Coyotes @ Red Wings - 12/8
Posted December 08, 2011 - 06:18 PM
Valtteri Filppula returns to the Detroit lineup tonight, bumping Cory Emmerton back out. That's the only lineup change for the Wings, with Mike Commodore remaining a healthy scratch and Jimmy Howard getting the start.
Phoenix PR guy Tim Bulmer tweeted, "The #Coyotes went unbeaten against the Red Wings in '10-11 (2-0-2); first time since the 1991-92 season." earlier today, conveniently ignoring the other four games the teams played last year. This is the first meeting between the Red Wings and Coyotes since Detroit swept Phoenix out of the first round of the playoffs.
Game time is 7:30 on FSD. I'll miss most of this one with a 7:50 soccer game but will catch what I can and comment later.
Posted December 08, 2011 - 07:42 PM
Posted December 08, 2011 - 08:13 PM
"There's been more giveaways here than the Salvation Army" - Mickey Redmond
Posted December 08, 2011 - 08:14 PM
And they're playin the Hawaii Five Oh song! lol
Posted December 08, 2011 - 08:55 PM
Motherf*ck, I jinxed it.
Posted December 08, 2011 - 09:43 PM
Posted December 08, 2011 - 10:49 PM
Wings jump out to an early lead, get a little sloppy/lazy, opposition outplays them to end the game. Of course, taken to an extreme like it was tonight, that doesn't give you the usual downer outcome.
Five goals in the first period is the kind of lead the Wings are allowed to sit on. Want to see them keep the pressure on but it's pretty much inevitable that they're going to start to coast. So they did coast, and Phoenix started playing better, but it's not like Detroit ever looked bad tonight, even at that point.
The Red Wings needed the kind of opening they got tonight after two consecutive lazy losses. Not just a lot of goals but scoring that was spread out. Bertuzzi and Helm have been playing well as of late and pick up a goal each. Filppula comes back from injury to get one. Conner, the hometown kid who's been great on the third line during his call-up, gets an assist in his first game at home.
A good rebound win, something the team can build on.
And hopefully Pavel Datsyuk was just a little dinged up, with no reason for him to risk anything. That's what both the radio and FSD made it sound like so I'm not going to worry about it yet. Mike Babcock says he's fine so we'll have to trust that for now.
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