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Injuries Are Not an Excuse

I'm not buying the 'Red Wings have too many injuries' argument any more. This might be the shortest recap I will ever write. Injuries are part of the game. Everyone is a pro hockey player. Battle through adversity. Play hard, grind it out and win by getting scrappy.

The Detroit Red Wings looked like the dead things in an embarrasing 4-0 loss to the lowly Anaheim Ducks and did none of those things mentioned above.

Since I'm not feeling like thinking about this game that much, here's a list of things that I learned about our boys in red tonight/thoughts that came across my mind:

1. They played like the softest team in the league

2. Joey MacDonald ...

No One Shows Up in Cali

This is what happens when a team doesn't have any compete level. The Detroit Red Wings got demolished 5-2 by the Los Angeles Kings.

No, a 5-2 loss including an empty net goal doesn't seem too bad, but if you assumed that you are dead wrong. Let's put it this way; Tom Hanks was in attendance, and he probably thought the Red Wings were the worst team in the NHL.

Let's forget about the fact that your top forward and defenceman are out in Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom. These are NHL players. They should be pushing for that win with everything they have. Only a few guys did tonight; Gustav Nyquist, Darren Helm and Brendan Smith. The rest of them were poopo...

Holy Helm!

The Detroit Red Wings fired 16 shots last night, the lowest total of the season. They were a bit lackluster and the Los Angeles Kings dominated most of the game. The end result? 4-3 Detroit on two last second goals by Valtteri Filppula and Darren Helm.

LA opened the scoring when Jeff Carter slid a rebound through Joey MacDonald. Henrik Zetterberg, who has been day to day with an injury, scored twice, one on a nice one timer from Filppula and the other on a drop pass from Flip. Justin Williams scored from an awful angle to make the score 2-2 after two periods.

The Kings got a goal from Dwight King with uner six minutes left and it looked like doomsday for Detroit. Against a goa...

Hawks Win, Lot's of Call-Ups

The Detroit Red Wings lost to their Central Division rival Chicago Blackhawks yesterday 2-1 in a game that showed that the Red Wings had no jump and could not solve the Hawks' defence.

Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks and Niklas Kronwall responded for Detroit with his 14th of the year.

The shots were only 24-18 in favour of Detroit, but Ray Emery was solid for Chicago to seal the win. Jimmy Howard started the game but Joey MacDonald was surprisingly in the net to start the second in a 1-1 game. Howard and Jakub Kindl both left the game with lower body injuries. Howard was still on the bench but will sit out next game in Philadelphia.

Sharp sco...

Depleted Wings Beat Lowly Jackets

The Detroit Red Wings started slow and ended strong in a 5-2 victory over the last place Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.

Johan Franzen got his first point in five games on a first period goal, which was quickly followed by a tally by Rick Nash, who by the way still plays for the Jackets.

The Red Wings played a sloppy second period and the score remained 1-1. Although they were missing Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Kyle Quincey (Ericsson doesn't count), the players that replaced them were very good in this game, most notably Brendan Smith. More on that in a bit.

The Blue Jackets scored a shorthanded breakaway goal due to the fact that Jiri Hudler sucked tonight a...

Streak Over; Why It's a Good Thing

The Vancouver Canucks came into the Joe Louis Arena and snapped the Detroit Red Wings' 23 game home winning streak with a 4-3 shootout win. The Red Wings were outshot 45-36 and the only reason the game was that close was Jimmy Howard's play in net.

Darren Helm opened the scoring with a flutterball shot that beat Roberto Luongo, and Detroit escaped the first period with a 1-0 lead after being peppered in shots, 17-5. Helm ended the game with a goal and two assists.

The Sedin twins hooked up in the second to tie the score at one, with Daniel poking in a rebound.

The Red Wings took the lead in the third when newly acquired defenceman Kyle Quincey (who wore number 27...

Datsyuk to Miss Two Weeks

Via NHL.com:

Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk, currently ninth in the League in scoring, reportedly will miss the next two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee Tuesday morning.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock updated Datsyuk's status following his team's practice in Chicago in preparation for Tuesday's game against Blackhawks (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN), who will be without captain Jonathan Toews due to an upper-body injury.

"Eve...

Surviving a Duck Attack

Surviving a duck attack shouldn't be too hard, especially because they have no teeth. But like Gordon Bombay said, it's because they lost them in a fight and they're tough.

The Anaheim Ducks sure showed some grit last night, going toe to toe with the Detroit Red Wings, the number one team in the league. Although they lost 2-1 in a shootout, they showed some spark for a team out of the playoff picture.

The Red Wings extended their home winning streak to 19 straight games on shootout goals by Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi, offsetting Teemu Selanne's marker for the win.

Anaheim outshot the Wings throughout the game and had a goal disallowed because of goal...

Howard Scraps, Wins 30th

Jimmy Howard won his 30th game of the year, played a little feisty and the Detroit Red Wings powered their way to a 3-1 victory over the red hot St. Louis Blues for their 17th consecutive home win which puts them at 4th all time for longest winning streak in a team's own building.

Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Niklas Kronwall scored for the Wings. Scott Nichol scored the lone goal for the Blues in only his second game of the year.

Nichol got on the gamesheet first when the Blues took advantage of a terrible line change by Brad Stuart and Jonathan Ericsson. The ensuing three on one was converted on a pass by B.J Crombeen to Nichol.

In the second period, Datsyuk got...

'Mule' Over Hank

Move over Henrik Zetterberg, there's a new number two in town.

More like "Mule over."

Johan Franzen is having a dominant season, with 18 goals, 22 assists and 40 points in 48 games, on pace for around 75 points by season's end. Zetterberg has come on statistically lately, and now has nine goals, 25 assists and 34 points in the same number of games.

There was once a time after the 2009 season after the Red Wings lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup final where fans and media weighed Detroit's options when it came to keeping either Franzen or then-Red Wing turned Blackhawk Marian Hossa. They were both power forwards with a nose for the n...