The Wings hosted Carolina on Thursday evening with the hopes of bouncing back from their 6-0 loss to the NY Islanders on Tuesday night. Detroit did just that with a 3-1 victory over the Hurricanes. Former Spartan Drew Miller earned first star of the game honors after scoring and notching an assist in the win. Captain defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom snapped a 42-game scoring drought with a power-play marker at the 11:30 mark in the first period. Forward Valtteri Filppula also added two assists. Rookie netminder Jimmy Howard stopped all but one of the 38 shots he faced.
Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson returned to the lineup last night after missing 12 games due to a deep bone bruise in his knee. Head coach Mike Babcock said he was pleased with Ericsson’s play in his first game back, logging over 15 minutes of ice time. As a result, defenseman Doug Janik was assigned back to Grand Rapids, but he did make a positive impression in his 11-game stint with the Wings. The Griffins expect to see a boost on the blueline with Janik’s return.
In Other News
- Teammates Justin Abdelkader and Drew Helm attended the auto show preview on Wednesday and DRW.com got their reactions of the auto show.
- Tests, including an ultrasound, have shown no problems with Niklas Kronwall’s knees. Kronwall told the team’s trainer that his workout on Wednesday was the best he had felt after a workout in awhile, which is an encouraging sign. GM Ken Holland describes this situation as frustrating according to MLive.com.
- Howard recorded his 10th consecutive start last night and the Wings plan on continuing this trend while he’s playing hot in the crease.
- After a slow start with the penalty kill early on this season, the Detroit Free Press notes that the “Wings improve to 87.9% on the penalty kill since Dec. 1.”
- Winging It In Motown asks if it’s time to break up the Eurotwins — Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk — yet.
- GM Ken Holland told reporters that forward Jason Williams is about two weeks away from playing after suffering a broken fibula on Nov. 7.
- Chris at Motown Wings asks if Todd Bertuzzi is here to stay with the Wings after this season. What do you think?
- The Detroit News notes the difficulty of the tightened schedule (thanks to the Winter Olympics next month) for the Wings.
- When the Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday afternoon, it will be the Hawks looking down at the Wings in the conference standings in a role reversal writes NHL.com. The Hockey News blog also commented on Detroit’s unusual position in the league standings.