Red Wings – Blue Jackets Pregame Notes

The Red Wings hit the road again tonight to wrap up five-straight games away from Joe Louis Arena. This time it’s the first game of a home-and-home with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Much is being made of Columbus fans “putting money on the board” for a Blue Jackets win tonight. As previously mentioned, the guys over at TPL are doing the same thing for twelve Wings games in February and March, so don’t miss out on the chance to support a great cause.

As for the game itself… Jimmy Howard gets the start, as he will for all of the games remaining until the All-Star break. No one new is out, no one new is in. That leaves the injury situation as follows: Mike Modano, Pavel Datsyuk, Danny Cleary, Brad Stuart, Chris Osgood.

Red Wings Unable to Overcome Early Deficit, Fall to Avalanche, 5-4

The Detroit Red Wings allowed four goals in the first fifteen minutes Monday night and never recovered, losing to the Colorado Avalanche, 5-2, despite a late rally.

The Avalanche got on the board 5:58 into the first, when Paul Stastny pounced on the loose puck when Niklas Kronwall turned it over at the top of the crease. Before Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard knew what had happened, Stastny put the puck around him and into the net.

Jan Mursak scored his first career goal to tie things back up just 54 seconds later, sliding the rebound of a Drew Miller shot past Colorado netminder Peter Budaj.

At 8:32, Matt Duchene scored the first of his two goals, beating Howard between the pads on a rush.

Kevin Porter put the Avs up by a pair with 7:32 left in the period, snapping a shot past Howard from the inside edge of the right faceoff circle.

Duchene’s second of the night made it 4-1 with 5:45 remaining in the first, working the give-and-go on a two-on-one with Tomas Fleischmann and putting the puck into the open side of the net.

Howard was replaced by Joey MacDonald after the fourth Colorado goal.

Brian Rafalski cut the Avalanche lead to two goals with two minutes remaining in the period, snapping a shot from the high slot past Budaj.

David Jones restored the three goal lead at 6:51 of the second, beating the sprawling MacDonald with a backhander on a rush with Duchene after Kris Draper‘s chance missed the net and bounced out of the zone at the other end.

Henrik Zetterberg banged home a rebound chance on a Detroit power play with 4:30 left in the middle period to once again pull the Red Wings to within a pair.

At 9:45 of the third, Tomas Holmstrom tipped a Zetterberg shot past Budaj for the Red Wings’ second power play goal of the night, drawing them to within a goal.

Detroit would be unable to pull even as Colorado held on for the win.

The Red Wings finished the night with two goals on three power play chances while the Avalanche were scoreless in five tries with the extra attacker.

MacDonald stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced but picked up the loss. Howard made six stops on ten shots while Budaj stopped 26 of 30 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings will return home before visiting Columbus on Friday for the last of five consecutive road games.

Valtteri Filppula returned to the Detroit lineup after missing two games with a groin injury. Tomas Tatar was returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins with Filppula’s return… Goalie Chris Osgood will miss six-to-eight weeks recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Red Wings – Canucks Postgame Notes

I called last night’s win “gritty” but it looks like “gutsy” has been the word of choice for the rest of the writers out there.

Either way, the Red Wings took a game they probably had no right being in, battled it out, and took away two points from it. And did it without anyone getting hurt, it would seem. There’s no way to treat any of that as a negative.

Jimmy Howard? Slump over. Between this game and the end of the Calgary game, he’s back. Save of the night, possible save of the year, was his stop on Daniel Sedin early on. Fantastic glove stop. Great positioning on some later chances, including in the shootout. Definitely playing with some confidence.

One negative on Howard? Rebound control. Vancouver’s goal came when he kicked the puck right to Daniel Sedin. I’m not really sure I want to hold that against him too much but I’ve been harping on rebound control all season so I think I should at least mention that it’s still a bit of an issue.

I’ll say it again, Henrik Zetterberg didn’t score but he was leading the Wings’ offensive efforts. The pass to Franzen on Detroit’s lone regulation goal was beautiful (as was Franzen’s ability to take it and his shot). Zata played a ridiculous 24:52. Franzen was second among Detroit forwards at 20:16. Zetterberg is being heavily leaned on to carry the load right now.

Another stat I find interesting… Patrick Eaves was third on the Wings with three shots (behind Zetterberg and Franzen) in 16:30 of play (good for fifth among forwards, which makes sense given his second-line role, though 4:06 of it was on the PK).

On the Canucks… No wonder they’re leading the NHL. That’s a high powered team right there. Roberto Luongo might be a diver but the rest of the team did a good job of keeping the foot on the gas for a full 65 minutes.

After a big win like this, I’m expecting a letdown in Colorado on Monday. We’ll see.

Red Wings Rally for Shootout Win over Flames

The Detroit Red Wings never led Friday night but rallied from two goals down to beat the Calgary Flames in a shootout, 5-4.

The Flames led 4-2 in the final minute of the second period but Patrick Eaves scored a power play goal from the left faceoff circle with 18 seconds remaining to make it 4-3.

Brian Rafalski‘s second goal of the night tied the game. At 8:16 of the third period, Rafalski jumped up to hold in the puck at the right point and carried it into the Calgary zone, beating goalie Miikka Kiprusoff with a shot from the boards.

Todd Bertuzzi scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Wings the win.

The Flames had opened the game’s scoring at 8:43 of the first, when Curtis Glencross snuck a shot under Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard‘s pad from right in front.

Darren Helm replied for the Red Wings, slipping a shot from an acute angle between Kiprusoff’s pads with 4:02 left in the period.

Jarome Iginla would restore the Calgary lead with only 10 seconds left in the first, beating Howard on a wraparound chance.

Rafalski’s first of the night came just 41 seconds into the second, when his shot on a rush deflected off a Calgary defenseman and past Kiprusoff.

Glencross outwaited Howard while cutting across the goal mouth to make it 3-2 28 seconds later. Anton Babchuk’s power play goal with 8:27 left in the second wrapped up the Calgary scoring.

Howard finished the night with 35 saves on 39 shots. Kiprusoff stopped 23 of 27 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings are back in action on Saturday night when they visit the Vancouver Canucks.

At the midway point of the third period the Red Wings lost defenseman Brad Stuart to a broken jaw, suffered on a high hit from Calgary’s Tom Kostopoulos. The team says he is out indefinitely.

On Data Recovery and More Important Fundraising

My thanks go out to everyone who donated to DH.N over the last week in support of my data recovery efforts. I’m surprised and humbled by your support.

Unfortunately – and as I had somewhat expected – I can see that it won’t be enough. The cost of data recovery is just too high.

As such, I’m calling this fundraising effort closed and refunding the donations that were made.

I don’t see this as a bad thing, I’ve accepted that the data is probably lost and that I can live without it. As an experiment, I’m going to try and DIY it and I’m really excited about the chance to tinker a bit.

One of the reasons I’m willing to pull the plug on this so quickly is that there are two much more important fundraising efforts going on that right now that need support a lot more than I do.

The Production Line is leading the H2H2 pledge drive. As with last year’s event, the money raised goes to Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Jen (@NHLhistorygirl) is raising money for SOAR. You can visit her fundraiser page at http://www.crowdrise…ndraiser/Team14.

Both of those are far more important than helping me get some files, so I recommend that anyone who was going to send money my way donate to either of those causes instead. I’ll be doing the same.

Thanks again for everyone’s support.

Late Goals Lift Red Wings over Oilers

Todd Bertuzzi and Darren Helm scored within 44 seconds of each other late in the Red Wings’ Tuesday night matchup with the Edmonton Oilers, carrying Detroit to a 5-3 win.

Bertuzzi’s second of the night broke a 3-3 tie with 2:50 remaining and Helm added an insurance marker with 2:06 left in the game.

Bertuzzi scored on a shot from the left faceoff circle that deflected off of the skate of defenseman Ladislav Smid in front of the net and past goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

Helm outwaited Khabibulin on a rush, cutting to the slot and snapping a shot into the top corner after Khabibulin went down.

The goals came after the Oilers had rallied from two down to start the period, tying the game.

On a delayed penalty 4:54 into the third, Theo Peckham jumped up and snuck into the slot, where he took a pass from Sam Gagner and snapped a shot past Detroit netminder Chris Osgood.

Gagner would tie the game with 8:29 left, slipping a shot from the left circle through Osgood’s pads after a faceoff win.

Henrik Zetterberg opened the game’s scoring just 3:43 in with a slap shot from the blue line.

Gilbert Brule responded with 8:22 remaining in the first, skating around Kris Draper to get to the slot and take a feed from Liam Reddox, backhanding a chance past Osgood.

Bertuzzi’s first of the night made it 2-1 at 6:40 of the second, when he scored on a wraparound chance.

Draper raced to the net to take a feed from Helm and backhand a shot over Khabibulin with 9:17 remaining in the middle period to make it 3-1, setting up the third.

Though the Oilers did get a goal on a delayed penalty, neither team scored on the power play. The Red Wings had two tries while Edmonton had three.

Osgood stopped 22 of 25 shots in earning the win. Khabibulin made 32 saves on 37 chances.

The Red Wings now have two days off before they visit the Calgary Flames as their five-game road trip continues.

Detroit was without Patrick Eaves for the third consecutive game. Tomas Tatar continued to play in his place.

Red Wings’ Comeback Falls Short, Flyers Get First Win in Detroit Since 1988

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period but couldn’t pull even with the Philadelphia Flyers, who rode a three-goal second period to a 3-2 win, their first victory at Joe Louis Arena since November 4, 1988.

The Red Wings had gone 16-0-2 at home against the Flyers in the 18 games between Philadelphia wins, including Games Three and Four of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals.

James van Riemsdyk, Daniel Carcillo and Scott Hartnell scored second period goals for the Flyers, all the scoring they would need.

Just 51 seconds into the period, van Riemsdyk got things started with a shot from down low on the left wing boards that deflected off of Valtteri Filppula‘s stick and over Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard‘s shoulder.

Carcillo made it 2-0 at 5:32 of the period, deflecting an Andrej Meszaros shot past Howard from low in the slot.

Hartnell lifted a shot over Howard’s shoulder through a screen with 5:36 left in the second to finish the Flyers’ scoring.

Filppula got the Red Wings on the board 51 seconds into the third, skating around Meszaros and beating Philadelpha netminder Brian Boucher.

Henrik Zetterberg made it 3-2 with 7:32 remaining when he lifted the rebound of a Nicklas Lidstrom shot over Boucher on a Detroit power play.

The Red Wings were unable to find a tying goal as the Flyers held on for the win.

Zetterberg’s goal was the only power play tally for either team on the night. The Red Wings finished one-for-three with the man-advantage while the Flyers went scoreless on two tries.

Boucher stopped 25 of 27 shots faced on the night. Howard made 24 saves on 27 shots before being replaced by Chris Osgood for the third period. Osgood stopped all five shots he faced.

The Red Wings now embark on a five-game road trip that will last the better part of two weeks.

Tatar Scores in Debut but Red Wings Fall to Islanders in OT

Just hours after being called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins, Tomas Tatar scored his first NHL goal in his first career game to lift the Detroit Red Wings into a tie with the New York Islanders. The Islanders would spoil the moment, however, going on to defeat the Red Wings 4-3 in overtime.

Tatar’s deflection in the slot off a Darren Helm shot got past Dwayne Roloson to tie the game at three with 9:42 remaining in regulation.

The Islanders had taken the lead on three consecutive goals off of faceoff wins in the Detroit zone.

With 6:38 remaining in the first, John Tavares won a draw back to Andrew MacDonald for a shot from the blue line that was tipped by Matt Moulson. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard made the initial stop but defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom inadvertently knocked the puck past him.

Tavares made it 2-1 with just 3 seconds remaining in the opening period. Zenon Konopka won a draw back to Bruno Gervais at the point. Gervais’ shot was knocked down on the way to the net but Tavares was there to backhand the loose puck past Howard.

Konopka won the faceoff that led to a Jesse Joensuu goal with 4:47 left in the second period, as well.

Konopka drew the puck back and Matt Martin made a diving play to push it across to Milan Jurcina at the right point. Jurcina’s shot was deflected by Joensuu to make it 3-1.

Valtteri Filppula made it 3-2 with 9 seconds remaining in the middle frame. Lidstrom’s shot from the blue line was stopped by Roloson and Darren Helm’s rebound chance hit the post and deflected into the air. Filppula gloved down the puck fired it into the open net with Roloson sprawled out on the ice.

Johan Franzen had opened the game’s scoring with 8:08 left in the first when his shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle slipped past Roloson.

The Red Wings finished the night without a power play goal on five tries with the extra attacker. The Islanders had only two tries and scored on both.

Howard made 19 saves on 23 shots. Roloson stopped 31 of 34 Detroit chances.

Tatar was in the lineup to replace Patrick Eaves, who was out with an upper-body injury.