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Three Questions: Red Wings-Maple Leafs

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

Friday, 10.3.2008 / 11:20 AM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Red Wings-Maple Leafs

So Nick, how’s the nose?

Most people would have a little trouble getting back onto the ice after taking a puck to the face and suffering a broken nose, but not Nick Lidstrom.  The Red Wings’ captain returned to the Joe Louis Arena ice sporting a new visor, but it didn’t interfere with his Norris Trophy-winning skills.  Lidstrom sent a friendly message to Hockeytown fans everywhere that he’s feeling okay when he blasted a one-timer past goaltender Vesa Toskala to give the Red Wings the early lead.  He was the first defenseman out on the penalty kill, and he fired off crisp passes all across the ice the entire game.

Who’s going to fill in for Cheli?

With defenseman Chris Chelios out three to six weeks with a broken tibia, the Red Wings have a roster spot open on defense.  To fill Chelios’ spot, coach Mike Babcock is probably looking at Kyle Quincey or Derek Meech.  My money’s on Meech, who played in 32 games with the Red Wings last season.  Meech recorded 19:04 worth of ice time in Friday night’s 5-3 Detroit win, and he shared the point with Mikael Samuelsson on the second powerplay unit.  He should be seeing ice time with the Red Wings at points this season.

What was the lucky break of the night?

The Red Wings caught a break early in the game, when the Maple Leafs’ Jason Blake found himself with the puck all alone in the Detroit slot.  The Leafs moved the puck around after a broken play, and Blake walked in slowly on goaltender Ty Conklin.  Lucky for Conklin, the puck struck metal, and the crossbar kept out a goal that would have given Toronto a much too early lead.


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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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
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14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
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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
 
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J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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