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The Detroit Red Wings' playoff hopes begin and end with goaltender Jimmy Howard.
It would be nice if one of Detroits skilled forwards suddenly regained his goal-scoring touch, which would take some of the burden off of Howard.
But realistically, which forward seems ready to step up and be a goal-scoring machine?
Except for Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, there isnt another forward on the team who's shown the ability this season to deliver in crucial moments.
Even Datsyuk (13 goals) and Zetterberg (9 goals) have been so sporadic that its difficult to foresee either one becoming an offensive juggernaut during the season's final week.
Detroits lack of any secondary scoring coupled with inconsistent production from skilled players such as Johan Franzen, Damien Brunner and Val Filppula make it hard to believe in a sudden Midas touch.
Even if injured forwards Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson return to the lineup down the stretch, the chances of them being goal-scoring contributors is wishful thinking.
This is Howards week.
Detroits goalie has been solid most of this season, but his lapses in concentration and inability to steal a shootout have made it imperative that he plays the best hockey of his life beginning Monday night against Phoenix.
Howard needs to play at a level that we haven't witnessed. He cannot be simply good or very good; he must be great.
Its not a secret that Howard plays the one position that can influence the outcome of a game more than any other on the ice. He must emerge as an elite-level goalie this week, whether it's back-to-back shutouts, a goals-against average of under 1.00 or a game-winning save in OT or a shootout.
Howard is intensely competitive, and if you measured success with how a player feels, hed be a superstar. But success is not judged on how you feel; its judged on what you do.
And Jimmy Howard needs to do more.
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Johan Franzen scored twice and Jimmy Howard had 34 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 Monday night to get two desperately needed points in their push to make the playoffs.
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You know the math and the, "Wings need to win out" blather, but I'm not sure if you or I are particularly familiar with the Red Wings team that won a first-game-home-from-the-West-Coast game for the first time in five tries, defeating Phoenix 4-0 and really manhandling the Coyotes while extinguishing their playoff hopes in every category save shots.
The Wings came...
By LARRY LAGE
AP Hockey Writer
DETROIT -- Johan Franzen scored twice and Jimmy Howard had 34 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 Monday night to get two desperately needed points in their push to make the playoffs.
The Red Wings moved within a point of eighth-place Columbus in the Western Conference. They're hoping to finish the last three games...
Had things gone slightly better last week, tonights game in Detroit could have had huge playoff implications for the Coyotes. But even though the odds of a postseason berth have been severely diminished, there is still a ray of playoff hope left for the Coyotes, and if they wants to keep that faint hope alive, they must find a way to win against the Red Wings.
Detroit enters the...
Due to a nasty bug I've been out of the loop for a couple of days, and during that time, the Grand Rapids Griffins learned who they'll be playing in the first round of the AHL playoffs. The Griffins' PR department reports that Grand Rapids will battle the Houston Aeros in a best-of-five series which will commence on Friday, April 26th:
The Grand Rapids Griffins,...
The Grand Rapids Griffins are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2009 after clinching their first division title since 2006. The Griffins, the Detroit Red Wings’ AHL affiliate, hold the No. 3 seed in the postseason and will take on the sixth-seeded Houston Aeroes in a best-of-five.
Here’s the schedule for that matchup:
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 26 – Grand Rapids at...
Thursday April 25th will mark the end of a an era for the Nashville Predators. Next season's realignment will move the Detroit Red Wings to an inferior "Conference II" in the Eastern time zones where they will rekindle some of their own old rivalries. Us Pred fans though will lose the biggest rival this franchise has ever seen. I would like to take some time to say...
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Following a disappointing "mini" road-trip through Western Canada where the Detroit Red Wings were only able to garner one out of a possible four points, they return to the Joe Louis Arena to take "control of their own destiny" in commencing their final week of the regular season hosting the Phoenix Coyotes (7:30 PM ET...
The Wild host the LA Kings tomorrow while Dallas plays in San Jose.
On Wednesday the LA Kings visit the Red Wings.
Thursday Nashville is in Detroit and Columbus is in Dallas.
On Friday, Edmonton is in Minnesota.
On Saturday, the last day of the regular season, Nashville is in Columbus, Detroit in Dallas and Minnesota in Colorado.
In the East... Continue reading...
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