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Three Questions: Wings-Blues

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

Wednesday, 10.22.2008 / 11:38 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blues
How did the Red Wings win?

To put it simply, the Red Wings beat the Blues because they won the special teams battle.  Coming into the contest, the Blues were converting on the power play on over 40% of their chances.  Detroit was 2-of-3 on the man advantage tonight, with goals from Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom.  St. Louis was 2-of-5.  But the most important special teams stat?  The fact that the Red Wings held the Blues at bay at the end of the game, when defenseman Brad Stuart was in the box for roughing.  Stopping the NHL’s best power play unit at the most important part of the game was the key in the 4-3 win.

Who was the star of the game?


Holmstrom gets the nod tonight, because he’s not going to show up on the score sheet as much as he should.  He scored the second goal of the game on a beautiful passing play with his linemates Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa, but he also should get credit for the next Detroit tally.  On a Red Wings’ power play, he was screening goaltender Manny Legace so well that he didn’t even see Lidstrom unleash a rocket from the point.  Without Homer in front, Legace would make a routine save on a shot from the blue line, and the Wings wouldn’t have a commanding 3-0 lead.

What was the save of the game?

Save of the game goes to Ty Conklin, who displayed his flexibility in the first period.  After a turnover, St. Louis forward Andy McDonald walked in on Conklin, and fired a pass cross-crease.  Lee Stempniak tried to bang home the ‘gimme’ goal, but Conklin did the splits, spraying out his right leg to rob Stempniak of a sure goal.  The save kept the game tied at 0-0 early, and a few minutes later the Wings took the early lead.

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