Late Goals Lift Red Wings Over Jets

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the final seven minutes on Thursday, rallying from down 3-2 for a 4-3 victory in Winnipeg against the Jets.

Justin Abdelkader started things off at the 13:00 mark of the third period. Brian Lashoff‘s shot from up high deflected off Abdelkader and pinballed between him and Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec, trickling across the goal line as both dove for it.

Tomas Tatar gave the Red Wings the lead 2:10 later with his second goal of the night. Abdelkader drove down the left wing and cut to the net before passing it off to Tatar alone at the top of the crease to bang it past Pavelec.

The Jets had opened the scoring just 2:15 into the second period, with Evander Kane’s backhand pass from the side of the net reaching Dustin Byfuglien in front for a quick shot past Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek.

At 9:32 of the period, Adam Lowry made it 2-0. Michael Frolik carried the puck into the Detroit zone on a three-on-two, looking to pass across to Lowry before dropping it off to Mark Scheifele. Scheifele’s shot from the slot was partially blocked but the bouncing puck came to Lowry to bat past Mrazek.

The Red Wings responded just thirty seconds later, as Tatar picked off an attempted clearing pass at the top of the left faceoff circle and stepped up towards the slot, ripping a shot past Pavelec to get Detroit on the board.

Johan Franzen evened things up with 7:08 left in the middle frame, skating around defenseman Mark Stuart to break in on Pavelec all alone before snapping a shot off the post and in for a power play goal.

Mathieu Perrault would restore the Winnipeg lead with 3:48 left in the period, carrying the puck from behind the net into the right faceoff circle before turning and snapping a shot past Mrazek.

Mrazek finished the night with 28 saves on 31 shots in his first appearance of the season. Pavelec made 23 saves on 27 shots.

Detroit finished the night one-for-four on the power play while Winnipeg was scoreless on three tries with the man-advantage.

The Red Wings are next in action on Saturday when they wrap up their three-game road trip in Toronto.

Detroit was without forwards Pavel Datsyuk (groin) and Stephen Weiss (conditioning assignment). Defenseman Jakub Kindl was a healthy scratch while Xavier Ouellet made his season debut… Prior to the game, forward Andrej Nestrasil was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Jets – 11/20

The Red Wings visit the Winnipeg Jets tonight in the second game of their three-game road trip against teams that wear blue. They beat the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, 5-0, and face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

They’ll be without Pavel Datsyuk once again, which keeps Daniel Cleary in the lineup. There will be no healthy scratches up front, as Stephen Weiss has been sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins on a conditioning stint, made possible by the loss of Andrej Nestrasil on waivers to the Carolina Hurricanes.

On defense, Brendan Smith‘s hand infection – suffered during a late-game fight in Columbus – has him sidelined for at least a week. Xavier Ouellet has gotten the call-up from Grand Rapids, leapfrogging over Jakub Kindl on the depth chart as Kindl will be a healthy scratch and Brian Lashoff remains in the lineup.

Petr Mrazek makes his first start of the season in goal.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings have two wins and four losses since the 2004-05 lockout in their first game after losing a player on waivers.

Game time is 8:00 PM on FSD.

Hurricanes Claim Nestrasil from Red Wings

Forward Andrej Nestrasil was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes from the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

The Red Wings had waived Nestrasil in an attempt to send him to the Grand Rapids Griffins, clearing a roster spot for the team to activate Stephen Weiss from injured reserve. Weiss is expected to be assigned to the Griffins on a conditioning stint.
In 13 games this season – his first in the NHL – Nestrasil has no goals and two assists. Nestrasil surprised many by making the Red Wings’ lineup out of training camp, beating out Landon Ferraro and Mitch Callahan for the spot opened up by a preseason injury to Pavel Datsyuk.

Red Wings Blank Blue Jackets in 5-0 Win

Coming off a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, the Detroit Red Wings rebounded with a 5-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night.

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard made 28 saves for his 19th career shutout.

Tomas Tatar opened the game’s scoring with 9:43 left in the first period. After a scramble that saw Tatar corral a loose puck to keep control for the Wings the puck came out to the blue line. Columbus netminder Sergei Bobrovsky stopped Jonathan Ericsson‘s shot from the point but Tatar put home the rebound.

The Blue Jackets thought they had tied things up with a power play goal in the closing minutes of the period but Boone Jenner was ruled to have kicked the puck in and the goal was called back.

Gustav Nyquist scored from the side of the net on a Detroit power play at 1:44 of the second period, putting the rebound of a Johan Franzen shot from the high slot past Bobrovsky.

Tomas Jurco added another power play goal at 4:49 of the third period to make it 3-0, snapping a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle into the top corner of the net.

Just 1:12 later, Riley Sheahan made it 4-0. After Justin Abdelkader looped through the Columbus zone protecting the puck, he moved it on to Tatar in the slot, who passed it off to a streaking Brendan Smith coming down the left side, who quickly moved it on to Sheahan for a tap-in from the top of the crease.

With 1:01 remaining, Darren Helm closed out the scoring, whipping a shot from the left faceoff dot past Bobrovsky.

Bobrovsky finished the night with 35 saves on 40 shots against.

Detroit finished the night with two power play goals on five chances with the extra attacker. Columbus was scoreless on three power play attempts.

The Red Wings continue their road trip on Thursday in Winnipeg.

Detroit was without forward Pavel Datsyuk, who missed the game with a flare-up of his previous groin injury… Andrej Nestrasil and Jakub Kindl were healthy scratches for the Red Wings.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Blue Jackets – 11/18

The Red Wings kick off a three-game road trip tonight in Columbus, before visiting Winnipeg and Toronto.

Detroit is coming off an embarrassing 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday at home and will be without forward Pavel Datsyuk, who is back out with a groin injury. Datsyuk had originally returned from that injury on Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks but apparently aggravated it. Daniel Cleary will take his spot in the lineup.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal for the Wings.

Stupid stat of the day: Of the 29 times Detroit has played on November 18, only eight have been at home.

Game time is 7:00 PM on FSD.

Pregame: Canadiens @ Red Wings – 11/16

Coming off a dominant 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, the Red Wings take on another Original Six foe tonight as they host the Montreal Canadiens.

The last time the two teams met, the Red Wings thought they’d gotten a late goal by Pavel Datsyuk to put them up on the Habs, but the goal was called back on Justin Abdelkader‘s goalie interference against Carey Price and Montreal went on to win in overtime.

Price will be on the bench for the Canadiens tonight, having gotten the start in Montreal’s 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers last night. Backup Dustin Tokarski gets the nod against Detroit’s Jimmy Howard.

The only lineup change for the Red Wings from the Chicago game is Brian Lashoff in for Jakub Kindl on defense. Kindl didn’t play for the final thirty minutes on Friday. Andrej Nestrasil and Daniel Cleary will be the healthy scratches, with Stephen Weiss and Jonas Gustavsson still on IR.

Stupid stat of the day: The last time the winning team scored fewer than five goals in a November 16th game in Detroit was the Red Wings’ 3-2 win over Chicago in 1959.

I’ll be on Montreal Hockey Talk‘s pregame show at about 6:20 to talk about the matchup.

Game time is 7:00 PM on FSD.

Red Wings Roll Past Blackhawks

With four days to practice, the Detroit Red Wings put forth a dominating effort Friday night, rolling past the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1.

The Red Wings outshot Chicago 37-26 in the effort, including a 20-shot second period in which they scored twice.

Luke Glendening opened the game’s scoring just 6:08 in, backhanding the rebound of a Drew Miller chance past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford. Miller had picked off a pass by the Blackhawks to get all alone in the slot for his initial opportunity.

Patrick Kane‘s power play goal with 8:44 left in the period tied it back up, as Kane was open on the right side of the net to take a crossing pass from Jonathan Toews and roof a shot past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar scored 1:10 apart in the second to put the Red Wings back out front.

At 4:49 of the period, Zetterberg picked off a pass by Kane in the Chicago end and poked the puck through to Franzen at the front of the net. Franzen kicked it from his skate to his stick and backhanded it over Crawford to make it 2-1.

Tatar put the rebound of a Joakim Andersson shot past Crawford on a three-on-two to make it 3-1 at 5:59.

Brendan Smith capped off a fast-moving third period with an empty net goal to finish off the game’s scoring.

Kane’s goal was the only power play tally of the night. Detroit had three chances with the extra attacker while Chicago had four.

The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday when they host the Montreal Canadiens.

Pavel Datsyuk returned from a groin injury to re-join the Detroit lineup… Tomas Jurco was back in the lineup after several games as a healthy scratch… Daniel Cleary and Andrej Nestrasil were healthy scratches up front while Brian Lashoff was a healthy scratch on defense… Backup goalie Tom McCollum was sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins after the game and Petr Mrazek was called up.

Pregame: Blackhawks @ Red Wings – 11/14

After what seems like several months off, the Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks tonight.

The time off has been good for Pavel Datsyuk, who will return from his groin injury to join a line with Tomas Jurco and Justin Abdelkader.

To make room for Datsyuk and Jurco, Daniel Cleary and Andrej Nestrasil are back out of the lineup. Stephen Weiss remains on IR and Brian Lashoff will be the healthy scratch on the blue line.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal with Tom McCollum backing up.

Stupid stat of the day: The last time the Red Wings and Blackhawks played on November 14, Brendan Shanahan scored the overtime game-winner for Detroit.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.

A Chicago Blackhawks What If Sweater Concept

As part of her Veterans/Remembrance Day set of Tweets yesterday, @NHLhistorygirl sent out something about the Chicago Blackhawks that was really interesting to me.

I saw that and my first thought was, “Wow, imagine if the hockey team had run with that.”

I know it’s heresy to think of the Blackhawks née Black Hawks without their Indian head logo, but an idea kept rattling around in my mind.

I’ve drawn up Winter Classic concepts for the Red Wings before and I did takes on the Dallas Stars’ then-new identity and Team USA’s Olympic jerseys. On my personal blog I’ve talked about designing for a fantasy team and about concepts for the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Taking on the Blackhawks, one of Detroit’s heated rivals, and removing their cherished logo? Yeah, I don’t see this going over well. I wanted to get the idea out of my head though, so here we go.

My initial thought was “What if the Blackhawks had appropriated (or modified) the 86th Infantry’s insignia?” As I started drawing, though, I ran into the problem of what I was putting together was too clean and I was thinking from a 21st century marketing perspective. I decided to treat it as a faux-back. Don’t design for their inaugural year, design something from today that throws back an alternate inaugural year where they had adopted a military theme.

With Chicago in the Winter Classic this year – a game hosted in Washington, DC – it makes some sense to wear something Army-inspired, no matter what this alternate version of the team might be wearing now. So consider this a Winter Classic concept from an alternate universe, perhaps where the Indian head was never used.

I use the “vintage” red, white. and black that I’ve been overusing of late. We start with a black hawk, as seen in the regimental insignia. This hawk also carries a red shield, this one outlined in white (as is the hawk). Rather than the “BH” initials, this shield bears two six-pointed stars, borrowed from the version of Chicago’s flag that would have flown in 1926.

The bird is on a red shield but that’s where things really start to differ, as this shield looks much more like a modern military patch. The two chevrons at the bottom of the shield/patch are meaningless, there because they “look military” (I would have loved it if majors wore chevrons so it could be a reference to McLaughlin but no such luck). An arched black box appears at the top with “Black Hawks” in white. Our world’s Black Hawks featured the team name in their original logo so I figured this version’s would, too. That’s all outlined in black and then white.

Since the Blackhawks are the road team in this year’s Winter Classic, the sweater design is based off of their first road jersey from our timeline. I changed the collar to black for more contrast and added a black stripe above the red hemline because I hate that the shoulders have a black border but the hemline doesn’t. The name and number are the modern Blackhawks’ font while the shoulder patch is the same shield as appears with the hawk in the crest.

I’m not going to say “Oh my god, they should totally use this!” The Blackhawks have too established of an identity to mess with. For a mental exercise, though, it was fun and I think it turned out okay.

Update – 11/13, 8:50 AM: Hockey Brunch in Chicago tells me that the Blackhawks have sold merchandise based on the 86th Infantry’s insignia before, so apparently basing a concept off of that isn’t as crazy of an idea as I thought. That said, I don’t think it makes using an idea like this any more likely.