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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 - 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