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from John Niyo of the Detroit News,
The Wings don't have many pending free agents on the roster, but they do have a few, and none more notable - or mystifying - than Valtteri Filppula, the 29-year-old Finnish center who has become a lightning rod for criticism this spring.
In this new-and-improved, salary cap-strapped NHL, where nearly every team insists its focus is a draft-and-develop strategy -- and where fewer and fewer top-tier players are making it to free agency -- Filppula's bound to be a player with opportunities to cash in elsewhere.
The problem for the Wings is deciding what value he still has here in Detroit, where the former third-round pick has been a regular in the lineup ever since Steve Yzerman retired in 2006 and a regular in coach Mike Babcock's doghouse for a good, long time, as well.
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Perhaps their discussing which ride at Disneyland they’ll go on first since Henrik Zetterberg sent this series to a Game 7 back in Anaheim… I doubt it. In fact I don’t think Betuzzi and Getlaf will be trading phone numbers anytime soon after this spirited chat midway through the third period in Game 6.
Valtteri Filppula had a somewhat quiet playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks. But when the Detroit Red Wings needed him the most, Filppula delivered.
The Wings’ forward assisted on Henrik Zetterberg’s early goal in Game 7, then tallied what would be the game-winning goal in the second period, backhanding one past Jonas Hiller. Filppula took a pretty pass from Danny Cleary...
This isn't the same Detroit Red Wings team that won four Stanley Cups from 1997-2008.
It isn't even the same team that started this lockout-shortened season.
When Nick Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom retired and Henrik Zetterberg assumed the captaincy, it was clear that the Wings would go through a transition period.
Unlike some other teams that went through very lean periods...
The rebuilding Detroit Red Wings have advanced in the playoffs.
Detroit's reward is a daunting matchup with the NHL's top-seeded team: The seventh-seeded Red Wings will face the Blackhawks, starting with Game 1 Wednesday night in Chicago.
The Original Six matchup will be the last one in the Western Conference playoffs because Detroit is headed to the Eastern Conference...
Pavel Datsyuk has a habit of making the hardest hockey plays look absolutely simple. He did it again late in the first period of Friday night’s Game 6 between the Detroit Red Wings and the Anaheim Ducks.
Datsyuk chipped the puck to Henrik Zetterberg along the boards, then took a pass back from Zetterberg. The Wings’ alternate captain pulled the puck to his backhand, around Ryan...
Henrik Zetterberg saved his best game of the series for an elimination game, showing his strength as a new captain. (Beauty Playin’ Eh, Flickr)
With his team’s back firmly implanted against the wall in game six, Detroit Red Wings’ captain Henrik Zetterberg hadn’t yet found the scoresheet himself.
On Friday night, that changed in a big way, evoking definite memories of Steve...
Earlier in their quarterfinal playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock scoffed at the importance of matching up lines.
When your guys play good, whether youre at home or on the road, a lot of things happen, Babcock told reporters before Game 3. The better your team does, the more in control you are.
When he (the opponent) starts chasing the game, you...
With their 3-2 win in Sunday night’s Game Seven in Anaheim, the Detroit Red Wings will advance to meet the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round of the playoffs. With Detroit moving to the Eastern Conference next season, this … Continue reading →The post Round Two: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings appeared first on Committed Indians.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula each had a goal and an assist, and the Detroit Red Wings finished off the Anaheim Ducks with a 3-2 victory in Game 7 on Sunday night.
Justin Abdelkader scored a short-handed goal and Jimmy Howard made 31 saves as the seventh-seeded Red Wings won three of the first-round series' final four games to oust the Ducks...
The Detroit Red Wings blew a two goal lead late in game six but they were able to come back and score early into overtime to force a game seven against the Anaheim Ducks tonight.
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Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. Anaheim Ducks
Venue: Honda Center; Anaheim, CA
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Television: Detroit- FSD; National...
DETROIT (AP) -- Henrik Zetterberg scored his second goal 1:04 into overtime, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 on Friday night to extend their first-round series.
Detroit blew a two-goal lead in the last 3 minutes of the third period, sending the team to a fourth OT in a series for the first time in franchise history.
Emerson Etem and Bobby...
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It was an exciting 3rd period in Detroit, as the Anaheim Ducks were trying to eliminate the Red Wings in Game 6 of the opening round of the playoffs. The Red Wings were leading 3-1 and five minutes away from forcing a Game 7, but the Ducks scored two goals within 90 seconds of each other to force overtime.
In the GIF above, I slowed down the Ducks celebration of their game tying...
The playoff matchup that neutral hockey fans were hoping for is going to happen. Thanks to a Game 7 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, the Detroit Red Wings will take on the Chicago Blackhawks in a playoff series that some fans have dreamed about ever since the NHL announced new alignment for 2013-14.
With the Red Wings set to flip over to the East next season, this will be the last...