Couple of interesting tidbts heading into Game 1 of this series. Henrik Zetterberg has six career playoff goals against the Ducks. Zetterberg also has that many against San Jose, Edmonton and Phoenix for the most against any team. Zetterberg also has at least one point in the last eight playoff meetings between the Wings and … Continue Reading →
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Johan Franzen and Mikael Samuelsson both are playing for the Red Wings. But who isn’t is a bigger story. Henrik Zetterberg is a scratch with a lower body injry, and is day to day according to general manager Ken Holland. Gustav Nyquist is a scratch, too.
General manager Ken Holland says forward Henrik Zetterberg is “sick today” and that’s the reason the Wings captain wasn’t on the ice today. Zetterberg played during Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over Dallas and the Red Wings were off yesterday, which created a bit of a buzz this afternoon when Zetterberg wasn’t on the ice.
The Red Wings have announced a 4:45 p.m. press conference with the entire team present along with members of the front office and coach Mike Babcock. Hmmm, whatever it could be. Oh yes, the annoucement of Henrik Zetterberg as captain, replacing Nicklas Lidstrom. Zetterberg will make a great captain. He’ll do well following Lidstrom and … Continue Reading →
Add one more Red Wings player to the exodus leaving for Europe. Forward Cory Emmerton is headed to Finland to play for SaiPa of SM-Liiga for the duration of the lockout. Emmerton had six goals and four assists for 10 points in 71 games with the Wings last season. At age 24, Emmerton desperately needs … Continue Reading →
Most Red Wings fans would rather have seen this type of performance a few weeks earlier, but many Wings are playing outstanding hockey at the World Championships. Playing in Stockholm, before their hometown fans, forwards Henrik Zetterberg (six points) and Johan Franzen (five points) have led Sweden to a pair of easy victories. Helsinki is … Continue Reading →
Jimmy Howard had a fine start today for the United States in a World Championship exhibition game in Sweden. Howard stopped 31 shots as the USA defeated Sweden 3-2. The tournament begins Thursday. Howard played nearly two periods before being replaced by Dallas Stars goalie Richard Bachman. Justin Abdelkader centered the third line for the … Continue Reading →
Thoughts after Game 1: 1) We’ll know more today but it sure didn’t sound good regarding Darren Helm after the game. A cut forearm that required surgery – although surgery could mean quite a few different things like simply stitching up the cut. Depth up front becomes an issue when a player like Helm goes … Continue Reading →
Quite the personal dual this evening between Pavel Datsyuk and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin. They were the best players on the ice, bar none. Give Datsyuk the slight edge overall, and the fact the Wings won 4-1. There was some head-scratching early in the season when Datsyuk (and Henrik Zetterberg) were struggling to score. But Datsyuk is playing at a world-class level right now. He was brilliant down the stretch in this game.