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#1 YzerFan19

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Posted February 17, 2013 - 05:34 PM

The Red Wings take their two-game losing streak to Minnesota tonight to face a Wild team that has also lost two-straight.

 

Pavel Datsyuk will be a game-time decision for Detroit.  He missed Friday's loss to the Anaheim Ducks with a shoulder injury but took the morning skate today.  He'll take pre-game warmups before determining if he can go tonight.

 

Mikael Samuelsson will make his first appearance in the Wings' lineup since the second game of the season, returning from a groin injury.  To make room for him, Gustav Nyquist was returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

 

On the blue line, Kent Huskins will swap back into the lineup in favor of Jakub Kindl.

 

Rookie Petr Mrazek gets the start in goal for Detroit.  It will likely be his final start before returning to the Griffins, as Jonas Gustavsson is in Grand Rapids getting a rehab start in and seems ready to return from his groin injury.

 

Game time is 6:00 PM on FSD.



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Posted February 17, 2013 - 05:48 PM

Helene St. James says that Holland says that Datsyuk will play.

 

https://twitter.com/...274375027765248



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Posted February 17, 2013 - 06:25 PM

As they say, the puck just finds Brunner.  Rebound chance goes right to him.



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Posted February 17, 2013 - 06:49 PM

Not a bad period.  Wild didn't have a whole lot going, not sure if that'd credit to the Wings' D or Minnesota being bad.



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Posted February 17, 2013 - 07:03 PM

Saw that coming when that real nice pass made it through.  Too much space for Datsyuk.


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Posted February 17, 2013 - 07:18 PM

To be fair to Mrazek, no one expects Heatley to send anything slowly towards a wall.



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Posted February 17, 2013 - 07:24 PM

Ericsson pinches, Filppula and Samuelsson both get burned, Zucker scores.  Ugly play.



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Posted February 17, 2013 - 07:38 PM

Wings have stopped skating.  Surprise!  This team makes no sense some times.



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Posted February 17, 2013 - 08:00 PM

Just joined in the 3d and it's like the Wings are skating around on peg-legs...



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Posted February 17, 2013 - 08:19 PM

What a shatty power play...



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Posted February 17, 2013 - 08:26 PM

fother mucker



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Posted February 17, 2013 - 09:49 PM

I'll admit, this team confuses me.  It'd be one thing if the Wings just didn't show up for whole games.  That could be explained away a little easier. Tonight, though, Detroit showed up for the first period and did a decent job of establishing themselves.  Got a couple goals (okay, Datsyuk's was early in the second, but still), made some things happen, limited the chances for the Wild.

 

And then they just stopped.  Which is what I don't understand, because it looks like a conscious decision.  How do you take a style of play that's working and just stop doing it?

 

Yeah, Minnesota adapted a bit but it's not like the Wild just suddenly found a weakness in the Wings' plan and started exploiting it.  The Wings took 14 shots in the first period and followed it up with 17 for the rest of the game.  It's like they collectively stopped trying.

 

Yeah, individual players had different levels of effort, I'm sure you could point to someone like Tomas Tatar and say he never stopped trying.  But even if he'd been able to, it's not a good sign when a guy has to carry the team on his back.

 

I just don't get it and I've got no words to try to explain it.






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