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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Even-strength effectiveness

Red Wings' goals for and against per 60 minutes of ice time ...

(Forwards ranked by GF/60; defensemen by GA/60)

Eaves 4.5-2.3
Helm 3.7-3.2
Zetterberg 3.0-2.7
Holmstrom 2.8-1.8
Datsyuk 2.7-1.5
Draper 2.4-2.4
Maltby 2.3-0.6
Abdelkader 2.3-2.8
Team 2.3-2.7
Bertuzzi 2.1-3.6
Cleary 2.1-4.2
May 1.9-3.8
Filppula 1.7-4.3
Franzen 1.4-1.4
Leino 1.1-2.5
Williams 1.0-2.5

Lidstrom 2.9-1.1
Kronwall 1.2-1.4
Stuart 1.5-2.4
Team 2.3-2.7
Rafalski 2.6-3.1
Meech 1.2-3.6
Lebda 3.5-5.0
Ericsson 3.6-5.3

Nice time for a lift from Helm and Eaves. They're on the ice for a few too many goals against, but at least they're creating more offense for us than for them. Helm and Eaves have been on the ice for five of the Wings' last 11 even-strength goals scored.
That line that fared so well in the preseason -- Filppula, Williams and Leino -- was a disaster in the regular season. The Wings didn't score with them on the ice. Williams was on the ice for three goals for in more than three full games of ice time ... a 0.95 goals per game average.
Lidstrom has been remarkable. Detroit has outscored opponents 13-5 with him on the ice.
Stuart and Kronwall are starting to show some signs of offensive life to go with their good defensive starts. Stuart has been on the ice for five goals scored in the past five games after starting the season with just two goals for in the first 10 games. Kronwall has been on the ice for three goals scored in the past five games.
Ericsson and Lebda haven't stopped the defensive bleeding. Ericsson has been on the ice for three goals against in the past four games; Lebda for four.
And I haven't been a Maltby fan since the lockout, but I have to point out that the Wings have outscored opponents, 4-1, with him on the ice in 104:56. That's more than five full periods with just one goal allowed. He'll have to keep that defensive pace up because the offense has dried up. Maltby has been on the ice for just one goal scored in the past nine games after starting the season with three in the first six games.


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