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Three Questions: Wings-Coyotes

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 29th game

Sunday, 12.14.2008 / 12:11 AM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Coyotes
What was the play of the night?

This answer is pretty simple when a team ties the game with 21 seconds left in regulation.  The Red Wings found themselves on a late powerplay while trailing by one, and coach Mike Babcock put his top guns out to generate something to force overtime.  Henrik Zetterberg jumpstarted the play by holding in the puck when the Coyotes tried to clear, throwing himself in the way of a slapshot rimming around the boards.  He will need some ice after the game, but he sacrificed his body to get Marian Hossa the puck behind the net.  Hossa made no mistake with the puck, finding Johan Franzen right in front of the Phoenix goal with a great pass through a crowd.  Franzen buried his shot, recording his second goal of the game and sending the game to overtime, where the Red Wings capped off the 5-4 comeback win in the shootout.

What was the best individual play of the game?


His second goal of the game was the thrilling game-tying marker, but Franzen’s first goal might have been even better.  The Red Wings were staring down a Phoenix powerplay six minutes into the second period, but Franzen still found a way to put the puck in the net.  The ‘Mule’ capitalized on a fumbled puck by Mikkel Boedker at the Detroit blue line; he grabbed the puck out of midair and was off to the races.  Flying down the right side of the ice, Franzen cut back towards the slot, and beat Phoenix goaltender Ilja Bryzgalov by snapping a quick shot before the netminder expected.
 
What was the biggest news coming into the game?


Future hall-of-fame defenseman Chris Chelios is back.  Chelios, who sits at ninth place on the all-time defensive scoring leader list, missed the first 28 games of the season after suffering a fractured tibia in the preseason.  The 46-year-old worked hard during the opening part of the season to get back into game shape, and after a short stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins (the Wings’ AHL affiliate) he was back in the line-up Saturday night – to skate in his 25th NHL season.  Chelios played in just over ten minutes through regulation, spending the majority of his time even-strength (only 26 seconds of penalty-kill time).  However, expect his ice time to steadily grow as he gets more accustomed to NHL action.

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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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80