Red Wings – Predators: What Just Happened?

This loss is a little hard for me to explain because it feels like a typical Nashville win. Two power play goals and two goals off of lucky breaks / broken plays.

It feels like the Predators never had any pressure on the Wings all game. Solid defense, of course, and they were playing defensively as the momentum shifted.

Nashville seemed content to sit back and wait for a break to go their way, and then one did when Jonathan Ericsson ran into Tomas Kopecky and lost the puck. It’s like if I were to sit here at my computer saying “I’m gonna stay here until a bag of cash falls into my lap” and then it works.

By all accounts, the Red Wings should have won Sunday afternoon. But they didn’t. Them’s the breaks, I guess. The painful, ridiculous, annoying breaks.

If you want good news to take out of it, at least Detroit showed up to this one, unlike Friday night. So while it may be two losses in a row, they’re two drastically different losses.

Red Wings – Predators Pregame Notes

The Red Wings look to bounce back from their downright-pitiful performance against the New York Islanders on Friday night as they host the Nashville Predators this afternoon. The game is on FSN+, for those confused about finding the Pistons on FSN.

Detroit will be without Brian Rafalski, a late scratch. Nashville will not have captain Jason Arnott or Detroit-area native David Legwand available for the game.

Chris Osgood gets the start in net for the Red Wings.

Red Wings – Islanders Postgame Thoughts

Well, that sucked.

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that was the worst game I’ve seen the Red Wings play since 2004. They just seemed to have absolutely no life. There was one shift all game, maybe two, where it felt like the Wings were actually getting good pressure.

If I hadn’t been at the game, I would have been tempted to turn it off. I’m just gonna leave it at that.

Red Wings – Islanders Pregame Notes

Former Islander Chris Osgood gets the start for the Red Wings tonight, facing former Red Wing Joey MacDonald in net for New York.

MacDonald makes his return from a knee injury that kept him out for the last 17 days.

Also returning to the Islanders lineup is Doug Weight, who missed six weeks with a sprained MCL.

A win tonight will clinch the Central Division for Detroit, put them two points up on the San Jose Sharks in the race for first place in the Western Conference, and give the team its fourth-straight 50-win season.

Third Period Flurry Leads Red Wings over Oilers

The Detroit Red Wings scored three goals in the final nine minutes of the third period Tuesday night, lifting them to a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Jonathan Ericsson got the Red Wings on the board with 8:45 left in regulation, tying the game at one on a quick shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that deflected off Steve Staios and past goalie Dwayne Roloson. It was his first goal of the season and the second of his career, both coming in Edmonton.

Marian Hossa put Detroit in front with 1:58 left, taking a pretty feed from Johan Franzen to snap a shot from the slot in behind Roloson.

Just 32 seconds later, Valtteri Filppula backhanded the rebound of a Nicklas Lidstrom chance into the Edmonton net, putting Detroit up by a pair.

The Oilers cut the lead down to one goal with a minute left in the game as Ales Kotalik threaded a slap shot through traffic to beat Detroit netminder Ty Conklin.

With Roloson on the bench for the extra attacker, neither team was able to score.

Edmonton had taken a lead late in the first period with a power play goal. Denis Grebeskov one-timed a chance from the high slot past Conklin’s glove to open the game’s scoring with 1:11 left in the opening period.

The Red Wings finished the night without a power play goal on four tries. The Oilers scored once on their four chances.

Conklin finished the night with 24 saves on 26 shots. Roloson stopped 41 of 44 Detroit attempts.

The win puts the Red Wings into first place in the NHL, one point in front of the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks have two games in hand… Tomas Holmstrom returned to the Red Wings lineup after missing three games with a knee injury… Conklin made his first start in five games… Chris Chelios moved into a tie for fourth place in all-time games played.

Osgood Shines Early as Red Wings Double Up Thrashers

Detroit goalie Chris Osgood kept a shutout going for just over fifty minutes Friday night, finishing the night with 31 saves en route to a 6-3 win for the Red Wings over the Atlanta Thrashers.

Osgood stopped Rich Peverley twice and kept out a chance by Ilya Kovalchuk to keep the Thrashers off the board early.

“Osgood made some great saves in the first period,” Thrashers head coach John Anderson said. “Games change complexion when one team is down or us and if we had gotten up, it might have changed the way we played.”

Brian Rafalski scored the game’s first goal with 6:20 left in the first period, jumping up from the right point to snap a shot past Atlanta netminder Kari Lehtonen.

Pavel Datsyuk extended the Detroit lead just seconds after Kovalchuk failed to score, snapping a wrister from the left circle past Lehtonen on a rush with Johan Franzen.

Jiri Hudler made it 3-0 just two minutes later, scoring on a breakaway.

The teams traded third-period goals three times. Johan Franzen and Bryan Little each scored on the power play, then Marian Hossa and Vyacheslav Kozlov scored less than two minutes apart. Dan Cleary and Colin Stuart wrapped up the scoring.

Red Wings – Thrashers Pregame Notes

Some early morning notes before I head off to Atlanta…

Chris Osgood will make his fourth consecutive start for the Red Wings tonight. He’s 3-0 in his last three, winning on back-to-back days over the weekend and then again on Tuesday.

Tomas Holmstrom remains out and will not return until at least next Friday’s game against the New York Islanders.

Valtteri Filppula completed most of the Wings’ Thursday practice but his status for the game won’t be determined until after the morning skate. Today is his 25th birthday.

For the Thrashers, Ilya Kovalchuk returns to the lineup after missing three games.

This will be Marian Hossa‘s first game in Atlanta as a Red Wing. He played for the Thrashers for three seasons before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins at last year’s trade deadline.

Red Wings Score Three Unanswered Goals to Beat Flyers, 3-2

The Detroit Red Wings scored three times in a row Tuesday night, bouncing back from down 2-0 to earn a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Wings didn’t score their first goal of the night until only 2:33 remained in the second period, by which time Scott Hartnell and Joffrey Lupul had already scored for the Flyers.

Hartnell scored on a partial breakaway with 3:26 left in the first period, fighting off Marian Hossa while coming down the right wing and beating Detroit netminder Chris Osgood with a snap shot.

Just 4:28 into the second, Lupul scored on an odd-man rush to extend the lead for Philadelphia.

Pavel Datsyuk got the Red Wings on the board, skating down the left wing and putting a quick shot past Flyers’ goalie Martin Biron.

At 9:47 of the third, Datsyuk grabbed the puck on the left wing board and fed it to Johan Franzen. Franzen beat Biron on a one-timer from just inside the right faceoff circle, tying the game.

Just 1:38 later Henrik Zetterberg gave Detroit the lead, scoring off a pass from Mikael Samuelsson as Jonathan Ericsson led a rush up-ice.

Osgood stopped 24 of 26 shots on the night to earn his third win in a row. Biron made 45 saves on 48 shots against.

The win moved Osgood into sole possession of eleventh place all-time in the NHL… The Red Wings dressed eight defensemen as the were without forwards Valtteri Filppula and Tomas Holmstrom.

Red Wings – Flyers Pregame Notes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to those of you sober enough to be reading this.

I’m coming at you from hazy but warm Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where I’m amazed to find that I’m in a hotel that actually gets Versus so I’ll be able to watch the game tonight. If I can get a better Internet setup going, I’ll even be in on the gameday thread.

Also in: Chris Osgood. He’ll be making his third start in a row after smacking around the Blues and Blue Jackets over the weekend. From the sound of things, he’ll be given every chance to prove he should be the playoff starter.

Questionable for the game is Valtteri Filppula, who also missed Sunday’s game in Columbus.

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