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Three Questions: Canadiens-Wings

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 21st game

Wednesday, 11.26.2008 / 10:06 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Canadiens-Wings
How did Darren Helm look in his first game back with the Wings?

It’s no secret that Darren Helm would have an every-day spot on most NHL rosters. But with the depth of the Wings roster, he’s had to spend some time in Grand Rapids early on. He was called up today, and he wasted no time leaving an impact. Centering the third line with Valtteri Filppula and Jiri Hudler, Helm saw plenty of ice time, skating for 13:01. He fired two shots on goal, recorded three hits, and hustled the entire time. Helm’s line played hard down low in the Montreal zone, generating a lot of scoring chances and drawing the first penalty.

What was the best play of the night for the Red Wings?

With the Wings facing a possible home shutout for the first time since December 31, 2007, Johan Franzen took charge. With under six minutes left to play, he picked off a weak pass from defenseman Ryan O’Byrne, and went to work. Driving into the Montreal zone, he proceeded to embarrass O’Byrne again, putting a deke on the defenseman that actually made him fall over. He then cut to the net, and pulled the puck wide to the backhand. Franzen’s backhand shot beat goaltender Carey Price to the far post, his 10th goal of the season.

How did the Canadiens hold the Wings at bay?

Wednesday night’s game was a combination of jet lag and disciplined play by the Canadiens. Last time the Wings went on a west coast trip, they had five days to rest before their next home game. This time, they had only one, after playing Monday night in Vancouver. A trip through the grueling west coast of Canada (three games in five days) cannot be easy on any team. The Wings also didn’t get much help from Montreal, who avoided the routine march to the penalty box Detroit normally forces teams into. The Canadiens didn’t take a single penalty until halfway through the second period, but the Wings only had a minute of power play time because of a Marian Hossa penalty call down low. The next Wings’ opportunity didn’t come until the end of the second into the start of the third, and by that time they were staring at a 3-0 deficit.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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