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Three Questions: Wings-Predators

DRW.com analyzes the Wings' 80th game

Thursday, 04.9.2009 / 10:35 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Predators
What went wrong?

For the first 50-minutes of the game, it looked like the Red Wings were going to come away with the victory. But they were unable to wrap up a two-goal lead, giving up goals to Jason Arnott and J.P. Dumont in the final seven minutes of the third period. The Wings got themselves into penalty trouble late, and with goalie Pekka Rinne pulled, the Predators used the two-man advantage to get Dumont the game-tying goal at the 19-minute mark.

From there, it was overtime, and the Wings recorded only one shot. Forward Henrik Zetterberg took a pass from Johan Franzen early, but rang the great opportunity off the near post. Zetterberg was called for hooking late in the extra period, and the Wings were able to hold the Predators. But they couldn’t hold them in the shootout, as the Predators picked up a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Who was the Wings' player of the game?


Franzen played a great game for the Wings Thursday night. Prior to the contest, he was named Carhartt’s Hardest Working Player of the Month, for his exceptional performance in March. He celebrated by scoring the Wings' third goal of the contest, at the 2:12 mark of the third. Franzen tallied his 34th goal of the season when he took a pass from Zetterberg, and beat Rinne with a quick wrist shot to his blocker side. Franzen played for 19:10, and he recorded four shots on the night.

Who else contributed?


The Wings’ defensive corps got in on the scoring action Thursday night. First it was Niklas Kronwall, who scored his 6th goal of the season on a blast from the point at the 11:50 mark of the first period. Then captain Nicklas Lidstrom beat Rinne with a slapper from the blue line with 33 seconds left in the second period for his 16th of the season. The two goals, both recorded on the power play, helped the Wings go 2-4 on the man-advantage Thursday.

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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