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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80