The Detroit Red Wings snagged a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday evening to head into the 2010 Winter Olympics on a positive note. The goal scorers for Detroit were Kirk Maltby, Pavel Datsyuk, Dan Cleary, and Johan Franzen, who scored an empty-net goal with 49 seconds left in the game to secure the victory.
Tomas Holmstrom took himself out of Saturday’s game against Ottawa after his knee started bothering him again. The Detroit Free Press notes that Holmstrom is questionable for the Winter Olympics and Johan Franzen could potentially be Holmstrom’s replacement. Sweden’s Expressen (via MLive.com) reported on Sunday that Homer has been pulled from the lineup and Franzen will play in his place.
In Other News
- Veteran forward Kirk Maltby is considering season-ending surgery to correct his shoulder problem according to the Detroit Free Press and MLive.com, but his exit strategy is up to Maltby writes The Detroit News. If he has surgery, Maltby would be placed on long-term injured reserved and would put the Wings under the cap with defenseman Andreas Lilja’s impending return to the lineup. His goal on Saturday may be his last of of the season per The Detroit News. A couple DRW bloggers comment on this situation, including Motown Wings and The Production Line.
- GM Ken Holland will be writing special columns to the Detroit Free Press about his time spent in Vancouver for the Olympics.
- The Detroit News addresses Steve Yzerman’s skillful handling of the media in his first press conference in Vancouver.
- Bob Wojnowski, who is a columnist for The Detroit News, believes the Wings will make the playoffs because of Johan Franzen and the spark he provides the team.
- NHL.com previews each country’s hockey team for the Olympics: Team USA (Brian Rafalski), Sweden (Nick Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall, Tomas Holmstrom or Johan Franzen, and Henrik Zetterberg), Finland (Valtteri Filppula), and Russia (Pavel Datsyuk).
The Wings do not play until March 1 on the road and will not return to Joe Louis Arena until March 3; however, throughout the Olympic break, Hockeytown Blog will keep you updated on the Red Wings in Vancouver for the Olympics and any other Wings-related news or commentary that may arise over the next two weeks.