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#1 YzerFan19

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Posted February 07, 2013 - 07:33 PM

Alright, I'm still recovering from a sudden migraine so this might be an odd game preview...

 

Petr Mrazek makes his first career NHL start tonight as the Red Wings visit the St. Louis Blues.  He's the second consecutive Red Wings rookie goalie to debut against St. Louis, as Tom McCollum made his only in-game appearance for Detroit against the Blues on March 30, 2011, allowing three goals on eight shots in under 15 minutes of play.

 

Tomas Tatar remains in the lineup at forward, skating on the third line now.

 

On the blue line, Jakub Kindl swaps in for Kent Huskins after swapping out for Brian Lashoff last game.

 

The Blues will have Brian Elliot starting in goal as Jaroslav Halak remains injured.

 

Game time is 8:00 PM on FSD.



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Posted February 07, 2013 - 08:13 PM

Lots of play in the Wings' zone early.


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Posted February 07, 2013 - 08:15 PM

Cleary got tired of the haters.



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Posted February 07, 2013 - 08:29 PM

Cleary and Kindl. Bizzaro...



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Posted February 07, 2013 - 08:44 PM

Power play shows there are still things to work on, but that was the Wings' best period since the last St. Louis game.



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Posted February 07, 2013 - 09:36 PM

Dammit.  Pietrangelo was open for an hour just waiting for the puck over there.



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Posted February 07, 2013 - 09:39 PM

Secondary scoring!  Emmerton restores the two-goal lead!



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Posted February 07, 2013 - 10:02 PM

Been researching Red Wings rookie goalie shutout streaks.  http://dhn96.us/162x82



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Posted February 07, 2013 - 10:02 PM

Clark, you called it! So far, they have been ready for St Louis.
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Posted February 07, 2013 - 10:31 PM

Good PK there.  Blues didn't look like they were trying too hard but it was important given how special teams have been.


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Posted February 07, 2013 - 10:57 PM

I'm going to keep my postgame notes short so I can get on to the formal recap and get some sleep, I've got the feeling I'll need to be up early to dig out in the morning.

 

Story of the game tonight is obviously Petr Mrazek's debut.  As I wrote earlier, he's the first Red Wings rookie goalie to debut with a shutout period of hockey since Joey MacDonald.  That's not entirely impressive as the only goalie between them was Tom McCollum.  More impressive is the one goal against was the least amount of goals allowed by a Wings rookie goalie in his debut since Kevin Hodson blanked the Chicago Blackhawks in his first career game.  The 35:45 shutout streak was also the longest in a debut since Hodson.

 

A quirky stat, as pointed out by the Windor Star's Bob Duff, is that Mrazek gave up a single goal in his debut in each of the three professional leagues he's played in.

 

The other big story is the secondary scoring.  Five goals, only two of which came from the top six forwards.  Daniel Cleary gets off the schneid to open the scoring, Jakub Kindl gets one, and Cory Emmerton adds another.  Damien Brunner and Valtteri Filppula represent the top two lines for a balanced attack.

 

Not to be forgotten, though...  The Wings closed the game with a really solid penalty kill.  The Blues were out of it by then but it was good to go out on a high note.

 

Solid overall game, emphasis on the overall.  We'll see if they can carry that going forward and if Mrazek will get another look in the back-to-backs this weekend.






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