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Los Angeles at Detroit (3/9/11)

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

The Red Wings hosted the L.A. Kings tonight at Joe Louis Arena. The starting goalies were Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Quick. Rafalski was still out with back spasms and Kindl was taking his place in the lineup.

The Red Wings got off to a pretty good start in this game. They played hard in the first period and outshot the Kings by a wide margin. Early in the period the Wings were pressuring and Helm took a shot at the net. It looked like Quick had it but it slipped between his legs and trickled in. That gave the Red Wings the early lead.

In the second period the Kings started playing a lot harder. Penner shot one from the point that bounced in on net. Howard had to be sharp just to track it and knock it down. Unfortunately, the rebound dropped down next to him in front of the open net with Kopitar right on the doorstep. He banged it in to tie the game. Later in the second period the Kings were on the power play. Handzus swung his stick around hitting Lidstrom in the mouth and cutting him. Apparently, everybody missed it and no penalty was called. A few seconds later, during the same play, Martinez fired from the point. The puck changed direction a couple of times and was finally tipped in by Dustin Brown. That one was hard to take because it should have been a four minute double minor for the Kings and instead they got what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

The game was pretty even from that point on. The Kings played great defense and didn’t give the Wings any room. Detroit pulled the goalie at the end but they weren’t able to tie the game.

The real story of this game was Jonathan Quick. After the initial flub when Helm scored, he was red hot. He absolutely robbed the Red Wings on several occasions and had them shaking their heads in disbelief. On top of that the Kings’ defense was excellent.

This is the fourth game in a row without a win for the Red Wings. They have two losses and two overtime losses in that time. They’re going to have to turn this around quickly or they might find themselves in the thick of the battle for the playoffs instead of standing near the top watching the mayhem.

This 2-1 loss brings us to:
86 points

Detroit at Los Angeles (2/28/11)

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Detroit continued their road trip tonight in Los Angeles with a game against the Kings. The starting goaltenders were Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Quick. Franzen was out of the lineup tonight to stay home with his wife who just delivered their first child on Sunday. Congratulations to the Franzen family! Rafalski had joined the team but wasn’t able to play so Kindl was in instead.

The first period was a little bit strange. I didn’t feel like Detroit was playing very well and yet by the end of the period they were winning three to one. Early in the period Howard went to catch a puck that was lobbed up in the air but was coming in on net. He seemed to lose it in the lights and missed in. The Kings went after it and Helm took a hooking call trying to prevent their scoring chance. On the ensuing power play Howard got beat for a goal when Handzus popped in a rebound. A few minutes later Miller answered with a shot that snuck between Quick’s pads and into the net. Then, just 30 seconds later, Hudler shot the puck towards the net and Cleary knocked it down and in. Just like that the Wings had the lead. Near the end of the period Lidstrom scored with a nice power play blast that got through a bunch of bodies and went off the post and in. Even with all the scoring it seemed like L.A. was playing better than the Wings. Their fore check especially was much more effective than Detroit’s. L.A. seemed to be controlling the puck more but it’s hard to complain about a two goal lead!

In the second period I thought the Wings started playing a lot better. They were more aggressive on the loose pucks, they were faster and they controlled the play a lot more. There was no scoring though until the very end of the period. The Wings were on the power play and Datsyuk made a great play to keep the puck in the zone. Then he took it to the net and snapped it over Quick’s shoulder. That made it four to one Red Wings at the end of the second.

Hudler was called for hooking immediately when the third period started so the Kings thought they could get back into the game. Helm had other plans. He made great move to chip the puck away from one of the Kings players and started up ice with it. He blasted it and beat Quick five-hole for a shorthanded goal that put Detroit four goals up on the Kings. Then Miller scored his second of the night and Hudler scored one, too. Those three goals were the Red Wings’ first three shots of the period. After Miller’s second goal the Kings pulled Quick and put in Bernier. The Kings scored three goals in the second half of the third period but at the point nobody was all that interested anymore so I don’t think we should worry too much about the late goals.

So the Wings have won two out of two so far on this road trip. Now they head to Anaheim for a game on Wednesday night.

This 7-4 win brings us to:
84 points

Los Angeles at Detroit (12/13/10)

Monday, December 13th, 2010

The Red Wings hosted the Kings for tonight’s matchup.  Jimmy Howard was in net for the Wings and the Kings went with Jonathan Quick.

I thought the Red Wings were excellent tonight.  In fact this is probably the best game they’ve ever lost and they didn’t just lose, they were shut out!  They fired everything they had at Quick and he didn’t budge.  It was an amazing display of goaltending.

At the other end Howard let in a couple that he’d probably like back but there were also a few defensive mistakes that the Kings used to their advantage.  I thought the first goal just beat him cleanly after he gave up the rebound, and the second one just barely got through him and hung on the goal line waiting to be put in.  After that the team was probably taking some chances offensively and hung Howard out to dry a few times.

Aside from a few mistakes and giving up a few odd man rushes I really thought the Wings played very well.  They were aggressive right from the start and they had plenty of energy.  The way they were playing it looked like it should have been five to nothing the other way.

Jonathan Quick was just too good tonight.  He dominated the game.  He faced 51 shots without giving up a goal.  You’ve got to hand it to him, he earned that shutout.

This 5-0 loss brings us to:
41 points

Detroit at Los Angeles (12/4/10)

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

The Red Wings played the Kings tonight in the second of back to back. Jonathan Quick was the goalie for the Kings and for the Red Wings Chris Osgood returned to the lineup after recovering from a groin injury. Jimmy Howard was the backup. Also returning to the lineup after a groin injury was Kris Draper. He played his first game of the season after injuring himself in training camp. Eaves was a healthy scratch to make room for him.

The Red Wings seemed to have a lot of energy at the start of the game.  They didn’t look like a team that had just played the night before. They appeared to tire a little bit as the game wore on. Unfortunately for the Wings it took an overtime period to decide a winner which was a disadvantage because of their lack of rest.

Both of the Red Wings goals were nice plays where somebody jumped on the rebound and popped it in. Ericsson did it the first time and then Bertuzzi did nearly the same thing.

The Kings’ regulation goals were both redirects that Osgood had no chance of stopping. One was a legitimate tip in and the other hit Helm and changed direction. Osgood played a very solid game overall.

The game winner came with less than a minute to go in the overtime period. The Kings had a three on two breakaway and Kopitar beat Osgood for the goal.

This was the first game in a while that the Wings didn’t win but at least they still got a point. If they can keep this pace they’re on track to seriously dominate the league this season. So far so good!

This 2-3 overtime loss brings us to:
37 points

Detroit at Los Angeles (2/6/10)

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

For this afternoon’s game the Red Wings were on the road in Los Angeles to face the Kings. This game featured two red hot young goalies in Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Quick.

There’s been some trade news to report today. To make cap space for Franzen the Red Wings traded Ville Leino to Philadelphia for defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and a 5th round draft pick in 2011. Tollefsen had to be put on waivers immediately and is being sent straight to Grand Rapids. He’s had some concussion and knee problems lately so hopefully he’ll be able to stay healthy.

The Red Wings drew first blood in this one. Nearing the halfway point of the first period Datsyuk brought the puck into the zone and took it to the corner. Holmstrom was in front causing a distraction. Zetterberg snuck in the back door and was left wide open. Datsyuk made a great pass through middle and Zetterberg tapped it in easily for the first goal making it one to nothing Wings.

Just 16 seconds later Cleary brought the puck into the zone and tried to pass it to Filppula but he didn’t connect. The puck bounced down in the slot and Filppula circled around and fired it towards the net as Cleary continued to the goal. It hit the skate of a Kings player in front of the net and went in. Just like that the Wings had a two goal lead early in the game.

Near the end of the first period the Red Wings went on the power play when Doughty was called for a cross check. The Kings had a shorthanded scoring chance and Williams was forced to take a hooking penalty to prevent a possible goal. That made it 4 on 4 for the rest of the period. There was a face off in the Kings end with about 11 seconds to go. Detroit won the face and Lidstrom fired the puck off the back boards. It bounced to the front where Rafalski shot it. Quick stopped it but the rebound was just sitting there in front of the open net and Zetterberg popped it home. That gave the Red Wings a three nothing lead with fewer than 5 seconds to go in the first period.

About halfway through the second period Brad Stuart turned the puck over in his own end. Parse ended up with it and took it behind the net. He centered it to Frolov who one-timed it right in front of the net. Jimmy Howard stopped it but the rebound came right back to Frolov who put it in the net on his second try. That made it three to one Red Wings.

It was announced during the second period that Holmstrom had left with left leg injury. I’m not sure when it happened or exactly what caused the injury.

Later in the second period Howard came out to play a dump in. Somehow he put it towards his own skates and then lost it. As Howard was trying regain control Handzus came in and poked it away from him. Handzus then gathered it in and put it in the net. That was big flub by Howard and I’m sure he wasn’t too happy about it. That made it three to two Detroit.

Just a few minutes later the Kings tied the game. Simmonds was working the puck down low and threw it towards the front of the net. Smyth and Stoll were both right there on the doorstep. Smyth managed to smack it into the back of the net to even the score with under four minutes left in the second period.

At some point earlier in the game Eaves had blocked a shot and must have injured his foot. He left the bench and didn’t return.

Then, late in the second period Miller was also injured blocking a shot and left the game. With Holmstrom, Eaves and Miller all out of the game, Babcock had to do a lot of line juggling.

Zetterberg and Helm both came close to scoring. They hit the same post within a few seconds of each other.

Late in the third period the Kings had a shot on goal that Howard stopped but the rebound was bouncing around. Handzus grabbed it and put it in the net for the Kings’ fourth unanswered goal. After being up three to nothing, Detroit was now trailing by one.

The Red Wings pulled the goalie at the end but weren’t able to score.

This was just about the worst outcome imaginable for the Red Wings. Playing against a team that they’re trailing in the standings they ended up losing after having a three goal lead. To make matters worse they also lost three players to injury. If they Wings had won the game they would have been seven points behind L.A. in the standings. Since they lost they’re now 11 points behind. That’s a four point swing and a lost opportunity.

Losing the three forwards was probably a big factor in why the Wings lost the game. The rest of the team had to pick up the slack and by the end I think they were just plain worn out. They didn’t play badly. They hit a lot of posts and gave up some fluky goals. This is just a day that I’m sure they’d rather forget.

This 3-4 loss brings us to:
64 points