Wings Closer to Locking Up the Central

The Red Wings staved off a third period comeback attempt by the St. Louis Blues to gain two points more on their Central Division rivals with a 3-2 win.

The Red Wings opened the scoring on their very first power play of the game. Scott Mellanby was sent out for holding the stick. Pavel Datsyuk pulled the puck out of a tangle of players and centered it. Henrik Zetterberg came up through the high slot and got a shot away, then put his own rebound off the goalpost. He caught it with his skate and dragged it back out to the side of the net before banking the puck off of Alexander Khavanov, then off Chris Osgood, and into the net.

Darren McCarty and Reed Low got into a fight at center ice off the very next faceoff. McCarty wound up dragging Low to the ice, and his teammates showed their appreciation.

The Blues relaxed as the period ran down. They had just been on a power play. They hadn’t capitalized, but thought they had enough control over the game to keep any damage from occurring in the final few seconds. Unfortunately for them, Sergei Fedorov got the puck away and headed up ice on a two-on-one rush with Mathieu Schneider. Fedorov sent the pass across, and Schneider’s shot crossed the goal line with exactly one-tenth of a second remaining before the buzzer sounded.

The Blues came out hard to start the second period, hoping to undo the damage they had done in the first, but Detroit shut them down completely. Of the seven shots the Red Wings allowed in the second period, none could be considered a quality scoring chance, and Curtis Joseph had an easy enough time with each of them. Fedorov had a breakaway chance to get the Wings up by three, but Osgood robbed him of the goal with a quick pad save.

St. Louis ruined Joseph’s shutout bid and put themselves back in the game with a power play goal early in the third period. Datsyuk had been giving a roughing penalty just at the end of the second period. The power play was almost over before Al MacInnis got enough time to unleash his powerful slapshot from the blue line. Doug Weight picked up the rebound and stuffed it into the net.

A fumbled play at center let the Blues get the equalizing goal. A back pass failed to reach its intended recipient, and Eric Boguniecki picked it up instead. He and Corey Stillman headed up on a two-on-one rush against Mathieu Dandenault. Boguniecki looked the whole time as if he would pass, but instead took the shot without looking. Joseph was screened by Dandenault and had no chance to see the puck until it was too late.

The Red Wings didn’t panic, took their time, and took back control of the game. A power play with Mellanby back in the box helped, as did the successful penalty kill when that power play was shortened after Fedorov was sent out for tripping. With 8:32 left to play, Nicklas Lidstrom made his move””he moved in from the blue line to the right faceoff circle, which put him in the perfect position to get the pass from Igor Larionov behind the net and place a well-aimed wrist shot past Osgood.

The Blues pulled Osgood out of net for the extra skater in the final minute of play, but Brendan Shanahan and Steve Yzerman foiled their plans to tie the game. Shanahan created a turnover at the Detroit blue line and got the puck to center. Yzerman picked it up and scored his first goal of his return into the empty net.

The final count of shots on net was 30-26 in favor of St. Louis. Detroit went 1 for 3 on the power play and held the Blues to 1 for 6. The Red Wings’ next game will be in Minnesota on Sunday night, the first of a home-and home series with the Wild.

Wings cling to Western Conference lead heading into St. Louis

The St. Louis Blues will be welcoming the Detroit Red Wings to the Savvis Center with open arms on Saturday, as it will be one of their last chances to gain some ground on the current central division powerhouse. The Blues trail Detroit by 5 points in the standings, and currently sit fourth among all teams in the Western Conference. For St. Louis, there is no more time to waste if they wish to make a bid for the top spot in the conference.

Led by the former Red Wing netminder Chris Osgood, the Blues come into the battle winners of their last 3 games. After having goalie issues throughout much of the year, the Blues are hoping to find the answer in Ozzie. Osgood has won every game he has played in a Blues uniform, most recently stopping 24 of 26 shots against Anaheim to lead St. Louis to a 3-2 overtime victory. Pavol Demitra lit the lamp twice to earn his 31st and 32nd goals of the season in the win over the Ducks.

It looked as if the Red Wings may have been in for an upset in the early moments of their game against the Penguins. But unfortunately for Pittsburgh, they soon woke up to score 5 unanswered goals as they improved their season mark to 43-18-9-3. Detroit’s leading point-getter Sergie Federov registered two of those five goals. The Red Wings will be venturing to cling to the top rung of the Western Conference ladder for the remainder of the season, as they are in pursuit of having home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. It will be no easy task with teams such as Vancouver, Dallas, and St. Louis continually posing a threat the Detroit’s supremacy.

The Blues haven’t been able to find a way to win against Detroit so far this season. They hope to be handed a better fate this time around, as they fell to the Red Wings by an embarrassing 7-2 score in their last meeting.

-Player To Watch-
St. Louis- #30 G Chris Osgood- Osgood is sure to be fired up for the opportunity to defeat his former mates. Earlier this season, Osgood held Detroit to only two goals to give the Islanders a tie against the Red Wings.

Detroit- #91 Sergei Federov- Has notched a respective 7 points against the Blues this year, and is coming into the contest on a roll.

-Out or in Doubt-
St. Louis- Chris Pronger D (Knee/Out), Jamal Mayers RW (Knee/Out), Keith Tkachuk LW (Wrist /Out), Rich Pilon D (Wrist/Out), Valeri Bure LW (Knee/Out)

Detroit- Jiri Fischer D (Knee/Out), Jesse Wallin D (Knee/Questionable)

-Between da Pipes-
St. Louis- #30 Chris Osgood (20-14-4, 2.84 GAA, .897 SV%, 3 SO), #35 Brent Johnson (15-11-5, 2.44 GAA, .900 SV%, 2 SO)

Detroit- #31 Curtis Joseph (30-17-6, 2.58 GAA, .910 SV%, 3 SO), #34 Manny Legace (13-4-3, 2.01 GAA, .932 SV%, 0 SO)

-Most Points This Season vs. Opposition-
St. Louis #5 Barret Jackman with 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) vs. Detroit

Detroit- #91 Sergei Federov with 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) vs. St. Louis

The game will be televised nationally at 3:00 p.m. eastern time on ABC.

Wings Keep it Simple, Get the Win

It sounded so easy, the way Sergei Fedorov describes it. “The way we’ve been playing lately gives us a lot of confidence against other teams. We can control the puck, move it quickly, and we’re not in a rush to give it back. That turned out to be a pretty good game plan.”

It certainly turned out that way for Fedorov, who led the team with two goals and an assist as the Red Wings added two more points in their bid to hold on to the top spot in the Western Conference and possibly even push for the President’s Trophy with a 5-1 win against the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins came out to start the game with enough jump that it surprised the Red Wings a little, and Pittsburgh got the first goal of the game. Martin Straka slipped in to the zone ahead of the Detroit defense and put a pass from Tomas Surovy into the net past Manny Legace.

The lead was very short-lived, however. Just eleven seconds later, Darren McCarty tied the game up by tipping a shot by Nicklas Lidstrom past goaltender Johan Hedberg.

Brendan Shanahan and Sergei Fedorov gave the Red Wings the lead midway through the second period. They headed up the ice, two-on-one. Shanahan sent the puck to Fedorov, then got the return pass and shot the puck past Hedberg from close range for his 29th goal of the season.

Fedorov quickly overtook his linemate in goal scoring with his 29th and 30th goals of the season early in the third period. The first one was mostly an unlucky bounce for Pittsburgh. Steve Yzerman gave the puck to Fedorov in the corner of the Pittsburgh zone. Fedorov made a centering pass towards the front of the net, and the puck bounced off the skate of Dick Tarnstrom and between Hedberg’s leg pads.

Fedorov’s next goal came on the Red Wings’ only power play chance of the game. Tomas Holmstrom made a nice centering pass from the corner. Fedorov had come unseen into the high slot area, and he snapped a one-time shot past Hedberg.

Luc Robitaille added a goal to cap off the night midway through the third. He carried the puck across the line, then passed it across to Holmstrom. Igor Larionov followed Robitaille across the blue line, received the pass from Holmstrom, and then sent it back to Robitaille, who had moved to the front of the net. Robitaille then slapped the puck in past Hedberg.

“The lucky goal discouraged them a bit,” said head coach Dave Lewis. “It was a game at 2-1 and they had generated chances, especially in the first 30 minutes. I think we got emotionally into it. We weren’t as sharp as we should have been in the first period.”

Legace agreed. “We didn’t match their intensity early in the game. But we didn’t give them much in the second period, and we gave them absolutely nothing in the third.”

The final count of shots on net was 27 apiece. The Red Wings will play next on Saturday afternoon, when they travel to face the St. Louis Blues. Former Wing Chris Osgood will most likely be in net for the Blues.

Wings Flying High into Mellon Arena

A team that was only able to muster 5 wins over a 17 game span to begin the new-year now once again find themselves back on top of the Western Conference. Since their disastrous start to 2003, the Detroit Red Wings have gone 15-1-0-1 en route to becoming the National Hockey League’s elite franchise once again. Tuesday night Detroit will look to expand upon the gap between themselves and the rest of the West when they touchdown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to take on Mario Lemieux and the Penguins.

In many ways this game will serve as a break for the Red Wings, who are coming off of big wins over Colorado and the eastern leading Ottawa Senators. Look for Steve Yzerman to be back in the line-up after sitting out Sunday’s game against the Sen’s. The Red Wings are 8-0 when their captain has laced up his skates. Much of the credit for the win over the Senator’s has been given to Curtis Joseph. Cujo turned away 41 shots to keep Detroit’s winning ways intact. The line of Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Brett Hull have been one of the main sources of Detroit’s recent surge in offensive production by collectively notching 71 points over the past 17 games. They will certainly be looking to capitalize on the recent woes of the Pittsburgh Penguins

The stripped down Penguins have been playing uninspired hockey as of late. Losing power forwards Jan Hrdina and Alexie Kovalev have caused the Penguin’s general manager to admit that they just can’t compete right now in the NHL. Playing a financially stable red-hot team like the Detroit was probably not the first thing that they wanted to deal with. The sixty-point Penguins are currently buried under four other teams in the Atlantic Division. One of the only bright spots for the franchise remains player and owner Mario Lemieux. Number sixty-six leads the team with 28 goals and 59 assists. The Penguins fell to the Florida Panthers 4-2 in their last effort.

Earlier in the season, the Red Wings, led by a Sergei Federov hat trick and a two goal performance by Luc Robitaille, squashed the Pen’s 7-3.

-Player To Watch-
Pittsburgh-#66 Mario Lemieux (28 goals, 59 assists). Who else? Always a pleasure to watch skate.

Detroit- #17 Brett Hull (33 goals, 35 assists). A big reason why Detroit was able to hold off the Senators on Sunday. Hull will be looking to add to his season total against the struggling Pen’s.

-Out or in Doubt-
Pittsburgh- D Joel Bouchard (Broken Jaw/Out), D Josef Melichar (Shoulder/Out), D Michal Rozsival (Shoulder/Questionable), C Milan Kraft (Groin/Out)

Detroit- D Jiri Fischer (Knee/Out), D Jesse Wallin (Knee/Questionable),

-Between da Pipes-
Pittsburgh- #31 Sebastien Caron (5-12-1, 2.77 GAA, .912 SV%, 2 SO)
Detroit- #31 Curtis Joseph (30-17-6, 2.58 GAA, .910 SV%, 3 SO)

-Most Points This Season vs. Opposition-
Pittsburgh- #66 Mario Lemieux with 2 points (2 assists) vs. Detroit

Detroit- #23 Mathieu Schneider with 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) vs. Pittsburgh

The Game will be televised locally on Fox Detroit at 7:30 p.m. eastern time.

Number One in the Western Conference

A hat trick by Brett Hull, 41 astonishing saves by Curtis Joseph, and a very high shot percentage by Detroit gave the Red Wings a 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. With those two points, the Red Wings have 96 points for the season””keeping a seven point division lead over the St. Louis Blues, and gaining a one point margin over the Dallas Stars for top spot in the Western Conference.

The Senators came out flying, and they were the ones to open the scoring. Karel Rachunek was able to carry the puck in a circle around the Detroit net and leave it in front for Marion Hossa to come in from nowhere and slide it around Joseph.

Joseph held the Senators off for the rest of the period, and the Red Wings tied up the game when they got a power play chance. Peter Schaefer was sent out for high-sticking Chris Chelios, and Rachunek followed for holding just over a minute later. With 52 seconds of 5-on-3 play to work with, the Red Wings were ready to go. Nicklas Lidstrom slid the puck from the right point to Hull at the left. Hull fooled everyone by passing back instead of shooting, and Lidstrom’s one-time shot sailed into the net over the left shoulder of goaltender Patrick Lalime.

Ottawa kept right on pushing, and Joseph continued to hold them off, making save after save until his defense would carry the puck away. “He was tremendous tonight,” said Ottawa’s Jason Spezza. “That’s the best goaltending we’ve seen. It was getting frustrating.”

Hull capitalized on an Ottawa turnover early in the second period to give Detroit the lead. He stole the puck from Chris Philips just outside the Senators’ zone and carried it in on the right side, then snapped the shot right past Lalime.

The Senators tied the game back up with a power play goal midway through the period. Hossa tripped Mathieu Schneider in front of the net, which went unnoticed by the referees, but gave Bryan Smolinski a clear shot on Joseph. Joseph made that save, but the rebound came free to Mike Fisher, who put the puck into the net.

Hull’s second goal of the night regained the lead for Detroit barely a minute later. Henrik Zetterberg pulled the puck out of a tangle of players along the left boards inside the Senators’ zone, then set up the pass for Hull at the left circle. With another characteristic snapping shot, Hull put the puck past Lalime.

The Red Wings got another power play chance when Shane Hnidy was sent to the box for hooking, and Zetterberg increased the lead to 4-2. Pavel Datsyuk danced the puck around an Ottawa player near the left boards and sent it to Brendan Shanahan behind the net. Shanahan made the centering pass, and Zetterberg was waiting to one-time the shot up and over Lalime.

Detroit closed out the second period having to kill off a four minute high-sticking double minor penalty to Darren McCarty. They did so successfully, and again, it was Joseph who made the difference.

Shanahan’s goal early in the third period was the one that sent Lalime out of the game. Rookie Ray Emery came in to take his place. The Red Wings had a little bit better defensive control in the third period””Joseph was still called upon to make big saves, but not on so many quality shots.

Finally, with just 44 seconds left in the game, Datsyuk and Hull capitalized on another Ottawa turnover. Datsyuk stole the puck at center ice, carried it into the Senators’ zone, and sent it across to Hull. Hull whipped a one-time slapshot right past the very surprised Emery, and fans started tossing their hats onto the ice for Hull’s third goal of the night.

The final count of shots on net was 43 to 20 in the Senators’ favor, much to the bemusement of Dave Lewis. “The goals we scored were tremendous goals,” he said. “You look at the shots at the end of the game and think, ‘What happened?’ But we won the game.”

The Red Wings’ next game will be Tuesday night at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Steve Yzerman rested this game after playing yesterday against Colorado…. Hull was honored by the NHL in a small ceremony before the game. A League official presented him with the milestone awards for his 700th goal and 600th assist, and team owners Mike and Marian Illitch presented him with a gold-plated hockey stick.

Spring Comes To Hockeytown

Sure, there are still patches of snow and ice on the ground, and sure, the fans walking from the parking garage to Joe Louis Arena had leftover salt crunching beneath their feet. But it was 50 degrees and sunny, the red and white jerseys were visible instead of hidden under heavy coats, the Captain was in the lineup, and there are now only eleven (that’s ELEVEN) games left before the playoffs! Better yet, the Colorado Avalanche left Hockeytown Saturday afternoon with a 5-3 loss added to their record.

The scoring was opened early in the game by Pavel Datsyuk. Henrik Zetterberg made a tight pass to his linemate, and Datsyuk flipped it into the net past Patrick Roy.

The Avalanche struck twice before the first period was over to take a 2-1 lead into the locker room for the first intermission. The first goal came shorthanded, as Greg DeVries sprung Steven Reinprecht on a breakaway. Reinprecht went in all alone on Curtis Joseph and fooled the Detroit goalie with a move to the right before putting the puck in high.

Rob Blake‘s goal came on a power play. He took a pass from Joe Sakic, then shot from the blue line. Joseph was screened and never saw the puck on its way through.

The second period started with an entirely different feeling to it. Detroit was completely dominant, and Colorado didn’t have much of a chance. The Wings outshot the Avalanche 15 to 4 in the second twenty minutes of play. Roy stopped 12 of the shots, but the shots from Brendan Shanahan, Sergei Fedorov, and Igor Larionov were too much for him to handle.

“Paaaaaaaa-triiiiiiiiiiick! Paaaaaaaa-triiiiiiiiiiick!” taunted the fans at the Joe, as Shanahan stuffed a pass by Fedorov into the net, as Fedorov scored on a feed by Steve Yzerman, and as Larionov turned a pass by Luc Robitaille into the eventual game-winning goal. “Paaaaaaaa-triiiiiiiiiiick!”

Brett Hull didn’t want to be left out of the fun. He scored his 30th goal of the season, the 709th of his career, on an excellent give-and-go passing play with Datsyuk early in the third period. Datsyuk rushed up left and passed to Hull on the right. Hull passed it back to Datsyuk. Roy slid to his right, thinking that Hull’s angle to the net negated him as a threat. Datsyuk passed back anyway, and Hull scored into the empty side of the net at such a tight angle that he couldn’t have had a space any wider than the puck itself to shoot at.

Even Roy was impressed by the goal. “Let’s give them credit for that play,” he said. “He made a great pass to (Datsyuk) and he made a super pass back to (Hull), and he tapped it in. That’s one we’ll see the highlights of a lot.” Hull, characteristically, seemed prouder of his young linemate than of his own accomplishment. “That’s the way you’re supposed to play,” he beamed. “Pass the puck, and get it back.”

Derek Morris did score a power play goal for Colorado before the game was over. The Red Wings played a passing game of “keep-away” with the puck as the game wound down, causing the Avalanche to have to keep Roy in goal instead of pulling him for an extra skater. They did finally get puck control and pull their goalie out in the final minute, but Joseph was ready with some excellent saves to keep the win and tie the regular-season-series between these two teams at 2-2.

The final count of shots on net was 38-24 in favor of Detroit. The Red Wings’ next opponent is the Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa Senators. The teams will square off Sunday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Hull’s goal propelled him past Mike Gartner into sole possession of the fifth place on the all-time goal scorers list…. Peter Forsberg left the game with a bruised leg after a collision with Dmitri Bykov at center ice. Bykov was uninjured.

Showdown in Motown

A rivalry that has revolved around a lot of blood, sweat, and few tears will once again be on display this weekend. The Detroit Red Wings and the Colorado Avalanche will hook up for the final time of the season on Saturday. The Avs currently have the season series lead by a one game margin, but the Wings will be looking to even things up Saturday afternoon at the Joe.

Detroit is coming into the game with only one regulation loss since losing two in a row 15-games ago. Both of those losses came at the hands of Colorado. The Red Wings have picked up 27 out of a possible 30 points during their current stretch, and now have a 5 point advantage over the St. Louis Blues in the Central Division. Detroit is returning home after a 3 game western road swing that saw the Red Wings lose to Anaheim and then go on to pick up wins in both Los Angeles and Phoenix. Newly acquired defenseman Mathieu Schneider donned the red and white for the first time since being traded from L.A. in the win over the Coyotes, and immediately helped to take some of the load off of Chris Chelios and Nicklas Lidstrom by logging over twenty-three minutes of ice-time.

Meanwhile, a resurgent Avalanche team now sits only 4 points behind Vancouver for the northwest division lead, and is in 4th place overall in the Western Conference. Much of their recent success can be attributed to the recent play of goaltender Patrick Roy, who after a slumping start to the season has gotten back to his expected level of performance. Colorado’s most recent game saw them beat up on the Blue Jackets 5-1. Joe Sakic netted a natural hat trick in the blowout, scoring all three of his goals in the first period.

-Player To Watch-
Colorado- #20 Bryan Marchment (D) (2 goals, 9 assists). Will the Avs’ new goon look to make his presence felt in this ongoing rivalry? You can bet on it. Called the dirtiest player in the league by many, Marchment will likely not miss his chance to take the hatred felt by both clubs to a whole new level.

Detroit- #23 Mathieu Schneider(D) (14 goals, 30 assists). The Wings’ newest d-man has no time to settle into his new home. It will be interesting to see how Schneider responds to the intensity that is always present when these two teams meet.

-Out or in Doubt-
Colorado- No major injuries to report.

Detroit- D Jiri Fischer. Even with the addition of Schneider, the Wings are still relying on the return of Fischer for the playoffs. Fischer’s presence is certainly missed in games such as these.

-Between da Pipes-
Colorado- #33 Patrick Roy (28-13-12, 2.23 GAA, .918 SV%, 3 SO)

Detroit- #31 Curtis Joseph (28-17-6, 2.59 GAA, .909 SV%, 3 SO)

-Most Points This Season vs. Opposition-
Colorado- 3 tied with 3 points. #21 Peter Forsberg (1 goal, 2 assists), #23 Milan Hejduk (3 goals), #40 Alex Tanguay (1 goal, 2 assists) vs. Detroit

Detroit- #14 Brendan Shanahan with 3 points (3 goals) vs. Colorado

The Game will be televised nationally at 3:00 p.m. eastern time on ABC.

Schneider, Wings Down Re-tooled Coyotes

Mathieu Schneider made his first appearance as a Red Wing and the Coyotes debuted their reconfigured lineup Wednesday night as Detroit defeated Phoenix, 3-2.

In the days leading up to and including Tuesday’s NHL trade deadline, the Coyotes dealt away six players, including power forward Tony Amonte, and acquired three more. Wednesday night’s game was the first look at Phoenix’s new lineup, although forward Jan Hrdina was out with a hip flexor and Andrei Nazarov was serving the final game of a two-game suspension.

Schneider, wearing number twenty-three for Detroit, played 23:23 and earned his first point as a Red Wing and the five-hundredth of his career by assisting on Igor Larionov‘s first-period goal.

“I’m definitely very excited to come back into a hockey city,” said Schneider, who has played in Montreal, Toronto, and for both New York teams. “It makes the game a lot more fun. I couldn’t ask for a better situation as far as the city of Detroit. I haven’t spent an awful lot of time there, but I’m really looking forward to it.”

The Wings opened the scoring at 5:16 of the first period. As the puck bounced around at the top of the crease, Jason Woolley, another Red Wings defenseman acquired via trade this season, punched it past scrambling Coyotes’ netminder Sean Burke. Burke called for the goal to be reviewed but a video replay found no reason for it to be overturned.

Schneider’s lone point in the game came almost ten minutes later, at 13:56. He kept the puck in the zone when the Coyotes attempted to fire it around the boards. Schneider fired a shot on goal, and Igor Larionov deflected it down into the net. Referee Stephen Walkom signaled for a goal and Burke was irate again.

The Coyotes challenged that Larionov had deflected the puck with a high stick. Larionov himself agreed, but the video replay allowed the goal to stand.

“My call was a goal,” said Walkom to a pool reporter. “I viewed it in a split second and I saw the stick come down on the puck and I believe it was right at the crossbar. Every goal is reviewed, so we took the time to go upstairs and they said it was too close too call and to go with the call on ice.”

Phoenix’s Ladislav Nagy got the Coyotes onto the board just 1:29 into the second period but Tomas Holmstrom replied just under four minutes later. Mike Johnson pulled Phoenix to within one with 3:53 remaining in regulation but the Red Wings held on and pulled out the win.

NHL Rosters Jumbled as Trade Deadline Passes

As the NHL’s trade deadline came and went at 3:00 PM (US Eastern) on Tuesday, teams scrambled to shore up their rosters for a playoff push or deal away high-priced contracts in favor of rebuilding.

In all, twenty-five of the NHL’s thirty teams made a trade on Tuesday. All thirty teams made deals in the two days before the deadline.

Some of the big-name players traded on Monday and Tuesday include Sergei Berezin, Janne Niinimaa, Brad Isbister, Anson Carter and Valeri Bure.

Berezin was sent from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Washington Capitals for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Niinimaa and Isbister were traded for each other in a multi-player deal. The New York Islanders send a package of Isbister and prospect Raffe Torres to the Edmonton Oilers for Niinimaa and two draft picks.

The Oilers also dealt Anson Carter, sending him and Ales Pisa to the New York Rangers for Radek Dvorak and Cory Cross.

Bure was sent to the St. Louis Blues, who traded Mike Van Ryn to Florida for him.

With rosters now set for the remainder of the season, the top teams in the league will make their playoff push.

Trading will not reopen until the end of the playoffs.

Former Wing Osgood Traded to St. Louis

Former Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood was traded by the New York Islanders to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. The trade marks Osgood return to the Central Division, where he began his career with Detroit.

Osgood was traded to the Blues in return for defenseman Justin Papineau and a draft pick.

In thirty-eight games this season with the Islanders, Osgood has compiled a 17-14-4 record and a 2.92 goals-against average. He split playing time with Garth Snow and Rick DiPietro and spent some time out of the lineup with an injured ankle.

Osgood won the Stanley Cup in 1997 and 1998 with the Red Wings. After backing up Mike Vernon through the 1997 playoffs, he battled through several bad goals to help Detroit to the Cup in 1998.

St. Louis has used six different goaltenders this season. Osgood will be their seventh netminder, likely taking the starting role away from Brent Johnson.

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