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Three Questions: Wings-Senators

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' first road game

Saturday, 10.11.2008 / 10:19 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Senators
Is the monkey off the Red Wings’ back?

With a bounce off a shin, Detroit’s quest to repeat is underway.  Johan Franzen’s goal at 18:43 of the third period capped off a comeback win for the Red Wings, giving them the all-important first win of the season.  Franzen took matters into his own hands, tallying both the game-tying and game-winning goals; helping Detroit shake off the slight rust buildup from the summer in the process.  The first win of the season is always the hardest, and I expect that Franzen’s antics have gotten the ball rolling for the rest of his teammates.  The Red Wings have too much offensive power to be held at bay, and now that they’ve gotten that first strike, they’re going to be hard to stop.

What was the goal of the game?


I’m going with Johan Franzen’s first goal of the night, coming at the halfway point of the second period.  I’m not only choosing this goal because of the sniper-like accuracy of Franzen’s wrist shot over goaltender Martin Gerber’s shoulder, but because of Nicklas Lidstrom’s vision.  Lidstrom caught the Senators in a line change, and fired the puck up to Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg, who were both anxiously awaiting a possible odd-man break.  Zetterberg sent a touch pass over to ‘Mule’, and he walked in on the left wing and made it count, changing the game in the Red Wings’ favor.  Without Lidstrom’s pass, the Wings could have been at the losing end Saturday night.

What was the best save of the game?


Goaltender Chris Osgood kept the game tied at one apiece in the second period, when Ottawa forward Nick Filigno walked out into the slot and flipped it towards the Red Wings’ goal.  The puck ricocheted off defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who was standing at the right post, and started heading into the net.  Osgood reached back, knocked it out of the air, then cleared it from the crease – just one of his 20 saves in the 3-2 road win.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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 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