I’m just gonna do a quick run-down of what happened over the weekend while I was gone… Of course, there was the 6-0 win over the Rangers on Saturday. From what I saw, it looks like everyone played a pretty strong game, which is very good to see with the playoffs six games away. No Red Wings were named to the roster for the 2002 US Olympic team, but Steve Yzerman will again be a member of the Canadian Olympic team. Stevie still got ripped off though, he would have been the captain if Mario wasn’t making his extremely marketable comeback.
This is in no particular order… Chris Chelios is expected back for the playoffs, which is always a good thing. After just managing to keep even with the Wild in the first two periods, the Wings managed to score twice in the third to win, 4-2. ESPN.com has the recap. Also good news, the San Jose SHarks have dropped into seventh in the Western Conference, meaning that if the playoffs started today the Wings would play them, not the Edmonton Oilers.
On the Olympic front, Nicklas Lidstrom was one of ten players selected for Sweden’s team in the 2002 Games. Russia managed to confuse everyone in the hockey world by naming goalie Nikolai Khabibulan to their team but not forward Sergei Fedorov. Khabibulan hasn’t played in nearly two seasons due to a holdout.
Tomas Holmstrom‘s first career hat trick led Detroit past San Jose in the Shark Tank tonight. The Freep has the recap. Jiri Fischer has played really well since coming back from the minors. I’m willing to see that we’ll see a lot of him in the playoffs while Murphy and Duchesne sit out. Never know though, Bowman loves his veterans.
As for the Avs game, anyone who blames Osgood is a moron, you can’t expect your goalie to stop that many odd-man rushes. He held strong and kept the Wings in there and we nearly came back. Of course, Gary Thorne sounded like the happiest man alive when Bourque threw in the empty-netter. I hate national coverage.
Wow. One point five seconds left and Slava Kozlov slams one home to tie the game, that’s excitement. Too bad nothing came out of overtime. The Freep has a recap of the game. We gain a point on the Blues with their loss to Philly. Everybody needs to look at the standings and be scared. Time to decide if we should drop back or move up ’cause the second seed isn’t safe.
An hour after the deadline, the trades are still being reported. Here are all of todays deals that can be found:
Kamil Piros, Fourth Round Pick
Craig Conroy, Seventh Round Pick in 2001
To Blue Jackets:
Third Round Pick in 2001
Third Round Pick, future considerations
To Blue Jackets:
To Maple Leafs:
Adam Mair, Second Round Pick
Michal Handzus, Ladislav Nagy, Jeff Taffe, First Round Pick in 2001
Trevor Linden, Dainius Zubrus, Second Round Pick in 2001
Richard Zednik, Jan Bulis, First Round Pick in 2001
Second Round Pick in 2001
To Blue Jackets:
Sixth Round Pick in 2001
Seventh Round Pick in 2001
Alexei Tezikov, Fourth Round Pick in 2001
Third Round Pick in 2001
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First off, if this site still has any big fans, I’d like to apologize for not updating a lot recently, but I’m not gonna make a big deal about it so on with the news… Eric Lindros has added three teams to his list of aceptable destinations: Detroit, Washington and St. Louis. Thankfully, Ken Holland doesn’t seem interested. Neither are the Capitals, but the Blues are chomping at the bit for him or the Coyotes’ Keith Tkachuk. The Wings win out if Tkachuk goes elsewhere and Lindros goes to St. Louis because Eric the Red (or would it be Blue?) will go down before the end of the season. Nonetheless, the rumor out of Toronto is that Lindros would go to Detroit for Saturday’s hero of the day Brendan Shanahan, who would waive his no trade clause because he doesn’t like Scotty Bowman. They’re over-reacting in Toronto, everyone hates Bowman but he makes people win so the players tolerate it. Holland isn’t stupid.
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Now the fun trade stuff… San Jose picked up sniper Teemu Selanne from the Ducks for goalie Steve Shields, winger Jeff Friesen, and a conditional draft pick. Selanne makes the Sharks a threat in the regular season but San Jose will be forced to ride a rookie goalie through the playoffs. Phoenix dealt holdout goalie Nikolai Khabibulan and Stan Neckar to Tampa Bay for defenseman Paul Mara, forwards Mike Johnson and Ruslan Zainullin and a second-round draft pick. The Blues picked up d-man Alexei Gusarov from the Rangers for rookie blueliner Peter Smrek. Defenseman Sean O’Donnell was picked up from the Wild by the Devils for Willie Mitchell and future considerations. I bet this much doesn’t happen on the day of the deadline.
The leapfrogging continues as the Wings jumped back ahead of St. Louis for the lead in the Central Division with a 3-1 win in Anahiem while the Blues fell to Edmonton. Detroit is as hot as any team in the NHL has been this season, going undefeated in twelve games – or the entire month of February. Should Detroit manage to stretch this streak through next week – which includes a Saturday afternoon matchup with the Blues – it will be a new team record of sixteen games. The first shot at stretching it is tonight in Phoenix.
Several minor deal have happened across the league, including Ottawa picking up Eric Lacroix from the Rangers for Colin Forbes and Carolina getting potential UFA Scott Pellerin from Minnesota for prospect Askhat Rakhmatullin and a third-round draft pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
I never got that multimedia update done and it’s been pushed aside for at least a week, but it’s still a priority. Expect some changes in drwcentral.net across the next week, I’ll be doing some work on the site while I’m on break from classes.
The Red Wings dropped to second in the Central with the Blues’ win Monday night but the good news in Detroit is that Chris Pronger is down for the rest of the regular season. HAHAHA!!!!
Anyway… Great comeback Sunday, have to hope Ozzie starts Wednesday or he’ll begin to doubt himself. After starting every game for about a month, he was bound to slip once. No big deal. The Freep has the recap and a little bit about Fedorov’s facial injury. No one else is talking about anything so why don’t you talk about something in the Fan Forum?
Could the night have been any better for the Red Wings? Chris Chelios played his first game in over three months, Steve Yzerman got his 1,600th career point, and Detroit downed St. Louis to move into the top spot in the Central Division. Eh, I guess the Rob Blake powered Avalance could have lost to the Wild, but that doesn’t matter.
For now, Detroit is in second place in the league. The Blues could reclaim the lead in the Central Saturday night with a win over the Bruins, but we won’t worry about that now, will we? The Blues have two games in hand on the Wings and the teams play each other twice more before the end of the season. Should Detroit manage to go undefeated against St. Louis, they’ll likely take the Central.
Just a note on the streak: Wings are unbeaten in their last ten games and haven’t lost at home since December.
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