The Detroit Red Wings bested the Minnesota Wild 5-1 last night at Joe Louis Arena. Johan Franzen scored twice in the win, while Henrik Zetterberg netted a goal and two assists. Drew Miller potted a shorthanded goal and Tomas Holmstrom tallied a goal and a helper. The Detroit Free Press noted that last night’s offense was the third time in four games that the Wings have recorded at least five markers. Unfortunately, Calgary won last night so the Wings still remain in ninth place in the Western Conference standings just one point behind both Calgary and Nashville. With 21 saves in the victory, rookie netminder Jimmy Howard notched his 25th career win.
Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg writes that the Wings rose to the challenge yesterday evening and Bob Wojnowski, who is the columnist for The Detroit News, believes that the Wings were able to assert themselves yesterday.
The complete effort pleased fans and left the DRW bloggers wishing for more games like that: Babcock’s Death Stare, DetroitHockey.net, Hockeytown USA, Red Wings Blog, Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle, The Scrappy Octopus, Unconnected Red Wings Blog, and Winging it In Motown.
In Other News
- CBC’s Tim Wharnsby writes a great feature about head coach Mike Babcock and what makes him so successful behind the bench.
- DRW.com points out that Babcock would like to see a little more anxiety from his players about the prospect of missing the playoffs.
- Wharnsby also notes that Johan Franzen has recorded an impressive amount of offense if you include the 2007-08 playoff run, as “Franzen has scored a remarkable 66 goals in his last 122 regular-season and post-season games combined.”
- The Globe and Mail reports that if the Wings fail to make the playoffs this year, the blame can partially be placed on the team’s record in overtime as the Wings are “just 6-12 overall in extra time, with eight of the losses coming in shootouts.”
- TSN posted its NHL Award winner thoughts and some interesting stats through three quarters of the season. Unfortunately because of the Wings down season when compared to last year, the Wings only have one player near the top of a category. Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk currently leads the league in takeaways with 101. Ryan Kesler of Vancouver is second on that list with only 68.
- Michael Caples of DRW.com argues that Jimmy Howard should be a Calder Trophy candidate for his MVP-play for the Wings this season.
- Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News discusses Steve Yzerman’s resume and his seemingly-certain future as an eventual GM for an NHL team.
- George Malik of Snapshots updates us on Jiri Hudler and his play in the KHL where his team is down 2-0 in their first best-of-five playoff series. Hudler had 54 points (19-35-52) in 54 regular-season games with his 35 assists as a new club record.
- The Grand Rapids Press spoke with Brad May about his time with the Griffins as he now has three games playing there under his belt. He says that he is still having fun playing hockey, but does hope to ultimately make it back to Detroit.
- The Grand Rapids Griffins had to submit their “Clear Day Roster,” which consists of 22 players who will finish out the regular season and playoffs “unless emergency conditions arise due to injury or suspension.” Surprisingly, they included forward Darren Helm on the list despite the fact that he has played all season in Detroit writes The Grand Rapids Press. Griffins general Bob McNamara explained his reasoning, saying “the move essentially gives the Red Wings a little more roster flexibility. Helm can be assigned without having to clear waivers, and if the Red Wings need to recall a defenseman or goaltender this would help facilitate that move without them bumping into salary cap issues.”
- Evan McGrath talks about his re-assignment to Syracuse (AHL) after spending the year in Grand Rapids.