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  • It’s an early start today for the final game of Detroit’s six-game homestand, as the Red Wings host the San Jose Sharks.

    The Wings are riding the hot hand, as Joey MacDonald will get the start in goal. This game previously had been pegged as the return date for Jimmy Howard, but now he’ll get his first start back from injury on Tuesday in Chicago. The resolution to Detroit’s goalie situation will be decided in the meantime.

    No lineup changes from the previous several games have been announced for the Wings. After not having been needed in Friday’s game (which Henrik Zetterberg was healthy enough to play in), Tomas Tatar was returned to Grand Rapids. A poor effort against the Predators may mean Jakub Kindl is out of the lineup in favor of Mike Commodore.

    Game time is 12:30 on NBC, with coverage starting at 12:00 because it’s Hockey Day in America.

    Clark Rasmussen February 19, 2012 4:03 AM
  • Daniels and Pang calling the Wings, my dream replacement for when Mickey has to retire.

    Clark Rasmussen February 19, 2012 5:41 AM
  • Nice shot by Zetterberg. A little weak by Niemi.

    Clark Rasmussen February 19, 2012 5:49 AM
  • FYI, this game is available on NHL.com if you’re getting a different game on NBC.

    Clark Rasmussen February 19, 2012 5:49 AM
  • I started out with the Buffalo game for all of five minutes then the Broadcast switched to the Wings. I love it!

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 5:56 AM
  • The Sharks are pretty good at knocking pucks out of the air.

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 6:01 AM
  • Dump and Chase…

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 6:12 AM
  • Bullsh*t call there…

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 6:13 AM
  • I hope Niemi threw out his back on that flop. Horrible goalie interference call.

    Clark Rasmussen February 19, 2012 6:15 AM
  • The Sharks are trapping like no tomorrow. Neutral ice is full of bodies.

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 6:35 AM
  • Six SOGs in the first four minutes to our none. Talk about pressure!

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 6:38 AM
  • J MAC is in the house!

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 6:41 AM
  • One of these days… One of these days… Helm will capitalize on the short handed rush.

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 6:48 AM
  • MILLER!!!!!!!!!!!

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 6:49 AM
  • Two Spartans connect, very nice. Playing the MSU fight song at the Joe.

    Clark Rasmussen February 19, 2012 6:50 AM
  • Have you seen him when his game is on?

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 6:56 AM
  • What is with all these calls? Are the refs trying to derail the streak? I get it if the call is warranted hoever, the call on Bert and then this one on Ericsson is ridiculous.

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 6:58 AM
  • They better review this one…

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 6:59 AM
  • It’s going to count.

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 7:00 AM
  • Wings survived the second. A couple awful calls/non-calls and awful luck on the SJ goal.

    Clark Rasmussen February 19, 2012 7:12 AM
  • Wings getting chances, not capitalizing, bad feeling.

    Clark Rasmussen February 19, 2012 7:42 AM
  • Helm with some finish!

    Clark Rasmussen February 19, 2012 7:44 AM
  • Abbey got worked!

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 7:59 AM
  • Abdelkader shouldn’t have fought and shouldn’t have had to fight after a clean hit. Then the Sharks have the energy and score. Bad feeling still.

    Clark Rasmussen February 19, 2012 8:04 AM
  • Abdelkader shouldn’t have fought and shouldn’t have had to fight after a clean hit. Then the Sharks have the energy and score. Bad feeling still.

    It was a clean hit. Clowe is just trying to fire his team up and should have gotten the two minute instigator.

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 8:07 AM
  • Empty net… Here we go!

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 8:09 AM
  • Come on!!!! Get it over with!

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 8:10 AM
  • 23!!!!

    SYfanSD February 19, 2012 8:12 AM
  • Quick notes because it’s an afternoon game and I say everytime that I hate afternoon games ’cause I have things to do in the afternoon…

    For those saying that getting to twenty-three consecutive home wins means that the asterisk so many people want to put on this streak should be wiped out, remember that if you say the wins needed to be in regulation, the streak ended at twelve. Personally, I think it’s better to just ignore the people arguing that this streak is invalid. As I mentioned last week, you can always find a reason to apply an asterisk when you compare records across eras.

    The Sharks played the Wings tough today. To a certain extent, it was a lot like Friday’s game against Nashville in that the visitors dictated the style of play for much of the game. This was probably a bit more physical than Detroit would have liked but they stepped up to the challenge and won anyway.

    Notes on some specific plays…

    San Jose shouldn’t have been on the power play for their first goal. While fluky as hell, the goal itself was good. The situation that caused it never should have happened, though. Brad Winchester had the puck when Jonathan Ericsson engaged him, that’s not interference. Call it holding if you want, I’d argue that less, I just really don’t like the call.

    I won’t nit-pick other calls, but you know I want to. Especially the goalie interference call on Bertuzzi.

    I didn’t like the Justin Abdelkader – Ryane Clowe fight in the third. Abdelkader put a clean hit on Clowe there and there was no reason to have to fight over it. The fight only served to give the Sharks energy, and they scored shortly after it. Replay didn’t show whether or not Abdelkader tried to decline the fight, I think he should have and if he tried but couldn’t get out of it, I think that’s a play that needs the instigator penalty.

    Never like to see people get hurt but it was interesting in that stretch where so many Sharks went down after blocking shots. I’ve noticed for awhile that it seems like the Red Wings would lose players to injury from blocking shots but their opponents never did, and kind of wondered about that. Again, don’t want to see it but the tables turning seemed like something that, statistically, should have happened awhile ago.

    The big question after this one will be which goalie stays in Detroit when Jimmy Howard comes back on Tuesday. That’ll be answered tomorrow. Joey MacDonald has earned the backup role but the Red Wings organization is loyal and Ty Conklin wasn’t signed to play in Grand Rapids. We’ll see what happens.

    Clark Rasmussen February 19, 2012 9:12 AM
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