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Three Questions: Wings-Devils

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 13th game

Saturday, 11.8.2008 / 9:45 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Devils
Chris Osgood made a difference-making save on Devils left wing Patrik Elias in the second period of Saturday's game. (Photo by Dave Reginek)
What was the turning point of the game?

Chris Osgood’s save on Patrick Elias during the second period possibly won the game for the Red Wings. With the Devils on a power play at the time, Elias took a feed from the point, and redirected it in towards a wide-open net for a sure goal. Osgood, however, had another idea, diving back to the center of the crease to knock the puck down, and then jumped on the frozen rubber as it was about to roll into the goal. Instead of scoring, Elias knocked the net off it moorings, and Osgood received a standing ovation from the Joe Louis Arena crowd.

Besides the shot itself, what went into Marian Hossa’s second goal?

When you see Marian Hossa’s second goal of the night on highlight shows Sunday morning, you will see him walk in and beat goaltender Kevin Weekes all by himself. But Hossa never would have recorded his eighth goal of the season without his linemates Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom, who both played important roles on the play.
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Datsyuk started the play by using his stickhandling skills to get the puck out of the zone, and onto Hossa’s stick. After a quick maneuver around a New Jersey forechecker, Datsyuk sent a backhand saucer pass across two lines to Hossa. The newest Red Wing spun to catch the puck – turning, skating backwards, fielding the puck, then transitioning back to rush the puck into the Devils’ zone.

Holmstrom’s actions on the play were just as significant to the goal. As Hossa crossed the blue line, Homer crashed the net, which did two things. One, he drew a New Jersey defenseman over to him, which created an open lane for Hossa to skate in on. Two, he caught the attention of the goaltender. Coaches always instruct defensemen to take the player without the puck on a two-on-one, and have the goalie pay attention to the shooter.  But when you have Holmstrom charging at the net like a bull, it’s hard to stay focused on the other guy.

The end result is another goal for Hossa, but it never would have happened without his fellow forwards.

What went wrong for the Devils?

The problems for the Devils start from the crease outward. With the loss of future hall-of-famer Martin Brodeur, their rock-solid defense is starting to look shaky. Weekes not only let in three goals, but mishandled a lot of long shots and rebounds, which contributes to a lack of confidence for any team. Hossa’s first goal was a great shot, but Weekes should have been covering the post much closer, which would have kept the shot out. The early goal was a backbreaker for the Devils, and they never recovered.

 

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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