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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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
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9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
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

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89