|Western Conference Semifinals - Best of 7 - Game 2 - CHI Leads 1-0|
|13||DETROIT||+180||Ov 5,-110||+170||Ov 5,-105|
|14||CHICAGO||-215||Un 5,-110||-200||Un 5,-115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||13-16-0||-0.9||13-16||-0.9||10-12||2.3||30.3||2.6||28.6|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.3||3-2||+1.3||1-0||2.6||32.4||2.8||35.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||56||143||41||47||48||7||6||1686||8.5%||214||40||18.7%||247|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||29||68||25||17||21||5||3||879||7.7%||107||16||15.0%||114|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||5||2||4||2||0||162||8.0%||12||2||16.7%||24|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||8||19||8||3||5||3||0||239||7.9%||28||6||21.4%||34|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||19||44||13||14||16||1||3||552||8.0%||73||6||8.2%||75|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||140||41||40||50||9||9||1590||8.8%||192||38||19.8%||216|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||74||22||19||28||5||5||830||8.9%||100||22||22.0%||122|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||4||2||7||1||1||179||7.8%||13||3||23.1%||21|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||25||5||4||15||1||2||267||9.4%||28||8||28.6%||39|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||55||17||17||15||6||4||527||10.4%||70||18||25.7%||85|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (All Games)||7||4||141||124||87.9%||1||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Road Games)||6||4||129||115||89.1%||1||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (vs. Division)||4||1||62||53||85.5%||1||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Last 4 Games)||4||3||89||76||85.4%||1||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||1-1|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JIMMY HOWARD (All Games)||50||50||1394||1284||92.1%||4||25-25||-2.6||25-25-0||-2||17-24|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Road Games)||23||23||647||596||92.1%||1||10-13||-2.1||10-13-0||-2||8-10|
|JIMMY HOWARD (vs. Division)||17||17||437||396||90.6%||1||5-12||-9.4||5-12-0||-9||8-6|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||145||134||92.4%||0||2-2||+0.3||2-2-0||0||1-0|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Playoff Games)||8||8||265||242||91.3%||0||4-4||+0.2||4-4-0||0||2-2|
|PETR MRAZEK (All Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Road Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (vs. Division)||1||1||27||26||96.3%||0||1-0||+1.7||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Last 4 Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||22-6-0||+12.1||22-6||+12.1||11-12||3.3||34.1||2.2||25.9|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.4||4-1||+2.4||2-1||3.8||34.8||1.4||26.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||54||176||55||56||53||12||12||1705||10.3%||168||28||16.7%||282|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||28||93||25||33||27||8||7||956||9.7%||91||17||18.7%||157|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||5||5||9||0||2||174||10.9%||13||2||15.4%||31|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||6||21||5||6||9||1||2||211||10.0%||16||3||18.7%||35|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||19||57||14||17||19||7||6||584||9.8%||44||6||13.6%||82|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||110||34||33||37||6||6||1418||7.8%||160||18||11.2%||184|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||62||18||19||22||3||3||724||8.6%||81||11||13.6%||103|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||7||2||2||2||1||0||133||5.3%||16||0||0.0%||13|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||8||3||2||2||1||0||160||5.0%||20||0||0.0%||14|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||30||9||7||13||1||1||501||6.0%||52||3||5.8%||53|
|CORY CRAWFORD (All Games)||36||34||929||864||93.0%||1||24-10||+10.4||24-10-0||+11||12-17|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Home Games)||17||16||458||423||92.4%||1||12-4||+5.8||12-4-0||+6||6-6|
|CORY CRAWFORD (vs. Division)||15||15||394||374||94.9%||1||14-1||+12.6||14-1-0||+13||3-9|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||105||100||95.2%||0||3-1||+1.4||3-1-0||+1||1-1|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Playoff Games)||6||6||160||152||95.0%||0||5-1||+3.4||5-1-0||+3||2-2|
|RAY EMERY (All Games)||21||19||460||424||92.2%||1||17-2||+13.4||17-2-0||+13||8-10|
|RAY EMERY (Home Games)||12||12||266||242||91.0%||1||10-2||+6.4||10-2-0||+6||5-6|
|RAY EMERY (vs. Division)||4||3||79||73||92.4%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||2-1|
|RAY EMERY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||68||62||91.2%||0||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||2-2|
|RAY EMERY (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CARTER HUTTON (All Games)||1||1||28||25||89.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|CARTER HUTTON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CARTER HUTTON (vs. Division)||1||1||28||25||89.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|CARTER HUTTON (Last 4 Games)||1||1||28||25||89.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|CARTER HUTTON (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 3.28, CHICAGO 3.05|
|4/22/2013||PHOENIX||4-0||W||0, -145||W||5 un||U|
|4/24/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-1||W||0, -145||W||5 un||U|
|4/25/2013||NASHVILLE||5-2||W||0, -245||W||5 ov||O|
|4/27/2013||at DALLAS||3-0||W||0, -145||W||5 ov||U|
|4/30/2013||at ANAHEIM||1-3||L||0, +125||L||5 un||U|
|5/2/2013||at ANAHEIM||5-4||W||0, +120||W||5 un||O|
|5/4/2013||ANAHEIM||0-4||L||0, -130||L||5 un||U|
|5/6/2013||ANAHEIM||3-2||W||0, -125||W||5 un||P|
|5/8/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, +120||L||5 un||P|
|5/10/2013||ANAHEIM||4-3||W||0, -125||W||5 un||O|
|5/12/2013||at ANAHEIM||3-2||W||0, +130||W||5 un||P|
|5/15/2013||at CHICAGO||1-4||L||0, +175||L||5 un||P|
|5/18/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|4/22/2013||at VANCOUVER||1-3||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||U|
|4/24/2013||at EDMONTON||4-1||W||0, -190||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/26/2013||CALGARY||3-1||W||0, -265||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/27/2013||at ST LOUIS||1-3||L||0, +220||L||5 un||U|
|4/30/2013||MINNESOTA||2-1||W||0, -240||W||5 ov||U|
|5/3/2013||MINNESOTA||5-2||W||0, -245||W||5 ov||O|
|5/5/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-3||L||0, -160||L||5 ev||P|
|5/7/2013||at MINNESOTA||3-0||W||0, -160||W||5 un||U|
|5/9/2013||MINNESOTA||5-1||W||0, -265||W||5 ov||O|
|5/15/2013||DETROIT||4-1||W||0, -205||W||5 un||P|
|5/20/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|5/23/2013||at DETROIT|| |
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: 45-26-11, 101 points. Lost to Phoenix 4-2 in first round.
COACH: Joel Quenneville, 5th season with Blackhawks, 186-99-39; 16th overall, 624-382-157 in NHL.
ADDED: D Michal Rozsival, D Sheldon Brookbank.
LOST: F Andrew Brunette, F Brendan Morrison, D Sean O'Donnell
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Corey Crawford
OUTLOOK: Other than Rozsival and Brookbank, who each signed as free agents, there has been little turnover from last season. The Blackhawks have continuity going for them. Question is: Can they make a playoff run? It's been back-to-back first-round exits since they captured the Stanley Cup, and the Blackhawks are looking for more. Crawford's play will go a long way toward determining that, and he's coming off a shaky season in which he didn't post a shutout and let in two soft overtime goals in the playoffs.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW (DETROIT-CHICAGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Wings-Blackhawks Preview* ==============================
Detroit At Chicago, Game Two, 1:00 p.m. EDT
CHICAGO (AP) - Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk is one of the NHL's most feared scorers, a wizard with the puck who is equally adept at setting up his teammates for easy plays. Chicago's Jonathan Toews has at least 23 goals in each of his six seasons in the league.
If you want to stop a Datsyuk or Toews, well, it sure helps to have a Datsyuk or Toews.
Two of the three finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the NHL's best defensive forward are taking center stage as the Red Wings and Blackhawks tangle with a berth in the Western Conference finals on the line, and it's no coincidence. The league's top teams count on their forwards to come back and pressure the opponent's top scorers, not only for defensive purposes but also to create chances on the other end.
"You need those kind of players to win, to be successful. Because you're going to have times, usually half the time in your shift you're going to be in your own end or you're going to have to be defending," said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, a former NHL defenseman, "and knowing where you have to go and coming up with loose pucks or forcing these guys to make indirect plays where you get the puck back, there's a skill involved there and there's some work that's involved."
Datsyuk and Toews will be back on the ice when Chicago hosts Detroit in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.
The Blackhawks used a dominant final two periods to beat the Red Wings 4-1 on Wednesday night, shutting down Detroit's leading trio of Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen. Datsyuk played more than 21 minutes, but was held without a point and did not attempt a shot after he had two goals and five assists in the first round against Anaheim.
Datsyuk's struggles against the Blackhawks are nothing new. He didn't have a point in four regular season games versus Chicago and also failed to register a shot in the final two. Combined with the opener, Datsyuk has now gone almost exactly 60 minutes of ice time without putting a shot on night against the Blackhawks.
"He's going to be a top player in this series. We know that. They know that," forward Patrick Sharp said after Chicago practiced on Friday. "It's just hopefully we can contain him in some way."
Datsyuk had 15 goals and 34 assists in 47 games this season, helping Detroit reach the playoffs for the 22nd straight season. The three-time Selke winner also tied Toews for the NHL lead with 56 takeaways and won 55 percent of his faceoffs.
The 34-year-old Russian center, who was selected in the sixth round of the 1998 draft, is way more than just an offensive wizard.
"He can come out of nowhere and steal the puck from you and make a play, and before you know it, it's in your net," Toews said. "He's as skilled as they come on both sides of the puck and obviously a tough guy. You've got to go out there and try to outwork him every shift, because it's tough to outclass him any other way."
Toews is coming off another solid season, when he tied Patrick Kane for the team lead with 23 goals and also contributed 25 assists in 47 games. The captain also had career-high plus-28 rating as Chicago captured the Presidents' Trophy awarded to the team with the most points in the regular season.
"We play same type of game," Datsyuk said. "We fight every year against each other. It's not easy. When a good player plays against a good player every time they make each other better."
The Red Wings are desperate for anything to make themselves better after being outshot 42-21 - 36-14 over the final two periods - in the opener, and they may get a boost up front Saturday. Forward Drew Miller has pronounced himself ready to return after missing four weeks with a broken thumb.
Though he says he doesn't feel 100 percent, Miller - one of Detroit's regular penalty killers - believes he can help.
Coach Mike Babcock isn't sure whose spot Miller would take - fourth-liners Todd Bertuzzi or Patrick Eaves would be likely candidates - but he's certain of one thing.
"If Drew Miller's in a position to help our team (Saturday), he'll play," Babcock told the team's official website.
Detroit needs to figure out why it seems to wear down toward the end of games. Fifteen of the 25 goals the Red Wings have allowed in the playoffs have come in the third period, including three Chicago tallies on Wednesday.
"I saw us practice (Tuesday) and I wasn't surprised when I saw us (in Game 1)," Babcock said. "I didn't think we were very quick and executed. We're not trying to take anything away from them. They were better than us. The score (Wednesday) was more than fair as far as I'm concerned. They were better."
Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith and forward Michal Handzus missed practice Friday, but Quenneville said both are fine and should play.
It's unclear if Viktor Stalberg will join them in the lineup. The speedy winger worked outside of the top four lines in practice once again after being benched for Game 1, and he said Quenneville wants him "to produce more and be more effective."
One area where Detroit would like to be more effective is on its power play, which produced six goals in the first round. But the Red Wings went 0 for 3 in the opener as Chicago extended its impressive streak of successful penalty kills to 29 dating to April 22.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 1:47:29 PM EST|