Request for Help from DH.N

I’ve been holding off on making this post for several days ’cause I feel awful about doing it.

There are so many updates to DetroitHockey.Net that I had hoped to launch already. The Fifteenth Season was supposed to be one where the site was kind of reborn. I still expect that to happen but given the momentum I had in September, I’m disappointed that I haven’t published any of the updates from my to-do list.

And despite the fact that I feel like I’m under-delivering, I’m asking for help from the community.

Sometime Christmas weekend, the hard drive that I store all of my site-related files on suffered a catastrophic failure. A bearing inside the drive appears to have burned out, making it inoperable. All data on it is inaccessible.

My latest manual backup of that data is from October and is incomplete. I’m still taking stock of what I’ve lost but at the very least I’m missing the original copies of my photos from two games, all of the video I’ve captured this season but not added to the site, any graphics I’ve updated since the backup, and countless other personal documents and files related to other sites.

If I want that data back, I have little choice but to send the drive to a data recovery specialist, which will cost more than I can afford to pay for it.

I’m asking the community for a little help with this. I hate to do it but I feel like it’s either ask for help or lose the data and this is worth a shot.

If you have the ability, please consider making a donation to DH.N.

I want to make clear that the site will continue to function whether I get the data back or not. No code was lost due to this because the most recent code exists on DH.N’s servers. The data loss may cause difficulties for me. It will mean fewer videos get added to the site. It won’t cause an outage or loss of existing functionality.

If, after a week or so, I don’t think we have a chance of raising the money needed to do the data recovery, I’ll refund all donations and look into other (less-reliable) options.

If there are any questions, feel free to ask. Thank you for your support.

Red Wings – Islanders Pregame Notes

Because Mike Modano, Pavel Datsyuk and Danny Cleary weren’t enough… Patrick Eaves will miss tonight’s game against the New York Islanders with an upper-body injury.

Eaves his coming off of his first career hat trick and is listed as day-to-day.

Tomas Tatar will make his NHL debut, having been called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins to take Eaves’ spot in the lineup. Tatar is the Griffins’ leading scorer, with 29 points in 35 games.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in net for the Red Wings.

The Islanders are coming off a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, in which they stopped Sidney Crosby‘s scoring streak at 25 games. They’re second-to-last in the league but are on a 5-1-1 run.

Red Wings – Stars Postgame Thoughts

As previously mentioned, I was running around for this game so I followed it but not too well.

Great to see Jiri Hudler with another goal. Same for Kris Draper. Hell, same for Brad Stuart. Guys who usually don’t score putting it in the net is usually a good sign.

Patrick Eaves… I told you he was going to break out. I love the way he’s been skating. He’s getting the grindy goals but he’s also getting open and getting opportunities because of it. It’s easy to forget that the Wings turned him into a grinder, he was a scorer in Ottawa and Carolina (though a somewhat-failing one). This was supposed to be his game, he knows how to play it.

Since Pavel Datsyuk went down, Detroit is 3-1, with all three wins coming in a three games in four nights post-Christmas road trip. Not bad. The December that started with the Red Wings going 1-2-1 has become a 8-5-2 month with one game left to play.

One last note… I can see why Jan Mursak was called up from Grand Rapids rather than Ilari Filppula or Tomas Tatar. Mursak is skating very well and started getting some chances.

Osgood Gets 400th Career Win as Red Wings Down Avalanche in OT

Chris Osgood became the tenth goaltender in NHL history to win 400 career games Monday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Osgood needed to make 46 saves on 49 shots to get the win, a season-high. He was supported by four power play goals.

The victory also came with the Red Wings missing four regulars: forwards Mike Modano, Pavel Datsyuk and Danny Cleary and defenseman Brian Rafalski.

Niklas Kronwall scored the overtime game-winner with 1:18 remaining in the extra period, one-timing a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past Colorado netminder Peter Budaj off a feed from Henrik Zetterberg.

The Avalanche had opened the game’s scoring just 3:29 in, when Matt Duchene banged home the rebound of a Tomas Fleischmann chance from in front of the net.

Jiri Hudler notched his second goal of the season 2:06 later to tie it up. Thirty seconds into Detroit’s first power play, Hudler snapped a shot from the right faceoff dot past Budaj after his initial attempt was blocked.

TJ Galiardi scored a soft goal from the top of the left circle just 46 seconds later to restore the Colorado lead.

With 7:28 left in the first, Johan Franzen snapped a shot from the inside of the left circle past Budaj to tie the game. The goal came just eight seconds into Detroit’s second power play.

The seconds period was a scoreless affair in which Osgood stopped 23 shots while Budaj needed to make only nine saves.

Nicklas Lidstrom gave the Red Wings a late lead, scoring on the team’s fifth power play of the night with 5:23 remaining in regulation. He beat Budaj with a snap shot from the high slot.

The Avalanche forced overtime with 2:36 remaining, as Duchene put home a rebound chance on Colorado’s seventh power play attempt.

The Avs finished the night one-for-seven with the man advantage, including 1:08 of five-on-three in the first period. Detroit went four-for-six with the extra attacker.

Budaj made 26 saves on 30 shots against.

The Red Wings are back in action when they visit the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.

Both of Hudler’s goals this season have been scored on Budaj…. Jan Mursak made his NHL debut in place of the injured Cleary… Osgood is now three wins back of his idol, Grant Fuhr.

Red Wings Down Wild, Lose Cleary to Fractured Ankle

The Detroit Red Wings cruised to a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild Sunday night but their already-depleted forward ranks took another blow.

After blocking a shot from Brad Stuart in the third period, Danny Cleary will miss four weeks with a fractured ankle. Cleary returned to play after blocking the shot and appeared to be fine but the extent of the injury wasn’t known until after the game.

With the Red Wings already missing Mike Modano until March and Pavel Datsyuk for a month, Jan Mursak was called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Cleary figured into the game’s scoring, notching the eventual game winning goal at 8:59 of the first period when he threw a shot from the right corner on goal. It deflected off goalie Niklas Backstrom and into the net.

Henrik Zetterberg had opened the scoring 4:28 into the game on a similar play from the left side.

Kris Draper scored his first of the year at 5:30 of the second, tipping a Niklas Kronwall shot past Backstrom from the left faceoff circle to extend Detroit’s lead to 3-0.

Tomas Holmstrom wrapped up the Red Wings’ scoring on the power play with 6:30 left in the period, knocking home the rebound of a chance by Zetterberg.

Brent Burns scored on the power play with 3:40 left to play to break up Jimmy Howard‘s shutout bid.

Howard stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced while Backstrom made 23 saves on 27 shots.

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

Mursak will join the team for Monday’s matchup in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche.

Jakub Kindl was in the Detroit lineup for the first time since returning from his conditioning stint with the Griffins. He took the place of Ruslan Salei, who was given an extra day off by the team to spend with his California-based family for the holidays.

Red Wings – Wild Pregame Notes

The Red Wings visit the Minnesota Wild tonight, looking to rebound from their 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues before the two-day Christmas break.

Rebounding has been a common theme for Detroit, as they’ve had a tendency to follow a bad game with a good one, only to revert to poor form the following game.

Jakub Kindl is back in the lineup, replacing Ruslan Salei. Salei was allowed to stay with his family for an extra day as they’ve remained in California this season and he’s been away from them most of that time. Kindl is fresh off an eight-game conditioning stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins, during which he scored a goal and added four assists.

Jimmy Howard gets the start for the Red Wings. Niklas Backstrom is expected to get the nod for the Wild.

Red Wings’ Rally Falls Short in St. Louis

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from down 4-1 to pull within a goal Thursday night but couldn’t get the evener, falling to the St. Louis Blues, 4-3.

Nicklas Lidstrom and Patrick Eaves scored second-period goals but St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak stopped all 15 shots he faced in the third to hold onto the lead for the Blues.

Lidstrom’s goal came on a one-timer from the top of the left faceoff circle with 8:27 left in the middle period and the Red Wings on a five-on-three.

Eaves scored with 3:09 left in the period, snapping a shot from the top of the right circle past Halak after Kris Draper and Darren Helm dug the puck out from behind the net.

The Blues opened the scoring with 6:39 left in the first. Erik Johnson one-timed a shot from the blue line through a crowd and past Chris Osgood on a St. Louis power play.

Johan Franzen responded just 30 seconds later, tying the game on a snapper from the left faceoff dot.

Only 36 seconds after that, Patrick Berglund scored the first of two goals to restore the St. Louis lead, beating Osgood from the high slot.

Berglund scored again with 1:13 left in the first, just three seconds after the expiration of a penalty to Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall. Berglund’s shot from the left wing boards went through a crowd and past Osgood to make it 3-1.

Matt D’Agostini made it 4-1 at 5:51 of the second. Jonathan Ericsson gave the puck away in the neutral zone and it was picked up by Eric Brewer. Brewer sent it up to David Backes, who sprung D’Agostini for a break in on Osgood. He faked out Osgood and slid the puck past him for the eventual game-winner.

Osgood finished the night with 21 saves on 25 shots in his second failed bid at his 400th career win. Halak stopped 35 of 38 Detroit chances.

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

The Red Wings are now off for Christmas but return on Sunday when they visit the Minnesota Wild.

Red Wings – Blues Postgame Thoughts

Despite my last comment in the GDT, this is not a loss that the Red Wings can blame the refs on.

I am shocked that while being dominated for the last seven minutes of a one-goal game, a team that averaged 17 minutes of penalties per game did not commit a single infraction. But the Wings shouldn’t have needed a power play at that point.

It was yet another game where the Red Wings got a late start. That could be seen in the first two minutes.

I don’t want to throw him under the bus but I’d do it to Jimmy Howard: Chris Osgood needed to make one more save, maybe two. Yeah, Jonathan Ericsson made a pretty awful giveaway leading to Matt D’Agostini’s goal, but Osgood got faked out on the breakaway. Stop that shot and it’s a different game.

The loss was a team effort, though. Just like a comeback win would have been.

The team really turned it around for the second half of the game. Osgood was sharp, the defense limited St. Louis’ chances, and the offense controlled the puck. Those last seven minutes were pretty amazing, aside from not producing a goal.

I dunno, I’m mad about this loss but not as mad as I expected to be. Of course, I thought the Wings would drop this game and the Vancouver matchup so they came out with two more points than I was predicting.

Red Wings Rally for OT Win over Canucks

The Detroit Red Wings bounced back from a 4-3 deficit late in the third period Wednesday night, scoring with 3:54 remaining to force overtime and adding another in the extra period for a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Nicklas Lidstrom evened the game up on a Detroit power play, putting home the rebound of a Henrik Zetterberg shot into an open net from the left faceoff circle.

Zetterberg then gave the Red Wings the win, snapping a shot past Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo from the left faceoff dot with 2:01 left in the overtime period.

Danny Cleary had opened the game’s scoring at 8:12 of the first. Brian Rafalski sent a long pass from the Detroit zone to Todd Bertuzzi at the Vancouver blue line. Bertuzzi gained the zone and moved the puck across to Cleary, who fired it past Luongo from high in the right circle.

A power play goal by Henrik Sedin tied the game back up just 1:11 into the second. Ryan Kesler got the puck from Daniel Sedin in front of Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard and passed it off to Henrik at the edge of the crease for a tap into the open net.

Valtteri Filppula restored the Red Wings’ lead at 6:29 of the period, swatting the rebound of a Cleary chance past Luongo.

Daniel Sedin tied the game back up with 8:39 left in the second, scoring a power play goal that was nearly a carbon-copy of his brother’s.

Former Red Wing Mikael Samuelsson gave the Canucks their first lead with 21 seconds left in the second. Brad Stuart couldn’t hold the puck in the Vancouver end and the Canucks broke out on a three-on-two. After gaining the Detroit zone, Henrik Sedin dropped it to Samuelsson for a snap shot from the top of the left circle that deflected off of Stuart’s stick and past Howard.

Zetterberg’s first of the night evened things back up. At 1:54 of the first he snuck a low-angle shot between the post and Luongo’s pad to make it 3-3.

Jeff Tambellini beat Howard with 7:50 remaining to put the Canucks back out in front before Detroit’s comeback.

The Canucks finished the night two-for-three on the power play. The Red Wings went one-for-four.

Howard stopped 35 of 39 shots on the night while Luongo made 40 saves on 45 shots.

The Red Wings are back in action Thursday night when the visit the St. Louis Blues.

The Red Wings lost forward Pavel Datsyuk to a wrist injury late in the first period. He did not return… Ruslan Salei‘s assist on Zetterberg’s first goal was his 200th career point.

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