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Three Questions: Wings-Blue Jackets

DRW.com analyzes Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals

Saturday, 04.18.2009 / 9:10 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blue Jackets
How did the Wings win this one?

It’s pretty simple; the Wings dominated the special-teams aspect of Game 2. They had a lot of help, with the Blue Jackets taking 13 penalties. The Wings’ three goals on eleven extra-man opportunities might not look that good percentage-wise, but it gave the Wings a commanding victory. The Wings could have scored more on later power plays in the third period, but coach Mike Babcock rested some of his regulars – thus inflating the numbers on the stats sheet. At the start of the series, it was evident that the Wings would need to get traffic in front of Columbus rookie goalie Steve Mason. Their job was a whole lot easier when the Blue Jackets were a man short. 

What about Chris Osgood?

The Wings’ netminder is playing as if the regular-season never happened. Osgood turned in another incredible performance Saturday night, turning aside 25 shots to capture his 14th career playoff shutout. He didn’t make as many of the highlight-reel stops Saturday as he did on Thursday, but he didn’t need to. Osgood was solid all night, turning aside all the long-range shots and cutting down his angles whenever he could. The Wings should feel confident in their goaltending situation after back-to-back standout performances. The fans noticed – chants of “Ozzie, Ozzie” rang down from the Joe Louis Arena stands throughout the night. And the building was at it’s loudest when Osgood was named first star of the night.

What’s next?

The Blue Jackets showed their inexperience late in the game, and they looked rattled. As mentioned previously, the Jackets took a lot of late penalties – nine of their 13 came in the third period. Antoine Vermette, one of their top-line centers, took a four-minute roughing penalty halfway through the third, putting his team even further behind. Defenseman Mike Commodore got a 10-minute misconduct for his actions in front of the Columbus goal. These are all signs that the inexperience is starting to surface, and now the Blue Jackets are down 2-0 in the series as they head back home. Not to mention the fact that Mason, who experts said may steal the series for the Jackets, has allowed seven goals in two games. It will be interesting to see how he responds on home ice.


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89