Archive for November, 2010

Detroit at Vancouver (11/6/10)

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

The Wings wrapped up their western Canada road trip tonight with a game in Vancouver. It was the second night of back to back games after having played last night in Edmonton. Jimmy Howard got the start for the second night in a row and Luongo was in net for the Canucks. Miller was back in the lineup tonight and Eaves was the healthy scratch. Babcock is rotating players because he wants to keep Hudler in the lineup.

The Red Wings dominated this game through two periods. Although the score was tied at the second intermission Detroit had about double the shots on goal as the Canucks and seemed to be pretty well in charge of the game.

In the third period though, it seemed like the Wings started to run out of gas. Detroit took four penalties in the third and allowed two power play goals. That turned out to be the difference in the game. The Red Wings allowed 23 shots on goal in the third period. That was more than triple the shots that the Wings had.

There wasn’t anything Howard could have done about most of the Canucks’ goals. There was maybe one of them that he’d have liked to have had back. It really just seemed like the Wings were tired at the end. I think the back to back games finally caught up with them in the third period.

This 4-6 loss brings us to:
8-3-1
17 points

Detroit at Edmonton (11/5/10)

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Tonight the Wings were in Edmonton for the first of back to back games to wrap up their western Canada road trip. The goalies for this game were Howard and Khabibulin. Hudler was back in the lineup tonight and Miller was a healthy scratch.

The Wings played well in Edmonton. It was another solid road game. Abdelkader had another great game. He was right on the spot for the Wings’ first goal when he popped in the rebound of a Modano shot.

Filppula scored a nice, opportunistic goal and Cleary bagged an empty-netter at the end.

Jimmy Howard played very well tonight, too. He only allowed a single goal even though the Oilers had 30 shots, the same amount as Detroit had.

Ericsson dropped the gloves with Brule after a hard (but clean) hit on Datsyuk against the boards. The linesman came in to break up the fight but for some reason one came in before the other and basically held Ericsson’s arms while Brule wailed on him. Not cool. The linesman paid for it though by taking a punch to chops during the scuffle. It must have just been miscommunication by the linesman as to when they were going to step in.

This was a good road game for the most part. Team defense could have been better but Howard made sure to keep the Oilers from doing too much damage.

This 3-1 win brings us to:
8-2-1
17 points

Detroit at Calgary (11/3/10)

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The Red Wings rolled in to Calgary tonight to face the Flames in the first game of their west coast road trip.  Howard was back in net for the Wings tonight after having recovered from back spasms.  Ericsson also returned to the lineup tonight.  Kiprusoff was the goalie for the Flames.

The Red Wings played really well tonight.  It was a solid road game from start to finish.  They didn’t capitalize on the power play but they were very good on the penalty kill.

Jimmy Howard looked excellent in his return.  He made a ton of incredible saves.  Kiprusoff did as well at the other end though.

There were many high points to this game.  Abdelkader, Cleary and Modano all had especially good games.

Modano managed to snap his goal drought.  After being set up by a nice play from Cleary he carried the puck in on a breakaway and ripped it over Kiprusoff’s shoulder.  He’s starting to look a lot more comfortable playing the Red Wings’ system so that’s great news.

Abdelkader scored one as well, in nearly the same part of the net, after being set up by Datsyuk.

Overall I’d say this was a textbook road game.  Detroit had nearly double the shots on goal as Calgary.  Great job by the Wings!

This 2-1 win brings us to:
7-2-1
15 points