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Three Questions: Wings-Oilers

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 17th game

Monday, 11.17.2008 / 10:18 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Oilers
Did someone say shutout?

Goaltender Ty Conklin sure did enjoy $1 Hot Dog Night at Joe Louis Arena. Facing off against one of his former clubs, Conklin was solid, en route to a 21-save shutout. He was the centerpiece on a Detroit penalty kill that held its ground early, killing off a five-on-three to preserve a 1-0 lead in the first period. He fought through the traffic in front of his net, even taking matters into his own hands when he cleared the path himself with a cross-checking penalty. Conklin played the role of Red Wings’ netminder to perfection Monday, keeping focused for extended periods of time where he saw no shots, and turning everything away when he saw a short flurry. Anytime a goaltender does all that right, and he’s going to walk away with a victory, just like Conklin did in his first home win with his new team. Not a bad way to celebrate the birth of his newborn son, Nash, with a fifth career shutout. 

Who does Ty Conklin need to thank for the Wings’ first shutout of the season?

The Red Wings’ defensive corps had a stellar performance Monday at both ends of the ice. Niklas Kronwall scored the game’s first goal and sacrificed the body for multiple blocked shots on the big five-on-three penalty kill in the first. Brett Lebda set-up the Wings’ second goal with a nifty between-the-legs pass to Mikael Samuelsson. Brian Rafalski’s ability to hold the puck in on the opposing blue line helped Detroit find its way to a five-on-three power play, and a goal right after. Andreas Lilja played an integral part on the penalty kill that was a perfect five-for-five, and recorded an assist on the Jiri Hudler goal. Brad Stuart fired two shots on goal, and picked up the primary assist on Johan Franzen’s goal. And last but certainly not least, captain Nicklas Lidstrom held down the fort, eating up 23:39 worth of ice time, 5:22 of which was spent on the penalty kill.

Who took a beating Monday night?

Tomas Holmstrom’s going to be spending a lot of time in the ice bath. The big winger spent his usual amount of time out in front of the Edmonton net, and took the usual beating along with it. But he did what he does best, and that was get into the head of Edmonton goaltender Dwayne Roloson. Homer drew the penalty on Sheldon Souray that gave the Red Wings the five-on-three that Kronwall scored on for the early lead, just by parking his rear right in front of the Oilers’ net. He also rattled Roloson, who had lengthy conversations with the referees after the next few whistles. Even when he’s not scoring, Holmstrom’s antics are still leading the Wings to victory.


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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