Archive for November, 2010

Detroit at San Jose (11/30/10)

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The Red Wings were on the road tonight playing the San Jose Sharks. The goalies were Howard and Niittymaki.

The Sharks got off to a better start than the Wings did. Shots on goal were 15 to 9 after the first period and it seemed like the Sharks were the slightly better team. However, the Red Wings had the lead thanks goals by Cleary and Datsyuk.

The second period was all Detroit and in the third the shots were even but Detroit still seemed to be in control.

Overall the Red Wings played a great road game. Datsyuk and Zetterberg were incredible as they scored three of the Wings five goals. Cleary and Eaves were the other two goal scorers. It was a good, well-rounded effort.

I thought Howard played a solid game as well. As usual, none of the goals allowed were bad ones.

This 5-3 win brings us to:
34 points

Columbus at Detroit (11/28/10)

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

The Blue Jackets came to Detroit this evening for a rematch of Friday night’s game. Once again the goalies were Howard and Mason.

Mike Modano’s wrist injury turned out to be serious. He had to have surgery on Saturday to repair a severed tendon and he’s out of the lineup indefinitely. In the meantime Helm, Eaves and Hudler were all able to play and shouldn’t have to take turns sitting out for a while.

Friday night the Wings broke the Blue Jacket’s home winning streak and tonight they broke their road winning streak.

The Red Wings played very well. It took them a little while to get started but from the second period on they totally dominated even while killing off and extended 5 on 3 power play.

Kronwall, Helm and Filppula all scored even strength goals and Cleary scored an empty netter at the end to seal the deal.

Jimmy Howard had another superb game. There wasn’t much he could have done about either goal allowed.

The Red Wings are sure off to a great start this season. Let’s keep it going, guys!

This 2-4 win brings us to:
32 points

Detroit at Columbus (11/26/10)

Friday, November 26th, 2010

The Red Wings played in Columbus tonight with Jimmy Howard as their starting goalie. The Blue Jackets went with Steve Mason. Hudler was back in the lineup for this one and Miller was a healthy scratch.

This game was a serious goaltending duel. Both Howard and Mason were fantastic. Howard had one highlight reel save after another and even had to face a penalty shot. The Wings were shorthanded for what seemed like most of the game so Howard had to be good.

Mason also stopped a lot of point blank chances at the other end.

Franzen scored a beauty for the Wings after Bertuzzi made a sweet pass to connect with him. Filppula also scored with a power play goal that turned out to be the game winner.

The one goal that the Blue Jackets scored was a second chance opportunity after Howard made a great stop on a point blank shot.

Modano left the game in the second period after being cut on the wrist by a skate blade. There was no word on his condition by the end of the game. He didn’t react for several seconds so hopefully the cut was that deep and there won’t be any damage to the tendons.

This was a solid road game for the Red Wings. The Blue Jackets played hard and Mason was great. The Wings were just a little bit better.

This 2-1 win brings us to:
30 points

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Tonight the Red Wings played the Thrashers in Atlanta.  Jimmy Howard was in net for the Wings and for the Thrashers it was Pavelec.

This was not a good night for the Red Wings. The Thrashers beat them at their own game. Atlanta had the puck most of the night and outshot the Wings, especially in the second period. The Wings turned the puck over a lot and Jimmy Howard got shelled for two periods. Had Howard not been on top of his game it probably would have been five to nothing at the first intermission. He kept it close in the first by making some great saves but Atlanta broke it open in the second.

By the third period it was four to one Atlanta. Babcock put in Joey MacDonald for the third period. Not that it was Howard’s fault but it was a chance to shake up the team a little and get MacDonald some minutes.

All the games lately where the Red Wings have been out played and still found a way to win have been leading to this one. You can’t keep getting outplayed and keep winning. Eventually it’ll catch up with you and that’s happened in Atlanta. The Thrashers outworked the Wings and they deserved to win.

This 1-5 loss brings us to:
28 points

Calgary at Detroit (11/21/10)

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

The Wings played the Flames tonight at Joe Louis Arena. Howard and Kiprusoff were the starting goaltenders.

This was another game where the Red Wings weren’t at their best but they still found a way to get it done.

With just 3.2 seconds left in the game Zetterberg scored the game tying goal after receiving a beautiful pass from Datsyuk. Then Lidstrom scored in the overtime for the win.

It was certainly an exciting finish and it showed us once again how the Wings can win even when they aren’t at their best.

Cleary left the ice with an upper body injury after taking a hard check into the boards. Ericsson and Franzen were also banged up. Hopefully, none of that will be serious.

This caps off an incredible six game home stand for the Wings in which they got 11 out of 12 possible points. Great job, Red Wings!

This 4-5 win brings us to:
28 points

Minnesota at Detroit (11/19/10)

Friday, November 19th, 2010

The Red Wings played the Minnesota Wild tonight at the Joe. Jimmy Howard was the starter for the Wings and the Wild went with their backup goalie, Jose Theodore.

I thought the Red Wings played really well in this game although it didn’t seem to translate into goals. For most of the game the Wild were playing extremely tight defense. There was just nowhere for the Wings to go with the puck. When they got it deep the Wild were taking away all the passing lanes and clogging the ice in front of the net. They weren’t very concerned with trying to score; they were just playing very conservatively.

The Wild were still able to score goals however and on very few shots. They had a good scoring chance where Jimmy Howard was completely screened and they also had a fluky goal that somehow squeezed between Howard’s skate and the post. For the most part I thought Howard played well, but the goals still came. Even so, he made some incredible, acrobatic saves.

The Red Wings fourth line had another great game. They scored two of the Wings’ three goals. Eaves was in the lineup tonight. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it’s Eaves or Miller; they’re both very effective.

The Wings had the lead three to two as they approached the final minute of the game. Minnesota tied it up though just as they were about to pull their goalie.

The game went into overtime and John Madden scored the game winning goal for the Wild.

Minnesota played a very defensive and patient game. The Wings were all over them and they still held on and got the win. The Red Wings played well but it just didn’t work out for them.

This 4-3 overtime loss brings us to:
26 points

St. Louis at Detroit (11/17/10)

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The Red Wings’ opponent tonight was the St. Louis Blues. The goalies were Howard and Halak. Both goalies came into the game with great numbers, near the top of the league.

This turned out to be a tale of two games. For about the first forty minutes or so the Wings were nearly terrible. It seemed like they just couldn’t get going. The Blues were playing much better than the Red Wings. The Wings had more rest than the Blues though so the hope was that once they got their legs going the Blues would tire sooner.

Luckily, Jimmy Howard was playing very well from the start and he kept the Wings in the game with some spectacular and timely saves. At the other end Halak was doing a good job for the Wings as well! The first goal came on a shot by Miller that popped up in the air in front of the net. Halak tried to slap it away and it hit the shaft of his stick. Then it caught the blade as he was following through with the swing and it shot straight behind him and into the net. It was a freaky way for the Wings to get the first goal of the game.

The score went back and forth through most of the game and halfway through the third period it was tied at three.

Then the Red Wings exploded. In the final ten minutes of the game they had four goals. They were all over the Blues who became very frustrated and took penalties which just made things worse. Two of the four third period goals were power play goals. Cleary had two goals on the night and Rafalski had three assists. Those two along with Abdelkader were the three stars of the game. It wouldn’t have been possible without Jimmy Howard keeping the team in the game so I’d call him an honorary star.

This was a wonderful for the Wings from the perspective that they still found a way to win even though they weren’t on the top of their game. They were playing poorly at first but they didn’t let it get out of control and they didn’t give up. Way to go, Red Wings!

This 3-7 win brings us to:
25 points

Colorado at Detroit (11/13/10)

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

The Wings played the Avalanche tonight at Joe Louis Arena with Howard and Budaj as the starting goaltenders.  Eaves was in the lineup and Miller was a healthy scratch as Babcock continues having them take turns.

This was a pretty one sided game with the Wings dominating.  For the first two periods Colorado hardly had the puck.  The Avs turned it around a little in the third period by activating their defense to pressure the Red Wings and by getting some power play time.

Bertuzzi scored a beautiful goal after a nice setup from Franzen.  It was a pinpoint shot that was placed just over Budaj’s shoulder in what was, just barely, a puck-sized hole.

Hudler scored his first goal of the season and was visibly relieved to be rid of the goose egg.  He had just come out of the penalty box and Lidstrom sprung him with a long outlet pass.  Hudler had trouble catching up to the puck and didn’t get much on the shot.  But as Budaj blocked it the puck came back into Hudler’s feet and he took it with him behind the net.  He put the puck back towards Budaj from near the back boards and banked it in off of Budaj’s skate.  It was a great second effort by Hudler and a pretty creative play to find a way to make something out of nothing.

Cleary also scored a goal after a very nice pass by Bertuzzi.  It was a backhand shot that might have been deflected on the way to Budaj.

At the other end of the ice Howard didn’t have much to do for most of the game.  In the third period Colorado was a little more active.  Detroit got into some penalty trouble and the Avs had a 5 on 3 for 37 seconds.  Howard’s skate got tangled up with the skate of an Avs player and he wasn’t able to get back into position in time to stop a shot by Liles.  The contact was outside of the crease so there was no goalie interference but you could hardly fault Howard for giving up that one.

Colorado pulled their goalie with over two minutes left in the game but neither team was able to score another goal.

The Wings won their third game in a row in pretty convincing fashion.  They were dominant and played a very solid, complete game.

This 1-3 win brings us to:
23 points

Edmonton at Detroit (11/11/10)

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Tonight the Oilers were in town for a rematch of last Friday night’s game in Edmonton. The goalies were Khabibulin and Howard. Miller was in for this game and Eaves was a healthy scratch.

The Oilers entered this game in a bit of a slump. Khabibulin had been pulled from his previous game and they seemed to be lacking confidence. It was a perfect opportunities for the Red Wings to capitalize on a young, struggling team.

The Wings smelled blood right from the start of this one. It was already three to nothing at the end of the first period.

Babcock had changed up most of the lines for this game. Only Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Holmstrom were unchanged. Hudler was moved to a line with Filppula and Franzen. Cleary, Modano and Bertuzzi made up the third line. Abdelkader moved to the fourth line with Helm and Miller. It was not a punishment for Abdelkader who’s been playing very well.

The new lines were very effective. Cleary and Holmstrom each had two goals and Franzen finally got his 100th career goal. We’ve seen in the past how one goal from Franzen can open the floodgates so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go on a hot streak. Filppula scored as well to give the Red Wings a total of six goals for the night.

The Wings did a great job tonight. They’ll face the Avalanche at the Joe on Saturday. Hopefully the hot streak will continue.

This 2-6 win brings us to:
21 points

Phoenix at Detroit (11/8/10)

Monday, November 8th, 2010

The Red Wings played the Coyotes tonight in Detroit. The Wings had spent all day Sunday travelling home from Vancouver. Rafalski returned to the lineup tonight which is very good news for the Wings. The goalies for this game were Howard and Bryzgalov.

The Red Wings were clearly tired from all the travel and shifting time zones. They lacked energy for long stretches in this game. However they also were able to dig deep and apply some good pressure in spurts.

There were a few scary moments in the first period when Jimmy Howard was down and looked to be injured. After being checked by Stempniak, Salei fell awkwardly onto Howard when he was in a prone position. After a few minutes of checking things out with the trainer Howard was fine.

Rafalski seemed to enjoy being back in the lineup. He got right back into the action when he took a shot from the point that was eventually banged in by Cleary for the first goal of the night.

The Wings gave up the next two goals and eventually tied it up in the third period.

The game went to overtime tied at two.

In the OT there was a delayed penalty call against the Coyotes and Howard went to the bench for an extra skater. Before the Coyotes could touch the puck Zetterberg tipped in a shot from Salei for the game winner.

This was tough game for the Wings and it showed a lot of guts for them to battle through it. They were obviously out of gas and they were still able to dig deep and pull out two points.

This 2-3 win brings us to:
19 points