Bold Prediction?

I know you're thinking what I'm thinking. Another update on the Evgeni Nabokov situation. Big deal. And it should be, because it raises all those questions about the NHL's waiver and free agents rules. We've already discussed how Nabokov was signed by the Red Wings was claimed by the New York Islanders, how he didn't report to them, and now the breaking news was he is suspended for the rest of the year by the team. And Ken Holland is secretly all smiles. If you read my article on Holland's brain of genius, you saw how I tried to jump into his mind to see why he does what he does. Now the picture seems to be getting a little clearer. Now that Nabokov can't play for the rest of season (...
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Ken Holland: Super Genius

When I heard that the Detroit Red Wings were going to sign Evgeni Nabokov, I thought that it would be a good move on their part to steal such a talented tender from Russia. Thinking further, I realized that the man behind the scenes, quiet as can be, was the one that had the brain power to think up a scheme like this. That's right, a scheme. There is a method to everything the man does and he does it well. When you think about the Red Wings, you think of 19 straight playoff appearances, 4 Stanley Cups in 11 years, and the definition of consistency. While most teams in the NHL have gone through general managers as fast as the Leafs running out of draft picks, Ken Holland stands up as the b...

Can the Red Wings Handle the Injuries?

For the Red Wings and their fans it feels like last season all over again. The injuries seem like they just will not end. As soon as the list gets smaller, it grows again. It's a frustrating feeling, but at the same time, injuries can not be used as an excuse no matter what. Shockingly, or maybe not so shockingly if you follow the team closely, the Red Wings remain in the race for the best record in the league. Their 64 points makes them two points behind the Vancouver Canucks and three points behind the Philadelphia Flyers. The thing to remember is that the season is a marathon and not a sprint. Every team is going to face adversity, but it's how each team responds in the long run th...

Another Game, Another Injury

The Detroit Red Wings completed a season sweep over the Calgary Flames coming back to win in a shootout last night. They came back three times total in the game. Depth came through yet again. Darren Helm scored his second goal in as many games. Brian Rafalski scored his first and second goals of the season. And Patrick Eaves scored his first goal after returning from injury. The Wings managed to get the game to overtime, and after struggling a bit early on in the game, Jimmy Howard kept the Wings alive in the extra period. The penalty kill as a whole sent the game to a shootout. Todd Bertuzzi took a penalty 3:30 into OT, and the Red Wings’ chances weren’t looking too great. But ...

Red Wings Look to Turn Things Back Around

Coming off a surprising overtime loss to the New York Islanders and a loss against the Flyers where they almost came back, a game against the Edmonton Oilers is just what the doctor ordered for Detroit. The Red Wings face-off against the Oilers in Edmonton tonight. That is by no means saying that it should be an easy game for the Wings tonight. In the NHL, you should never take your opponent for granted. Any team can defeat any opposing team on every given night. But the Red Wings do have a favorable record against the Oilers, so tonight is the perfect chance to get back in the winning column and back to the top of the NHL standings (alone). The Red Wings defeated the Oilers 3-1 in E...

The Naughty, the Nice, and the New Year

As we approach the half way point of the season, and are hours away from the New Year, it's time to reflect back on the first three months of the 2010-11 season. In addition, we'll also look at some stats and contrast the Red Wings results after 38 games with last season's. Not to start out on a negative tone, but lets look at the disappointing aspects of the Red Wings season so far. The Naughty List: Jiri Hudler was one of the players mentioned in the first article as needing to make an impact. Needless to say that Jiri hasn't been "Happy" Hudler very often this season. He's been a healthy scratch 5 times, and had a pointless streak of 13 games to go along with a goalless streak o...

Red Wings Explode and Score Six Unanswered Goals

Photo Credit: AP Photo It’s funny how things go in sports. The Detroit Red Wings had a little slip-up before the Christmas break. They went 2-3-1 from December 13th through the 23rd. Included in that record was a 5-0 blowout loss against the LA Kings and a 4-1 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Wings were being talked about as the elite team in the NHL, but with those 4 losses the talk went away. It’s clear that the Red Wings are going to be one of the top teams in the NHL by season’s end, but when judging teams the media tends to go with the motto: “what have you done for me lately.”, and now with a 3 game winning streak, the Red Wings have the second best record in th...

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The Red Wings faced adversity. No Datsyuk, no Cleary, no Rafalski, and obviously no Modano. They were on the road facing a young and energetic Colorado team that seemed more prepared for the game from the get-go. The Avs had a lot of jump and the Wings seemed a step behind. And just 3:29 into the period the Avs took the lead thanks to a goal from Matt Duchene. A penalty by Colorado, however, allowed the Wings to get some offensive pressure of their own. Jiri Hudler put the Wings on the board to tie the game at one with a power play goal. The lead would not last. The Avs would come right back with a goal from TJ Galiardi. But the Red Wings power play would strike again later in the period...

Daniel Cleary: No Longer a Secret in a Deep Red Wings Team

Photo Credit: Reuters Pictures If someone that was not a Red Wings fan was asked to take a guess at who led the Red Wings in goals, chances are that he or she would not choose Danny Cleary. Popular choices would be Zetterberg, Datsyuk, and Franzen (who I suppose would technically be right). But Danny Cleary is currently tied for the lead in goals with Johan Franzen. And it won't be surprising to see him take the lead back considering he has led the team in goals through most of the season. Every season it seems like every team has at least one player that comes from being under the radar to suddenly turning heads. You could probably go through each team and name a guy. For the Red W...

Red Wings Suffer Rare Regulation Loss At Home

Photo Credit: AP Photo Yes, the Red Wings have been on such a roll this season that a regulation loss is almost unheard of. And losing at home by three goals sounds bizarre, but it happened last night in Detroit. The Wings were playing a depleted Sharks team that had just 7 d-men dressed. They also had to split up their top line to try to get things going. For a team with just 4 regulation losses all season and a 17-0-3 record at home since last March, last night was a bit shocking. But it's definitely not alarming in any way. The Wings had to lose in regulation at home eventually... right? The first period started off like what you actually expect from the Red Wings. They had ...
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