Oilers @ Red Wings - H2H2 - 3/11
Posted March 11, 2011 - 11:53 AM
As per John Keating via Twitter... Doug Janik, called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins after Brad Stuart missed practice yesterday, has already been sent back down as Stuart will be able to go tonight. Good news for a Detroit blueline that's already missing Brian Rafalski (Khan says he's aiming to return next Wednesday but would play now if it were the playoffs).
Jimmy Howard gets the start.
The Oilers are missing a bunch of their stars (Hall and Gagner are both out for the season) and sit last in the league, so they'll be looking to play the spoiler tonight.
I'll post updates as I can. More likely to post to Twitter (@detroithockey96) than here depending on network availability.
Posted March 11, 2011 - 10:14 PM
Posted March 12, 2011 - 01:53 AM
The team we saw in the final 5 minutes was not the same as the other 59. They were getting rebound chances, they were going to the net. That wasn't happening for most of the game.
For most of the game, the Wings couldn't gain the Edmonton zone. I overheard Chris Hollis call it dump and chase without the chase. Part of the reason for that is that they'd get tired out in their own zone, finally get possession, then dump it in so they could make a line change. No forecheck means they're just giving the puck back.
There were some defensive turnovers (Ericsson) but for the most part the blue line was solid. Kronwall cannot hold the puck in at the opposition blue line, he's just awful about it right now.
Howard had a pretty spectacular night but the one goal he allowed was beyond weak. If this was a loss, that gets held against him more. With a win it doesn't matter.
I'll get my photos from the pre-game warmups posted as soon as I can.
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