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Three Questions: Wings-Blackhawks

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

Saturday, 10.25.2008 / 11:53 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blackhawks
What was the turning point of the game?

With the Blackhawks up 4-2 going into the third period, the Wings were looking at an uphill climb.  The game was looking out of reach until Niklas Kronwall answered for the Red Wings.  The Detroit defenseman fielded a pass from Valtteri Filppula at the point, and skated to the left side of the blue line.  Kronwall let a wrist shot go, and it managed to navigate through the traffic in front of the Chicago goal to find the back of the net. Only a minute later, Pavel Datsyuk scored, and there was no looking back for the Wings.

Who needs to step up in the absence of Johan Franzen?


During the second period of tonight’s game, Johan Franzen collided with Chicago defenseman Brent Sopel during a line change, and the big forward went to the ice, clutching his knee.  He didn’t return, and Dan Cleary and Jiri Hudler shared time filling his spot on the wing with Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson.

If Franzen misses any games, Cleary is going to have to step up for the Red Wings.  Zetterberg’s line is successful partially due to Franzen’s physical presence; he’s able to muck it up in the corners and handle the dirty work in front of the opposing goal.  It won’t be easy to find a replacement for Mule’s knack of finding the back of the net, but if Cleary can bring his grittiness to the line and contribute a bit offensively, they’ll be just fine.

What was the goal of the night?


The line of Datsyuk, Marian Hossa, and Tomas Holmstrom contributed the goal of the game again, just like last night.  Only this time, it was Datsyuk on the finish, and not Hossa.  In the third period, Datsyuk dished the puck down to Hossa, who was at the bottom of the right circle.  Hossa fed it back to Datsyuk in front of the net, with a pass under defenseman Brent Seabrook’s stick.  Datsyuk cut to the left post, but left the puck behind him.  He then proceeded to reach around goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin with only his top hand on the stick, and poked the puck into the gaping net, which also happened to be the tying goal in the Detroit comeback. 

The shootout goals were almost as good, however.  Datsyuk’s fake stickhandling, with his stick moving back and forth above the puck, was definitely unique.  And Hossa’s clinching goal, where he walked in and ripped a slap shot, was the perfect way to finish out the win.


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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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