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Kronwall Avoids Suspension

Detroit defenceman Niklas Kronwall will not be suspended for his hit on Flyers forward Jakub Voracek last night.

Kronwall nailed Voracek with a shoulder check that left the Flyers forward dazed on the ice. Voracek recieved stitches in his mouth and did not return.

 

Via MLive.com:

"Kronwall will not target the head as the principle point of contact, as Voracek had his head down and was leaning forward. Kronwall did not leave his feet and was not penalized. There are many hits to the head that are deemed illegal, just by the nature of the way the recipient dips, ducks, turns or moves just prior ro contact."

The Flyers were upset, but none of the...

Flyers Skate Past Listless 'Griffins'

Did you do a double take? I called them the Griffins because it's pretty accurate.

The Philadelphia Flyers took down the Grand Detroit Red Griffins (aka Red Wings) 3-2 tonight on the night of Mark Howe's jersey retirement. Detroit played like a bunch of novices for almost the whole game. Henrik Zetterberg scored on Detroit's first shot on goal, but Philly got goals from Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux. 

Zetterberg's goal was a thing of beauty; a backhand - short side, upstairs over a kneeling Ilya Bryzgalov. Voracek scored on a bank in off Brendan Smith's skate on a partial wraparound. 

Voracek was later rocked by a huge Kronwall hit and was...

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...

Abdelkader Provides Spark in Win

The Detroit Red Wings won their 18th straight home game tonight in a 4-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers. Though it wasn't a pretty game, Detroit got a huge boost from the physical play of Justin Abdelkader.

He took on Ryan Jones after a big hit on Ian White, dropping the mitts and hanging on against the much stronger Jones. It energized his team and they went on to take a 2-0 lead on goals by Johan Franzen on a powerplay and Cory Emmerton on a scramble. Abdelkader drew an assist on Emmerton's tally, driving to the net and jamming a shot on goal resulting in a rebound and a wide open net for Emmerton's 6th of the year.

Edmonton eventually scored on one of th...

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...

Bertuzzi Prevails in Shootout Win

Todd Bertuzzi scored the only goal in the shootout Thursday, lifting the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena, Detroit's fifth consecutive win.

Five of the Red Wings' past six wins have come in a shootout or overtime. They are 4-0 in shootouts, 3-1 in overtime. And those extra points are crucial. With 63 points, Detroit has moved into first place in the overall standings. Bertuzzi, with his team's third opportunity in the shootout, beat Mike Smith with a nifty spin move and backhand shot, after Jimmy Howard had stopped three Phoenix attempts.

Ian White and Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings in regulation. Pavel Datsyuk an...

5 Moves to Make a Good Detroit Team Better

The Detroit Red Wings are rolling through this season, on pace for yet another 100+ point season and a 21st consecutive playoff appearance. While they already have a good team in front of them, these five changes could make them into an even better one, and all of them are plausible situations.

1. TRADE FOR A GOAL SCORER

There are not a lot of pure goal scorers on the Wings. Henrik Zetterberg hasn't been a huge threat and Pavel Datsyuk is basically a great set-up man. Johan Franzen is the closest thing to it, but he is inconsistent. A player like Zach Parise is someone who can score every night and would benefit from a move to Detroit. Look for fireworks at the trade deadl...

Change is Good

 

There are issues in Detroit with a certain hockey team that most people will not notice. Currently sitting in a playoff spot, the Red Wings look like there aren’t many issues facing them as of now. I’m here to tell you otherwise.

A stat that I looked up might not be alarming to some, but it proves the point I have been making about this team since a few weeks into the season; consistency.

Taking into account the whole season, Detroit has not lost or won just one game in a row. It has always been two-plus losses or 2-plus wins, never a single tick in the ‘W’ or ‘L’ column. To me, this clearly whispers that there are some inconsis...

Wings Top Avs, Parise an Option?

The Detroit Red Wings took down the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 yesterday at the Joe, led by Johan Franzen's hat trick. Jimmy Howard recorded the win for Detroit, and Nick Lidstrom scored his team leading 6th goal of the year early in the first period. Dan Cleary also scored for Detroit. Gabriel Landeskog and Milan Hejduk scored for the Avs.

While the Wings won decisively, they started slow, and in my perspective gave the puck away too many times. Eventually they settled down after Lidstrom scored from the slot, and then Franzen got lucky a couple times. His first was a 'deflection' off a Valterri Filppula shot that just happened to clip his stick, the second was a beautiful ...