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Three Questions: Wings-Blue Jackets

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 22nd game

Friday, 11.28.2008 / 10:12 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blue Jackets
What was the play of the night?

Well this one is pretty simple. With just over two-minutes remaining, the Blue Jackets took a timeout, which gave the Wings’ line of Marian Hossa, Pavel Datsyuk and Dan Cleary time to rest. They lined up for a face-off in the Columbus end, and Hossa decided it was time for the Wings to retake the lead. Datsyuk did his part, partially winning the face-off towards the slot. Hossa darted into the face-off dot, fielded the bouncing puck, and kicked it up to his stick. Then, while he was running out of real estate, he beat un-expecting goaltender Pascal Leclaire from just above the goal line for his second goal of the game, and most importantly, the game-winner.

How did Dan Cleary look in his first game back?

After missing eight games due to an eye infection, Cleary was back in action Friday night. He skated on a line with Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filppula, and didn’t look out of place one bit. Cleary made it clear he was back and ready to play with his down-low presence, mucking it up and fighting for the puck along the boards. He was able to control the puck in the trenches, which is one of the hardest things to do with an eye problem. Being able to play with the puck in his feet and using his peripheral vision showed that he’s seeing just fine. Babcock seemed to agree, as the rugged forward saw 14:53 worth of ice time, and was moved up to Datysuk and Hossa’s line late in the game, including on the power play. And Cleary made his promotion count, picking up an assist on Hossa’s first goal of the night, and finishing plus-one on the night.

Who stood up to the questionable Columbus’ hits?

The Blue Jackets were taking some liberties all game, throwing some questionable hits throughout the game. Defenseman Mike Commodore and winger Jared Boll were leading the charge, but Andreas Lilja decided that he had seen enough halfway through the second. After a previous attempt to exchange fisticuffs, Lilja found his dance partner in the form of Boll. The two went at it along the boards at center ice, and Lilja landed the early haymaker that knocked off Boll’s helmet. He got a couple licks in, but Lilja won the battle, and drove Boll to the ice before the linesmen broke it up. Needless to say, there weren’t as many hits thrown after Lilja took matters into his own hands – or fists.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89