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Red Wings Link Checks: 03/12/2012

It is obvious that the Detroit Red Wings have been having some struggles. Since Kyle Busch's last link check post, Detroit has only won two out of five of their games. There are many players on the Wings roster that are missing due to injury. Check out the recent news articles to learn more about the struggles the Wings have been having, and the couple positives they have going for them.

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After the trade deadline, Robert DAurelio challenges Wings fans to consider if the original six team should have traded for fellow NHL player Jeff Carter.

A.K. Bennett told us about the match up between the injury-riddled Wings and the Minnesota Wild, which Eric Huff...

Flyers and Wings Injury Ridden: Which Team Will Come Out On Top?

Both the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings are racking up the injuries. Absences on both teams are taking their toll. The Wings have fell out of first place in the league and in the Central Division, so it is very important for the Wings to rack up the points.

The Wings are missing many defensemen, including star Nicklas Lidstrӧm. Jonathan Ericsson is still out from a fractured wrist. Jakub Kindl left the game against Chicago early due to an upper body injury. Pavel Datsyuk is still missing from the line up. Jimmy Howard and Todd Bertuzzi both have groin strains. Danny Cleary did not practice due to some issues with his knees, but is said to be fine to play against the Flye...

Brendan Smith: A Natural NHL Player

Brendan Smith has just recently joined the Detroit Red Wings playing regularly in this past week. Smith, wearing jersey number 2, has stepped up from his place with the Grand Rapid Griffins. Down in the AHL, Brendan Smith was racking up the points and caught the eyes of Wings manager Ken Holland and Coach Mike Babcock.

Smith, who just recently turned 23 years old, started his career playing for a Junior “A” ice hockey team once known as the Wexford Raiders. The Raiders, now known as the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, were happy to have him play for one season. He played 21 games, scoring three goals and having three assists. The same 2005-2006 ...

Wings already have the record, the Central division remains

The Detroit Red Wings made history on Tuesday night with an NHL record, 21st consecutive win on home ice. For the most successful NHL franchise in the last 20 years, it appears that they have everything they could. Well....

Even with the Wings still owning the Central division, Western conference and NHL, the race is still very close, especially in the division. 

As it stands now, the Central division's top 3 spots are within eight points of each other. Nashville has been playing well against their division counterparts ever since last season, but have lost two of the three contests against Detroit this season. 

Detroit will need to deliver everything it ha...

Wings make history in near-perfect fashion

The Red Wings can downplay it all they want, but last night was one for the ages.

The Wings did, what nobody has been able to accomplish in NHL, win 21 consecutive games on home ice.

"We're thrilled this has happened for our team," coach Mike Babcock said. "I think it's really good for our logo, it's really good for our ownership, our team. I'm proud of the guys. They've worked hard and now let's get on with it."

What originally seemed to look like a potentially close match up, was handled with a bit of dominance on the part of the Wings. The first stat to look at is the penalties, where the Wings only had three of ten total in...

Big Guns Lead the Path to History

The Red Wings are now in elite company, with twenty straight home wins with their tonight's win coming from strong performances by the Wings' top players. The top-six forwards and top-four defenseman all came away with at least one point except for Jiri Hudler. 

Nicklas Kronwall opened the scoring with a blast from the point while Brayden Schenn sat in the box for tripping. The goal was originally credited to Bertuzzi but he didn't deflect is as initially thought but Bert and Hank provided the assists. Schenn redeemed himself late in the period when Danny Briere capitalized off a botched clear by MacDonald and passed it to Schenn who scored easily. 

Schen...

Ericsson: The Luckiest Player in the NHL

It comes to nobody's surprise that even with some serious injuries this season, the Detroit Red Wings are still sitting pretty high in the NHL.

Even without their star goalie Jimmy Howard (finger), the Wings are not only on top of the Central Division, five points ahead of the St. Louis Blues, but also the Western Conference. The Wings have some star power in Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen, and contributions from Filppula, Zetterberg and Hudler have given the team some great options in every game.

Is it safe to say that there are some players who need work? Of course.

Zetterberg's production may have gotten a slow start, but what the left winger lacks in goals t...

Shootout Success Supplies Sixteenth Straight At Home

 

The Red Wings are now riding a six game winning streak thanks in no small part to their new found success in the shootout. Detroit was able to secure their sixteenth straight win at Joe Louis by beating the NHL-worst Blue Jackets 3-2.

Detroit didn’t show much life at the start of the game and Ryan Russell of Columbus struck first at 8:51 off a rebound. The Red Wings tied it at 1 off a wicked wrister by Kronwall at 11:34 of the first. The only penalty in the first was a hooking call on Tomas Holmstrom. The Blue Jackets outshot Detroit 7-5.

The Red Wings came out stronger in the second and carried much of the p...

Bertuzzi: A Threat Nobody is Worried About

It's no secret to anyone who follows the Red Wings: they're a great team with a lot of talent.

It's also to nobody's surprise that this talented team is having a near-stellar season up to this point. The team's Thursday night victory over Phoenix sent them to the top spot in the division, conference and League.

Aside from the stellar performances by Jimmy Howard and Pavel Datsyuk, who else should other teams be concerned about when facing Detroit? The easy answer is everybody not named Jonathan Ericsson, but the player of interest for this feature is Todd Bertuzzi.

Big Bert, as fans and players know him, is far past his most productive seasons in the ...

A Team Desperate To Shine

The Detroit Red Wings made history last night as they set a new franchise record for consecutive home wins, which is very telling about their performance this season. 

In a dominating display of both offense and defense, the Wings have extended their win streak at the Joe to 15 games. Jimmy Howard earned his fifth shut out of the season and Pavel Datsyuk earned his 700th career point. Last night's victory does not reflect the team's lackluster road performance though. 

"We haven't done as well as want on the road," said Jimmy Howard after last night's win against Buffalo. 

The Wings are only 11-13-0 on the road this season, which ...