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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 - 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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59