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Three Questions: Wings-Blackhawks

DRW.com analyzes the Wings' 82nd game

Sunday, 04.12.2009 / 4:32 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blackhawks
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Who were the Wings missing Sunday afternoon?

It was the last game of the season Sunday against Chicago, and the Red Wings second place spot in the Western Conference was firmly locked in.  So coach Mike Babcock figured it was about time his leader on the ice got a break.  Babcock gave captain Nicklas Lidstrom the day off, allowing the Wings’ leader to rest before the playoffs begin on Wednesday (the Wings might start on Thursday).   Joining Lidstrom on the list of players not dressing were forwards Marian Hossa and Kris Draper.  What it meant for the Wings was that they were missing a defenseman who eats up 25 minutes or more, a forward who has scored 40 goals this season, and the Wings’ best face-off man.  All of the contributions previously mentioned were sorely missed Sunday afternoon.  The good news for the Wings is that Lidstrom is healthy, and Draper (day-to-day with an upper-body injury) and Hossa (sore groin) are both expected to be back by the start of the playoffs.

What went wrong?


The Wings struggled on the special teams Sunday afternoon.   Detroit went 0-4 on the power-play, including failing to score on a five-on-three advantage for 1:04 in the first period.  The Blackhawks scored one goal on three power-play opportunities.  The Wings also ran into a hot goaltender in Nikolai Khabibulin, who stopped 37 shots for the shutout.  Khabibulin, who is competing with Cristobal Huet for the starting job in the playoffs, kept the Wings from building any momentum throughout the contest with some big saves.

What’s next?


The Wings will spend the next few days preparing for the 2009 NHL Playoffs, and they are guaranteed home ice in the first two rounds.  However, they don’t know who they are playing against yet.  It will be either Columbus or Anaheim, depending on the results of the St. Louis vs. Colorado game, which starts at 5 p.m. EST.   If St. Louis picks up a point, they will move into the sixth spot in the West, moving Columbus down to seventh to face the Wings.  If the Avalanche defeat the Blues in regulation, then the Wings will square off against the Ducks.  Be sure to check out detroitredwings.com for all your playoff information.

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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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