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Three Questions: Wings-Thrashers

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' fourth preseason game

Friday, 09.26.2008 / 9:48 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Thrashers
Are any line formations taking shape?

Where does everybody go?  That question might be the biggest on Red Wings coach Mike Babcock’s to-do list heading into the regular season opener on October 9.  The Red Wings have an overflow of talent, and some line-juggling will be in order.  But early line choices in the pre-season seem to indicate that Babcock might have his mind made up for his top two lines.  Newcomer Marian Hossa has been skating with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom, while tonight’s game has showcased Henrik Zetterberg centering Johan Franzen and Jiri Hudler.  Babcock has said that he wants Hudler (who picked up two assists tonight) to be on the top two lines, and it looks like he might be skating with the big guns when the Wings take on Toronto in their quest to repeat.

Is Chris Osgood going to be able to stay awake between the pipes?

Judging from tonight’s game (which, mind you, is still just pre-season), Ozzie might want to load up on energy drinks before the opening face-offs this season.  In the first period, he saw two shots from Atlanta.  In the second, he saw four.  In the third, he saw seven, which means he faced only 13 shots in the 4-0 win.  Credit the Red Wings puck-possession style of play and stellar defense in front of Osgood for keeping the puck away from the Detroit crease.  And if there’s any goalie in the league that’s mentally prepared for staying focused while the puck lives in the other end, it’s Osgood (he should be used to it by now).

Is Darren Helm going to make the opening night roster?

After only seven regular season games last year, Helm exploded onto the scene in the postseason, working his way into 18 playoff games.  However, with how deep the Red Wings are, a roster spot for the speedy center isn’t a lock.  He’s making his case though, especially with a good performance in tonight’s game.  Helm picked up the primary assist on Ville Leino’s goal to give the Red Wings the early lead, which they never gave up.  The native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, played for 16:54, and demonstrated his versatility by spending 2:53 of his ice time killing penalties.  He also drew a penalty on a breakaway he created with his blazing speed that he nearly scored on.  

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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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59