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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 - 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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