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This year’s iteration of the Detroit Red Wings—at least thus far—can be described as decidedly average, but can improve on that mediocrity tonight at home against a struggling Dallas Stars team.
Once Western Conference Playoff enemies, the Stars and Wings are almost mirror-images of themselves this season. While Dallas has played one more game, both squads sport two wins to go with one overtime loss and Dallas has one more regulation loss. Both teams added aging veterans to their top-six in the offseason, Dallas added Jaromir Jagr and the Wings added Mikael Samuelsson. Perhaps nothing describes each team more though than who they have missed this year.
Detroit, at one point or another, has been without Ian White, Carlo Colaiacovo, Todd Bertuzzi, Darren Helm, Jonathan Ericsson and Jakub Kindl. On the opposite side of the ice, the Stars have missed Jagr, Jamie Benn, Derek Roy, Cristopher Nilstrop and Kari Lehtonen. If you can find two teams who have dealt with more injuries than these two, please let me know who they are.
Tonight though, it will all be about the special teams.
Keys to the Game: Detroit is one of the worst teams in the NHL on both the power-play and the penalty kill, while the Stars are clipping along a a decent rate. If the Wings are going to pull out a win tonight, they have got to be better than the 7.7-percent power-play percentage they currently sport. On top of that, they can’t surrender a goal they other way 32-percent of the time they are on the kill. Dallas is middle-of-the-road on the powerplay, converting 20-percent of their chances and continue that same trend on the PK.
Special teams, if the Wings can capitalize on their opportunities, are going to be the difference.
Hot Hand of the Night: Well, if you follow me on Twitter, you know I was right against the Minnesota Wild when I picked Todd Bertuzzi as the hot hand. For tonight though, against a Dallas team that surrenders an average of 35 shots per-game, it is hard not to pick breakout player Damien Brunner. With his slick wrist shot and a shoot-first mentality, look for him to have a big night.
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On the heels of a frustrating 2-1 overtime loss to Chicago, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose announced that the Red Wings' players would in fact brave the half-to-three quarters of an inch's worth of ice coating the roads in Metro Detroit this morning to head down to Joe Louis Arena...
#RedWings are scheduled to skate at 12 EST today at JLA. Stay tuned for all...
Tuesday night Jordin Tootoo, one of the Wings’ newest players from the offseason engaged in two separate fights within the span of 20 minutes as Detroit went on to beat the Stars 4-1.
The first Tootoo fight came just three seconds into the opening period when he dropped the gloves with Eric Nystrom sending the JLA crowd into a frenzy.
WATCH TOOTOO’S TWO FIGHTS FROM TUESDAY
Red Wings forward Jordin Tootoo dropped the gloves twice Tuesday night in a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars from the Joe.
Tootoo’s first fight on the night came just three seconds into the game as he sparred with Eric Nystrom right off the opening face off.
Tootoo’s second fight came later in the period as he and Brenden Dillon went at it after bumping into each other at about...
Dallas Stars (2-3-1, 5 pts) @ Detroit Red Wings (2-2-1, 5 pts)
6:30 PM CT
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
The Red Wings
Like Dallas, the Wings have been off to a shaky start. They’ve alternated between wins and losses so far this season (on track for a win tonight if the trend continues) though their play has looked better the past few games.
The Wings lost...
FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas Stars have recalled defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and forward Antoine Roussel from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.
Dallas also Wednesday assigned Reilly Smith to Texas.
The 6-foot-7 Oleksiak, a first-round pick in 2011, has 23 points (three goals, 20 assists) in 43 games for the Texas Stars and was an AHL All-Star this season. Roussel...
Pavel Datsyuk stickhandled around a defender and sent a perfect pass across the front of the goal.
All Valtteri Filppula had to do was shoot into an open net, and he had no problem scoring his second goal of the game.
''Whenever he has the puck, you can always expect it's going to come your way,'' Filppula said. ''I've obviously played with him for...
Five games in...Wings lucky to be at .500
Following Sunday nightâs disappointing 2-1 overtime loss to the undefeated Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center, the Detroit Red Wings sit at .500 with slightly more than 10% of the regular season already in the books.
Realistically, Red Wing fans should be actually pretty content with the start, given the overall mediocre play...
DETROIT (AP) -- Valtteri Filppula scored two goals -- both off nifty passes from Pavel Datsyuk -- and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Henrik Zetterberg scored on a two-man advantage in the final minute of the second period to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead, and Damien Brunner and Filppula scored 23 seconds apart in the third.
The Red Wings rallied...
Because weather issues forced the Dallas Stars to fly into Detroit today, they didn't hold a morning skate. As such, the Dallas News's Mike Heika and DallasStars.com's Mark Stepneski offered their game-day updates within the last hour, and the Wings' website has just wrapped up their game-day coverage. Those stories and videos are located in the post dedicated to...
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Morrow is playing on the fourth line and has logged less than 10 minutes a game in each of the last two outings. He hasn’t seen that kind of role since he wore No. 45 while breaking in as a rookie back in 1999-2000. It’s not an easy decision for the Stars to make, and it’s not an easy reality for Morrow, who has played 812 games...
The Detroit Red Wings will face off against the Dallas Stars tonight (7:30 PM EST, FSD Plus, Fox Sports Southwest Plus, AM 1270) hoping to rebound from a disappointing loss against Chicago while playing a team in somewhat similar circumstances.
The Stars have also undergone some roster revisions (see: Ray Whitney, Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy), they've welcomed Jamie Benn back...
IF AT FIRST...
Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson had Stars goalie Keri Lehtonen beaten for a split second. Johnson’s wrister hit Lehtonen in the trapper, tipped up over the goalie’s shoulder was headed for the net when Lehtonen used his go-go gadget reflexes to reach behind himself for a backhanded snatch. It was part pitcher-fielding-a-comebacker part magician, but it’s definitely the...
A reach behind, mid-air grab.
PREVIEW 7:45 AM CST
Goals have been hard to come by for the Dallas Stars (2-3-1) in the team's last few games. The team has been in position to win each of the last three games, but has been unable to protect one-goal leads and unable to scratch out equalizing goals once they do fall behind. Glen Gulutzan's team will try again tonight when they head to Motown to take...
Let's put all of the serious talk about the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax aside for a few minutes and enjoy some humor.
Even the Dallas Stars got in on the fun by welcoming Te'o's girlfriend to their home opener.