Red Wings – Bruins Postgame Thoughts

After several of the Red Wings’ losses this season I’ve had a hard time explaining what went wrong. Tonight feels like another one of those nights.

Can it really be as simple as Detroit not playing hard enough? I find that hard to believe but it seems to be the case.

The Wings defense has been a step behind, their goaltending has been a little slow, and their shots are just a little off.

For those counting, that’s more than one thing.

So, yeah, in general the Wings have a lot to work on. They’re still winning games so I’m not going to flip out just yet, I’m just surprised that this kind of play has continued to the quarter point of the season.

Red Wings – Blue Jackets Lineup Notes

Darren McCarty, back from his one-game stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins, will miss tonight’s Red Wings – Blue Jackets matchup. McCarty tweaked a groin injury at Detroit’s morning skate.

Derek Meech will remain at forward to replace McCarty on the fourth line after originally expecting to be a healthy scratch.

The only other major lineup change from Wednesday’s loss to Montreal is the return of Dan Cleary, who will skate alongside Valtteri Filppula and Jiri Hudler on the third line.

Chris Osgood will replace Ty Conklin in the Red Wings’ crease.

Red Wings – Canadiens Game Notes

Maybe I’m just feeling optimistic this morning but I don’t count last night’s loss to Montreal as being too bad of a loss to take.

The Red Wings didn’t do a lot that was outright wrong. They got outplayed in what was mostly an energy issue, not a talent issue. They weren’t as effective in the corners as they needed to be and it cost them scoring chances.

The first and third Montreal goals were almost entirely luck. Yeah, if you feel like goalie-bashing you can say Conklin should have been more careful on the first goal but on a night where the whole team was a little slow I don’t think he should be singled out.

Montreal’s second goal? A thing of beauty. The Wings probably should have been able to clear the zone so while a defensive lapse was a part of it, you can’t discount the really nice play by the Canadiens.

Unfortunately you can’t count the Wings’ lone goal as an example of good team play, that was just a huge individual efford by Johan Franzen.

In all, I don’t think we can look at this game and start screaming it’s the end of the world. How the team responds will be key, though.

Helm Called Up, McCarty Sent to Grand Rapids

Darren Helm will be in the lineup for the Red Wings tonight as the Montreal Canadiens visit Detroit, having been called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins this morning.

To make room for him in the lineup, Darren McCarty was sent down to Grand Rapids. McCarty cleared waivers last week and was eligible to me moved to the AHL.

Bruce MacLeod reports Helm skated on the third line alongside Valtteri Filppula and Jiri Hudler at today’s morning skate.

MacLeod also notes that the change is likely to be temporary, as the Red Wings would prefer to see Helm play more minutes and was only recalled for energy as the Wings return from a road trip for three games in four nights.

“Even if he plays four minutes a night, I’m not happy,” said general manager Ken Holland. “I want him to play hockey.”

Canucks Rebound for OT Win over Red Wings

Daniel Sedin scored with 2:25 remaining in regulation and Sami Salo added a power play goal at 2:33 of overtime, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the visiting Detroit Red Wings.

Curtis Sanford, starting in the Vancouver crease in place of the injured Roberto Luongo, stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced.

Salo fired a one-timer from the left faceoff circle past Detroit netminder Chris Osgood to give the Canucks the win while Johan Franzen was in the penalty box for interference.

Sedin’s goal came just 1:10 after the Red Wings had taken a 2-1 lead. He deflected a shot by Salo out of mid-air and off the ice, bouncing it past Osgood.

Pavel Datsyuk had scored a power play goal with 3:35 remaining, snapping a shot from the right circle past Sanford on a Red Wings power play.

Mikael Samuelsson scored the game’s opening goal 9:22 into the first period. Andreas Lilja fed Samuelsson to spring him into the Vancouver zone where he lifted a backhander over Sanford’s shoulder.

Taylor Pyatt scored Vancouver’s first goal at 2:27 of the second period, stripping the puck from Jiri Hudler in the Red Wings’ zone and beating Osgood from the slot.

Osgood made 21 saves on 24 shots.

Both teams went one-for-three on the power play.

The loss ends the Red Wings’ Western Canada road trip, on which they earned five of a possible six points. They now return to Joe Louis Arena to face the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Pregame Notes: Red Wings @ Canucks

Just got done shoveling the driveway for the first time this winter. Ugh. On a happier note, the gameday thread for tonight’s game is now open.

The big news in Vancouver is that the Canucks will be without goalie/captain Roberto Luongo, who’s “week-to-week” with an abductor strain. Curtis Sanford replaces him between the pipes.

The Red Wings will continue to be missing Tomas Holmstrom and could be without Valtteri Filppula. Filppula skipped the morning skate with flu-like symptoms and with Dan Cleary still out and Derek Meech already moved up from defense to forward to replace Holmstrom, the Wings will have to go with 11 forwards if Filppula can’t go.

Red Wings – Flames: Detroit Lineup Notes

The Red Wings continue their Western Canada road trip Saturday night in Calgary but there are already lineup reports coming in for tomorrow night’s game.

Khan says that the Wings will have Niklas Kronwall back in the lineup but that Tomas Holmstrom will remain out. Derek Meech will be shifted to forward to cover for the open roster spot on wing.

Tomas Kopecky remains on Detroit’s top line, taking Holmstrom’s spot alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa. Meech will skate with Kris Draper and Darren McCarty on the fourth line.

Ty Conklin gets the start.

Conklin Blanks Oilers in First Wings Home Start

Goaltender Ty Conklin made his first home start as a member of the Detroit Red Wings a memorable one, stopping all twenty shots he faced in leading the Wings to a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Conklin is now 5-1 with Detroit.

Niklas Kronwall‘s five-on-three goal 6:11 into the game would have been enough for the win but it didn’t have to be.

Kronwall scored on a quick wrister from the right faceoff circle after jumping in from the point to take a pass from Henrik Zetterberg.

Just 3:00 into the second period Mikael Samuelsson put Detroit up by a pair, tipping a Brett Lebda pass from the corner past Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Jiri Hudler deflected a shot off of defenseman Sheldon Souray and into the net with 5:42 left in the second and Johan Franzen scored on a great individual effort midway through the third, outwaiting Roloson before lifting a shot from at the goal line off the goalie’s glove and into the net.

Conklin was rarely tested in what might have been Detroit’s best defensive effort of the season. His stops on back-to-back two-on-ones in the second period kept Edmonton from getting back in the game.

Roloson made 37 saves on 41 shots in net for the Oilers.

Chris Osgood will get his chance against Edmonton on Thursday when the Red Wings visit Rexall Place for a rematch against the Oilers.

The assist on Samuelsson’s goal was Lebda’s first point of the season… Darren McCarty fought Zach Stortini three minutes into the game.

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