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Three Questions: Wings-Canucks

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

Thursday, 10.16.2008 / 10:18 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Canucks
What was the best part of the night?

The Wings-Canucks game was a great, down-to-the-wire match-up, complete with lots of face washes in front of both nets. But the best part was the tribute to Alex Delvecchio, whose statue was unveiled prior to the game. I had the privilege of speaking with the former Red Wings’ captain after the pre-game ceremony, and let me tell you, he’s one of the nicest people you could ever meet.  The Hockeytown crowd’s roar when he took the ice for the opening face-off ceremony was great to hear, and well deserved for Delvecchio, a three-time Stanley Cup champion and Lady Byng Trophy winner.

What happened to the puck-luck?
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One of Mike Babcock’s favorite terms, puck-luck, wasn’t on the Wings' side today. Goalie Chris Osgood needs to have a talk with the boards behind him, because they weren’t helping him much tonight. The Canucks' first goal was basically an off-the-backboard alley-oop, with Alex Burrows’ shot bouncing off the end boards, around the net, to a wide-open Jannik Hensen waiting on the other side. The game ended the same way, with the puck redirecting off the boards right on to the anxiously awaiting stick of Burrows.

How did Darren Helm look after being called up?

Helm, who played in 18 post-season games last spring, isn’t your average AHL call-up. The 21-year-old center is not on the Wings’ NHL roster only because of team depth, not because of a lack of skill on Helm’s part. He looked good in his first game back with the big league club, skating for 7:04 worth of ice time and finishing with an even plus/minus. He had his fair share of chances though, including when he actually jumped around defenseman Sami Salo and got a good shot on goal. Moments later, he used his terrific speed to chase down the Vancouver defense on their breakout, pick someone’s pocket, and then create another scoring chance which resulted in a Vancouver penalty.


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  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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