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Preview: Nashville Predators

Posted in General Hockey with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/23/2009 by Ben Gilbert

So yeah.  Apologies for being gone all weekend.  Blogging was on the backburner for a bit, but I now make my triumphant return! We resume with a belated look at tonight’s matchup:

Nashville Predators vs. Detroit Red Wings

November 23rd 7:00pm, Sommet Center

Game Notes:

  1. After the highly-offensive and downright vile shift Georges Laraque took on saturday night, where he high-sticked Helm in the mouth and then took out Krons for up to 2 months, the Red Wings are a bit battered.  Helm is fine, but the Kronwall injury hurts…a lot.  We thought we’d be subject to a Derek Meech/Brett Lebda 3rd pairing, while Big-E will moved up to the 2nd pairing. However, per Khan, it appears we’ll see Big-E up with Lidstrom and all the pairings will be jumbled.  Having Brad Stuart on the 3rd pairing while Brett Lebda is on the 2nd seems comical to me, but I guess Babcock knows what he is doing.  Please come back soon Nik Jr.
  2. Ozzie will be starting in goal tonight.  Considering the state of the defense we might need a big game from our goaltender.  I’m left wondering though if we’ll actually get that game.  Ozzie was good against the Preds, and I think this time-share of late with Howard has been helping him get his head on straight.  No matter what people like/dislike about Howard, the fact remains I want to see Ozzie be the goalie that can still keep the Wings in the close games. Hopefully he has returned to that form with Jimmy “giant-rebounds” Howard taking up so much playing time.
  3. Nashville has won 5 in a row and Pekka Rinne has been on fire for the Preds.  He’s sporting a 9-1 record in his last 10 starts and his peripheral stats are spectacular. 1.71 GAA and .931 Sv%.  I guess all we can hope is that Z’s Red Hot power can help the wings put more than 1 goal in against the guy.
  4. Darren McCarty will be doing analysis for Versus during the intermission.  This will likely be the highlight of the night.  I can’t wait to see D-Mac doing analysis.  Does he wear a suit?  Does he punch Brian Engblom in the face?  The intrigue and suspense is killing me.

Bold and Stupid Predictions:

  1. Meech gets an assist on the power-play.  No this doesn’t mean he should be a stalwart on the point from now on…
  2. Eaves puts one in finally.  He’s been working too hard not to.  I like the Draper/Eaves/Helm line to get a goal tonight.
  3. Pekka Rinne reminds the Red Wings of the power of the Finnish Goaltender and holds the Wings to a low-scoring battle.
  4. Osgood holds it down just enough, but let’s in one goal he certainly shouldn’t.
  5. Red Wings Win 3-2.
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Review: Dallas Stars and Fight of the Night

Posted in General Hockey with tags , , , , , , , on 11/18/2009 by Ben Gilbert

Stars 3 – Red Wings 1  Final

The NHL is asinine at times.

Seriously.

No goal.  Brad Freaking May.  The puck is in the net…And no goal?

Whatever.

Three Bar:

  1. Right Post – Jonathan Ericsson again seemed to find a way to get the puck into the Red Wings net.  That trend needs to stop.  I understand he’s huge and was clutch in the playoffs.  He also managed to somehow blow my prediction that I thought was assured, and was solely responsible for a goal against.  Thanks.
  2. Left Post – The Red Wings did not seem to have the same jump the whole night.  Admittedly, I missed a good portion of the game while out at a dinner.  However, from what I saw, it wasn’t like against Toronto, but it was a mediocre effort.  We’ve been over this.  A mediocre effort isn’t good enough anymore with this team.
  3. Crossbar – Hank keeps the train rolling.  He continues to be on fire, and I love how he is finally getting some respect in these parts.  He does not get talked up enough by the sports media or fans (including myself).  This guy is a model of consistency.  Maybe we don’t talk as much about him because we don’t marvel at his plays like we do Datsyuk or Lidstrom at times, but Z is for real, and is a special player.  Thanks Hank for showing up night-in and night-out.
  4. Empty Net/Final Shot of the Night – Seriously NHL.  Your review process blows.  Intent to blow the whistle is atrocious.  I can’t even begin to write about this tonight.  I’m livid.  At least it wasn’t Brad Watson who made that call tonight…

Fight of the Night:

Shanny vs. Adam Foote.  Classic.

Preview: Dallas Stars

Posted in General Hockey with tags , , , , , , , , , on 11/18/2009 by Ben Gilbert

Dallas Stars vs. Detroit Red Wings

November 18th 7:30pm, Joe Louis Arena

Game Notes:

  1. Jimmy Howard is once again starting in net.  Osgood is still battling the flu, so Daniel Larsson has been recalled from Grand Rapids to fill that bench-warming, face-off counting, backup goaltender spot.
  2. Khan reports that the same lineup from the last 3 wins will be on the ice tonight. This means that while Maltby is healthy, he will be seeing some press-box time while Brad May and Drew Miller stay in.  This has to eat at Maltby a little bit.  Hopefully when he gets back in he’ll be pissed and playing for a more permanent spot.  This competition is good I think.  I can see why Babcock is sticking with the lineup though…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
  3. Marc Crawford is coaching the Dallas Stars now. Yes the man who brought hockey a new respect for hair-spray and general freak-outs while bench coaching.  He coached Colorado during the first few years of the hey-day of that rivalry.  He also was the coach who was accused of ordering our own Big Bert to sucker punch Steve Moore in the back of the head while coaching Vancouver.  Great track record…
  4. Dallas has been mediocre so far this year, but Marty Turco has been turning it on of late.  The former Wolverine goaltender is 5-1-1 in his last 7 starts with decent peripheral statistics.  Fortunately, Joe Louis Arena has always seemed to be his kryptonite.  He manages to look so good elsewhere, and then be non-existent when he plays here.  Yay for home games.
  5. The Red Wings do not have a regulation loss at home yet this year…dang it…hopefully I haven’t brought about a change tonight to that statement by mentioning it here.
  6. Drew at NOHS has his Pointless Preview up again.  Always worth it.

Bold and Stupid Predictions:

  1. Marty Turco plays well and keeps the game close for Dallas.  (Yes, in JLA this is very bold.)
  2. Brad Stuart decides he is fed up with Kronwall getting all the offensive love and pots a goal of his own tonight.
  3. Jonathan Ericsson is not solely responsible for a goal tonight.  Miracle.
  4. Brad May does NOT get in a fight.
  5. Final Score: Red Wings win 5-3.

Review: Anaheim Ducks and Fight of the Night

Posted in General Hockey with tags , , , , , , , , on 11/14/2009 by Ben Gilbert

Red Wings 7 – Anaheim 4  Final

I believe this game can only be described in one way:

Zetterberg - Red Hot

Seriously though, 3-game win streak.  Yes.

CUE BRASS BONANZA!!

Love it.

Three Bar:

  1. Right Post – WTF Ericsson??  That was a learning point.  Let’s never clear it past Ryan Getzlaf when you are last man back again.  What a crappy decision.  What a way to come back afterwards though and play decent the rest of the game.  Forgiven cause of the win.  Moving on.
  2. Left Post – News flash, Jimmy Howard let in a goal he shouldn’t have.  He played average or worse.  The Red Wings still won.  Welcome back to reality and a backup goaltender.  I will say though, he didn’t scare the crap out of me most of the time, and really, he is seeming a bit better over time.  I’m encouraged.  I’m not sold and ready to think he’s a future #1 by any means, but I’m encouraged for our backup situation still.
  3. Crossbar – Drew Miller was solid for the 2nd game in a row.  Solid contributions on the 4th line and on the PK.  Pick-ups like him are the reason we’re the Red Wings and they are the Ducks.  Did you notice the time the Wings 4th line got and what they seemed to do with it.  Compare this to Anaheim’s complete reliance on getzlaf-perry-ryan-selanne…and nobody else.  Our DEPTH, even with Franzen, Filppula and Williams out, is still so much better than other teams.  It feels good to feel that way again.
  4. Empty Net Goal/Final Shot of the Night – Henrik Zetterberg is on fire.  Enjoy this ride.  He had 5 points tonight with 2 G and 3 A.  What a performance and what a roll this guy has been on recently.  Z, thank you for making me be in awe of a forward not named Pavel on this Red Wings team.  I love the Euro Twins.  We are spoiled as fans…simply spoiled.

Fight of the Night:

A nice old Dallas stars fight: