Detroit at Phoenix (10/16/10)

The Red Wings faced the Phoenix Coyotes tonight on the road. The Coyotes were in their home opener after having returned from Europe where they’d played in the NHL Premiere. Tonight’s goalies were Jimmy Howard and Ilya Bryzgalov.

Franzen had to sit out this game with a head injury sustained when he was hit in the face by Fistric in Dallas. He had an MRI and the results looked good so he’s just waiting as a precaution. He’s expected to play in the next game on Thursday.

The Red Wings’ offensive woes continued in this game as they struggled to score all night long. They had plenty of chances but it just wasn’t clicking. The only goal scored by the Wings in regulation was a bit of a lucky bounce off a Phoenix player, however if it hadn’t hit him, Eaves was right there with his stick down so I think they would have scored even without the lucky bounce.

Jimmy Howard was fantastic in net. There wasn’t anything he could have done about the one goal he allowed.

The story of the game though had to be the Red Wings’ ineffective power play. They had one chance after another and just could not score a power play goal. I had the feeling that Phoenix could have been shorthanded for the whole game and it wouldn’t have mattered. The Wings really need to get that power play cranking.

The game went to an overtime period since it was tied one to one at the end of regulation. The Coyotes continued taking penalties in the OT. At one point four Coyotes players ganged up on Holmstrom and Datsyuk. They all piled on and started punching them while they were down. That was not cool. They paid for it though as it put them a man down for the rest of the game. The power play finally worked for the game winning goal. It was a great shot by Kronwall that was set up by Zetterberg and Lidstrom.

The Wings got two points out of this game but they clearly have some improvements to make. They were drastically outshot in the first period and Babcock was not happy with their level of competition. After that period they played harder but they need to figure out how to get the power play going. Luckily, Jimmy Howard and the defense pulled their weight and kept the game close even though they weren’t scoring.

This 2-1 win brings us to:
7 points

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