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Three Questions: Wings-Avs

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 30th game

Monday, 12.15.2008 / 9:48 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Avs
How did Marian Hossa score that one?

Marian Hossa tallied his 16th goal of the season so quickly I had to re-watch the play and still call somebody to verify what happened.  At the seven-minute mark of the third, Henrik Zetterberg moved in for an offensive zone face-off against Paul Stastny.  The puck dropped, and Hossa darted in behind the defense to snatch up the loose puck.  The newest Red Wing used his lightning-quick release to catch everybody, including goaltender Andrew Raycroft, off-guard, beating him low only a few seconds after the face-off started.     

What was the turning point of the game?

The Red Wings were clawing their way back into the game after Tomas Holmstrom’s ninth goal of the season, when disaster struck in the first two minutes of the third period.  Defenseman Brett Lebda made a great play to keep a shot from getting past goaltender Chris Osgood, swatting the puck out of harm’s way just before it crossed the goal line.  However, the struck puck changed directions and started heading back to the goal.  Lebda dove into the net, and kept the puck from going into the Detroit goal with his hand.  It was a great play to prevent a goal by Lebda, but he was whistled for closing his hand on the puck, which resulted in an automatic penalty shot for the Avalanche.  Defenseman Jordan Leopold was chosen to take the shot, and he beat Osgood with a backhand deke on his first career penalty shot.  The goal gave the Avalanche a two-goal lead, which the Red Wings weren’t able to overcome with the limited time. 

What happens on Thursday?


The Red Wings welcome the San Jose Sharks to Joe Louis Arena on Thursday, former Detroit assistant coach Todd McClellan’s first game against his former club.  McClellan has led the Sharks to the league’s best record (24-3-2) after instituting the Wings’ puck-possession style of play into the Sharks’ playbook.  The game will be a true test for the Wings, as they square off against a possible playoff foe.  Don’t miss the action!

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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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