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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
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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89