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Postgame: Red Wings @ Stars - 1/3

Every win counts, but (as I suggested on Twitter immediately after the final buzzer) this was the sloppiest win of the season for the Red Wings, hands down.

Emblematic of the defensive side of Detroit's game: Dallas' fourth goal. Two Red Wings miscommunicate and collide inside the blue line, leaving Michael Ryder free to cut across the ice and overload the left side, then use Nicklas Lidstrom as a screen to get a shot past Jimmy Howard.

Howard got beat on shots through a screen three times, which I'm not sure what to think about. I feel like he should have been able to get at least one of them, as it's not like the screens were particularly close to the net.

On the offensive side of the game, it's crazy to think that the Wings scored five goals and that was with Kari Lehtonen playing out of his mind. It could have been 5-0 Detroit in the first period if not for some big stops, particularly on Johan Franzen and Jiri Hudler. Lehtonen made those stops but then allowed one where he didn't hold the post and had one go in off a skate, leading to a weird situation where the Wings' offense generated great chances that they didn't score on but the seemingly harmless plays did get a couple goals.

Weird game. Not indicative of the talent level of either team, so I hope the Wings take the points and immediately forget about it.

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The Red Wings kick off a four-game road trip tonight as they visit the Dallas Stars.

Darren Helm and Tomas Holmstrom - who had been targeting this game for their return from groin injuries - will not play. This means the rookie line of Cory Emmerton, Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist remains intact. Jimmy Howard gets the start. Jakub Kindl is the healthy scratch on defense.

Game time is 8:00 PM. TV is FSD locally and NBCSN (formerly Versus) nationally.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 7:08 PM

 

Wings moving the puck all over the place before it got to Fil. Great job by him, too, to settle it down and get it into the net.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 8:26 PM

 

Lehtonen is absolutely on tonight.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 8:43 PM

 

I wouldn't be surprised to see this come back but I don't think there's kicking motion.

Edit: I'll take it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 8:44 PM

 

Wings got all spun around there, could see that coming.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 8:46 PM

 

Mickey's right, what the hell was Hudler doing that open there? That line is on fire.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 8:48 PM

 

I didn't even get back in front of my TV before that one. Not the start to the second the Wings wanted.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 9:11 PM

 

Gotta hold the post. Ugly, Lehtonen, after all those great stops.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 9:14 PM

 

Yeah, that shot was through a screen, but Howard wasn't square to it. A little awkward.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 9:22 PM

 

Jesus. Lehtonen gave him that top corner and Franzen put it right there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 9:30 PM

 

What a back and forth game...

Edit: Lucky you as I am stuck with the NBC broadcast

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 9:46 PM

 

On another note, Russia is up 2-0 against Canada!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 9:59 PM

 

Nyquist is all over the place!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 10:03 PM

 

Never heard of a linesman going out with "concussion like" symptoms...

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 10:08 PM

 

Look how much red and white is in the crowd!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 10:09 PM

 

Howie with two good saves there!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 10:13 PM

 

Howard not looking good tonight but what was that mix up inside the blue line?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/3/2012 at 10:23 PM

 

Who knows... Four minutes left, come on!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 10:27 PM

 

First class grade A clusterf*ck is what it was.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 10:30 PM

 

I'm feeling a six to four game here...

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 10:32 PM

 

I'll take five to four though!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/3/2012 at 10:34 PM

 
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