Game Thread: Flames at Red Wings – 2/5


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Calgary Flames at Detroit Red Wings
February 5, 2013 – 7:30 PM


  • The Red Wings host the Calgary Flames tonight in Jiri Hudler’s return to Detroit after signing with Calgary as a free agent over the summer.


    Former Flame Ian White returns to the Red Wings’ lineup to replace the injured Brendan Smith on the blue line.  White hasn’t played since suffering a deep cut to his leg in the home opener on January 22.  Smith, meanwhile, suffered a shoulder sprain on Saturday in Columbus that’s expected to keep him out for up to a month.


    Also new to the lineup is Tomas Tatar, who’s been called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins to take a spot on the second line with Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula.  The move slides Todd Bertuzzi back to the third line and Patrick Eaves out of the lineup.


    Petr Mrazek is also up from the Griffins and will back up Jimmy Howard, with Tom McCollum having been sent back to Grand Rapids.


    Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

    Clark Rasmussen February 5, 2013 11:47 AM
  • Well, that was a pretty ugly period.

    Clark Rasmussen February 6, 2013 1:18 AM
  • This game seemed pretty boring with minmal effort from the Wings. All I have is bits and pieces from XM radio so please set me straight if I’m incorrect.

    SYfanSD February 6, 2013 3:14 AM
  • This is another one of those games where I would forgo the formal recap and break out the “they didn’t give any effort so neither will I” excuse but since I did that for the last time, I won’t make it two in a row.


    Simply put, there was no point tonight where it felt like the Red Wings were threatening the Flames with consistent pressure.  There were a couple quick plays where the Wings had good chances (Datsyuk’s chances off the posts, Franzen’s goal) but nothing that was consistent.


    And come on, down by two facing an untested goalie in the third and you can only manage six shots?


    I’m sure they’ll be ready for St. Louis on Thursday, though.

    Clark Rasmussen February 6, 2013 3:35 AM