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Three Questions: Wings-Panthers

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 16th game

Friday, 11.14.2008 / 10:27 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Panthers
What was the turning point of the game?

Johan Franzen recorded the game-winning goal (again) Friday night, but he owes a thank you to his teammate Pavel Datsyuk.  Without Datsyuk’s play in the corner just moments before, the Wings wouldn’t have the powerplay that Franzen capitalized on.  After fetching the puck in the Florida end, Datsyuk used his all-world stickhandling skills to toe-drag around Jassen Cullimore, then spin around him, which forced Cullimore into taking a hooking penalty.  On the ensuing powerplay, Franzen tipped in a Niklas Kronwall slap shot, breaking the 2-2 tie, and the Wings preserved the lead.

Datsyuk showed yet again why he is such a force down low, with his hands and leg strength.  Even if he doesn’t score, the impact he holds on a game is tremendous, as proven with the penalty he drew.  Oh yes, and he drew another hooking call only 43 seconds after the Franzen goal, which helped the Wings keep their momentum rolling.  His ability to draw penalties is just as important as how many times he finds himself on the score sheet.

Who was the player of the game?


And Marian Hossa steals the show once again.  The Carhartt Trophy winner for hardest-working player of the month in October is continuing to roll in November.  He scored two goals Friday, bumping his numbers up to ten goals and 23 points on the season.  Hossa also ate up some minutes for the Detroit forwards, playing for 19:12 and killing penalties while he was at it.

What’s the best part of a road trip through Florida?

The Wings have a great fan base throughout North America, but it was impressive to see so many fans coming out to support the Winged Wheel this week.  In the Tampa Bay game, Detroit fans could be heard on the television broadcast cheering ‘let’s go Red Wings’ before the puck even dropped, and they were just as loud Friday in Sunrise.  It was also pretty impressive to see how many people in red and white jumped up when Brad Stuart flattened Richard Zednik in the third period.

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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