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Wings' enjoy an embarrassment of riches on power play

Monday, 12.1.2008 / 12:11 PM ET / News
By Dan Rosen
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Wings\' enjoy an embarrassment of riches on power play
When Marian Hossa stunned the hockey world by signing a one-year contract with the Red Wings, captain Nicklas Lidstrom wasn't alone in thinking the team's power play would undoubtedly improve with No. 81 joining the mix.

Lidstrom had no idea it could be this good.

Through their first 21 games, the Red Wings scored 28 power-play goals and were clicking 31.8 percent of the time. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no team since the 1978-79 New York Islanders (31.2 percent) has finished the season better than 30 percent on the power play.

The Red Wings were on pace to score roughly 109 power-play goals this season. The Pittsburgh Penguins hold the NHL season record with 119, but they set it in 1988-89 when the schedule called for only 80 games.

"After we signed Hossa and with the players we have up front, you could see the competition of being on the power play," Lidstrom told NHL.com. "We have two groups and you can't say one is No. 1 and one is No. 2. We create competition between the two. You have to play well just to be out there and that adds to being sharper on the power play."
Until Tomas Holmstrom's back injury, the so-called "first unit" was made up of Hossa, Pavel Datsyuk and Holmstrom up front with Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski on the points. Without Holmstrom, who is out at least two more weeks, Tomas Kopecky has joined the mix and has played well.

"The second unit" - if you can call it that - stayed intact. It includes Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg and Jiri Hudler playing up front with Mikael Samuelson and Niklas Kronwall on the points.

All 11 players we just mentioned have at least one power-play goal. Holmstrom and Zetterberg each had five before Friday's game against Columbus.

"We had some great power plays in the '90s with Sergei (Fedorov), (Brendan) Shanahan, (Stevie) Yzerman and Brett Hull," Lidstrom said. "We had some solid offensive weapons, but this ranks right up there with the guys we had in the past."

He said it - "We always have Red Wing fans come to Chicago to watch us play. It used to be hard to get ticket here in Detroit so you saw a lot of fans from Detroit coming to watch the games in Chicago because it's not that far. Now the intensity is higher than maybe even last year. You can feel that excitement in the building. The fans are intense. You see (Detroit fans) in warm-ups still, but you don't hear them as much. It's fun to play in that arena."  -- Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom talking about the excitement building in Chicago and especially the United Center
 


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  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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