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Three Questions: Wings-Stars

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 40th game

Thursday, 01.8.2009 / 10:10 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Stars
What was evident during the 6-1 win?

The Wings’ depth was on full display Thursday night, as six different players recorded a goal.  Marian Hossa, Dan Cleary, Kirk Maltby, Tomas Holmstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, and Henrik Zetterberg all scored for Detroit, a testament to how talented the Detroit roster is from top to bottom.  Forwards on three of the Wings’ four lines found the back of the net during the 6-1 win, and the line of Jiri Hudler, Valtteri Filppula, and Mikael Samuelsson had their fair share of chances as well.  When all four lines can generate offense the way the Wings’ forward units can, it’s a hard team to match up against.

How did Datsyuk and Lidstrom celebrate their All-Star nods?

The Red Wings will be represented by Datsyuk and captain Nicklas Lidstrom at the NHL All-Star Game later this month, as both were named to the Western Conference squad yesterday.  The duo celebrated the fact that they will be heading up to Montreal by teaming up for the play of the night.  The game may have already been out of reach, but for a little extra insurance, Datsyuk scored his 18th of the season on a Detroit power play.  The talented center won a face-off to the right of the Dallas goal, throwing the puck right onto Lidstrom’s stick.  The six-time Norris Trophy winner waited patiently for the play to develop, then passed it right back to Datsyuk, who rifled a one-timer wrist shot into the back of the net.  The goal was simple, quick, and All-Star worthy.

How does Marty Turco feel when he comes ‘home’?

Turco, the former Michigan Wolverine netminder, spent a lot of time at Joe Louis Arena as a college athlete, and had a lot of success in the NHL building.  The Joe became a very unfriendly place to him after he signed his first professional contract, however.  Coming into Thursday’s game, Turco was winless in regular season games at JLA (with a 0-7-2 record) and not much better in the playoffs.  He only lasted 40 minutes before getting pulled by coach Dave Tippett, giving up four goals on 18 shots.  It all started with Hossa’s quick wrister, which caught the entire building, including Turco, by surprise.  Hossa took a feed from Brad Stuart up near the Dallas blue line, and while standing along the boards above the circle, turned and whipped a shot towards the goal.  Turco got a piece of it, but the hard shot found a way through, giving the Wings the early lead.  A little while later, Cleary got tangled up with the Dallas goalie out in front of the crease, but he was still able to get his stick on the rolling rebound to make the score 2-0.  Chants of “Turco, Turco, Turco” ran down from the stands of JLA, and the Wings never looked back as they cruised to a big win.     

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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