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Detroit at Nashville (4/2/11)

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

The Red Wings were on the road this afternoon to play the Predators in Nashville. Jimmy Howard was back from injury so he was the starting goalie for the Wings. The Predators started Pekka Rinne. Datsyuk, Kronwall and Miller were all out of the lineup today for Detroit.

After the 10 to 3 beating the Blues handed the Wings the other night at the Joe, the Red Wings had something to prove here this afternoon. And prove it, they did. They played very well today. They were aggressive, played good, tight defense and they generated a lot of scoring chances without giving up much. They were also playing tough. Bertuzzi got into a fight with O’Brien not even five minutes into the game. It was a one sided fight with Bertuzzi landing all of the punches and taking O’Brien down to the ice.

There were some questionable calls in this game starting with what looked like the first goal of the game being waved off and Holmstrom being sent to the penalty box for goalie interference. On the replay it was very difficult to see how Holmstrom interfered with Rinne at all. To the contrary, Rinne shoved Holmstrom in the back of the head. Holmstrom was just standing there at the top of the crease. You could argue that Rinne wasn’t able to come out as far as he wanted to challenge the shooter but there’s no way they can claim that Holmstrom initiated any contact. Instead of the Wings being up one to nothing, the Predators got a power play. While Holmstrom was in the box, Abdelkader was called for boarding so the Wings were down two men for a short time. When Holmstrom came out of the box he had to stay on the ice to help with the penalty kill, which he isn’t used to doing. He accidentally shot the puck over the glass while trying to clear it. That gave the Predators a long 5 on 3. With one minute left in the period, Ryan Suter scored a power play goal giving the Predators the lead which is how the period ended.

Early in the second period Erat scored a power play goal and then Kostitsyn scored less than a minute later making it three to nothing Predators. It was starting to look pretty dire for the Red Wings even though they were still playing well; they just weren’t getting good results. Then Kindl fired a long shot that beat Rinne and put the Wings on the board. Shortly after that Bertuzzi and O’Brien fought again with essentially the same outcome as the fight in the first period. Bertuzzi landed several punches to the back of O’Brien’s head and then took him down to the ice. It was great to see Bertuzzi step up like that and the team appreciated it. It really seemed to get them fired up. They started playing even harder. They were first to every loose puck and didn’t give the Predators anything. Just a few seconds after the fighting majors, Abdelkader scored with a tip in to bring the Red Wings to within a goal of tying it up. The Red Wings pressured like crazy but the period ended without another goal.

In the third period Abdelkader scored the game tying goal. He was playing like a man possessed. It was the best game of the season so far for Justin Abdelkader. He was all over the ice and just doing it all. The Wings generated a ton of scoring chances and were throwing everything at the net but they didn’t score again in the third period and regulation timed ended with a tie. At the Red Wings’ end Jimmy Howard made some incredible saves to preserve the tie.

The Red Wings continued playing with great intensity in the overtime period. With about two minutes left in the overtime Rafalski fired a shot from the point and Cleary tipped it into the net for the game winner.

It was a fantastic game for the Wings today. They really bounced back after the big loss the other night and they had to come back from a three to nothing deficit to do it. They really showed a lot of character on the ice today. Abdelkader was excellent. Cleary also had a great game. They were the first two stars of the game. You also have to credit Bertuzzi for getting the team riled up and Howard for keeping them in the game with some very timely saves.

This win clinched a playoff spot for the Red Wings for the 20th consecutive season and also gave them 100 points for the 11th straight season. Next up for the Wings is Minnesota at the Joe tomorrow afternoon. Minnesota also played today, losing at home to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

This 4-3 win brings us to:
45-23-10
100 points

Last Minute Moves

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

The final few days before the start of the regular season have brought us a few last minute roster changes for the Red Wings.

The Wings ended up having to leave Ritola unprotected and he was claimed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Maltby and Meech were both assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins after they cleared waivers. Maltby is reportedly considering retirement.

Those moves bring the roster count to 23 so they’re ready to go. It’s a much different team this year compared to last year. I’m excited about the new lineup. There’s some great young players that are just coming into their own but still a nice assortment of veterans to continue in the mentor role.

Here We Go!

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

The long summer is over and the new season is almost upon us. There have been some big changes to the Red Wings during the offseason that I’m sure most of you are already familiar with but I’ll quickly recap some of them since I’ve been taking it easy all summer and not updating the blog.

The biggest change is the departure of Steve Yzerman. He left his front office position this summer to join the Tampa Bay Lightning as general manager. It’s a great move for him and I can’t wait to see the impact he has on The Bolts. I happen to live in the Tampa Bay area and drive past the St. Pete Times Forum, Yzerman’s new office, everyday on my way to work. He’s already made some excellent acquisitions for the team’s roster. The Lightning have new owners, a new GM, a new coach and a lot of new players. This should be fun to watch! Let’s wish Stevie Y. all the best right up until the Wings play the Bolts in the finals.

The Red Wings signed a one year deal with U.S. hockey legend Mike Modano during the summer. That’s a huge win for the Wings and it works out great for Modano as well since he wanted to move back to his home state of Michigan. His impact will be felt immediately.

Another feather in Ken Holland’s cap is the return of Jiri Hudler. I’m really excited to watch him play this season. I love his energy and his scoring touch around the net. So far this preseason he’s been playing on a line with Modano and Cleary. I can’t wait to watch them play together this season. If Babcock keeps that line together they could do great things.

Some of our old favorite Grand Rapids Griffins will likely get full time roster spots this season while Kirk Maltby is fighting to make the team. It’s very possible that he might not be a Red Wing this year. He has a one year, two way contract so if he doesn’t crack the roster he’ll be playing for the Griffins and could always be called up if needed.

In other Red Wings related news, Chris Chelios officially retired from play during the off season. He will be returning to the Red Wings organization with a front office position as Assistant to Hockey Operations. It’s great to see him back with the Wings!

Draper will start the season recovering from a groin injury. Hopefully, it won’t be a problem but at least this is the best time of year for that to happen.

I’m really excited about the team this year. They look great on paper. The addition of Modano and Hudler should be a big boost to the offense.

The Red Wings’ first game is this Friday, October 8th at 7:00pm at the Joe against the Ducks. Let’s go Red Wings!

Red Wings Ready To Rock

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The playoffs get underway for the Red Wings tonight in Phoenix.  This should be a great matchup.  Phoenix is going to be tough.  On paper the Wings should have them but the games aren’t played on paper and the Coyotes have a lot of heart, not to mention their skill.

This year it’s the Red Wings that are entering the playoffs on a winning streak with a hot young goalie who seems poised to play spoiler to the higher seeded teams.  That’s a switch for the Wings who are almost always one of the top seeded teams.

Tonight’s game is in Phoenix so it has the 10:00 start for us folks in the Eastern Time zone.  It’s going to be tough waking up for work tomorrow but I wouldn’t miss it!

….and one more thing, LET’S GO RED WINGS!

FanPulse Released for the iPhone

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

A new iPhone app called FanPulse has just been released and I think you’re going to like it. It allows sports fans to connect with each other and keep up with their favorite teams.

Check out the list of features:

  • FanPulse is best way to follow your favorite teams and to talk to your friends before, during and after the game.
  • Check-in to games to chat and trash-talk with friends who are also watching – it’s like being at the game together!
  • Can’t watch a game? Get scores and breaking news sent straight to your iPhone.
  • An app that delivers not just scores, but unique commentary from this blog!

You will find redwingsblog.com posts on FanPulse if you add the Red Wings as one of your favorite teams.

If you have an iPhone you should download FanPulse and check it out as soon as possible. The first 2,000 downloads will be entered into a raffle to win one of twenty $50 iTunes gift cards.

You can find FanPulse here: FanPulse. Check it out!

Detroit at Dallas (12/19/09)

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

This afternoon’s opponent for the Wings was the Dallas Stars who played host to Detroit and were just two points behind the Red Wings in the standings. The starting goaltenders were Jimmy Howard and Marty Turco.

Well, my wishful thinking didn’t help after the last game. Henrik Zetterberg has a partial shoulder separation and will miss two to four weeks. There was a spot of good news though as Helm returned to the lineup today.

The Stars got off to a good start in this game. They had an early power play and had a lot of good shots in a short period of time. Jimmy Howard was great though and made a few world class saves.

Then Brad May fought with his favorite dance partner Krys Barch. It was a pretty long fight. They were throwing punches until they were both completely out of gas. You couldn’t say either one was the winner but they both seemed to enjoy it.

Later in the first period Datsyuk got the puck and played it ahead to Bertuzzi who was charging to the net. It was almost out of reach so he leaned for forward and just chipped it at the net. It bounced off Turco to the middle of the crease and Holmstrom came in and shoved it into the net. The Wings had the early lead one to nothing.

After Dallas’ initial flurry, Detroit was the better team. They ended up outshooting the Stars eleven to seven by the end of the period and quality chances were seven to three Detroit.

Early in the second period Detroit had a bit of a defensive breakdown and the Stars scored. Both defensemen were on the same side of the ice and Ribeiro passed it across to Skrastins on the other side who one-timed it in. It was a bang bang play. Howard didn’t have much of a chance.

Later in the second period Richards took the puck up the wing. He passed it to Neal in the slot. Along the way the puck hit Rafalski, then hit Neal’s skate and stick, then it hit Bertuzzi’s skate and deflected into the net. It was another goal that Howard didn’t have a chance of stopping. There wasn’t even a shot on goal. It just bounced around and finally went it. It was a fluky goal but it put the Stars up two to one.

A few minutes later Bertuzzi threw the puck toward the net with Datsyuk between him and the goal. Datsyuk touched it slightly but it didn’t look like the puck changed direction at all. The puck went right through Turco’s legs and the Wings tied it up.

Then just a little over a minute later the Stars were pressuring. Skrastins shot from the point and it hit Brad Stuart. Howard lost track of the puck and it bounced the opposite way that he though it did. By the time he found it again it was too late. Neal shot it into the mostly open net as Howard dove for it. The Stars were back up by a goal.

With about a minute left in the second period Miller did a nice job to take the puck away and keep it in the zone. Datsyuk ended up working it behind the net. He sent it back to Bertuzzi in the slot who ripped it with Miller in front. I don’t think Miller touched it but it got through and into the net to tie the game at three.

The stats were even more lopsided after two periods. The Wings were outshooting the Stars 24 to 14, and out-chancing them 14 to 8.

Early in the third period Skrastins released a shot that was nothing special but it seemed to surprise Howard. I think it might have hit the stick of Doug Janik who was right in front of the net. The puck came up and went in the top corner so the Stars had the lead again.

The score held until the end of the game. The Red Wings ended up losing a game in which I felt they played very well. They made a few mistakes but for the most part they looked great.

Datsyuk and Bertuzzi were very good and Helm was just incredible. It’s such a joy to watch him play. I’m glad he’s back.

This 3-4 loss brings us to:
18-12-5
41 points

2009 NHL Awards

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Nearly a week after the heartbreak of losing the Stanley Cup, some of the Red Wings and the NHL elite gathered in Las Vegas for the NHL Awards. The Finals are still a fresh and bitter pill but it was time to leave that in the past and honor some great players.

Pavel Datsyuk won the Selke and the Lady Byng. It’s nice to see him recognized for his great play. He was also nominated for the Hart Trophy but that went to Ovechkin.

Zetterberg wasn’t nominated for a single award which is real shame.

For the first time in a long time Nick Lidstrom did NOT win the Norris trophy. Zdeno Chara won it this year.

Ex-Red Wings assistant coach Todd McClellan did not win the Jack Adams Award. That went to Claude Julien.

The least cool part of the night was when former Oiler Glenn Anderson said, “…I thought I was down the street at the Russian Awards.” Apparently, he was referring to Datsyuk and Ovechkin. I don’t think he really thought that one through. They were supposed to be honoring the winners not roasting them. The comment did not get much of a laugh and it made for a bit of an awkward moment.

All in all though, it was a pretty good night. It would have been nice if they’d had a rock band instead of Chaka Khan, but I guess they were trying to class it up a little this year.

Congratulations to Pavel Datsyuk on bringing home two nice pieces of hardware this year!

Sponsor My Playoff Beard For Charity!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Beard-a-thon!

The Beard Is Back! I know times are tough right now but if anybody wants to donate to a worthy cause how about sponsoring my playoff beard at beardathon.com?

The money goes to the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, which supports the development of inner city youth hockey, the fight against cancer, a wide array of children’s health, educational and recreational activities and other needs of the community through the sport of hockey.

Here Come The Ducks

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Can you feel the excitement? Round two starts tonight on Versus and I can’t wait!

This could turn out to be the best matchup of the playoffs. I expect the Ducks will be all that the Wings can handle. The way they knocked off the Sharks with apparent ease is extremely scary.

Round one proved that there is no issue with the Red Wings will to win. They’ll be up for this game. Babcock said that they have not taken two days off in a row during their time off so they’ve been skating at least every other day. They should be sharp and well-rested.

The Detroit media continues to hound Osgood about whether or not he’s up to the challenge. I wish they would leave him alone. He is confident and rightfully so, but it seems like the media’s goal is to make him doubt himself. Whose side are they on, anyway? I guess he’ll have to prove himself AGAIN. What will it take for people to admit that he’s one of the best goalies of all time?

Anyway, I can’t wait for the game to start. We have about an hour and a half to wait. Let’s go Red Wings!!!

Here Comes Round 1

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

The playoffs start tonight for the Red Wings, less than two hours from now. I can’t wait to see how the Wings look when they’re actually playing a game that matters. You really can’t gauge how good they are by the way they ended the season, but tonight we’ll know.

Draper will be out for the game because of a mysterious injury. There were rumors during the week that Cleary would also be out after taking a hit in practice. The latest is that he WILL be able to play. Hossa should be back as well.

Hopefully, Mason will show some nerves early on in the game and we’ll get an early lead. Once he gets passed the jitters he will likely be a rock.

You can find the game on Versus starting 7:00 PM.

Good luck to the Red Wings tonight!