Game Thread: Flyers at Red Wings – 2/12


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Philadelphia Flyers at Detroit Red Wings
February 12, 2012 – 7:30 PM


  • The Red Wings look to tie the NHL record for most consecutive home wins today, aiming for their twentieth win in a row at Joe Louis Arena. Their opponent is one of the teams who currently hold the record, the Philadelphia Flyers.

    Detroit will go with the same lineup that picked up a shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. Joey MacDonald will get the start in goal, Danny Cleary remains out, and Mike Commodore is the healthy scratch.

    Game time is 7:30 PM on NBC Sports Network.

    Clark Rasmussen February 12, 2012 10:42 AM
  • MacDonald looking awful outside the crease. That goal didn’t need to happen.

    Clark Rasmussen February 13, 2012 1:08 AM
  • Yeah, Joey not looking good. Poor rebound control there.

    Clark Rasmussen February 13, 2012 1:41 AM
  • Oh damn, what a shot. Daaammmn.

    Clark Rasmussen February 13, 2012 1:48 AM
  • Yeah, of course it’s Talbot.

    Clark Rasmussen February 13, 2012 2:04 AM
  • Fantstic puck control on the shift leading to Zetterberg’s goal. Great shot.

    Clark Rasmussen February 13, 2012 2:06 AM
  • Damn, another really nice example of puck control. Wings looking really sharp there.

    Clark Rasmussen February 13, 2012 2:28 AM
  • Bad feeling about this PK.

    Clark Rasmussen February 13, 2012 2:39 AM
  • Glad to be wrong, solid kill.

    Clark Rasmussen February 13, 2012 2:41 AM
  • Absolutely expected Ericsson to take a penalty there.

    Clark Rasmussen February 13, 2012 2:44 AM
  • Holland can’t let Stuart leave. Great defensive play.

    Clark Rasmussen February 13, 2012 2:49 AM
  • Obviously the big thing about the Red Wings’ win tonight over the Flyers is that they’ve now tied the NHL record for longest home winning streak at twenty games. It’s a remarkable run but we’re going to see a lot of debate about how legit it is, given that they had three shootout wins and an additional overtime win in the run.

    When the 1929-30 Boston Bruins set the record, they didn’t have the benefit of a shootout and played ten-minute overtime periods without sudden death. The 1979 Philadelphia team that tied that mark played only sixty-minute games with no overtime. As such, games that would have been ties for either of those teams were wins for the Red Wings, keeping their streak alive.

    I agree with that argument. We’re comparing apples and oranges here. I also think it doesn’t matter.

    Any time you compare records from different eras, you end up with cases where what the two teams had to do don’t always match up. Should only the Flyers’ share of the record count because they had no overtime wins? Should only the Bruins’ because they had harder travel, having to take trains during a grueling season rather than being able to fly straight to their destination? Should Detroit’s count more because they put together the team that did it under a salary cap?

    They’re all twenty games, that’s all that matters ’cause we can find any number of reasons for every record to have an asterisk if we try hard enough.

    Things I Liked

    Scoring by Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen? More of that, please. Great to see so many of the Wings’ elite forwards getting on the board at once.

    Detroit’s puck possession was stellar all night.

    Jonathan Ericsson made some big defensive plays, including one on Wayne Simmonds on a breakaway in the third period. Simmonds was offside by about a mile and it wasn’t called but Ericsson did a good job of getting to him.

    Joey MacDonald continued to look really good… As long as he was in the crease.

    Things I Didn’t Like

    Joey MacDonald had two pretty bad giveaways. The first Philly goal came when he went behind the net and bobbled the puck, then hesitated on getting back in position. The second came when he attempted to poke the puck away and put it right on a Flyer’s stick. Ugly.

    Clark Rasmussen February 13, 2012 4:16 AM
  • I’ll be damned, power play goal.

    Clark Rasmussen February 13, 2012 12:51 PM