The Wings finally put together an effort they and their fans can be proud of, topping the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 4-3 at the United Center this afternoon. The Blackhawks currently reside in 8th place in the Western Conference. A win would have cemented their spot in the playoffs, but the loss puts their fate in the hands of another team.
Did it seem to anyone else like the Red Wings spent their afternoon watching the Tigers beat the Royals, while consuming an unhealthy number of hot dogs? That’s the only logical explanation I can think of for their sluggish start against a team that they should have been ready to play. This isn’t a February game against the Islanders. It’s early April against the Blackhawks. There are no excuses for that kind of start, and if that continues for another week or so….well I don’t even want to finish that sentence.
Last night, the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues played in a game that mattered to more than just the two teams involved. The win by the Blackhawks ultimately eliminated the Calgary Flames from playoff contention, and puts them potentially out of reach for the Dallas Stars. The Hawks were losing 2-0 to the Blues, when a controversial goal by forward Marian Hossa brought them to within one, and eventually led to them winning in overtime. After the break, I’ll offer my analysis of both the goal and the state of the NHL’s review system in a somewhat unique way for this blog.
The early news about leading scorer and assistant captain Henrik Zetterberg’s injury isn’t great. He will likely miss the season ending home and home series with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Wings couldn’t match the desperation level of a hungry Hurricanes team tonight, who got strong efforts from team leaders and NHL All-Stars Eric Staal and Cam Ward. They live to fight another day with the victory, as they must win out and get help from the teams ahead of them in order to make the playoffs.
The Wings may have wrapped up a playoff spot with a huge overtime victory against the Predators on Saturday. And yes, they may have clinched the Central division title for the 9th time in 10 years the next day with a 4-2 win over Minnesota. And while they may be locked into either the second or third seed in the Western Conference, they still have plenty to play for in the last week of the 2010-2011 NHL regular season.
The Wings stormed out to a two goal lead and never looked back, winning their second straight and dispatching the visiting Minnesota Wild. Though it lacked the same passion and intensity of yesterday’s game against a Nashville squad that is quickly climbing the ranks among the Red Wings top rivals, it was a similar gritty effort that got the job done for the Wings. The win clinched the Central division for the Wings, as the Chicago Blackhawks can now only tie them in points, but would lose out on the tie-breaker.
The last time the Red Wings took the ice, they were shellacked by a team that will be drafting in the first ten picks of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft to the tune of 10-3. Tonight, they found themselves down 3-0 to a team they had lost four straight to, and hadn’t beaten since October. Nothing was going right for them. They could have packed it in and started thinking ahead to tomorrow’s match-up with the Wild. But boy am I glad they didn’t!
March was easily the Wings toughest Month, compiling a 5-5-4 record in their 14 games. It ended in embarrassing fashion, with a 10-3 blowout loss to the Blues on home ice. However, it wasn’t all bad, and some players really stood out and shined this month, and here is where we honor them!
In the same night that he made his NHL debut and gave up 3 goals on 8 shots, Thomas McCollum was sent back west to Grand Rapids.
I’ve been staring at this blank sheet for awhile now. You know, kind of like the Wings were doing tonight. Just standing around, staring, watching a team that wanted it far more take it from them. Brief recap after the break.
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There are very few secrets between the Red Wings and Blackhawks. They play each other 6 times a year. They met in the Conference Finals in 2008. Both teams feature players that formerly played for the other side. They will only become more familiar with each other over the next couple of weeks. The Wings wrap up their season with a home and home against Chicago on April 8th and 10th, and as it stands right now would be facing them in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
The Detroit Free Press as well as MLive had some news this morning regarding the expected return of some of the Red Wings recently injured players. Follow along after the jump to find out when we can expect to see Johan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk and Jimmy Howard back on the ice for the Wings.
Thank whoever you pray to, but Jimmy Howard looks like he’ll be alright after all. Great work by MLive’s Ansar Khan to get that info up so quickly. Howard is going for a precautionary MRI and will likely miss Monday’s game to be safe, but unless something funky comes up in the tests, he doesn’t … Read more