Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota Wild’

Minnesota at Detroit (4/3/11)

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

The Red Wings played the Wild this afternoon in Detroit. Both teams played yesterday so the fatigue factor was about even. Detroit won in Nashville and Minnesota lost a home game to the Lightning. The goalies were Jimmy Howard and Jose Theodore. Datsyuk returned to the lineup today so that’s great news for the Wings.

After a statement game in Nashville yesterday there was some concern that the Wings could have had a bit of a letdown for today’s game against the Wild who are out of the playoff race. It turned out that wasn’t a problem for Detroit. They played another solid game and looked good right from the start.

The Red Wings had goals from Helm, Lidstrom, Holmstrom and Franzen. Jimmy Howard was excellent when called upon but the Wings did a good job of limiting shots against.

Another Red Wing goal was waved off in this game for incidental contact with the goaltender. This time it was Abdelkader in front of the net. I really can’t believe the call because Abdelkader was pushed into the goalie and he got out of the way before Brad Stuart’s point shot was released. There’s no way that goal should have been waved off. It didn’t matter in the end but this is a disturbing trend.

The Wild didn’t put up much of a fight in this one and the Red Wings rolled to a relatively easy win which clinched the Central Division title for them. Now the lowest they can be seeded in the playoffs is third. This is the ninth division title for the Wings in the last ten seasons.

This 2-4 win brings us to:
102 points

Detroit at Minnesota (2/20/11)

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

The Red Wings spent Hockey Day in America in Minnesota for an early afternoon game against the Wild. The goalies were Jimmy Howard and Niklas Backstrom. This was a milestone game for Todd Bertuzzi who was playing in number 1000 of his career. Mike Ilitch flew Bertuzzi’s family in to Minnesota for the game so they could be there to witness his milestone.

This was a very defensive game. Neither team gave up much to the other. The chances were mostly all kept to the outside and there weren’t a lot of rebounds. It turned in to quite a goaltending battle as there were no goals scored until the third period. There were a lot of great saves though, mostly by Backstrom since Howard wasn’t challenged as much by the Wild’s shots. He was calm and poised however and was always ready when shots came his way.

In the third period the Wings got on the board when Hudler found Lidstrom entering the slot and made a nice pass to him. Lidstrom slapped it by Backstrom and made it one to nothing Wings. Just a few minutes later the Wings turned the puck over to Havlat who took off all alone to the Red Wings’ net. He made a nice move and beat Howard with a shot to tie the game.

From that point on the goaltending dual resumed and both goalies were stellar. Through the rest of regulation and through the overtime period they gave up nothing.

Datsyuk was the first shooter in the shootout and he scored a beauty. Then Howard made a save on Bouchard, Hudler missed the net and Howard made a save on Cullen. Bertuzzi was up next with a chance for the game winner in his 1000th game and in front of his family and friends. He took a leisurely pace toward the net, got in tight and shot a backhander up and over Backstrom to win the game.

What a great memory that will be for Bertuzzi and his family. Of course after his game winning goal he was mobbed by his teammates and they saved the puck for him to keep. He was all smiles and I’m sure that’ll be one of the special moments of his career.

It was nice to see the Wings win in a low scoring, defensive battle. That was more of a playoff style of game. They’ve been in some high scoring games lately so it’s good to know they can still win a game two to one.

This 2-1 win brings us to:
80 points

Detroit at Minnesota (12/26/10)

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Tonight the Red Wings played the first of back to back road games. They faced off against the Wild tonight with Howard in net. Minnesota went with Backstrom.

The Red Wings had great energy tonight. They had a lot of jump right from the start of the game. The weird thing about this one was that they scored the first two goals on really poor scoring chances from behind the goal line. Zetterberg banked the first one in off of Backstrom’s rear end. Cleary put the second one in with a shot along the goal line that somehow squeezed between Backstrom’s skate and the post.

In the second period Draper had a nice tip-in goal. Kronwall shot the puck and Draper hit it in mid-air. It made the puck start fluttering and it went right over Backstrom’s shoulder. Later in the second period Holmstrom scored a tough power play goal in which he had to contort his body and shoot the puck between his own legs. Not only that, but he was getting knocked down at the same time. He ended up landing on his own stick and breaking it as the puck went into the net. It was a great, hard-working goal.

Jimmy Howard was strong at the Wings’ end and made lots of incredible saves, but the Wild broke the shut-out with about three minutes left in the game. It was a power play goal scored by Brent Burns. Howard stopped the first shot but Burns popped in the rebound.

This seemed like a game where both teams were working hard but the puck was just bouncing right for Detroit. This makes up for one of the games where Detroit did everything right but just couldn’t get the puck in the net.

The only downside of the game was that Cleary was hit by a Brad Stuart slap shot. It was hard to tell on the replay but it looked like it hit right on the outside of his ankle bone. He had a tough time getting to the bench but he didn’t go to the dressing room. He played a little more after that but not much. Let’s hope it’s nothing too serious!

This 4-1 win brings us to:
48 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

Minnesota at Detroit (3/26/10)

Friday, March 26th, 2010

The Minnesota Wild came to Detroit tonight to play the Red Wings. The only lineup change for the Wings was the return of Patrick Eaves after missing three games. That’s good news for him but not so good for Meech who had to sit. Josh Harding was in net for the Wild and Jimmy Howard was the man for the Wings. Tonight was also Jimmy Howard’s 26th birthday so happy birthday to him!

The Red Wings got off to a great start with a really strong first shift that drew an early penalty. The Wild killed it off but the Wings had some sustained pressure.

Shortly afterwards at the Red Wings’ end the puck slid right across the goal line and the referee called it a goal. It did not completely cross the line though so after a review it was disallowed.

The first period ended pretty uneventfully. The Red Wings were outshooting the Wild 13 to 9 but they weren’t able to get one by Josh Harding. The Red Wings had three power plays but were thwarted each time.

Early in the second period Franzen got the puck after a faceoff win. He made a nice move and put the puck around Harding and into the net to give the Wings the one to nothing lead.

A few minutes later the Red Wings were on the power play. Lidstrom fired from the point intentionally wide of the net to set up Holmstrom. He tipped it perfectly and scored the 100th power play goal of his career. That’s quite a milestone! That goal made it two to nothing Detroit.

Later in the second period the Wings were on the penalty kill and were called for too many men on the ice. That gave the Wild a 5 on 3 power play. Detroit killed off the first penalty and then started pressuring offensively even though they were still a man short. Lidstrom fired the puck from the blue line. Ericsson was in front the net and swatted at the puck as it went by. Ericsson tipped it and it got by Harding. It was a shorthanded goal and it made it three to nothing Wings.

Then the Red Wings really caught fire. It was just 1:20 after the Ericsson goal when Datsyuk threw the puck to the front of the net from the corner. It hit the skate of a Minnesota player and bounced right in. The puck luck was certainly with the Wings tonight!

With a little over three minutes left in the period the Wild had a power play. Zidlicky shot down the slot from the blue line with a bunch of traffic in front of the net. Howard couldn’t see the puck. He got a piece of it but it dropped down behind him and Brunette whacked it into the net making it four to one.

Dan Cleary left the game in the second period after apparently re-aggravating a groin injury. That’s not good news. Hopefully, it won’t be long term.

Backstrom came in to start the third period in relief of Josh Harding. It looked like Harding just wasn’t feeling it tonight but they later announced that he had left the game injured.

Early in the third period Nolan shot the puck at the Red Wings’ net. It was a bouncing puck. Howard was trying to direct it away but instead it bounced right over his stick and went in the net bringing the Wild to within two.

Then the Red Wings had another power play when Schultz was called for unsportsmanlike conduct. On the power play Holmstrom passed it from behind the net to Franzen in front. It hit Franzen in the skate and bounced into the net. Franzen had his second goal of the night and the Wings had the three goal lead back.

Then, right off a face off win, Miller took the puck into the Wild’s zone and shot from about the faceoff dot. It hit Zidlicky in front and went in the net making it six to two.

From then on the Red Wings just coasted to the win. They had a few good scoring chances especially during a 5 on 3 power play in the final two minutes, but no additional goals were scored.

The Wings look like a team that’s really come together. They’re all playing well and seem to have a real sense of urgency. The best thing is the consistency. They’re playing solid hockey from start to finish night after night.

Next they face the Predators in Nashville tomorrow night. Let’s hope they can keep this roll going and pull ahead of the Predators for fifth place.

This 2-6 win brings us to:
89 points

Minnesota at Detroit (3/11/10)

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

The Minnesota Wild faced off tonight against the Red Wings in Joe Louis Arena. This was another hugely important game as they all will be from here on out. Babcock moved Filppula onto Zetterberg’s line to hopefully help Zetterberg score more. He’s been in a bit of a slump lately. Josh Harding was the Wild’s goalie and Jimmy Howard was in net for the Wings. Calgary plays later tonight so if the Wings can win and the Flames lose, Detroit will jump ahead of them into the 8th spot in the standings.

The Red Wings started this game with a lot of jump. Early in the first period they were pressuring hard. Franzen shot from the point with Holmstrom in front of the net and Datsyuk in the middle. Franzen’s shot was so hard that even though Harding got a piece of it with his glove it just powered right on through and dropped down just across that goal line. That gave the Wings the early one to nothing lead.

Later in the first period the Wings entered the offensive zone on a power play and Zetterberg passed it from one point to Holmstrom at the other point. Holmstrom fired the puck and it hit a Wild player and changed direction. Then it hit the knob of the goalie stick. It changed direction again and went into the net making it two to nothing.

Just a few seconds later Eaves passed it from behind the net to Zetterberg right on the doorstep. Zetterberg shot it immediately and burned Harding for another quick goal. The Wings were up three to nothing at the point on only eight shots.

Nearing the end of the period the Wild brought the puck into the Red Wings’ end and threw it towards the net. It hit Brad Stuart’s skate and went in with just 11 seconds left. It was three to one Red Wings.

In the second period the Wild went on a power play after Rafalski accidentally chopped Latendresse in the back of the head with a high stick. While the Wings were shorthanded Filppula and Miller started up the ice after a takeaway. Filppula went to the net and went all the way down past the goal line. He stopped and threw it back toward the crease. It hit Miller in the chest and went in the net making it three to one Red Wings.

With time winding down in the third period Franzen took the puck to the net. He made a nice deke around his defender and put the puck by Harding making it five to one.

That was the final score of the game as the Red Wings won it five to one. The Wings played a very good, complete game tonight. Zetterberg got back on track and the team as a whole played great 60 minute game. This is just what we needed to see from the Wings tonight. Now, if they can just stay consistent…

That put the Wings back into 8th place, at least until we find out how Calgary finishes later tonight.

This 1-5 win brings us to:
76 points

Detroit at Minnesota (1/27/10)

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Not even 24 hours after Detroit’s latest in a string of disappointing losses, they were in Minnesota to face the Wild. The Wild’s goalie was Josh Harding and Chris Osgood was in for the Wings.

Early in the first period the Wild went on the power play. Koivu got the puck next to the net and held it like he was waiting for a shot to open. Osgood was totally focused on him but instead of shooting he passed it to Miettinen in the slot who had no trouble hitting the mostly wide open net to take the quick lead one to nothing.

The Red Wings scored a few minutes later when Lidstrom fired from close to the point. It hit something, possibly Zetterberg, in front of Harding and changed direction. The puck bounced down and Datsyuk corralled it and put it in the net. That made it a one to one tie.

Approaching the end of the first period Miettinen scored again. It was a bad angle shot that beat Osgood cleanly.

Just a few seconds later Datsyuk answered again. This time Lidstrom shot from the other point and Datsyuk deflected it in front of the net. It was pretty crazy the way Miettinen and Datsyuk were trading goals.

A few seconds after that Zanon ripped one from the blue line and Ebbett deflected it into the net. The first period still had over two minutes left and the game was already three to two Wild.

After one period Detroit was outshooting the Wild but the Wild were out chancing Detroit. It was a strange game. It seemed that Detroit spent most of the period on their heels so I’d say they were lucky to only be down by a goal.

After the crazy first period there was no scoring in the second period.

In the third period Belanger made a nice move to ditch Bertuzzi then he passed diagonally to Latendresse who one-timed it by Osgood for the four to two lead.

Just a few seconds later Koivu passed through the crease to Havlat who had snuck in back door. Havlat released a sharp angle shot and put it in the net. That made it five to two Wild.

That was the end of the scoring as the Wild beat the Red Wings five to two.

This was another depressing game. I don’t know if the team feels as confident when Osgood is in the net, but maybe that’s just me. Most of the goals against weren’t Osgood’s fault in my opinion. He was just getting all turned around because the Wild had such an easy time moving the puck. I’d put this loss on poor defensive play in general more than goaltending. I’m sure that fatigue was another factor being on the second half of back to back games. Things have to start improving soon or they might end up watching the playoffs.

This 2-5 loss brings us to:
59 points