|59||DETROIT||+110||Ov 5,-140||+110||Ov 5,-130|
|60||MINNESOTA||-130||Un 5,+120||-130||Un 5,+110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-3-0||-0.7||2-3||-0.7||4-1||2.4||29.8||3.2||30.2|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.4||3-2||+1.4||3-1||3.0||27.2||2.6||32.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||14||38||9||15||13||1||2||407||9.3%||69||10||14.5%||66|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5||12||3||4||4||1||1||149||8.1%||23||0||0.0%||19|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||6||6||3||0||0||136||11.0%||20||4||20.0%||25|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||41||11||16||12||2||1||417||9.8%||63||16||25.4%||69|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||16||4||6||5||1||0||151||10.6%||21||9||42.9%||29|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||2||6||4||1||1||160||8.1%||20||3||15.0%||19|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (All Games)||1||0||8||7||87.5%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Road Games)||1||0||8||7||87.5%||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)||13||13||381||343||90.0%||0||6-7||-2.4||6-7-0||-2||7-5|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Road Games)||4||4||116||102||87.9%||0||1-3||-2.4||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||132||121||91.7%||0||2-2||-0.3||2-2-0||0||2-1|
|PETR MRAZEK (All Games)||1||1||27||26||96.3%||0||1-0||+1.7||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Road Games)||1||1||27||26||96.3%||0||1-0||+1.7||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Last 4 Games)||1||1||27||26||96.3%||0||1-0||+1.7||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5-3-0||+1||5-3||+1||2-5||2.2||29.0||2.2||26.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.6||2-3||-1.6||1-3||1.8||26.8||2.4||26.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||14||30||6||14||7||3||2||373||8.0%||51||8||15.7%||51|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||8||18||5||6||5||2||1||232||7.8%||28||4||14.3%||32|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||0||4||3||2||1||134||6.7%||18||3||16.7%||15|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||36||10||13||11||2||1||388||9.3%||47||8||17.0%||61|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||18||7||5||5||1||1||208||8.7%||30||4||13.3%||26|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||4||5||2||1||1||134||9.0%||18||3||16.7%||18|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||11||10||297||271||91.2%||0||4-6||-3.2||4-6-0||-4||3-6|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Home Games)||7||6||174||159||91.4%||0||3-3||-1.2||3-3-0||-2||2-3|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||98||89||90.8%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||-1||1-2|
|JOSH HARDING (All Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Home Games)||3||2||34||32||94.1%||1||2-0||+2.2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 3.18, MINNESOTA 3.24|
|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|
|1/25/2013||MINNESOTA||5-3||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||at CHICAGO||1-2||L||0, +125||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/29/2013||DALLAS||4-1||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||ST LOUIS||5-3||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/2/2013||at COLUMBUS||2-4||L||0, -135||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||CALGARY||1-4||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||at ST LOUIS||5-1||W||0, +170||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/9/2013||EDMONTON||2-1||W||0, -170||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-2||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||P|
|2/13/2013||ST LOUIS||3-4||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||ANAHEIM||2-5||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/17/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|2/19/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|2/27/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/28/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|1/22/2013||NASHVILLE||1-3||L||0, -155||L||5 ov||U|
|1/25/2013||at DETROIT||3-5||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||at ST LOUIS||4-5||L||0, +145||L||5 ov||O|
|1/29/2013||COLUMBUS||3-2||W||0, -200||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||CHICAGO||3-2||W||0, +115||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||at ANAHEIM||1-3||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/4/2013||at PHOENIX||1-2||L||0, +120||L||5 ov||U|
|2/7/2013||VANCOUVER||1-4||L||0, +105||L||5 un||P|
|2/9/2013||NASHVILLE||2-1||W||0, -135||W||5 un||U|
|2/11/2013||at CALGARY||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|2/12/2013||at VANCOUVER||1-2||L||0, +195||L||5 ov||U|
|2/14/2013||COLORADO||3-4||L||0, -160||L||5 ev||O|
|2/21/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|2/23/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|2/28/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
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.
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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (DETROIT-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Wings-Wild Preview* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Detroit (7-5-2) at Minnesota (6-6-2), 6:00 p.m. EDT
The signings of two high-profile free agents haven't led the Minnesota Wild to more consistent performances. The Detroit Red Wings, meanwhile, are also having trouble staying in a groove because of injuries, and perhaps the absence of a future Hall of Famer.
Both teams will seek to avoid a third straight loss when they meet Sunday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Wild (6-6-2) were hoping to end a franchise-worst four-season playoff drought and join the NHL's elite after inking forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter to 13-year deals, both worth $98 million.
Minnesota, though, hasn't won more than two games in a row and is 2-4-1 this month. The Wild couldn't protect a one-goal lead in the third period Thursday against visiting Colorado, and ended up suffering a 4-3 shootout loss.
"It was there to be taken, if you do the things to take it. There was a lack of urgency, I would say, in a lot of areas," coach Mike Yeo said. "I don't think we were prepared to play the right way. ... We need more consistency. We need some people to really step up."
If there were any promising signs, it perhaps came from Minnesota's reunited top line of Parise, Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley, which produced a pair of goals. The Wild hadn't scored more than two in any of their first six games this month and are near the bottom in the league on the season at 2.0 per game.
The Wild scored three times in Detroit on Jan. 25, including two goals from Parise, but couldn't keep the Red Wings out of the net in a 5-3 defeat.
Detroit is 8-1-2 in its last 11 games against Minnesota and has outscored the Wild 11-3 in back-to-back wins, but has experienced its own defensive struggles lately.
The Red Wings (7-5-2) have given up a combined nine goals in consecutive defeats after allowing four during a season-high three-game winning streak. They let Anaheim score twice early in the third period to break a tie score in Friday's 5-2 loss.
"We felt good going out for the third (period) but unfortunately those two quick ones kind of killed the game," captain Henrik Zetterberg said.
Former captain and star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom was in attendance while visiting Detroit from his native Sweden. The Red Wings are probably wishing the seven-time Norris Trophy winner was playing a 21st season as they've surrendered at least four goals in five of 14 games (35.7 percent). They gave up four scores 24.4 percent of the time (20 of 82 games) in 2011-12.
Detroit has been outscored 41-37 in 2012-13 and a rash of injuries haven't helped. Pavel Datsyuk is day-to-day with a sore shoulder while Johan Franzen (hip) and Todd Bertuzzi (back) are among seven players on injured reserve.
"Whoever we've got, we're going to get them to play as hard as we possibly can," coach Mike Babcock said.
Bertuzzi scored his only two goals of the season against the Wild while Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula had three points apiece in that victory.
While hoping to get Datsyuk back, Detroit will try to improve on an 11-3-1 record in its last 15 visits to Minnesota. The Red Wings, though, lost 1-0 in their most recent game there Oct. 29, 2011.
Detroit hasn't dropped three straight since an 0-4-2 skid March 10-21 while the Wild have already experienced a pair of three-game losing streaks.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 2:35:38 AM EST|