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Zetterberg Down; Wings Out?

Posted in Detroit Red Wings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2011 by davepoleck

I’ve been refraining from posting on this because thinking about it makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry, but Henrik Zetterberg will likely be missing some of the Wings’ first round series this year. Zetterberg is the Wings leading scorer this year with 80 points in 80 games, but even more painful is the fact that he is a former Conn Smythe winner and has accummulated 87 points in his last 85 playoff games. He is one of the players that defines stepping it up in the post season.

Combine his loss with the Wings being 6-6-5 since the beginning of March and that they’ll be playing a team that has essentially been in playoff mode for the last month, and I have to say that I don’t like the Wings’ chances. Continue reading

Franzen OK

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by davepoleck

Pweph! When I saw that the first line of the game notes last night was not about the Wings getting smoked 5-1 against Pittsburgh, I knew something was up. Franzen suffered a charlie horse when he was hit by Pens defenseman Brooks Orpik. Last season, Franzen missed 55 games with a torn ACL after being kneed in the third game of the season.

Thankfully it looks like he will just need some rest to help ease the pain and should be back in the lineup soon. The Wings play tomorrow against Chicago, but will probably be starting a different set of forwards, including the line of Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Holmstrom and the defensive pairings of Lidstrom-Kronwal and Rafalski-Stuart.

ThereĀ are no highlights of that game so I chose the last good memory of the Wings from the 2009-10 playoffs.

The Mule Returns

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , on May 7, 2010 by davepoleck

This reminds me of the real Johan Franzen who absolutely dominated for stretches in the 2008 and ’09 NHL Playoffs. In a second round series in 2008, he had nine goals in a four game playoffs series. Yeah, that’s right Joe Pavelski.

For those who didn’t watch, I think it could have been the feel good story of the year. Franzen was caught out on the ice on his first shift of the game for a too many men penalty. According to Ray Ferraro, who was “inside the glass”, when Franzen got up to go on his next shift, Babcock told him to sit down! Hearing those words from Mike Babcock might have been the scariest thing Mule has ever experienced:

With six points last night, he has now tied Sidney Crosby for the lead in points.

Franzen: Feb 9

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , on February 1, 2010 by davepoleck

Oh baby! The Wings are one week away from one of their best scorers returning to the lineup. Johan Franzen is set to finally return on February 9 against the Blues. Thank God because I am going to see them on February 13.

Ovie’s 1st Shotless Game since Oct 6,2007…Wings still lose

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 20, 2010 by davepoleck

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals looks to get a shot past Kris Draper #33 of the Detroit Red Wings on October 10, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

I am not going to say anything else about the title of this, just that it is pretty impressive for anybody to go over two full seasons plus playoffs without being shotless in a game. Well the Wings absolutely dominated the Caps IN Washington and still managed to lose the game on two quick third period goals. For anyone who watched it, it could have (and should have) been 5-0 after the 1st period. Being the optimist that I am when it comes to the Wings, I will say that they just played three games in four days, two within 24 hours, and two against two top 3 teams in the League. They should have beat Chicago with the two breakaways they had in overtime, and they definitely should have been able to bury Washington early. Unfortunately, they didn’t capitalize on all of their chances. I am optimistic because they still have four major players out of the lineup; Kronwall, Holmstrom, Franzen and Williams; and were playing Chicago and Washington teams that are full strength. That bodes well for the current ninth place team in the West. It looks like three of those four will be back by Feb 1, with Franzen being hopeful before the Olympics. Talk about some trade deadline acquisitions. The only team that will be able to add a 40 goal scorer to their lineup in February/March is whoever lands Kovalchuk. I have said before, WHEN the Wings get in, I would not want to play them first round.