DETROIT - JUNE 12: Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings looks on against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Seven of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The best thing we can do as fans is put game 1 behind us. It wasn't an indication of how this season will play out and it wasn't a result of a Lidstromless defense.
I would like to clear something up real quick and then I may never speak of it again. Nick Lidstrom was one of the greatest players to ever lace up the skates, and the Red Wings benefited greatly each time he played. I don't want to hear that the Wings will fail without him. There are 29 other teams that don't have Lidstrom, and many have been very successful. We cant put the blame on one mans departure.
On to game 2...
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Columbus is horrible, yet they beat Nashville in their first game while using Jack Johnson and James Wisniewski as two of their top four in the shootout. They also have Bobrovski in net which could be a huge advantage in digging themselves out of the NHL basement.
Enough about the BJ's. The Wings are oozing talent, they may not have shown it in game 1 but it there. They also have a growing list of injuries that now include Mursak and Gustavsson to go along with Helm, Bertuzzi and Kindl. There is also a huge possibility that Ericsson could be out as well.
DETROIT VS COLUMBUS
All-Time Record vs CBJ: 49-13-1-6 (69 GP)
All-Time Road Record at CBJ: 22-8-1-4 (35 GP)
Last Head-to-Head Game: CBJ-4, DET-2 on 3/28/12 at CBJ ( goals by H. Zetterberg and N. Kronwall; P. Datsyuk two assists; Conklin
2011-12 Record vs CBJ: 4-2-0 (1-2-0 on road)
2011-12 Leaders vs STL: Filppula (2-7-9 in 6 GP); Kronwall (3-5-8 in 6 GP); Zetterberg (2-6-8 in 6 GP); Howard (2-0-0, 1.94 GAA,
DET is 6-3-1 in its last 10 games played vs CBJ
DET is 2-2-1 in its last 5 games played at CBJ
P. Datsyuk has 62 points (20-42-62) in 51 career GP vs CBJ
H. Zetterberg has 43 points (16-27-43) in 50 career GP vs CBJ
N. Kronwall has 23 points (9-14-23) in 38 career GP vs CBJ
J. Howard is 9-1-1 with a 1.69 GAA and .938 SV% in 13 career GP vs CBJ
D. Cleary has scored 16 goals vs CBJ, his highest total vs any NHL team
C. Colaiacovo has recorded 12 points (2-10-12) vs CBJ, his highest total vs any NHL team
J. Tootoo has recorded 100 career PIM vs CBJ, his highest totals vs any NHL team
DETROIT RED WINGS TEAM AND PLAYER NOTES
The last time DET was shutout in a season opener prior to Sat. night was Oct. 11, 1958, in a 2-0 loss at MTL (Jacques Plante-SO)
The last time DET allowed 6 goals in a season opener was Oct. 5, 1993, in a 6-4 loss at DAL
DET is 75-4-4 the last 83 times its scored 4+ goals in a game
DET finished with the most home wins (31) in the NHL in 2011-12 but ranked T-16th with 17 road wins
DET tied for 4th in the NHL in 2011-12 winning 51.6% of its face-offs taken
DET ranked third in 2011-12 allowing 27.0 shots on goal per game
DET tied for 4th last season averaging 32.2 shots on goal per game
DET ranked 7th last season averaging 2.92 goals for per game
DET ranked 7th last season allowing 2.44 goals against per game
P. Datsyuk is 3 goals behind Tomas Holmstrom (243) for 11th-most in team history
P. Datsyuk is 10 points behind Ted Lindsay (728) for 7th-most in team history
N. Kronwall is 1 goal behind Eddie Ware (50) for 8th-most in team history among D
N. Kronwall is 1 assist behind Brian Rafalski (169) for 8th-most in team history among D
H. Zetterberg is 9 points behind Brendan Shanahan (633) for 9th-most in team history
H. Zetterberg is 10 assists behind Reed Larson (382) for 9th-most in team history
H. Zetterberg is 12 goals behind Nicklas Lidstrom (264) for 9th-most in team history
J. Howard is 2 wins behind Manny Legace (112) for 8th-most in team history among G