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Three Questions: Wings-Bruins

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 23rd game

Saturday, 11.29.2008 / 9:37 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Bruins
What’s missing?

The Red Wings must be anxiously awaiting the return of Tomas Holmstrom.  Homer has missed the last six games with back spasms, and it’s clear that his big presence is missed in front of the opposition’s net.  The Wings peppered Boston goaltender Manny Fernandez with 30 shots Saturday night, and the problem was that he saw the majority of them.  With Holmstrom out in front of the net, he’s screening the goalie, he’s distracting the defense, and he’s fighting in the corners to get his linemates the puck.  Dan Cleary did a nice job playing in Holmstrom’s spot with Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa, but he just doesn’t have the size to be as effective in front of the net.

How did Chris Osgood look in his relief appearance?


It’s not often that a Detroit goaltender comes in during the game, but Chris Osgood took over between the pipes halfway through the game against the Bruins.  To be clear, Ty Conklin didn’t perform as poorly as the numbers show.  The majority of goaltender swaps is purely to motivate the troops, not to blatantly punish the masked man.  Conklin fell victim to a one-timer blast, a puck with eyes through a big screen, and another one-timer after a turnover deep in the Detroit end.  Osgood looked good in the substitution role, facing ten shots and allowing only one goal.  It’s not an easy situation for a goaltender, coming into a game where your team’s already down three goals.  He made a few big stops, unfortunately it was too little too late.

What’s next for the Wings?


Luckily for the Wings, they have four straight games at home.  From December 1 through December 10, Detroit will take on the Ducks, Canucks, Blackhawks, and Flames – all Western Conference battles that should be great games to watch from Joe Louis Arena.  

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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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 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