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Three Questions: Wings-Predators

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 63rd game

Saturday, 02.28.2009 / 10:25 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Predators
What went wrong?

The Red Wings came out for Saturday’s game unprepared for the Predators’ home attack, and they paid for it. Nashville took advantage of costly turnovers and some strange bounces to jump to a big early lead. Chris Osgood replaced Ty Conklin midway through the first period. He gave up four goals on nine shots. But he shouldn't shoulder the blame for the loss; the Wings did a poor job of clearing away rebounds, which resulted in two of the goals.

The Wings also ran into a hot goaltender in Pekka Rinne, who has stolen the starting job from Dan Ellis. Rinne turned aside 30 shots in blanking Detroit. To make matters worse, the Red Wings didn’t have a single power-play opportunity until the halfway mark of the third period.

Where do the Wings go from here?

The important thing to remember is that it’s only one game. FS Detroti color analyst Mickey Redmond summed it up best during the game when he said it was time to, “Wipe the slate clean and start over tomorrow”. The San Jose Sharks also lost Saturday -- in Montreal -- so the Wings didn’t lose any ground in the standings. Detroit has a few days to rest and recollect their thoughts, and such an experienced squad should be able to put this game behind them.

Who are the Wings looking at next?

The Wings have back-to-back road games in St. Louis and Denver starting on Tuesday. Detroit beat St. Louis, 4-3 in a shootout, in their last meeting, and they dropped a 6-5 overtime thriller to Colorado.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89