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Three Questions: Wings-Flames

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 19th game

Sunday, 11.23.2008 / 1:04 AM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Flames
Who got the job done for the Red Wings Saturday night?

In the course of an NHL season, a team will excel only if they get point production from the entire roster.  With Detroit’s depth, that isn’t a problem.  The Red Wings’ big guns got some help from the secondary scoring Saturday night, with Kirk Maltby and Brett Lebda finding their way to the score sheet.  Maltby tipped in the first goal of the game on a great backhand pass from Andreas Lilja, and Brett Lebda fired home a wrist shot from the top of the slot, beating goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff to the far post.  With the injuries to Dan Cleary and Tomas Holmstrom, the Red Wings needed everybody to step up, and won 5-2 over Calgary in an inspired team effort.

What was the turning point?


Eleven minutes into the third period, Henrik Zetterberg won a battle along the Calgary boards, and made an impressive blind-backhand pass to Jiri Hudler.  Hudler, who rushed out onto the ice for goaltender Ty Conklin during a delayed penalty, let a laser go from the left face-off dot, and Kiprusoff was left basking in the goal light.  The Red Wings regained the lead, 3-2, with the Hudler goal, and they never looked back.  It wastes another clutch performance for Hudler, who has been one of the hottest Red Wings of late.  He has had three consecutive multi-point games, and has six on the season.  To put it in some perspective, Hudler had eight multi-point games all of last year, and he played in 81 games.  He finished with six shots and a plus-three rating in only 11 minutes of ice time.

Who finished the night off?


With the Red Wings clinging to a 3-2 lead late in the third, center Pavel Datsyuk decided it was time to put the game out of reach.  After fielding a pass from Valtteri Filppula at center ice with his foot, Datsyuk came in on Calgary star defenseman Dion Phaneuf.  And Phaneuf was left looking for his equipment as Datsyuk deked him out of his pads with a cutback backhand move under Phaneuf’s stick.  Then, with defenseman Mark Giordano breathing down his back, Datsyuk rifled the puck past Kiprusoff from the left face-off dot.  With 1:31 remaining, Datsyuk’s strike was enough for the Red Wings to breathe easily in the last seconds of the contest, but Marian Hossa made sure it would end the right way with an empty-net goal of his own.

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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