Schedule Released for Red Wings – Ducks Series

The NHL has announced the schedule for Detroit’s Western Conference Semifinal matchup with the Anaheim Ducks.

The eighth-seeded Ducks advanced to face the Red Wings after upsetting the San Jose Sharks in a six-game first round series. Number two seed Detroit advanced with a sweep of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Red Wings will open at home on Friday night, with a Sunday afternoon game following before the series shifts to Anaheim.

Game 1 – May 1 – @ Detroit – 7:00 PM
Game 2 – May 3 – @ Detroit – 2:00 PM
Game 3 – May 5 – @ Anaheim – 10:30 PM
Game 4 – May 7 – @ Anaheim – 10:30 PM
Game 5 – May 10 – @ Detroit – 5:00 PM
Game 6 – May 12 – @ Anaheim – TBD
Game 7 – May 14 – @ Detroit – TBD

Datsyuk Named Hart Trophy Finalist

I gotta say, I’m surprised to see Pavel Datsyuk getting MVP recognition.

http://www.nhl.com/i…vid=DL|NHL|Home

This makes him a Hart, Lady Byng, and Selke trophy finalist all in the same year.

I don’t think there’s a chance he wins it (though he deserves it) but it’s good to see people overlooked the fact that the Wings are stacked and voted for him anyway.

I also like this “fact” in the NHL.com article…

Ovechkin is bidding to become the first repeat Hart winner since Dominik Hasek led the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup in 1997-98.

Red Wings to Face Ducks in Second Round

The Detroit Red Wings found out their second-round opponent Monday night. The Anaheim Ducks completed a six-game upset of the San Jose Sharks, advancing to face the Red Wings in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Had the Sharks managed to come back to beat the Ducks, the Red Wings would have faced the Vancouver Canucks.

The Red Wings were 3-1 against the Ducks this season but both teams made significant changes after their last meeting. Detroit “flipped a switch” at the start of the playoffs, changing their style of play with stronger defense and better goaltending. Anaheim acquired defenseman Ryan Whitney for Chris Kunitz and James Wisniewski for Samuel Pahlsson, got Francois Beauchemin back from injury, and has been getting stellar goaltending from Jonas Hiller.

Franzen Scores as Red Wings Sweep Blue Jackets

Johan Franzen scored in the game’s final minute Thursday night, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-5 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets and finishing off a four-game sweep of their Western Conference Quarterfinal matchup.

Franzen’s goal came on a late power play after the Blue Jackets were called for too many men on the ice. Jiri Hudler pushed to the front of the net from the left side and Franzen followed him up, banging in a rebound with 47 seconds remaining.

The goal put Detroit back in front after they gave up a two-goal lead for the second time in the game.

The Red Wings led 3-1 after the first twenty minutes of the game, taking the lead on goals by Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom and Dan Cleary while Kristian Huselius scored for Columbus.

The Blue Jackets scored four times in the second period, rallying twice when their season seemed over.

Rick Nash tipped in a goal at 1:44 of the middle frame and R.J. Umberger added another at 5:38 to tie things up.

Marian Hossa scored two consecutive goals to put Detroit back in the lead but Kris Russell and Fredrik Modin countered.

It was the first game of the series in which the Blue Jackets scored more than one goal.

Columbus netminder Steve Mason stopped 35 of 41 shots against while Detroit goalie Chris Osgood made 27 saves on 32 shots.

The Red Wings will now wait to see the outcome of the series between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks to know who they will face in the next round. The Wings will face the Ducks if Anaheim wins or the Vancouver Canucks if San Jose does.


Detroit was without Kris Draper for the fourth-straight playoff game.

Round One, Game Four Pregame Notes

The Red Wings look to complete a sweep of the Blue Jackets tonight, carrying a 3-0 lead into Game Four in Columbus.

The only lineup change for either team appears to be Aaron Rome in for Jan Hejda on the Columbus blue line. Hejda was injured blocking a shot in Game Three.

Kris Draper remains out for the Red Wings, still not cleared by doctors to play after sustaining an upper-body injury in the penultimate game of the regular season.

Red Wings Take Command of Series, Lead Blue Jackets 3-0

The Detroit Red Wings put the Columbus Blue Jackets’ backs to a wall Tuesday night, taking a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with a 4-1 win.

Detroit spoiled the first-ever playoff game in Columbus with a goal just 67 seconds into the game and didn’t allow the Blue Jackets on the board until the game’s closing minutes.

Tomas Holmstrom opened the scoring early. Marian Hossa snapped a shot off the crossbar behind Columbus goalie Steve Mason. The puck dropped down into the crease and Holmstrom poked it home to give Detroit the early lead.

Dan Cleary stretched the lead to a pair with 45 seconds left in the period, taking a pass from Johan Franzen in front of the net, then spinning and sliding the puck around Mason.

Henrik Zetterberg scored with 6:05 left in the second period, scoring from the slot after being left all alone as Mike Commodore moved to hit Franzen behind the net.

R.J. Umberger returned from being knocked woozy on a second-period hit by Brad Stuart to score the Blue Jackets’ lone goal of the game. Umberger backhanded a rebound chance past Chris Osgood on a power play with 3:53 remaining in regulation.

Zetterberg added an empty-net goal to finish off the scoring.

Mason finished the night with 22 saves on 25 shots against, while Osgood stopped 31 of 32 Columbus chances.

The Red Wings did not score a power play goal for the first time this series, as they were unable to convert either of their two chances. The Blue Jackets scored their first power play goal of the series, going one-for-four on the night.

Detroit looks to complete the sweep on Thursday night.


The Red Wings were without Kris Draper for the third-straight playoff game and fifth in a row overall.

Round One, Game Three Pregame Notes

The Red Wings head into the first-ever NHL playoff game in Columbus with a stranglehold on the series but both teams know that could change quickly. A Detroit win tonight means the Blue Jackets need four straight wins to advance. A Columbus win tonight keeps them alive in the series, giving them hope that a Game Four win takes them back to Detroit tied up.

Kris Draper remains out for Detroit. Dan Cleary did not practice with the team but will play.

Red Wings’ Osgood Blanks Blue Jackets in Game Two Win

Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood continued to silence his critics Saturday night, leading the Red Wings to a 4-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game Two of their Western Conference Quarterfinals matchup.

The shutout comes on the heels of a twenty-save performance in Game One, after which he addressed his doubters.

“I don’t doubt myself ever. People that don’t know me do,” Osgood said after the series opener. “I’ve played for 15 years. I have the most wins in Red Wings playoff history for a reason, not because I’m a bad goalie.”

Osgood made 25 saves en route to the shutout.

The power play carried Detroit’s scoring, counting for three of the Red Wings’ four goals. The Wings finished the night three-for-ten on the power play, their percentage hurt by a series of Columbus penalties late in the game, after things had already been decided.

Brian Rafalski opened the game’s scoring on a power play with 6:27 left in the first period, snapping a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle off of Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin and over goalie Steve Mason‘s shoulder.

Pavel Datsyuk‘s power play goal at 7:18 of the second period stretched Detroit’s lead to two. Marian Hossa sent a shot from the left side purposely wide, with Datsyuk open to deflect it in.

Henrik Zetterberg scored the only even-strength goal of the game with 4:30 left in the middle frame, looping around defenders down low and lifting a shot from the inside edge of the right circle into the top of the net.

Jiri Hudler wrapped up the game’s scoring just 3:38 into the final period, bouncing an acute-angle shot off of defenseman Rostislav Klesla, off the post, off of Mason and into the net.

With the game out of reach, the Blue Jackets attempted to send a message as time ran down, taking 22 penalty minutes in the final ten minutes of the game, including a misconduct to Mike Commodore.

Game Three between the two teams will be Tuesday night in Columbus. It will be the first home playoff game in Blue Jackets’ franchise history.


The Red Wings were without Kris Draper, who also missed Game One with an upper-body injury. He will be re-evaluated on Monday.

Notes on Ericsson’s Game One Goal

A couple late-coming notes on Jonathan Ericsson‘s goal that I thought I’d share…

With the goal, Ericsson became only the third last-overall pick to score an NHL playoff goal. He’s the only one to do it in his playoff debut. He’s also the lowest pick to ever score a playoff goal, having been selected 291st overall.

Andy Brickley scored one career playoff goal after being selected at 210 in the 1980 Entry Draft and Kim Johnsson has two playoff goals after going 286th overall in 1994.

Round One, Game Two Pregame Notes

The Red Wings aren’t changing a damned thing going into Game Two against Columbus tonight. Their message has pretty much been “Don’t come out flat like Thursday and we’re fine.”

The Blue Jackets, on the other hand, are already changing things up. What they’re changing is double-secret, as Ken Hitchcock won’t confirm anything. Supposedly Derek Dorsett is being inserted into the lineup. We’ll see.

The Freep (via Malik) had this blurb on the ├╝ber-secret Columbus lineup…

The Blue Jackets put a towel over the lineup they posted on the wall in their locker room at Joe Louis Arena.

Yeah, they’re focused on the important stuff alright. Of course, this is a team coached by a guy who’d rather complain about the Wings cheating on faceoffs than figure out why his team only had two shots in the third period Thursday.