Around the Rink – February 10 Edition

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Blues Beat Wings in Shootout

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from a 3-1 deficit last night to force overtime in St. Louis, but the Blues beat Detroit 4-3 in the shootout. Kris Draper, Pavel Datsyuk, and Valtteri Filppula scored the goals for Detroit. Rookie netminder Jimmy Howard turned away 42 shots in his 17th start in 19 games.

In his first game back from ACL reconstruction since his injury on Oct. 8, forward Johan Franzen recorded an assist, finished with three hits and an even plus-minus rating, and logged 17:28 minutes of ice time. The Wings are excited to see Franzen back in the lineup, but the team is also trying to temper expectations for his return as it will likely take some time for the Swede to adjust to NHL game action.

Injury Update

  • MLive.com reports that Patrick Eaves will not play until after the Olympic break due to a sprained left ankle. The article also notes that Tomas Holmstrom missed last night’s game thanks to a bruised left knee.
  • Defenseman Niklas Kronwall did not play against the Blues as he is “waiting for a better-fitting brace to arrive.”
  • Last week, defenseman Andreas Lilja began his three-game conditioning stint wearing No. 26 for the Grand Rapids Griffins and was just elated to be back out on the ice for a game. Lilja has not experienced any complications after two games so far. The Wings asked the league for an extension of his conditioning loan, which would allow him to play in five Griffins games with his last one this weekend.
  • Speaking of injuries, Winging It In Motown takes a look at some relevant injury stats.

Leino Traded to Philly

In Other News

  • Larry Lage of the Associated Press wrote a feature on captain Nick Lidstrom, his past Olympic experiences, and his hopes for this year’s Team Sweden.
  • MLive.com notes that, once again, Lidstrom has seen a boost in productivity in the second half of the NHL season.
  • The Detroit News’ Chris McCosky comments on how Andreas Lilja could be the Wings’ ace in the hole.
  • CTVOlympics.ca reports that Team Sweden’s head coach asked Franzen to call him after last night’s game to give him a status update of how he is feeling, which likely means he is being considered to join the team as an injury replacement player.
  • The latest episode of The Obstructed View, which is a podcast for Wings’ fans by DRW bloggers, is now up.
  • Love donuts? If so, be sure to check out your local metro Detroit Tim Hortons for its special “I Love the Red Wings” donut, which will be on sale from Feb. 12-14. The proceeds raised from the 79-cent donuts will go toward the Detroit Red Wings Foundation.
  • Red Wings Central points out that two Red Wings’ prospects, Gustav Nyquist and Brendan Smith, are candidates for the Hobey Baker award.
  • Winging It In Motown has another interview with a Red Wings prospect. WIM interviewed Tomas Tatar, who is the youngest player in the AHL, on an assortment of topics.
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5 Responses to Around the Rink – February 10 Edition

  1. jim says:

    when are the red wings going to stop losing games & start winning? maybe they need to start playing the others players so the ones playing now could rest up? plus when areyou going to bring back the e-cards?

  2. Andrew says:

    I moved to WI from Detroit A little while ago & so I don’t get to see many games. But the few that I Have been able to see this year it looked like I was watching high school level players on the ice. I mean, sloppy passing, poor shot selection. I really hope & pray that they are better after the break.

    • Chris says:

      Losing the lead and the game in the third period is getting old. perhaps they can finally trade Osgood for a couple of good players to help them through the season.

  3. Jami Morris says:

    As a die-hard Detroit fan, every loss (especially gut-wrenching overtime losses) sends a spike through my heart, or more appropriately for the Motor City citizen, a nail through my wheel. As the season spirals closer to May, every last point counts. Although Villie Leino was a great player, his trade to Philly showed me that the Wings were beginning to feel the pressure of their situation. This “situation” is that they are LOSING. Things are not working for us in Hockeytown. Thankfully, the people who run my beloved franchise have gone from denial to acceptance of injury, bad plays and painful losses. They are starting to do something about it. The lack of action up until the Leino trade was scary– “Could the Wings really be losing? Out of playoff contention? NOT IN HOCKEYTOWN!” The significance of the Leino trade was the wings saying, ” Hey, we’re losing and we’re going to do something about it.” Requiring defensemen Tollefsen is exactly what we needed. A big, strong dude who is ready to defend our net minder.

    We have finally begun to see that there needs to be a change for our Motown team. Babcock– let’s get our squad back together, rally the troops, and switch things up! Lets turn our overtime losses into wins… our lonely one point games into two point games!

    Remember Red Wings, you told us there were “no limits.” So let’s speed into May with some victories boys.

  4. natalie says:

    I really think the problem is that Babcock is overusing Howard. I will admit that Howard is playing better than Osgood right now but is that because he is really a better player or is it the fact that Babs hasn’t given Ozzie the chance to establish himself this season? Osgood is our go-to-guy in the playoffs but at this rate, if we do get there, Howard will be worn out and Osgood will still be adjusting to playing on a regular basis again. Before anything else can be done, the Wings had better figure out their goaltending situation and fast!

    By the way, if Howard doesn’t improve in shootouts maybe Ozzie should be our OT goaltender…just saying.

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