Around the Rink – January 20 Edition

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The Wings allowed the Washington Capitals to rally twice from a one-goal deficit, falling 3-2 to the Caps in D.C. on Tuesday evening.

Veteran netminder Chris Osgood started Tuesday night for the first time since Dec. 20 because as head coach Mike Babcock said, ““Ozzie was due, and Ozzie beat these guys this year. We just think it’s a good opportunity — he knows these guys better than Howie does.” Ozzie did not face a shot on goal until under six minutes remaining in the first period. In fact, Detroit outshot the Caps 15-3 through the first 20 minutes of play, which is impressive when you consider how potent Washington’s offense is.

The Wings took a 1-0 lead thanks to some hard work and hustling. Forward Dan Cleary spun around and threw the puck at the net from the goal line to the left of the net, scoring his 10th goal this season 4:17 into the middle frame. But with 1:55 left in the second period, the Capitals evened it up at one goal apiece. Defenseman Brian Rafalski’s blast from atop the right faceoff circle gave Detroit a 2-1 lead at the 11:07 mark of the final stanza. With 6:45 remaining in the contest, Washington tied the game up again on the power play. Forty-seven seconds later, the Caps got another one past Osgood again to take their first lead of the night. The goal would stand as the game-winner despite Detroit outshooting the Capitals 45-23.

Coming into the game, the Detroit Free Press commented on the challenge the Wings faced heading into this road game with the Caps. The Detroit News looked at how things have changed since the last time these two teams faced off at Joe Louis Arena in October.

In Other News

  • The Detroit News reports that defenseman Niklas Kronwall did participate in the morning skate on Tuesday, marking the second straight day Kronner has skated. Previously, he had been only doing off-ice workouts since Dec. 20 due to a unexpected relapse. Kronwall suffered a sprained knee injury on Nov. 21 and still does not know when he’ll return to the lineup.
  • Ansar Khan at answers five pressing questions facing the Red Wings as the team pushes to make the playoffs.
  • Red Wings Central evaluates the play of Wings’ prospect and Grand Rapids Griffins’ defenseman Logan Pyett, including remarks about his development from Assistant GM Jim Nill.
  • Windsor Star’s Dave Waddell spoke with Nill, who says that the seeming uptick in violent hockey hits in major junior hockey does not mean that there is a lack of respect among players.
  • reporter Darren Eliot believes that the Wings’ playoff hopes rest on rookie goalkeeper Jimmy Howard.
  • Kyle at Babcock’s Death Stare posted “The Ultimate Offseason Guide,” discussing the many possibilities about which Wings’ players may stay or go.
  • Check out the latest installment of The Obstructed View — a podcast run by the Wings’ blogosphere. Episode 6 features the bloggers behind The Production Line, Fight Night at the Joe, and Bingo Bango.
  • George Malik at Snapshots addresses the Red Wings to the Palace rumors and offers up a variety of reasons why that move doesn’t make sense, but that the rumor may help Olympia Entertainment negotiate a short-term lease at JLA. Joe Hass at Winging It In Motown also chimes in with his thoughts on this rumor.
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2 Responses to Around the Rink – January 20 Edition

  1. Doug Towler says:

    Hi All:

    Sorry I,ve not responded sooner to all the blogs and newsletters, but quite honestly this team literally stinks, right now and the less said about their on ice performances, the better !!!

    Maybe 2010/2011, will see a turn around in their fortunes !!!

  2. ronny anka says:

    hey doug.. you’re dead wrong,you know nothing about hockey,,which other team has played in 100 hundred games going in to june as often as the red wings,and had to shorten their camp to go to europe and then worse of all had to put up with all those injuries to their regular line up,,,,,,,,,nobody… thus far in the season,it’s been the nhl against the grand rapid griffins,and as of this day,we’re in eigth place,and anxiously awaiting the return of more injured players… by the time johann gets back into the line up we will be in 5th place and finish the season in 4th place… thanx to the steady goaltending of jimmy howard… he has kept them in many games and should have a few more wins,,,but offensiive power was in short supply…i have been around hockey for 60 years and have been a wings fan since then,,myself and many family members have played hockey over the years and all of us were goaltenders..i know goalies.. and jimmy howard is a big league goal tender,,,not flashy.steady,plays his position well great glove hand,covers his angles well and not afraid to challenge the oppostion as he gets more confidence,, he is well worth the wait,,only an astute hockey would have seen this coming,cause in the past 2 years that he has been around,,i didn’t see this.i am pleasanty surprised,now he needs a good back up… although he served the team well over the years,chris osgoode,s retirement in iminent… for the team’s sake it should be sooner rather than later so we can get a goalie before the trade deadline to go into the playoffs with…it took mike babcock a very long time to realize that he was burning pavel and hank, he doesn’t need them to play on the p.k. and lately it shows that other kida can play it weel because defensively the y have up from last to 12th,not bad and the euro twins can concentrate on offense,where they are a threat….now the challenge is to get todd bertuzzi and other guys to shoot the puck and never mind making the highlight reels only pavel and hank have soft hands to make those plays..the proof of this was last night,,when valtiere and patrick were rewarded with an opportunity to take a shoot out and score to win the game after losing two in a row last week end,which they should have never lost… other than a stupid penalty to bertuzzi,they should have beat washington as well,one of the best games the wings have played this year for 50 minutes,too bad….,the score should have been 4-0 after the first period..but theodore played the best game of his career,he will never be that good again…we will go deep into the playoffs,we’re good enough to take on both the hawks and the sharks,,the hawks don’t have good enough goaltending to take them all the way,and joe thornton and the fish will choke,as usual,they are intimidated be the wings and should be…the road to the stanely cup goes through hockeytown….

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