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Three Questions: Wings-Islanders

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 75th game

Friday, 03.27.2009 / 10:14 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Islanders
Who was the star of the night?

A former Red Wing returned to Joe Louis Arena on Friday, and he had a great game. Goalie Joey MacDonald turned away 42 shots to get the win against his former club. It was also MacDonald’s first career shutout. The Wings pressed in the third period, but the combination of MacDonald and the posts surrounding him stopped the comeback attempt; Detroit hit at least four posts in the third period alone.

What went wrong?

MacDonald helped the Islanders shut down the best power play in the game. The Islanders gave the Wings opportunities throughout the contest, starting 27 seconds in. The Red Wings went 0-6 on the power play. The power-play problems should start to be a concern; the Wings have struggled on the man-advantage of late.
 
They scored three power-play goals against Calgary on March 12, and have struggled ever since.  In their last seven games, the Wings’ man-advantage unit is only 2-for-29. But with all the offensive firepower coach Mike Babcock has to work with, the power play should right itself before the playoffs begin.

What’s next?

The Wings will take another stab at earning their 50th win of the season on Sunday, when they take on their Central Division rivals, the Nashville Predators. Puck drops at 5 p.m. EDT. Detroit will attempt to become the third franchise in NHL history to earn four straight 50-win seasons, joining Montreal and Boston. The Wings also will continue the battle between the Bruins and San Jose for the top record in the NHL, in the quest to win their seventh Presidents’ Trophy.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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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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