Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Post Game: Game #54 Red Wings 4 Oilers 2

Scoring Summary
1st Period
DET Johan Franzen 21 (PP) (Ian White, Pavel Datsyuk) 13:18

2nd Period
DET Cory Emmerton 6 (Justin Abdelkader, Danny Cleary) 2:45

EDM Sam Gagner 12 (Ryan Jones, Jeff Petry) 11:08

3rd Period
EDM Sam Gagner 13 (PP) (Magnus Paajarvi) 8:23

DET Drew Miller 11 (Justin Abdelkader) 10:46

DET Henrik Zetterberg 10 (Brad Stuart, Niklas Kronwall) 14:44

Penalty Summary
1st Period
6:03 Edmonton fighting - 5 min R. Jones drawn by J. Abdelkader
6:03 Detroit fighting - 5 min J. Abdelkader drawn by R. Jones
6:03 Detroit cross checking - 2 min J. Abdelkader drawn by R. Jones served by T. Bertuzzi
12:10 Edmonton holding the stick - 2 min E. Belanger drawn by T. Holmstrom
15:27 Detroit holding - 2 min C. Emmerton drawn by J. Petry
16:13 Detroit boarding - 2 min B. Stuart drawn by J. Eberle

2nd Period
5:11 Edmonton tripping - 2 min L. Smid drawn by P. Datsyuk
14:17 Edmonton boarding - 2 min E. Belanger drawn by J. Abdelkader
15:29 Detroit interference with goaltender - 2 min T. Holmstrom drawn by N. Khabibulin
18:34 Detroit too many men on ice - 2 min Bench served by T. Bertuzzi

3rd Period
3:13 Edmonton tripping - 2 min A. Hemsky drawn by P. Datsyuk
7:31 Detroit tripping - 2 min J. Abdelkader drawn by R. Whitney
15:42 Detroit tripping - 2 min I. White drawn by T. Hall

Shots On Goal - Oilers 17 Red Wings 30

Game Notes:
- The Red Wings do what they always do to the Oilers when they go to Detroit. Play keep away with the puck and make the lower end of the lineup look like a bunch of beer leaguers. The Oilers had under 20 shots once again in Detroit. Couldn't make a pass or a play, nothing was happening tonight. If anything was happening tonight, it was off the stick of Gagner oor Paajarvi. Heavy legs, heavy minds and a lack of will really hurt the team tonight. It's as if collectively, all the veterans of the team realized they have practically no chance at seeing the playoffs with the oildrop on. Detroit plays a very patient game, even when the Oilers tied the game, the game never felt out of control for the Wings. They kept plugging away and took back the lead with ease. I'd say this game was another learning experience but when the vets are bringing next to nothing, what can be learned from that? Trade deadline isn't that far away thankfully. I'm starting to wonder if Ryan Smyth will be trade deadline fodder. There is nothing left in his tank and the only way I'd resign him is if its a deal under 2.5 mil to be a third liner for the rest of his career. Something to be mulled over from both sides.

Player of the Game:
- Sam Gagner. Yup, him again. The only goals scored by the Oilers came off his blade. His play has been sublime over the last two, just oustanding. His sense of timing is right on the mark. Problem is...what do you do with Sam Gagner? The minute the Oilers drafted Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the minute Sam Gagner was living on borrowed time for the Oilers. I don't think the Oilers can have 2 centers in smaller stature that are subpar defenively going forward. Oilers need bigger wingers, so he can't play there either. He can't play bottom six, at least not effectively. What do you do with him? His play lately has been inspiring as of late, and I wish him the best in wherever he lands.

Goat of the Game:
- Cam Barker. Corey Potter and Cam Barker should never be a D pairing. Their defensive zone coverage is practically illiterate. Cam Barker finds himself for the 2nd game in a row. I really don't know what he's doing out there. Went to the Steve Staios school of defending by chasing the puck all over the place and then inevitably being out of position at the moment of impact. Tough game for Barker. I get the feeling the Oilers are trying to showcase him but if this is what they are showing other teams, they'll turn away from these shenanigans.

Next Game - Saturday February 11, 2012 vs. Senators @ Ottawa on CBC 12 PM MT.

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