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Three Questions: Wings-Oilers

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 18th game

Thursday, 11.20.2008 / 11:41 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Oilers
How hard is it to fill Tomas Holmstrom’s big shoes (or skates)?

Tomas Kopecky had quite the game Thursday night, filling the spot of the big guy in front of the opposition’s net on the powerplay.  Tomas Holmstrom was a late scratch due to back spasms, so coach Mike Babcock tapped Kopecky as his replacement for the night.  The young forward saw time with superstars Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa, and he wasted no time making his mark.  For the second goal of the game, Kopecky was parked right out in front of the Edmonton net, and was originally credited with the goal.  It was later given to Datsyuk, who took the initial shot, but the shot would have never made it to the back of the net without the screen from Kopecky.  So he lost one goal, but it didn’t really matter, because two minutes after the Datsyuk tally, he scored again.  This one was unmistakably Kopecky’s, due to his terrific (and Holmstrom-like) waist-high tip.

Kopecky was the star of the FSN first-intermission interview with John Keating, where he discussed his new powerplay role.  “It was great,” Kopecky said.  “Too bad Homer couldn’t go, but I learned from the best.”  He did learn from the best, and he sure did look like Holmstrom Thursday night.

Who was the Red Wings star of the game?

I’m going with Jiri Hudler, who scored the Wings’ first and fourth goal.  Hudler skated for 12:51 and fired four shots on goal, while finishing plus-one.  But his second goal of the game was what made him stand out.  With the Red Wings on a powerplay, Derek Meech fired a slapshot from the point.  The shot missed the net, but hit the glass and bounced back out in front of the Edmonton goal.  Hudler waited at the right post, and as the puck came down, he swatted it into the net, in an impressive display of his hand-eye coordination skills.

What won the game for the Red Wings?

The Red Wings won the special teams battle against the Oilers, especially late in the game.  Detroit went 3-5 on 4:40 worth of powerplay time.  Edmonton, on the other hand, went 1-6 on the man advantage, and most importantly, failed to convert in the final minutes.  The Wings defensive corps, led by goaltender Chris Osgood, showed their grit and determination by keeping the Oilers off the score sheet with Valtteri Filppula serving a four-minute penalty for high-sticking.  Teams win games by facing down adversity late in games, and the Wings did just that to hold on for the 4-3 win.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
8 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
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 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89