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Three Questions: Wings-Coyotes

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 51st game

Wednesday, 02.4.2009 / 10:15 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Coyotes
So it was Marian Hossa flag night?

All fans in attendance at tonight’s game received a free Hossa flag, and the man pictured on the giveaway put on quite a show. The Wings’ leader in goals potted two more Wednesday, giving him 28 on the season. He did so by using his stickhandling and shooting abilities that made him the prize of the free agency period last summer.

On his first goal, Hossa grabbed a drop pass from center Pavel Datsyuk, and fired a rocket of a wrist shot that went through defenseman Zbynek Michalek and goalie Ilja Bryzgalov. 

On his second (the prettiest goal of the night in my opinion), Hossa started with the puck deep in the Phoenix zone, and tricked former University of Michigan star Kevin Porter to follow him all the way up to the blue line. There, Hossa pulled the puck in, slammed on the brakes, and watched Porter drift past him. The star of the evening charged towards the Phoenix goal, holding off an opponent with one hand while controlling the puck with the other, then beat Bryzgalov short side with a quick wrist shot through a screen.

It should also be noted that Hossa drew the penalty in the final minute that gave the Red Wings the man-advantage and eventual win. Maneuvering deep within the Phoenix zone, Hossa forced Joel Perrault to haul him down, and the Wings made no mistake of capitalizing on their opportunity. Nicklas Lidstrom scored seven seconds later, off the Wings’ face-off win, to put the game away.

How did Henrik Zetterberg look in his first game back?

There might have been some concern for the Hockeytown faithful when Zetterberg disappeared from the Red Wings' roster a day before he signing the longest contract in team history. But there shouldn’t be; Zetterberg looked just fine in his return. The Wings’ assistant captain played 20-minutes, and seeing plenty of penalty-kill and power-play time. He scored a beautiful goal in the second period, taking a pass from Datsyuk to the right of the slot and beating Bryzgalov to the far post with a quick wrist shot. Zetterberg was physical in the corners, he was skating well, and he didn’t have any problems controlling the puck. In the closing seconds of the contest, defenseman Ed Jovanovski took a couple of cheap shots at Zetterberg, but he seemed to be OK.

What about Darren Helm?

Helm was called up from Grand Rapids on Tuesday and was in his first game since Nov. 26. The 22-year-old, in his third stint with the big league club this season, skated for 12-minutes against the Coyotes. He recorded four hits, two penalty minutes, and he drew a penalty near the end of the first period. The young forward showed off his speed throughout the contest, and if he stays up he may see more ice time as he gets re-acclimated to the Wings’ systems.



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  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 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 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 55 25 24 6 154 169 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 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89