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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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
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

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89