Thoughts on Game 32 (6-4 win over LA)
-- Pavel Datsyuk netted his 150th career goal.
-- Detroit scored six goals in back-to-back games for the first time since doing so Dec. 28 and 31, 2006. The offense is compensating for the defense right now. It looks like it might be firewagon hockey all season long.
-- Nicklas Lidstrom had three assists, passing Larry Robinson on the NHL's all-time scoring list for defensemen. Lidstrom now ranks eighth all-time.
-- The Wings have gone down 1-0 in eight of their last 11 games and have trailed in 12 of their last 13 games. See above note about good offense compensating for bad defense.
-- Former Wing Kyle Quincey was a minus-4, dropping him from plus-3 to minus-1 this season. That's a rough night.
-- I know that Chris Osgood is sick with the flu and has a groin strain and maybe I'm missing something here, but why don't I see him in the usual spot where the backup goalie sits beside the bench. I saw Osgood sitting a bit down the hallway in Thursday's game. Saturday night though, I couldn't spot him at all. Maybe I'm off base, but couple that with Ozzie being unavailable to the media of late and it gets me wondering whether he's not happy. It could just be that Osgood is sick and doesn't need to be right at the bench though.
-- This has been one of my favorite stats to track this season because it shows how much defensemen's points are dependent on power-play time. For most of this season, Andreas Lilja has had as many or more even-strength points than/as Nicklas Lidstrom. When Lilja scored in the first period, it brought him back into a tie in that category with Lidstrom. Of course, Lidstrom went on to finish with three assists and Lilja might not catch him again this season. Here are the Red Wings' defensemen even-strength scoring through this game ...
Interesting to note that Lebda is tied for the lead in even-strength goals. You would assume that Lidstrom and Rafalski would be ahead of the pack in goal scoring, but not without the power play counting.