Lidstrom. Datsyuk. Howard. Bertuzzi. Ericsson. Kindl. Eaves. All banged up. Can the Detroit Red Wings win another Stanley Cup with their best defenseman, forward, and goalie out? Up until this point in the season, the Wings have been relatively healthy and have definitely played like it. Now, we are at a point where the “law of averages” has kicked in, and the once healthy Red Wings are starting to pile up injuries. Maybe the better question is, can the Wings win their division?
The Red Wings may play next with seven starters out of the lineup. That’s scary, even if we are talking about the 2002 Red Wings. Is this team getting old? Does Mike Babcock run them too ha...
It's been four months since the Wings and Wild met, and much has changed since. Tonight's game (7:30 PM, Joe Louis Arena) will be their final matchup of the regular season. The Wild stormed out of the gate and held a top spot in the West until December, but have fallen to playoff bubble status since. Detroit overcame an inconsistent first quarter of the season and is mired in a gridlock with Vancouver, St. Louis and the New York Rangers for the top spot in the league.
Minnesota leads the season series 2-1 and 2 of the 3 games have gone to overtime. Mikko Koivu (1G, 2A) and Devin Setoguchi (1G, 1A) lead the Wild in points against Detroit. Ian White and Johan Franzen both have...
A lot of Islanders fans are upset that Garth Snow didn’t do more for the Islanders during the Trade Deadline yesterday and I am here just to give you my opinion on the moves that were and weren’t made. Garth Snow stayed rather quiet throughout the day before moving Rolston and Mottau just at the deadline. I have seen a lot fans on twitter and message boards screaming at Garth because he didn’t do more to help the team at the deadline. I just want to look at a few possible deals that could have been made at the deadline and how they could have affected the Islanders.
One of the Islanders biggest needs is a solid young D-man. The closest one moved at the deadline was Quincey to Detroit for a 1st. Not a bad move for Detroit since their first pick will most likely be at the bottom of the round. Now if the Islanders did that it would have been an AWFUL move because despite our hopes that pick still has a very big chance to be a lottery pick and Quincey isn't worth that!
Reports have come in that captain Nick Lidstrom will be out for tonight's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets due to a sore ankle. Lidstrom took a shot off the skate during the Avalanche game and was seen limping yesterday.
Doug Janik has been recalled from Grand Rapids to play tonight. Kyle Quincey is also out with a sore groin. Brendan Smith was already recalled to replace him.
The Wings have a road game that they will play tonight at 7PM against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Can the Wings stop their losing streak tonight? Well, let's consider the different factors.
The Blue Jackets are by far the worst team in the National Hockey League. They have won a whopping 18 games out of their 62 games played. This season, the Wings hold a 2-1-0 lead over the Blue Jackets yet so far. However, the only loss the Wings have this season against them is at the Blue Jackets' home ice in which Detroit lost 4 to 1 in October. It is understandable to worry if the Wings are going to fall short, especially with their road game slumps.
Jonathan Ericsson left tonight's game against the Avalanche in the second period with an upper-body injury. Later in the second, it was announced he would not return. In his post-game remarks, Mike Babcock shared that Ericsson fractured his wrist and will be out about a month.
This injury makes Holland's early acquisition of Kyle Quincey look even better. He was acquired for depth in case of injuries in the playoffs, but the injury bug has come early. This also gives Jakub Kindl and Mike Commodore another chance to battle for the sixth spot for the next month. Whoever wins the spot will also end up seventh on the depth chart for the postseason once Ericsson returns.
The Red Wings put forth a similar effort to their past two games against the Avalanche but lost by one again. The Avalanche's top forwards provided consistent offense scoring in each period. The Red Wings maintained little consistent pressure during the first two periods and were unable to catch Colorado with a strong surge in the third period.
Colorado came out firing and were up 2-0 before three minutes had ticked off the clock. Gabriel Landeskog scored from the low slot just 1:35 in off a pass from newly acquired Steve Downie. Downie who was part of the quasi-three way trade with Tampa Bay that sent Kyle Quincey to Detroit was a key factor for Colorado in the game.
The Red Wings seek to rebound with a stronger offensive effort tonight against Colorado. The Wings' power play has been anemic over the past 10 games, and they've only mustered 4 goals over the past two games. Mike Babcock wants to see more energy from his team and the Wings need to stop looking lost without Pavel Datsyuk in the lineup.
Detroit leads the season series 2-1, winning the first two games easily by scores of 3-0 and 5-2. Colorado won the most recent matchup in December 4-2. Johan Franzen leads the Wings in this series with 5 G, 0 A including a hat trick in the 5-2 win. Danny Cleary has 2 G, 2 A in the series. Gabriel Landeskog has put up 1 G, 2 A against Detroit ...
The Detroit Red Wings home streak finally ended this week at 23 consecutive home game wins, the NHL's best. While many Wings fans where let down, we still can be proud of the amazing accomplishment our team has made this season. The ending winning streak is not the only big news the Wings had come to them this week, they also signed a two year contract with a current player and had a new player join the team.
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In one of three games on the Wednesday night schedule, the Colorado Avalanche host the Phoenix Coyotes at 7:30 MST. Sitting just two points apart, the Avs currently hold the fifth spot in the Western Conference while the Coyotes sit in ninth. Phoenix won three of four games between the two last season, including two occasions where the opposition failed to come up with a single goal.
Tonight, Phoenix looks to take their winning streak to three games whereas Colorado will try to make it two in a row. The Avs are 7-4-0, but only got their first home win on Sunday against the Kings, as Matt Duchene scored the game winner in the early moments of the third per...