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Red Wings - Blackhawks Postgame Thoughts

Lots of post-game news coming in so I'll stick mostly with my thoughts while everything gets sorted out.

The Red Wings were just surviving until Chicago opened the game's scoring. Then it was like a switch was flipped. We've seen that switch flipped before - sometimes it's just for a game and sometimes it's for a playoff run. It's good to see but it's terrifying that it was necessary.

I said repeatedly that Pavel Datsyuk was outplaying Marian Hossa. Datsyuk had a hell of a game. It's fantastic to see him back.

Jimmy Howard also had a fantastic game. Made 33 stops on the afternoon, including some spectacular stops. He appears to be back.

I loved the second line tonight, whether it was Valtteri Filppula or Justin Abdelkader centering Danny Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi. They were getting into the corners and moving the puck well. Sustained pressure in the Chicago zone combined with great passing from Bertuzzi caused Cleary's eventual game-winner.

On the penalties... People seem to be up in arms over Abdelkader's hit on Seabrook so I'll say, fine, we're even. Hit to Seabrook uncalled, stick to Franzen's face uncalled. No, I'm not happy with how the penalties worked out but I love how the Detroit PK came to play.

Detroit moves on to face Phoenix in the first round. Not thrilled about the travel or that the Coyotes always play the Wings well. You don't want to get caught trying to pick your poison in the playoffs, though. In all honesty, there was no one I wanted to have to play.

Dallas can make the playoffs and knock out the Blackhawks out with a win in regulation or OT tonight. I don't think I'll watch that one.

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The Red Wings wrap up the regular season in Chicago this afternoon, their playoff position locked in and their opponent down to two possibilities. Depending on the outcome of this afternoon's Wings-'Hawks matchup, Detroit will face either the Phoenix Coyotes or the Nashville Predators in the opening round.

A Red Wings win of any kind matches them up with Phoenix. If a regulation win is coupled with a Dallas win in regulation or overtime later today, the Blackhawks will be knocked out of the playoffs and the Stars will be in.

If Chicago wins, the Red Wings will face the Predators. A shooutout win for the Blackhawks would create a three-way tie for fifth place but the 'Hawks have the tiebreaker.

As expected, Detroit will be without Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall for the game. Jimmy Howard is the Wings' likely starter in goal.

I'm tempted to work through this game and just listen on the radio. Just not feeling it, a lot like Friday night. I hope I'm wrong.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 10:53 AM

 

Solid save by Jimmy right before the Homer penalty.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 12:41 PM

 

This game is being carried on AFN here in Afghanistan. I'd like to seev the Wings knock out the Hawks.

We'll see.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 12:44 PM

 

Wow! Howard actually made it post-to-post!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 12:57 PM

 

Another big stop by Jimmy. He's on today.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 12:57 PM

 

Well, this first period is definately better than the last first period.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 1:09 PM

 

Well, this first period is definately better than the last first period.


Yeah, not great but stronger than they had been playing.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 1:22 PM

 

No penalty? Seriously?

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 1:36 PM

 

Stuart tripped, no call, goal Chicago.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 1:37 PM

 

There ya go Homer!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 1:38 PM

 

Homer just moved about as fast as he ever has. Real nice shot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 1:39 PM

 

And Pasha with the go-ahead!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 1:40 PM

 

Cleary made all that happen.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 1:41 PM

 

Strong play on the puck, getting to the puck, hell of a shot there

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 1:41 PM

 

Seems the Wings are playing it a bit loosie-goosie and it's getting in Chicago's loop.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 1:54 PM

 

Howard looks solid tonight. Doing a good job at controling rebounds.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 2:01 PM

 

Franzen sticked in the face, no call. Wow.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 2:03 PM

 

Great period. Wings seemed to flip a switch. Can't believe they haven't gotten a power play yet.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 2:05 PM

 

I wonder what the Dallas Stars, sitting in their hotel rooms in St. Paul watching this game, are thinking about their chances.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 2:10 PM

 

Well, the Hawks are going to come out on fire in the final period. They've got nothing left to loose at this point. Detroit needs to be careful. Just stay loose and keep their heads up. Look like they can't depend on getting any penalties called their way (Yeah, I know, nothing new here) so they're going to have to stay real smart on the puck. And Jimmy H is coming through for a change. How 'bout that?

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 2:12 PM

 

I wonder what the Dallas Stars, sitting in their hotel rooms in St. Paul watching this game, are thinking about their chances.


I wonder if they're reading this forum?

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 2:14 PM

 

You know what's going to happen with all the bullsh*t non-calls on Chicago, right? Wings will finally get a power play and then give up a SHG. Terrifying thought.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 2:15 PM

 


I wonder what the Dallas Stars, sitting in their hotel rooms in St. Paul watching this game, are thinking about their chances.


I wonder if they're reading this forum?

Site stats say not a chance.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 2:16 PM

 

Panic in gangland...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 2:24 PM

 

Great job by Miller to go to the net there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 2:25 PM

 

I don't have a problem with that goal, but if it was Homer it wouldn't count.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 2:28 PM

 

Not that I'm complaining that there was a missed penalty there (there wasn't) but if that were Homer, you know we'd be down a man right now and no goal.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 2:29 PM

 

I don't have a problem with that goal, but if it was Homer it wouldn't count.


Great minds think alike!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 2:30 PM

 

Great period so far. Dats making people look silly.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 2:34 PM

 

Fantastic shift by the Cleary/Bertuzzi/Abdelkader/Filppula (there was a change in the middle) line leading to the fourth goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 2:37 PM

 

Howard is looking his best all year IMO. Where's he been?

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 2:40 PM

 

Stuart had a chance to clear and went after the man. Bad shift.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 2:43 PM

 

No suprise on that BS icing...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 2:46 PM

 

Bad time to take a penalty...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 2:53 PM

 

Very exciting finish. We just needed to finish out with no more injuries.

Best of all, I think with will carry a good psychologocal boost into the play-offs.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 4/10/2011 at 3:02 PM

 

Go Stars!!! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by klaitinen on 4/10/2011 at 3:02 PM

 

Gutsy win by the Wings. Great way to end the regular season.

Wings face Phoenix in the first round. Stars are still alive, needing a win in regulation or OT to make the playoffs and knock Chicago out.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 3:02 PM

 

Good win for the wings but I'd say Vancouver and San Jose will have an easier run to the conference finals now since Dallas will get in after beating the wild. Wings v Phoenix isn't really a good matchup. Nashville wouldve been alot better since they're closer in distance. Wings do have homeice though which doesnt mean a whole lot since that can't win @ home. I think wings will go down in this series in 6 or 7. I thought wings would make to round 2 but after this past week theyll be out in r1. Even if they do make it out of round 1 they'll be beaten down.

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 4/10/2011 at 4:53 PM

 

I'd say it all depends on which Wings team shows up. The one from today or the one from Friday?

Did that switch get flipped for real or just for a game?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/10/2011 at 7:20 PM

 
Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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