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Three Questions: Wings-Canadiens

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

Tuesday, 09.30.2008 / 1:20 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Canadiens
Are the Red Wings going to be healthy when the banner goes up?

A slapshot to the lower leg has veteran defenseman Chris Chelios joining an injured list that the Red Wings are not feeling too good about.  Captain Nick Lidstrom is still out of the line-up from the broken nose he suffered in the first preseason game.  Top line center Pavel Datsyuk is still tending to a sore groin, which means he isn’t getting any practice time with his new linemate Marian Hossa.  Forward Darren Helm crashed into the boards, cutting open his face, but fortunately he returned shortly.

I’m not sure how hurt Chelios is yet, but needless to say, the Red Wings need to get healthy quick, or their depth will be tested sooner than anybody hoped.

Could this game be a preview of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final?


I won’t say anything to jinx Detroit’s chances, but I will say that Montreal is one of the heavy favorites coming out of the Eastern Conference this season.  Judging from what we’ve seen from two shootout thrillers this preseason, I don’t blame the experts who think the Canadiens might have a little icing on the cake while they celebrate the franchise’s century mark.

Montreal will continue their ascent to the top of the Eastern Conference (they topped the regular season standings last year) provided that their superstar sophomore goaltender Carey Price plays the way he is capable of.  He cracked the line-up last year and the Canadiens had no choice but to keep putting him in the crease.  He had the play of the game Tuesday night, when a Brian Rafalski slapshot deflected up and floated over the young goalkeeper.  Price spun and reached backwards with his stick, swatting the puck, which was higher than the crossbar, away from a gaping net and an anxiously-awaiting Tomas Holmstrom – just one of his 28 saves in the 2-1 shootout win for Montreal.

How strong is Marian Hossa?

I’d love to throw the guy onto the squat machines and see how much weight he can handle.  He’s listed at 210 pounds, which is pretty sturdy, but doesn’t do him justice.  I’ve heard people label him as ‘soft’, and they’re dead wrong.  In the first two minutes of the game, Hossa cut across from the wing to center, just inside the blue line, and big Montreal defenseman Mike Komisarek decided to catch the speedy winger unprepared.  The end result?  Komisarek picking himself up off the ice.  A few minutes later, it was Ryan O’Bryne taking his chance on Hossa.  Same result.  Soft?  I don’t think so.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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