I can’t submit a full article this week, especially not after last night. All signs pointed to this team being deep, and able to continue this streak regardless whether or not their best player this year was on the ice (Datsyuk). The third line really showed up last night. They came out and set the tone with a goal from Helm and swung the momentum back in the Wings’ favor in the third with another from Abdelkader… And then the Canucks made what I assumed to be a belligerently drunk woman cry at the Joe last night. Cue up some Tom Hanks from A League of Their Own for me. “THERE’S NO CRYING IN HOCKEY!”
I didn’t think I could hate one Sedin more than the other, but that’s all changed, hasn’t it, Daniel?
Though April and the playoffs are looming, he only concern and pressing issue on fans’ minds should be the health of Datsyuk’s recently scoped-out knee. In spite of this loss, the Wings made some history, got some warranted national attention, but the season goes on. Hopefully it continues with a healthy MVP-candidate in the “Dangle Dangle Man” himself.
I don’t consider myself a Debbie Downer. And when it comes to the Wings’ latest
accomplishment, I don’t even want to be associated with Negative Nancy or the rest of the Negative Nellies who don’t appreciate twenty-one games in a row as anything less than an achievement. But let’s not turn this into something that it isn’t.
Sure, this winning streak at the Joe is something impressive. There aren’t a whole lot of things in an NHL regular season that can get the casual fan interested, but this kind of happening is and should be an exception to the typical February lulls.
Jimmy Howard has been a stud this year. Any doubter who thought Howard couldn’t be the reliable last line of defense for the Wings has to be changing their tune right about now, especially with the poor performance from Conklin against Edmonton the other night. Proving himself to be an elite netminder in the NHL this year, he leads the league in wins and is top ten in every major statistical category for goalies. With a goals against average just north of two (2.03), a save percentage of .924, and keeping the net clean for five outings this year (including an early season shutout against the high-octane offense of the Canucks), Howard’s value is going to be put into perspective while he nurses a broken right-index finger for the next two weeks. (more…)
Well when you’re right, you’re right. I predicted last week that the Red Wings would go 4-1 and they did. Losing only to San Jose, they are currently on a five game winning streak. Also, they are only two points away from catching Chicago an being the best team in the Western Conference, which they just might do when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning this week. (more…)
Last Saturday, during a game against the Dallas Stars, Red Wings defensemen Ian White went off the ice after taking a puck to the face, and he won’t play a game for at least another week. This is the third Red Wing to take a major injury, and they are really starting to show their depth. With Ian White out with a cheek bone injury, Todd Bertuzzi on injured reserve from illness, and Jan Mursak, who had a spot on the starting roster before the season started, out with ankle problems, the Wings have had to start calling up their younger players, including Gustav Nyquist, who played one game in November, and most recently calling up defensive prospect Brendan Smith, we are getting a chance to see the future of the Red Wings. Brendan Smith is estimated to play his first game after a suspension against the San Jose Sharks tonight. (more…)
After seventeen years of National Hockey League service, Chris Osgood (better known as “Ozzie” to Detroiters) has hung up his skates. Chris was drafted fifty-fourth overall in the 1991 NHL draft by the Detroit Red Wings. Ozzie bounced back and forth between the NHL and the minors until the 1995-96 season. That season Chris led the NHL with thirty-nine wins, he finished third in shutouts, and came a close second to Jim Carey in Vezina Trophy (the award given to the National Hockey League’s top goalie) voting. It was no coincidence that these stats would land him a permanent spot in the net.
In 2001, after ten seasons and two Stanley Cups, the Red Wings released Ozzie due to injuries. The next three seasons, he played for the New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues. During the 2004-05 lockout season, Chris was unemployed. The next season, however, would play out as a rebirth: Osgood returned to Hockey Town. The transition back to Detroit was fairly simple considering Osgood kept his Michigan property as an off-season getaway. Once over a groin injury, Ozzie shared the net with Dominic Hasek until D.H. was injured. That is when Chris took over full time one again. (more…)
When I was first asked to do a write up for my boys at Detroit Man’s Room I was not sure where to start. I thought about it for a few minutes and I thought why not discuss the injury bug that is going around. Today (3/23/11) it was brought to Red Wings fans attention that Chris Osgood would go on LTIR (long term injured reserve)with soreness from his recent groin surgery although all things where thought to be on the good side as far as recovery. The Red Wings are recalling Joey MacDonald from Grand Rapids who will most likely be back up to Jimmy Howard until Osgood can return. This injury only adds to the injuries we are suffering right now. Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Jiri Hudler , and Todd Bertuzzi. (more…)