Spreading Rumors

Interesing bit from Christy over at BtJ just popped across the feedreader.

Apparently a valid-looking Facebook page for Valtteri Filppula briefly reported that he’d been traded to Atlanta. It’s not confirmed whether that’s actually his Facebook page (if he even has one) and the news has since been pulled.

As Christy notes, it would have to be a deal for Marian Hossa and Ken Holland would only pay that much if Hossa signed a contract extension. We’ll see if anything comes of this.

Red Wings End Streak in Colorado

The Detroit Red Wings ended their losing streak at six games Monday night, earning a 4-0 victory over the host Colorado Avalanche to complete a sweep of the season series between the two teams.

Goaltender Chris Osgood made 18 saves to pick up the shutout after being pulled from each of his last two starts. It marked Detroit’s third blanking of the Avalanche this season.

Detroit’s victory came even after losing captain Nicklas Lidstrom to injury in the first period. Lidstrom left the game with what the team called a slight knee sprain after a hit from Ian Laperriere.

Aaron Downey later fought Laperriere.

The Red Wings got on the board with 7:57 left in the first period on Chris Chelios‘ second goal of the season. Pavel Datsyuk sent out a pass from down low that Tomas Holmstrom let slide past him in the slot to Chelios at the blue line. His shot slipped through traffic and past Jose Theodore to give Detroit the lead.

Valtteri Filppula put the Red Wings up by a pair with just 56 seconds left in the opening frame, gathering up the rebound from his own shot from the slot to roof it over Theodore at the side of the net.

Henrik Zetterberg scored a pair of goals in the second to wrap up the scoring.

At 7:42 he scored with the Red Wings on a two-man advantage, taking a cross-crease pass from Pavel Datsyuk to score into the open side of the net.

Just 2:16 later he added another, taking a drop pass from Datsyuk and cutting through the slot, waiting for Theodore to dive before putting a shot past him.

Theodore finished the night with 36 saves on 40 Detroit shots.

The Red Wings finished the game two-for-five on the power play. The Avalance couldn’t score on any of their three tries.

Red Wings Skid Hits Six

The Detroit Red Wings’ losing streak hit six games on Sunday with a 1-0 loss to the Dallas Stars.

Rookie goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 30 shots in his first start of the season but the one goal he allowed was enough for Dallas to get the win, with the Red Wings unable to score on Marty Turco.

Niklas Hagman scored the game’s only goal at 3:13 of the first period, roofing the rebound of a Jere Lehtinen shot over Howard.

The game marked the fourth in a row that the Red Wings were unable to score at even-strength.

Detroit looks to snap the skid Monday night in Colorado.

More Slump Notes

Nope. No analysis from me this time.

The way I see it, the Wings five-game losing streak has had three kinds of games. Against the Kings and Maple Leafs, Detroit just played like crap. Against Anaheim they were robbed of what should have been the tying goal. Then against the Predators and Blue Jackets, they just didn’t play defense.

I had predicted an end to the streak tonight. Obviously I was wrong. No more predictions from me.

I’m still not worried about this slump. I’ll worry after the Colorado game on Monday.

A few requisite thoughts on the game itself…

The first Columbus goal should have been goalie interference, Modin had his stick on Osgood (not that I think Osgood would have gotten it anyway). Similarly, the Maltby goalie interference call later was surprising.

The Wings play better in front of Howard than Osgood right now, I might start him in Dallas if I were Mike Babcock.

Stay Calm: Wings – Predators Notes

Thoughts from a bit after the final buzzer…

Prediction for Friday: The losing streak ends. I thought the Wings played a very good game for the last two periods. Take away the ten minutes in the first period where they played like idiots and it’s a much different outcome.

As an Osgood fan, it was painful to see those first three goals. Worst defense the Wings have played all year and the Predators are fast enough to make them pay for it. Can’t fault Osgood but it sure looks like you can when the only way to wake the team up is to switch goalies.

On the flip side, Jimmy Howard looked sharp in his season debut. I think you can fault him for his one goal more than you can fault Osgood for the three scored on him but only barely. Howard wants Radulov’s second back but it really was a nice move.

I’m not worried about the losing streak because, even after this latest loss, the Red Wings still have a ridiculous 21-point lead in the division. As in they could drop another ten games in a row and still be in the lead. The lead for the Western Conference is “only” 12 points but the same thought applies.

So… The streak is ending soon and the Wings are still way out in front. No reason to flip out, everything’s still fine.