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Three Questions: Wings-Stars

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 48th game

Thursday, 01.29.2009 / 9:21 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Stars
How did Aaron Downey look in his first game back?

With defenseman Brad Stuart placed on long-term injured reserve (ribs), the Wings were able to find the cap room to make a phone call to their AHL club in Grand Rapids.  General manager Ken Holland called up forwards Aaron Downey and Ville Leino to fill in for a banged-up Detroit roster today, and Downey dressed for the first time this season against Dallas.  The rugged forward was an important part of the Wings’ playoff run last spring, and it was good to see him back in Hockeytown.  Downey played for 4:41, and had a pretty good showing in what he does best.  He threw four hits, found his way to his friendly confines of the home team penalty box, and nearly got into a scrap with Krystofer Barch.  The linesmen interrupted, but it was clear that Downey was ready to drop the gloves in front of the Joe Louis Arena crowd.  Downey looked like he was moving well around the ice, too; he seemed to come flying out of the gate on his first shift.

How physical was the contest?


Downey wasn’t the only one to get his nose dirty Thursday night.  The official stats sheet said that there were 47 hits thrown between the two squads.  The Red Wings dominated the physical play, recording 31 of the 47 collisions.  Downey, Johan Franzen, and Pavel Datsyuk led the way in the hitting department, with all three recording four hits apiece.  With so many hits thrown, there was an extra amount of after-the-whistle discussions and face washes in front of each team’s goal.  The end results?  Seven penalties for each team, which is a lot of time to spend in the box. 

The Red Wings had yet another injury scare, when Johan Franzen was elbowed in the head by winger James Neal.  Franzen was slow to get up, laying momentarily on the ice in front of the penalty boxes.  He skated off under his own power, however, and returned to the game shortly.  The Wings regained the services of Datsyuk and captain Nicklas Lidstrom, but Henrik Zetterberg was a scratch for the game due to a bad back.

What went wrong?

The Red Wings fell behind early due to penalty trouble, and their comeback attempt was spoiled by two goals being waved off after video review.  After Marian Hossa got the Wings onto the scoreboard, it looked like they were going to start chipping away at the big lead.  Dan Cleary took a wrist shot that hit goaltender Marty Turco but continued towards the Dallas goal, and it was initially ruled a goal.  However, the officials ruled during the video review that Turco snagged the puck before it crossed the goal line.

The Wings continued to drive for the comeback, and Andreas Lilja scored on blast from the point.  That made the game 4-2, and the Wings were inching back.  Detroit ‘scored’ again, but this time it was waved off for incidental contact with the goaltender as Tomas Holmstrom fell into him during a mess out front.  Two goals being waved off in one period made generating any momentum for the Wings difficult, and it frustrated the fans as well.



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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89