Red Wings Open Road Trip with Loss to Canucks

The Detroit Red Wings kicked off their six-game road trip with a 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Tomas Tatar scored the only goal of the game for the Red Wings, a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle through traffic with 3:30 remaining and Detroit skating six-on-five.

All of the game’s goals came at uneven manpower strengths.

Alexander Edler opened the game’s scoring at 1:48 of the second period, rifling a shot from near where Tatar would later score past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard on a Vancouver power play.

Radim Vrbata scored off the rebound of is own shot from the inside edge of the left circle with 9:11 left in the third to make it 2-0, another power play goal.

After the Red Wings pulled to within one, Henrik Sedin added two empty-net goals to round out the game’s scoring.

Howard stopped twenty of the 22 shots he faced for Detroit while Ryan Miller made 29 saves on thirty shots for Vancouver.

The Canucks scored twice on four power play chances while the Wings were zero-for-three.

Detroit’s trip continues in Edmonton on Tuesday.

After Delay, Red Wings Down Canucks, 5-3

A 35-minute delay caused by a power failure at Joe Louis Arena didn’t slow the Detroit Red Wings down as they cruised to a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday afternoon.

Just 29 seconds into the game, lights over half of the arena bowl went out and the game was stopped. Under three minutes of playing time later, the Red Wings showed that at least the red light was working.

Niklas Kronwall rifled a shot from the left faceoff circle through traffic and past Vancouver netminder Ryan Miller to open the game’s scoring at 3:15 of the first.

With 8:44 left in the period, Gustav Nyquist‘s power play tally made it 2-0 for Detroit. Henrik Zetterberg sent a pass from the right circle over to Nyquist at the left faceoff dot for a shot into the wide open side of the net.

Linden Vey would pull the Canucks to within a goal at 2:37 of the second period with a power play tally of his own. Kronwall’s clearing attempt up the middle of the ice went right to Vey at the edge of the slot for a shot back past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

The Red Wings restored their two goal margin with 5:36 left in the middle frame on another goal with the extra attacker. The rebound of a Tomas Tatar chance came out to Pavel Datsyuk to Miller’s left. Both Datsyuk and defenseman Luca Sbisa swatted at the puck, with it sailing past Miller, off Vancouver forward Nick Bonino, and into the net.

Again, the Canucks cut the lead to one, as former Detroit prospect Shawn Matthias scored with 7:34 remaining in the third period. Matthias deflected a Yannick Weber shot past Howard to make it 3-2.

Danny DeKeyser put Detroit up by a pair for the third time just 1:10 later when his blast from the blue line deflected off Bonino and beat Miller to make it 4-2.

Vey’s second of the night, scored with Miller on the bench for an extra attacker with 3:50 left on the clock, pulled the Canucks to back within one. To Howard’s right, Vey kicked a Matthias pass back towards the net and got enough of his stick on it for the goal to stand up to video review.

Datsyuk’s second would finish things off, however. Datsyuk dumped the puck towards Vancouver’s empty crease from his own zone and Darren Helm outraced Alexander Edler to protect the puck as is slowly slid into the net with fifty seconds remaining.

The Red Wings finished the night with two power play goals while the Canucks scored once on three tries with the man-advantage.

Howard stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced. Miller made 25 saves on 29 shots.


Defenseman Brendan Smith returned to the Detroit lineup, having recovered from his infected hand. Xavier Ouellet was sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins to make room… Daniel Cleary, Joakim Andersson, and Brian Lashoff were healthy scratches for Detroit… Justin Abdelkader did not play the third period after suffering a shoulder injury. He is listed as day-to-day.

Trade Deadline Thoughts: Robidas, Draft Picks, and Kesler

In the final twenty-four hours before the NHL’s trade deadline I want to talk on a couple points based on some of today’s news.

Red Wings’ general manager Ken Holland has said the team is looking to make a “hockey trade” and that they want a top-four defensemen. “Hockey trade” apparently means that they’re not looking for a rental, or that they’re not willing to give up big assets for one.

That likely means the price tag for a player like Christian Ehrhoff from Buffalo or Alexander Edler from Vancouver will be too high. Andrew MacDonald was dealt from the Islanders for a fifth rounder this year, a third next year, and a forward prospect. Stephane Robidas was different, however.

Robidas went from Dallas to Anaheim for “just” a fourth round pick. Hardly an exorbitant amount for a right-handed shot on the point and a veteran with a mean streak. The Stars say they’re not selling assets off and that Robidas was an exception, so maybe the seemingly-low price was driven by that. Maybe Robidas wanted a deal to Anaheim, for example.

If Detroit could have had him for a fourth-rounder, though, I have a hard time saying I wouldn’t make that move. It would be a rental, yes. Robidas is 37, he wouldn’t be the long-term acquisition that Holland seems to be looking for. But at that cost, I do the deal. Especially given that the kind of deal Holland says he wants looks less and less likely.

Trading draft picks is a crapshoot, especially a fourth-rounder. No pick is a sure-thing. The fourth round is early enough that you can still find some good talent but late enough that it’s not easy to do so. Recently, the Red Wings have used fourth round picks to select Andreas Athanasiou, Teemu Pulkkinen and Gustav Nyquist. I wouldn’t trade any of those players for Robidas.

Before that, though, the fourth round brought Mattias Ritola, Evan McGrath, Johan Berggren, and Miroslav Blatak. I’d dump all of them (or equivalent players) for a Robidas rental. It would appear that Holland wasn’t willing to take that chance. Or he didn’t get the option.


To jump back to Ehrhoff’s name for a minute… The word is that Buffalo wants prospects in return for him, not picks. I think that, should the Wings decide to make a move, that favors them. Holland won’t want to dump his first-rounder but the Wings have some prospects that could be deemed extraneous. I’m still not sure it’d be worth it but it depends on what Buffalo wants. Trade a defenseman for a defensive prospect or for the best player you can get? I’m not sure I’d move a Pulkkinen but what about Ryan Sproul?

I mean, I’d prefer Ehrhoff for Kyle Quincey, straight up, but we’ve gotta be a little realistic.


After missing out on (or never being in on, or whatever) Robidas, we’ve still got reports that the Red Wings are going after Vancouver forward Ryan Kesler. There was a specific Tweet I wanted to reference on that but I lost track of it.

I just can’t see how this deal makes sense for Detroit. Vancouver wants a top young center plus prospects and picks. Maybe I’m biased against Kesler, he grew up in Livonia hating the Red Wings and I see that as a character flaw, but I wouldn’t deal any of the Wings’ young roster players for him. Dump some vets for him, sure. A couple draft picks? Yeah. The Canucks aren’t going to do that, though. As I said, we’ve gotta be a little realistic.

That said, if Holland somehow swings a deal for him, I’ll probably be able to justify it to myself somehow. As I said awhile ago, a slightly-dirty player who hates the Red Wings? Fifteen years ago that was Chris Chelios and it worked out okay when he came to Detroit.

Red Wings Fall in Shootout to Canucks

The Detroit Red Wings entered the final week of the NHL’s regular season with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Maxim Lapierre scored the only goal of the tiebreaker in the third round, skating in slowly on Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard before making a series of quick moves to snap a shot past him. Ryan Kesler and Derek Roy failed to score for Vancouver while Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner were unable to beat the Canucks’ Cory Schneider.

Alexander Edler opened the game’s scoring with 7:45 remaining in the first period, blasting a one-timer from the top of the left faceoff circle past Howard on a Vancouver power play.

Cory Emmerton evened things up with 21 seconds left in the period. Damien Brunner threw the puck to the front of the net from the right wing boards and Emmerton was there to tip it between his legs and past Schneider to make it 1-1.

There would be no further scoring until the shootout.

The Edler goal was the only power play goal of the night. Vancouver had four tries with the extra attacker to Detroit’s three.

Howard made 13 saves on 14 shots. Schneider stopped 33 of 34 chances.

With the point for the shootout loss, the Red Wings move into ninth in the Western Conference standings, one point back of the Columbus Blue Jackets with one game in hand and one point up on the Dallas Stars, against whom Detroit ends the season.


Forward Drew Miller left the game in the first period and did not return. After the game it was revealed that he will be out for four to eight weeks with a broken hand.

Canucks End Red Wings’ Streak in Shootout

Newest Red Wing Kyle Quincey scored in his first game back with Detroit and the Wings’ third line contributed to three goals but it didn’t stop the Vancouver Canucks from ending their NHL-record home winning streak at 23 games, defeating the Red Wings 4-3 in a shootout.

Alexandre Burrows scored the only goal of the tiebreaker on Vancouver’s third shot, beating Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard high.

Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo stopped Jiri Hudler, Henrik Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi while Howard made saves on David Booth and Alexander Edler.

The Red Wings appeared to be headed to their 24th consecutive home win until the Canucks tied things up with 16 seconds remaining in regulation.

Off an icing call, Vancouver won the draw in the Detroit zone and kept control of the puck, getting a couple chances before Daniel Sedin blasted a shot from the high slot through a screen and past Howard.

Darren Helm had opened the game’s scoring with 8:44 left in the first period. On a two on one with Justin Abdelkader, Helm looked like he was going to pass all the way down the ice before finally flipping a weak shot past Luongo to give the Red Wings their first lead.

Daniel Sedin made it 1-1 with 6:26 left in the second period. Edler’s shot from above the right faceoff circle was slowed down by Henrik Sedin before Daniel picked it up at the edge of the crease and shoveled it in around Howard.

Quincey restored the Detroit lead at 6:08 of the third, swatting a shot from the slot past Luongo off a feed from Abdelkader.

With 6:34 remaining, Cody Hodgson‘s attempted pass from the left circle went off Detroit defender Niklas Kronwall‘s skate and past Howard to tie things back up.

Just twenty seconds later, Abdelkader made it 3-2. Helm drove to the net and put a shot off the post, with the puck sliding up to Luongo’s pad. Abdelkader jumped in and knocked the loose puck into the net.

Luongo finished the night with 33 saves on 36 Detroit chances while Howard stopped 40 of the 43 shots he faced.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, with the Wings having five tries with the extra attacker to Vancouver’s four.

The Red Wings are next in action on Saturday night when they host Quincey’s former team, the Colorado Avalanche.


With the Red Wings now carrying eight defensemen on their roster, Jakub Kindl and Mike Commodore were both healthy scratches… Pavel Datsyuk missed his second game since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday… Quincey wore #27, after having worn #45 and #4 in his first stint with the Red Wings.

Datsyuk, Howard Selected by Team Chara for All-Star Game

Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk and goalie Jimmy Howard were selected by All-Star team captain Zdeno Chara at the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft on Thursday.

Datsyuk was the first overall selection of the draft. Howard was the last goalie selected, going in the tenth round (the round by which all goalies were required to be selected).

Team captains were Boston’s Chara, with Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul as an assistant, and Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson, assisted by Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.

The full draft list is as follows:

Round 1
Team Chara: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa

Round 2
Team Chara: Tim Thomas, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Spezza, Ottawa

Round 3
Team Chara: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh
Team Alfredsson: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles

Round 4
Team Chara: Marian Hossa, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Claude Giroux, Philadelphia

Round 5
Team Chara: Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia
Team Alfredsson: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh

Round 6
Team Chara: Corey Perry, Anaheim
Team Alfredsson: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

Round 7
Team Chara:Carey Price, Montreal
Team Alfredsson: Brian Elliott, St. Louis

Round 8
Team Chara: Phil Kessel, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Shea Weber, Nashville

Round 9
Team Chara: Ryan Suter, Nashville
Team Alfredsson: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver

Round 10
Team Chara: Jimmy Howard, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Dan Girardi, NY Rangers

Round 11
Team Chara: Brian Campbell, Florida
Team Alfredsson: Keith Yandle, Phoenix

Round 12
Team Chara: Patrick Kane, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Milan Michalek, Ottawa

Round 13
Team Chara: Dion Phaneuf, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver

Round 14
Team Chara: Jarome Iginla, Calgary
Team Alfredsson: James Neal, Pittsburgh

Round 15
Team Chara: Dennis Wideman, Washington
Team Alfredsson: Alexander Edler, Vancouver

Round 16
Team Chara: Marian Gaborik, NY Rangers
Team Alfredsson: John Tavares, NY Islanders

Round 17
Team Chara: Jordan Eberle, Edmonton
Team Alfredsson: Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia

Round 18
Team Chara: Tyler Seguin, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Pominville, Buffalo

Round 19
Team Chara: Jamie Benn, Dallas
Team Alfredsson: Logan Couture, San Jose

Postgame: Red Wings @ Canucks – 12/21

I’ll try to keep my thoughts quick ’cause it’s late enough as it is.

The Wings deserved to lose this one. Their defense sucked (by Detroit standards) and every Vancouver goal can be traced back to someone not doing their job.

This loss falls squarely on the Red Wings. I hope no one is ridiculous enough to try to blame the refs for it.

That said… I don’t even know what to say about the third period sequence leading up to Alexander Edler‘s shorthanded goal for the Canucks.

Niklas Kronwall certainly left his feet to hit Ryan Kesler but the hit was in this awkward way such that Kronwall went rear-first into Kesler’s chest. It was by no means a head shot, he targeted the body, he just did it with a lower part of his own body and left his feet to get that part high enough. I don’t know why he’d hit like that, seems like a shoulder would be better. Maybe it’s his interpretation of a hip check and the art is so lost that Kronner can’t even do it right? So I call it clean but ugly.

I’m shocked that Kesler got a roughing penalty after the hit. I don’t like that he tried to go after Kronwall for it (since the hit was relatively clean) but it seems like the officials typically let after the whistle junk like that go. I complain about it not being called all the time so I don’t mind that it was called, but it’s certainly not consistent with what we usually see.

Alexander Edler’s shorthanded goal, Vancouver’s fourth goal of the night. Yeah, that one.

We’ve seen time and time again that a goal can be wiped out for “incidental contact” (just ask Tomas Holmstrom about that one). If we say that Jannik Hansen was directed into Jimmy Howard by Henrik Zetterberg, that’s where incidental contact comes in. Hansen couldn’t stop, ran into Howard, not his fault, no goal. Instead, we have a Canucks goal scored with Howard being sat on. I honestly do not understand how one night that goal is allowed to stand and on another night the slightest contact at the edge of the crease wipes out a goal.

That’s all I’ve got. No formal recap tonight, I’m going to bed.