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Three Questions: Wings-Jackets

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 56th game

Friday, 02.13.2009 / 9:40 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Jackets
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Who was the Wings’ star of the game?

The Wings weren’t able to come away with a victory Friday night, but it wasn’t at the fault of goaltender Chris Osgood.  Starting on back-to-back nights, Osgood showed no signs of fatigue as he made 22 saves.  He made huge saves in the second period to keep the Wings in the game.  Osgood robbed Kristian Huselius midway through the second, when he was able to walk right down the middle and try to deke backhand on the Wings netminder.  Then he shut down Rick Nash, who picked up a loose puck shorthanded and tried to deke Osgood to the right post.  Osgood stretched out on his back and robbed the Columbus captain’s scoring opportunity.  The Wings’ goaltender fell victim to a few unlucky turnovers, but he shouldn’t be blamed for the loss.

What was the play of the night?

Captain Nicklas Lidstrom made everybody think he was a star forward for a while Friday night.  After he served a rare penalty in the opening minutes of the second period, Lidstrom exited the box and jumped into a scoring opportunity.  As he re-entered the ice, Pavel Datsyuk ended up with the puck, heading towards the Columbus goal.  Datsyuk fed Lidstrom the puck, and the Wings’ captain caught the pass in stride right at the opposing blue line.  He walked in on goaltender Chris Mason, made a quick deke to the forehand, and roofed the puck as if he was Datsyuk or one of the Wings’ skilled forwards.  It was Lidstrom’s 10th goal of the season, and it was certainly unique, yet highlight-reel worthy.

What went wrong?

The Red Wings went scoreless on the power play Friday night, failing to convert on four opportunities.  They weren’t able to score on the man advantage because they ran once again into rookie goaltender Chris Mason.  Mason, who is on pace to take home the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year and possibly more trophies as well, made life difficult for the Wings, stopping 32 of 34 shots for Columbus.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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