Red Wings in Playoff Contention Again

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The Red Wings come through once again, pulling themselves into 8th place, and playoff contention by 1 point over Columbus, in a 3-1 victory over the Kings.

The Red Wings finally came out and played like a team that has something to prove right off the get-go. While there were no goals in the first period, thanks to the goaltending of Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Quick, the chances the Wings produced were great. They blocked many, many shots by the Kings, and they’d leave the period with an edge in shots over L.A. 13-4.

The offense finally started clicking, albeit for both sides, in the second period. The Kings would open the scoring in the game at 5:28. In a net-front play, Howard made a great initial save off of a turnover by Brendan Smith, but the puck would elude his reach, and the rebound would be banged in by Kyle Clifford for the first goal of the game. Their lead wouldn’t last too long, though, as at 10:32, Jonathan Ericsson put the puck across the ice from wing-to-wing to Pavel Datsyuk, who backhanded under Quick the Red Wings’ first goal of the game, and his 14th of the season. Henrik Zetterberg also picked up an assist. They would enter the dressing room with another advantage in shots, 26-12.

The Red Wings would continue the offensive push into the third period. At 5:42, Patrick Eaves threw a slap shot from the point towards Quick, but it was redirected by Jordin Tootoo in front of the net, and bounded under his glove and into the net for the Wing’s 2nd of the game and his 3rd of the season. Brendan Smith also picked up an assist. Later, at 13:34, during a power play, Johan Franzen continued his tear through April with another power play goal. Off a pass from Henrik Zetterberg off the side of the net, Franzen wristed in his 13th of the season, and put his team up by 2 goals. Pavel Datsyuk gained the secondary assist. After a hard fought last minute of play, they’d come up with the win by a score of 3-1.

The Good: They’re going to the front of the net and putting butts in opposing goaltenders’ faces and generating good scoring chances, and goals, off of it. We’ve been scored against so many times this way, and it’s awesome to see them finally implementing it themselves.

The Bad: They’re still allowing odd-man rushes at bad moments across the neutral zone. The defense has to be top-notch at the closing points of the season. We need all points possible and plays like that are not going to help. (Looking at you, Smith).

The Hopeful: The power play isn’t bleeding anymore. They seem to have their stride again, and at just the right time, heading into playoff territory. This is very promising.

The Wings get little time off, as they’re due back same time tomorrow night to take on the Nashville Predators in their last meeting this season.

-Nate’n Webb

 

 


Comments

  1. a wings win tomorrow and a Dallas win and Wings clinch the playoffs if I am not mistaken.

  2. The streak is going to get well into the 30s, its not hard at all to make playoffs in NBA/NHL

  3. now if the Tigers make it 22 straight years.... that will be the biggest accomplishment in the history of sports

  4. Wings win and columbus loss and they clinch, or wings win last two and it doesnt matter what columbus does.

  5. Per Ansar Khan of MLive, Franzen sustained an undisclosed injury towards the end of the 3rd period. He played one shift after scoring his power play goal, then was out for the last 5:54 of the game. He's listed day-to-day and the decision on whether he'll play tomorrow or not will come in the morning.

  6. Lol Towers....just try telling athletes and GMs it's easy to make the playoffs every year....smh

  7. It's easier to make the playoffs in NHL and NBA (16/30 teams make it, over half) than in MLB (10/30, or a third) and NFL (12/32) which is why I think the wings streak could get well into the 30s

  8. adam more between us and columbus dallas is down four points so they need us to lose tommorow win over columbus then columbus to lose their last game and to beat us

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Bleeding whiskey and maple syrup, Nathan is an avid Red Wings fan who fills his lack of interest for other sports with even more hockey. Born and raised in Warren, MI, he's been in the thick of Red Wings culture since day one, and views the game from an analytical and objective standpoint. (@GetThePuckOut89)