Monthly Archives: December 2010

Tatar recalled; Eaves day-to-day with upper body injury

DETROIT — Patrick Eaves will miss tonight’s game against the New York Islanders with an upper-body injury he suffered in Wednesday’s 7-3 win over the Dallas Stars.

“It happened late in the game,” Eaves said. “It flared up on me yesterday.”

Eaves recorded his first NHL hat trick in the game.

Wings coach Mike Babcock joked that the injury occurred because of how many times Eaves lifted his arms in celebration after scoring a goal against the Stars.

Eaves has 11 goals this season, six of which have come in the last seven games.

“It’s going really well, but I’ll be back as soon as I can and hopefully continue to play at a good level and help the team out,” Eaves said.

Babcock expects him back for Sunday’s home game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Wings recalled Tomas Tatar from Grand Rapids. He will make his NHL debut tonight.

Tatar leads the Griffins with 29 points. He has nine goals in 35 games.

Tatar was Detroit’s second pick (60th overall) in the 2009 NHL entry draft.

Henrik Zetterberg also didn’t take part in the morning skate to give his back some more rest. He will play tonight against the Islanders.

Jimmy Howard will start in goal.

Osgood is HOF worthy, the proof is in the numbers

DETROIT — Does Chris Osgood deserve to be in the NHL Hall of Fame?

Red Wings statistician Greg Innis has added to the debate with statistical analysis in Osgood’s favor.

This is what Innis has come up with:

1. There are 31 players currently enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame who played exclusively as a goaltender in the NHL or its fore-runners (PCHL or NHA). Only 6 of those 31 (Patrick Roy, Terry Sawchuk, Jacques Plante, Tony Esposito, Glenn Hall and Grant Fuhr) have won more games than Osgood (400).

2. Osgood currently has 50 regular season shutouts. Only 14 of those H.O.F. goalies have more.

3. Osgood has had just one regular-season in which he finished below .500. That was 2009-10, when he posted a 7-9-4 record. Of those goalies in the H.O.F., only three can make that claim (Ken Dryden 0, Bill Durnan 1 & Patrick Roy 1).

4. Osgood has been on three Stanley Cup-winning teams. Nineteen of the goalies in the H.O.F. have been on less.

5. In the playoffs, Osgood has won 74 games. Only four H.O.F. netminders have won more (Patrick Roy, Grant Fuhr, Billy Smith and Ken Dryden).

6. Osgood has recorded 15 postseason shutouts. Only Patrick Roy (23) has more among goalies in the Hall.

7. Of the 10 netminders who reached the 400-win plateau, only Martin Brodeur did it quicker (720 games, compared to Osgood’s 742).

8. Some who are opposed to Osgood becoming a member of the H.O.F. claim that he was “surrounded” by great players. True, but consider the fact that Ken Dryden is in the Hall, and in his final NHL season, 1978-79, nine of his Montreal teammates are in, as well. Or how about Johnny Bower? He, along with nine of his teammates from the 1967 Maple Leafs team are enshrined.

Datsyuk out 4 weeks with broken wrist

DETROIT — Wings coach Mike Babcock just confirmed that Pavel Datsyuk indeed broke wrist in the first period of Wednesday’s overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Babcock said Datsyuk will be out four weeks.

Datsyuk update

DETROIT — The Wings are reporting that Pavel Datsyuk has suffered an upper body injury and will not return to tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Datsyuk injured

DETROIT — Pavel Datsyuk has not come back from the locker room after the first period.

Datsyuk fell on his left hand late in the first period and skated off the ice looking as if he was in pain.

Hudler looking to breakout of slump

DETROIT – All Jiri Hudler wants for Christmas is to put the scoring drought behind him.

Entering Wednesday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, Hudler had just one goal and five assists in 27 games.

“I’ve got one goal,” Hudler said after the team’s option morning skate. “I’ve got to do something. There’s no other way around it. I need to find a way to find the net. At this point I feel I can do it. I’ve done it before.”

Hudler’s lone goal came on Nov. 13 against Colorado.

And it was an odd one.

After just leaving the penalty box, Hudler got his own rebound off a shot on Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj behind the net and then banked his next shot off Budaj’s skate.

“You can work hours and hours on your shot in practice, but it’s still not the same thing,” said Johan Franzen, who entered play tied for the team lead with 14 goals. “You come down on a goalie in a game and you have no confidence it doesn’t matter how much you practice it’s still not going to go in.

“You just need to go to the net, pick up a rebound and shoot it into the open net,” Franzen added. “Once you get one you get another one and you start to build your confidence up again.”

Because of lack of production, Hudler has found himself as a healthy scratch in two of the Wings’ last five games.

He was back last night against Vancouver, replacing Kris Draper.

“It doesn’t help,” Hudler said. “It doesn’t matter if you score 30 goals or you score zero, nobody wants to be out of the lineup. I’ve got to deal with it and be mentally strong.”

Hudler doesn’t feel his one year over in Russia has caused him to have to readjust to the Wings’ style of play.

“I don’t feel I’ve got a problem,” Hudler said. “But if you look at my stats you’re going to think what’s going on here.
“Honestly, I do think that sometimes, what is going on,” Hudler added. “I’m trying to take advantage of it.”

He left after having career highs in goals (23) and assists (34).

“You want to stop thinking about it, that’s how I am when I go a lot of games without a goal,” Franzen said. “I focus on other stuff, like working hard out there instead.

“We know he really wants to score,” Franzen added. “It’s going to turn around. It’s only a matter of time.”

“Everybody is saying, just don’t think about it and go out there and play,” Hudler said. “There’s a lot of ways to think about that. You just have to stay positive and stay with it.”

In 54 games last year with the Moscow Dynamo of the KHL, Hudler had 54 points.

The Wings took Hudler back after his one season in Russia and penciled the forward in for a 70-point season.

“This isn’t a slump, this is desperation,” Hudler said.

Power 5

1. (3) Philadelphia – on a five-game winning streak and leads the league with 49 points.

2. (1) Pittsburgh – had its 12-game win streak snapped.

3. (2) Detroit – struggling to find consistency offensively.

4. (UR) Nashville – has won five straight, moving the Predators to a tie for second place overall in the Western Conference.

5. (UR) Colorado – despite a rash of injuries up front, the Avlanche are tied for second place overall in the Western Conference.

Honorable Mention – Vancouver, New York Rangers, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta.

(Last week’s ranking)