|9||MINNESOTA||+115||Ov 5.5,+105||+105||Ov 5.5,+130|
|10||DETROIT||-135||Un 5.5,-125||-125||Un 5.5,-150|
|Last 5 Games||2-1-0||+0.4||2-1||+0.4||1-2||2.0||32.3||1.7||25.7|
|Team Stats (All Games)||3||6||2||3||1||0||0||97||6.2%||13||2||15.4%||12|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||3||6||2||3||1||0||0||97||6.2%||13||2||15.4%||12|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||5||2||0||3||0||0||77||6.5%||10||1||10.0%||7|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||5||2||0||3||0||0||77||6.5%||10||1||10.0%||7|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||2||2||53||48||90.6%||0||1-1||-0.6||1-1-0||-1||1-1|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||2||2||53||48||90.6%||0||1-1||-0.6||1-1-0||-1||1-1|
|JOSH HARDING (All Games)||1||1||24||24||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|JOSH HARDING (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)||1||1||24||24||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||0-1-0||-1.3||0-1||-1.3||0-1||1.0||40.0||2.0||32.0|
|Last 5 Games||1-2-0||-1.3||1-2||-1.3||2-1||1.7||32.0||3.7||33.7|
|Team Stats (All Games)||3||5||0||2||2||1||1||96||5.2%||15||0||0.0%||8|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||40||2.5%||4||0||0.0%||2|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||3||5||0||2||2||1||1||96||5.2%||15||0||0.0%||8|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||11||3||3||5||0||0||101||10.9%||14||6||42.9%||21|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||2||1||0||1||0||0||32||6.2%||2||0||0.0%||4|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||3||3||5||0||0||101||10.9%||14||6||42.9%||21|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (All Games)||1||0||8||7||87.5%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Last 4 Games)||1||0||8||7||87.5%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JIMMY HOWARD (All Games)||3||3||93||83||89.2%||0||1-2||-1.3||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Home Games)||1||1||32||30||93.7%||0||0-1||-1.3||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Last 4 Games)||3||3||93||83||89.2%||0||1-2||-1.3||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|JOEY MACDONALD (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOEY MACDONALD (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 3.09, DETROIT 3.17|
|1/19/2013||COLORADO||4-2||W||0, -145||W||5 ov||O|
|1/20/2013||DALLAS||1-0||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||U|
|1/22/2013||NASHVILLE||1-3||L||0, -155||L||5 ov||U|
|1/25/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|1/27/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|2/1/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|2/4/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|1/19/2013||at ST LOUIS||0-6||L||0, +120||L||5 ov||O|
|1/21/2013||at COLUMBUS||4-3||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/22/2013||DALLAS||1-2||L||0, -130||L||5.5 ev||U|
|1/27/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|2/1/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|2/2/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
LAST SEASON: 35-36-11, 81 points.
COACH: Mike Yeo, 2nd season, 35-36-11.
ADDED: LW Zach Parise, D Ryan Suter, C Mikael Granlund, LW Torrey Mitchell, C Zenon Konopka, C Jake Dowell.
LOST: LW Guillaume Latendresse, RW Nick Johnson, LW Warren Peters, RW Jed Ortmeyer, D Mike Lundin, C Erik Christensen, D Kurtis Foster.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Parise and Suter are the headliners, their identical 13-year, $98 million contracts serving as July 4 fireworks over the NHL free agent market, but the Finnish sensation Granlund is being given a spot on the second line before his 21st birthday. The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft is so popular in his home country that paparazzi follow him around town. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound, slick-with-the-stick scorer spent the lockout playing for the Wild's AHL affiliate. He had 20 goals and 31 assists in 45 games last season for his club in Helsinki.
OUTLOOK: The Wild had the league's best record at 20-7-3 at the 30-game mark but nosedived down the stretch under the weight of myriad injuries. After signing Parise, bringing Granlund over and getting Pierre-Marc Bouchard back from another lengthy concussion absence, the Wild have unquestionably the deepest and most talented group of forwards in the franchise's 13-year history. Staying healthy in a fast-paced condensed season will be critical, of course, but the key to making the playoffs for the first time in five years is on the blue line, where veterans Suter and Tom Gilbert will need help from young players like Jared Spurgeon, Clayton Stoner and Marco Scandella.
LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Lost to Nashville 4-1 in first round.
COACH: Mike Babcock, 8th season with Red Wings, 352-154-68; 10th overall, 421-216-19 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Damien Brunner, RW Mikael Samuelsson, RW Jordin Tootoo, G Jonas Gustavsson, D Carlo Colaiacovo.
LOST: D Nicklas Lidstrom, D Brad Stuart, LW Jiri Hudler, LW Tomas Holmstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Brunner. The 26-year-old rookie led the Swiss league with 60 points last season. He might get a lot of chances to produce on a line with Henrik Zetterberg, a teammate overseas during the lockout, and Pavel Datsyuk.
OUTLOOK: Without Lidstrom and Stuart on the blue line, extending the franchise's postseason streak to 22 will be quite a challenge. The Red Wings, though, have a shot to be better offensively and in net with a series of subtle moves after failing to make a splash in the summer when free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter turned down their offers to play together in Minnesota.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Wild-Red Wings Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Minnesota (2-1-0) at Detroit (1-2-0), 7:30 p.m. EDT
Less than a week into the season, the Detroit Red Wings have already felt the effects from the retirements of two of the franchise's most successful players.
Thin on defensemen and scoreless on the power play, the Red Wings look to bounce back from their latest defeat by trying to continue their home success against the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.
Tomas Holmstrom played all 15 of his NHL seasons in Detroit, and along with seven-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom was a staple on the Red Wings' power-play unit. Lidstrom often helped set up Holmstrom, who positioned himself in front of the net to score 141 of his 289 career goals - including the playoffs - on the man advantage. All but one of Holmstrom's 11 goals last season came on the power-play.
Without the two retired stars, Detroit (1-2-0) is to 0 for 15 on the power play after failing on four chances in Tuesday's 2-1 home-opening defeat to Dallas.
"I thought the power play was terrible," coach Mike Babcock told the NHL's official website. "We pass it around and pass it around and pass it around. If you don't shoot it and get it back and crash the net. When we had Nick and Homer, one got in front of the net and one shot the puck every time."
Johan Franzen scored 11 of his team-leading 29 goals on the power play in 2011-12, but is still searching for his first goal overall. The Red Wings recorded 40 shots but didn't score until there were 3.4 seconds left Tuesday.
Outscored 11-5 this season, Detroit also misses Lidstrom's presence within a defensive corps that's been plagued by injuries.
Already without Carlo Colaiacovo for approximately a month with a shoulder injury, Ian White will miss at least two weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a deep leg laceration suffered Tuesday. The Red Wings hope Jonathan Ericsson (hip) can return from his two-game absence and Jakub Kindl (lower-body) will make his season debut Friday.
Detroit has outscored Minnesota 48-22 during a 9-0-3 home stretch that dates to December 2006. Jimmy Howard has yielded 10 goals on 93 shots this season but is 4-0-2 with a 1.81 goals-against average at home versus Minnesota
The Wild (2-1-0) seem like they're in position to take advantage of Detroit's makeshift defensive lineup in their first road contest, but offense has been hard to come by despite solid starts from Dany Heatley and Zach Parise.
Minnesota recorded a league-low 177 goals last season and has been held to a goal apiece in its last two games after opening with a 4-2 win.
Heatley scored his third on Parise's third assist in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Nashville. The Wild recorded 12 of their 30 shots in the first period and went 0 for 3 on the power play for the second straight game after a 2-for-7 performance in the opener.
"It's a matter of just executing and finishing the play," said Parise, who has one goal on 17 shots. "Collectively we need to bear down a little bit and put those in."
Despite Heatley's hot start, he's been held to two goals with three assists in his last 11 regular season and playoff games versus Detroit.
|Last Updated: 1/25/2015 8:17:46 AM EST|