward Marian Hossa and goalie Ty Conklin made headlines this summer, but bringing in Finnish left wing Ville Leino may pay large dividends for the Red Wings. Leino looked more like a veteran NHL forward then a European league player getting his first taste of the North American brand of hockey. He showed poise and skill from all areas of the rink, from creating a scoring chance for linemate Justin Abdelkader while behind the net in the first period, to nearly splitting the Montreal defense with his stickhandling skills multiple times throughout the game. The 24-year-old racked up more than 14 minutes of ice time, recorded three shots, and finished with one assist. Most importantly, Leino got the ball rolling on the Red Wings’ second goal, playing catch with defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to set up a clear shot and a rebound goal for Abdelkader. He also showed that he wasn’t afraid of the physical style of play, skating through checks and fighting for loose pucks in the corners and in front of the net – the two roughest areas of ice.

Will Ty Conklin be able to hold onto the role as Chris Osgood’s back-up?

It’s no secret that newly-acquired Conklin has Wings prospect Jimmy Howard breathing down his neck in the fight for a regular spot on the Detroit roster. And to be perfectly honest, Conklin didn’t get a chance to prove himself in his first game wearing the winged wheel. The former Penguin split the opening pre-season game with Howard, which means he only played 29 minutes, and 29 minutes behind the Red Wings defense doesn’t mean a lot of shots. Conklin faced only five shots in the first period, and only three in his half of the second, with only a few being quality shots on goal. His lone goal against won’t be held against him, either. Montreal created a 4-2 opportunity coming in on Conklin, and with a nice display of passing set up a one-timer for Matt D’Agostini that would give any goaltender trouble.

How did Marian Hossa look with new linemates, Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom?

Just because I didn’t pick Hossa as the standout newcomer doesn’t mean he didn’t impress in his first game donning Red Wings’ colors. The superstar right winger looked right at home on the Wings’ top line for the preseason opener, creating multiple scoring chances and moving the puck in the creative ways expected when playing with the likes of Datsyuk and Holmstrom. The trio headed up the top power play unit, and posted the first goal of the contest while with the man-advantage. Hossa showed off his rocket of a shot in the first period, nearly beating goaltender Carey Price high glove side, and kept good control of the puck in high traffic areas.


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  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