Red Wings @ Blues - 12/6
Posted December 06, 2011 - 06:35 PM
They'll have to do it without Valtteri Filppula, who will miss the game recovering from a deep cut to his leg suffered on Sunday night in Colorado. Filppula had hoped to play but couldn't find a way to make his skate comfortable enough to wear through the game. Cory Emmerton will jump back into the lineup in Filppula's spot, leaving Mike Commodore as the team's only scratch.
Jimmy Howard will return to the crease after his first game off in 18.
One piece of statistical bad news: The Red Wings haven't had one win or loss "in a row" this season. A five game winning streak was followed by six losses, then four wins, then two losses, then seven wins. A loss tonight would continue that trend and drop Detroit back below .500 on the road this season.
Game time is 7:30 PM. FSD has the TV locally with Versus broadcasting nationally.
Posted December 06, 2011 - 07:35 PM
I miss Ken and Mick so much.
Posted December 06, 2011 - 08:01 PM
I echo your thoughts on the quiet PP early on.
Darren Helm always amazes me with his speed! I love how he passes to himself or, how he quickly recovers a take-away by an opponent.
Any bet takers on Kronner lighting up Stuart?
Posted December 06, 2011 - 10:28 PM
Looking at the Wings' pair of goals... Franzen's was just a fantastic individual effort. That's not the team doing well, it's Franzen putting the team on his back. Good to see but not something you can count on. The second goal, whether finally given to Hudler or Cleary, was a bit of a mad scramble. Again, not something you can coach.
The bottom line is that Detroit had nothing going, either from their own laziness or St. Louis' puck pressure. Or a combination of the two. Neither is a good thing, as the Wings can't afford to be lazy and they have to be able to outwork a team putting that much pressure on them.
Their weak play in the offensive zone wasted what was mostly a good night defensively. Brad Stuart's goal-line glove save in the first was particularly fantastic but in the end, futile.
The Wings have got to get better on the road as they've dropped back below .500 away from the Joe. That's not good enough to go very far. There's plenty of time to rebound but this was a bad night.
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