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Hawks Can Decide Their Own Fate

Posted in 2011 NHL Playoffs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2011 by davepoleck

By the time Dallas takes the ice tomorrow night, they’ll know whether or not they have a chance at making the playoffs in the West. That is because the Hawks play Detroit just after noon and a single point earned by them will clinch them a playoff spot. If Chicago loses in regulation to the Wings, Dallas is in a must win situation against the Wild.

Since we know the four Eastern playoff matchups, here is what could happen in the West depending on these two teams tomorrow.

If Chicago wins:
LA @ Van
Phx @ SJ
Nas @ Det
Chi @ Ana

If Chicago loses in OT:
LA @ Van
Chi @ SJ
Phx @ Det
Nas @ Ana

If Chicago loses and Dallas wins:
Dal @ Van
Phx @ Det
Nas @ Ana

Wings-Avs Non Rivalry

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 12, 2010 by davepoleck

Pavel Datsyuk scored his 200th career NHL goal tonight, which was is 595th of his career. Datsyuk is playing in his 609th career game.

The Wings are currently being outplayed by the Avs, being outshot 21-10, but still hold a 3-1 lead with about five minutes to go in the second. Val Filppula’s pass to set up Franzen for the Wings’ third goal and his second of the night was absolutely beautiful. The continued improvement of the line will make the Wings dangerous all season long.

Update: Well, the Wings dominated the last five minutes of that period and after a fantastic cycling shift by Modano-Hudler-Cleary, a turnover led to a weak second goal for the Avs.


Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , on October 8, 2010 by davepoleck

Who would have thought the Wings would have a season opener that is very nasty. Detroit is absolutely dominating Anaheim tonight, in all aspects of the game, and the Ducks have basically just decided to start fighting. Multiple after the whistle scrums and even a few fights; Brad Stuart went at it with Sheldon Brookbank and ….wait for it…..Pavel Datsyuk fought Corey Perry!!! Datsyuk actually held his own in the scrap, getting in multiple shots on that little bitch. Who tries to fight Datsyuk?

Will have the video up once it comes online…

Ritola Claimed by Lightning

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by davepoleck

Mattias Ritola was a long term experiment for the Red Wings that just didn`t turn out as expected. He was mediocre at best during the preseason, and has never impressed in any of his three seasons in Grand Rapids.

The reason I`m mentioning his claim by the Lightning is because as mentioned in my Southeast Division Breakout Candidate article, the Lightning are extremely thin in their bottom six. Another promising note for Ritola is that obviously Steve Yzerman would be the most knowledgeable person on him as a player outside of the Wings`current organization. For Yzerman to claim him means that he sees some potential. Hopefully he is given a chance before being sent down to Norfolk.

Training Camp Notes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2010 by davepoleck

Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings prepares to tee off on the 13th hole of The Bear at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Friday, Sept. 17, 2010.

There’s Lidstrom doing his best impression of a Leaf in April….

Red Wings training camp opens up today and here some things that have already come up:

– Niklas Kronwall should be ready to start scrimmaging as early as today.

– Ken Hitchcock has been invited to camp by Mike Babcock to “learn” and see how other teams run thing. There is obviously no on ice role in this situation for Hitch, but it’s cool to see the two build on their Olympic experience.

– Babcock mentioned that the Wings are planning to head into the season with some new defensive pairing, which will see Lidstrom and Rafalski split up at even strength.

Ericsson- Salei

Traverse City Prospect Tourney Update

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2010 by davepoleck

Ahhh, this is where it all began; the Traverse City Prospect Tournament. Since the Red Wings started this yearly tournament up in 1998, there has since been one set up in Penticton (with Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, San Jose and Anaheim) and in Toronto (with the Leafs, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Ottawa). These mini tournaments give teams the chance to take a closer look at their system of prospects before the main training camp opens up next week.

In Traverse City this year are Detroit, Minnesota, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, NYR, Dallas, Carolina and Columbus. Games started last Saturday with each team playing three games before advancing to mini playoffs. The tournament concludes today with games at 2pm, 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 6pm, with the 2-0-1 Wings facing off against the 3-0 Wild in the finals.

Here are some notes from the tournament thus far:

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Wings @ Hawks for Banner Night

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by davepoleck

Although the schedule is going to be fully released tomorrow, news about team’s home openers has been trickling out today. The Red Wings will head to Chicago on the night that they raise the Stanley Cup banner (clear the cobwebs) at the United Center.

Expect whichever Hawks are even around at that time to get a quick reminder of the real Detroit Red Wings in that game. I’m sure it doesn’t sit well with many teams that they have to sit in their dressing room for close to half an hour while the other team celebrates on the ice, especially when that team is quickly becoming your new rival.

Chelios’ HHOF Team

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2010 by davepoleck

Great question posed over at “Red Wings Guy Dot Com”, which jersey will Chris Chelios wear in the Hall of Fame? While he did play the most seasons in Detroit and won two Cups there (and one in Montreal), I think it will definitely be Chicago. Not only is that his hometown but it is where he solidified his name as one of the best and fiercest competitors to ever play the game and won two of his three Norris Trophies. In fact, even as a Wings’ fan, when I think of Chelios, I think of him as #7 on Chicago.

Head over to vote:

Larsson to HV71

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , on May 19, 2010 by davepoleck

Detroit Red Wings prospect Daniel Larsson has signed a two year deal with HV71 of the SEL. Continue reading

Babcock on Jiri Hudler

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on May 12, 2010 by davepoleck

From the Detroit Free Press:

“That’s 70 points we didn’t have. That’s a second power-play unit that can score. It’s more goals for everyone because of the plays he can make. Huds is gonna be committed. He’ll go and he’ll train all summer long, and he’ll come back in great shape, and he’ll be all fired up. We’re going to give him an opportunity to be a top-six forward. He’s gotta show he can be one, and we’ll see what happens.”

Hudler highest total before leaving for the KHL was 57 in 2008-09, but he was averaging under 14 minutes per game at the time. Aside from his game evolving since then and that he is entering his prime, a spot in the  top six likely means a spot on a line with either Datsyuk or Zetterberg.

In past years, Hudler spent most of his regular shifts on the third line, mainly with Filppula at centre and either Cleary or Samuelsson on the other wing. He was always one of their key power-play players, but always on the second unit.

The thing with this prediction is that I’m still not sure if Detroit has plans to add some more offense through free agency. That decision will depend on what happens with UFAs Tomas Holmstrom and Todd Bertuzzi, and RFAs Drew Miller, Patrick Eaves and Darren Helm. I think Helm, Holmstrom and Eaves are locks to return, while Bertuzzi has stated he wants to, but it’s going to depend on cash. I don’t think Drew Miller should be the shoe-in that everyone in Detroit thinks he is; he was good, but the Wings need more scoring from their third and fourth lines.