On Wednesday night, we got a reminder of what we as hockey fans lost when the league restructured into the current two conference, four division format: a prime rivalry between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings.
The Blackhawks started the game with the kind of powerhouse posession and shooting that has defined much of their season, outshooting the Red Wings 17-6. They would end the game 34-38 SOG, but the Blackhawks also led by a wide margin of attempted shots on goal - 23 attempts blocked and 17 missed shots, versus 20 AB and 6 MS for Detroit. The Blackhawks led on the faceoff dot, also, at 54%.
Amazingly, after Chicago's prolonged presure and action ...
The Red Wings and the Blackhawks met again on Wednesday night, and though the two teams are now in different conferences and meet just twice a year, the rivalry was as intense as ever. The Red Wings came from behind to secure the win in a thrilling 5-4 SO victory, with Darren Helm scoring the deciding goal in the shootout.
The Hawks jumped out to an early lead at 8:41 of the first, when Marian ...
The Wings may not have been victorious, but if they were one thing they were certainly determined.
Detroit fell into a 2-0 deficit early in the game, but managed to claw their way to a 3-3 tie before the end of regulation. What little luck The Red Wings had found ran dry shortly thereafter though, as Predator captain Shea Weber capitalized on a bad defensive decision and a fortunate bounce, scoring the OT winner to finish off Detroit 4-3.
The Red Wings defend home ice tonight and hope to take a little redemption out of the hide of the St. Louis Blues. St. Louis pummeled Detroit into oblivion in the season opener with a resounding 6-0 score, but the Wings have come quite a way since that dreadful night in Missouri.
It was just one week ago that the Wings fell short to the Stars at their home opener on Tuesday, January 22nd. The Wings are looking for a second chance to prove themselves against the Stars and take 2 points tonight, which, speaking from a bruised Wngs fan, is much needed after that Chicago game. Catch the game tonight at 7:30pm.
It is no secret that the Detroit Red Wings have had a rough start to the shortened season. Two of the three games the Wings played have resulted in a loss. The Wings are starting to look a little desperate and a win in tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild would be just the key to jump start a great season with the Wings we are all used to seeing.
Detroit finally made a move of note this offseason by securing speedster Darren Helm till 2016. Helm signed a 4-year $8.5 Million contract, sources say, which gives him an average cap hit of $2.125 Million/year. This is great news, as Helm is one of the best energy players on the team--something the Wings could've used much more of during the playoffs.
Helm's season was interrupted last year by injuries, including a sliced tendon in the series against Nashville that sidelined him for the rest of the year. Surgery on the injured arm was successful, however, and Darren is expected to be ready for training camp and should be back to his old self in no time.
Red Wings fans are still upset at the way in which the historic 2011-2012 season came to a close. How can a team with one of the leading goaltenders and the current NHL record for consecutive home victories go 4-4-2 in their last 10 AND lose home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs?
The team took quite a hit after going through a series of momentum changing injuries to stars like Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Jimmy Howard and Nicklas Lidstrom. Some would even say that Howard hasn't been the same since the injury. That slump in the season wasn't a surprise.
It also didn't help that the Wings couldn't capitalize on some of their late season opportunities which includes them falling to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Columbus, and then losing at home to Nashville, New Jersey and Chicago. The loss in Columbus just emphasizes the team's biggest setback of the season. The Wing's finished with a 17-21-3 record when playing away from the Joe.