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Three Questions: Wings-Sharks

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

Friday, 10.31.2008 / 9:08 AM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Sharks
What led to the Marian Hossa goal?

The Red Wings came flying out of the gate in the second period, and tallied the first goal of the contest when Marian Hossa scored from the face-off dot only 35 seconds into the period.  However, Hossa needs to thank his linemates Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom for their forechecking on the play.  The trio rushed into the San Jose zone and caused some chaos, with Holmstrom jarring the puck loose near the right boards.  Hossa picked up the puck and whipped it towards the San Jose goal, beating goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

Who was the best player on the ice for Detroit?


The final score isn’t a fair measurement for how goaltender Ty Conklin performed between the pipes Thursday night.  The Detroit goaltender kept his team in the game in the first period, when San Jose peppered him with 12 shots in the first 20 minutes.  In the second period, he fell victim to multiple one-timers, a goalie’s worst nightmare.  You can’t blame Conklin, who made 29 saves, for the loss, because he kept the Wings within reach for as long as he could.

What went wrong?

I think all the long games have caught up to the Red Wings.  They’re in the midst of a road trip that brought them all the way across the country, and they haven’t been making it any easier on themselves.  In the first 10 games of the season for Detroit, five of them went to overtime.  Prior to the Sharks contest, the Wings skated to a regulation tie in three straight games.  All the extra ice time and a drastic time change can’t be easy on a hockey team.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
4 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 49 25 17 7 126 122 57
10 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
11 CAR 52 23 21 8 124 138 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 53 20 28 5 133 167 45

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89