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Three Questions: Wings-Leafs

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

Thursday, 10.9.2008 / 9:57 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Leafs
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1. What was the best part of the opening celebration?

Yes, the new banner went up. Yes, Dallas Drake and Dominik Hasek were back in town.  And yes, the Stanley Cup made an appearance. But to me, the best part was the eruption that occurred when Steve Yzerman stepped onto the red carpet as the Wings front office was introduced to the sell-out crowd. As former Red Wings great Johnny Wilson told me earlier, “the fans here in Detroit are wonderful; they put all their athletes here on a pedestal.” And if there was a real pedestal to measure with, Yzerman’s would tower right next to all the other greats this city has been fortunate enough to watch over eight decades of Red Wings’ hockey.

Honorable mention goes to Chris Chelios, for skating out, with a broken leg, in his full equipment for the banner ceremony. Talk about toughness; Cheli’s a poster boy for the physical side of hockey. 

2. Who’s going to have a breakout season?

It might seem like an obvious choice, but I’m choosing Jiri Hudler. The 24-year-old was on the starting line up for tonight’s game, skating on the right side with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen. Playing right wing on a line with Hank and the Mule is guaranteed points, but Hudler was poised for a big year either way, after watching his post-season performance last year. The Czech forward had 14 points last spring, and he’s entering only his third full year at the NHL level, which means he’s only going to get better.

3. Who spoiled the party?

Credit needs to go to Toronto coach Ron Wilson, whose forechecking strategy forced turnovers deep in the Red Wings’ end. Wilson’s troops also stayed out of the box, keeping Detroit’s offensive attack at bay. With the exception of Jamal Mayer’s delay of game call with 30-seconds left, the Leafs committed only two penalties in 59:30 worth of hockey – impressive for a team on the backend of an all-out attack throughout the game. Tomas Holmstrom notched both his goals on those two power plays, showing how important it is for teams to stay out of the box against the Wings.

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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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