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Three Questions: Wings-Sabres

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 41st game

Saturday, 01.10.2009 / 9:52 PM ET / News
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Three Questions: Wings-Sabres
What took so long?

It took a while, but the Wings prevailed for a 3-1 victory over an unfamiliar foe Saturday night. But the game was much more one-sided then the final score reveals. The Wings fired 48 shots at the Buffalo Sabres’ goal. Needless to say, former Michigan State goalie Ryan Miller turned in a spectacular performance, but he couldn’t handle a relentless Detroit attack. The Red Wings used the always-successful ‘wear-em-down’ approach, shooting and shooting and shooting until a shot found its way to the back of the net. Jiri Hudler was the first to crack Miller, beating him with three minutes left in the second period on the Wings’ 24th shot of the evening – a shot count most coaches would be happy to see at the end of the third, let alone the second. It was more than 19 minutes later before Mikael Samuelsson was able to wrap a rebound around Miller to notch his first game-winning goal of the season. Marian Hossa added insurance, firing in his 20th goal of the season from the slot off a nice pass from Henrik Zetterberg to put the game away for Hockeytown.

Why were the Wings able to control the play?


Though it took them a while to pull away, the Wings dominated the play for the majority of the contest. They out-shot Buffalo, 48-22, and held them to only 10 shots in the first two periods. The Wings were able to control the flow of the game by once again controlling the face-off circle. At one point in the second period, the Wings were up 14-2 in face-off chances, and they finished with a face-off win total of 28-of-43. Controlling the pace of play from the drop of the puck made the Wings shot totals continue to rise throughout the contest. Tonight’s performance was nothing new for the Wings, however; Detroit leads the NHL in overall face-off win percentage at 55.6 percent coming into Saturday’s game.

How hot has Jiri Hudler been?

The 25-year-old Czech forward is rewriting his page in the Red Wings’ media guide this season.  His goal tonight, a rocket one-timer off a pass from Brett Lebda, gave him 16 on the season – a personal best. Through 41 games, Hudler is nine points away from matching his 2007-08 totals, when he finished with 42. Huds has been making the most of extra ice time this season, and he’s been capitalizing on the man-advantage, with four goals and 10 assists on the power play. It will be exciting to see how far he can climb on the stats sheets by the end of the season.


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89