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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thoughts on Game 21 (3-1 loss to Montreal)

-- Funny moment during the first TV timeout. Ty Conklin raced from the Detroit net, charged past the bench and down the hallway towards the locker room. He rushed back just before the commercials ended. I didn't get to talk to Conklin after, but it looked like he had issues with his blades because he tossed something back on the bench (was it a sharpening stone) then skated a little to test out his skates. You just don't see a goalie do that often.

-- What a tremendous hit by Brad Stuart on Alex Tanguay. Stuart missed a couple of shifts and Tanguay left the game with an undisclosed injury. What was deceptive to Tanguay is that Stuart was near another Hab as Tanguay dumped the puck in. But Stuart released his man and stepped up with perfect timing.

-- That was Niklas Kronwall's 200th career game. Because of injuries, it certainly took a lot longer than you'd think. By comparison, Brett Lebda played in his 216th game last night. Kronwall is one year older than Lebda. He was a first-round draft pick while Lebda went undrafted. Kronwall debuted in the NHL two years before Lebda.

-- Darren Helm was flying last night. No surprise. He's obviously one of the top 12 forwards in the organization. I suspect that Helm is slated to be a regular with the Wings in the playoffs with Helm getting loads of ice time in Grand Rapids in preparation. The question becomes: When do you pull Helm up for good to acclimate him to the NHL leading in to the playoffs. Does he need a month to be totally prepared or can he just step in during the post-season as he did last year.

-- Andreas Lilja had his four-game scoring streak stopped. You know, the guy is having a very good season. I know I'm leading with my chin on that one.


Blogger hockechic18 said...

The puck wasn't bouncing our way last night...ones of those games. I love watching Franzen score though, pushing through 3 defenders, still has the puck, shoots and scores! he makes it look so easy. Glad he broke his streak.
pretty cool info on Kronwall/Lebda games wise...stuff I would ever realize.
Darren Helm is one quick guy...I love his game, even though I'v been a long time McCarty fan, you can see Helms talent shine.
Happy Thanksgiving:)

November 27, 2008 at 11:11 PM 
Anonymous Justin said...

From the first few games into the season I noticed that Lilja had improved this year. I can't say I expected that 4 game scoring streak though. Still, I don't know what he did over the summer, but I'm glad he did it.

November 28, 2008 at 1:27 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't see the game. Highlights on show a big Stuart hit on who the announcer says was Markov. On that play Stuart comes out from behind one of his own men to make the hit. Either Stuart made two monster hits, or you and/or the announcer were wrong about something.

November 28, 2008 at 5:10 AM 
Blogger edicius said...

I've been a big Lilja supporter this season. And I used to crucify the guy in the past. There have been many times where, honestly, I think he's looked potentially better than Lidstrom.

You have any insight on the effect of the visor on Lidstrom's play, Bruce? I know he insists that he's gotten used to it, but it HAS to be affecting him - his on-ice vision just isn't the same and it's really worrying me. He's still the best defenseman on the team, but definitely no longer the lock for the Norris he once was.

November 28, 2008 at 10:54 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This game was painful to watch, but in a different way compared with Vancouver lucking out with 2 minutes left. I have no idea why Lidstrom, the media, or anyone thinks Montreal played impressive. They played the trap. The most boring, slow, un-entertaining style of hockey imaginable. It was like watching New Jersey 6 years ago. 5 guys, in the neutral zone, no forechecking.

November 28, 2008 at 3:12 PM 
Anonymous Justin said...

Post #3: That was the Tanguay hit.

Everyone I talked to agreed the Wings played better than the Habs, but the Habs won due to a few lucky bounces. Even the Habs fan I watched the game with knew they got lucky from those two ugly goals. But of course the media is going to say the winning team played well. And Lidstrom's just being political.

November 28, 2008 at 8:54 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

That darned media.
Lidstrom says that he's 100 percent fine with the visor now. I think he's just not playing up to his standards.

November 28, 2008 at 9:07 PM 

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