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Three Questions: Wings-Blue Jackets

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 66th game

Sunday, 03.8.2009 / 1:11 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blue Jackets
What was the best part of the night?

Forward Aaron Downey, in his second game since being called up from Grand Rapids, picked up his first career goal as a Red Wing.  It wasn’t the prettiest goal, but it was fitting for the Red Wings’ tough guy.  Camped out in front of the Columbus goal, Downey was able to get his stick on a wrist shot from Derek Meech.  The deflection fooled goaltender Steve Mason, which gave Downey his eighth career goal.  Coming into the contest, Downey had played in 59 games with the Red Wings through two seasons, and recorded four assists.

How has Jonathan Ericsson looked since being called up?

The Wings have been trying to evaluate their talent in Grand Rapids, and they have been taking a long look at defenseman Jonathan Ericsson.  Ericsson was called up last week, and has played in three games with the Wings since.  The former ninth round pick of the Wings has looked impressive in his opportunity.  He’s big (coach Mike Babcock loved talking about how he is 6’5”), he’s strong, and he can skate.  Ericsson has been lugging the puck up and down the ice, and he’s even looked impressive on the forecheck.  He picked up one assist in his first two games.  Due to cap restrictions, Ericsson won’t be able to stay up when Tomas Holmstrom returns to the line-up, but he will certainly be back for the playoffs and next season.

What went wrong?

The Wings fell behind early, and with one of the top goaltenders in the NHL standing guard at the other end, it was difficult for them to mount any sort of comeback.  Detroit kept firing shots on goal, but Mason made 44 saves to get the victory.  It was demoralizing for the Wings to go 0-6 on the power play. 

The game revealed how the Wings are missing two of their top offensive weapons.  Marian Hossa missed another game due to a knee injury, and Holmstrom is still healing from sports hernia surgery.  Hossa’s quick release and Holmstrom’s big body in front of the goal are two weapons that the Wings would love to have against a goaltender like Mason.   The good news for the Wings?  They’re expecting both forwards back as early as next week.



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80