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Posted in Red Wings with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2010 by Steve Klein

Wings Olympians: Daniel Alfredsson can play for the Wings anytime.

Wings Olympians: Daniel Alfredsson can play for the Wings anytime.

You gotta hand it to the Red Wings at the Olympic break. Show them a good team and the Wings are at their best: the San Jose shootout loss on Thursday (when the Wings outshot the Sharks, 52-26), and the 4-1 victory over Ottawa Saturday — only the Sens’ second loss in their last 15 games.

Go figure.

Game #61 (21 to go, 42 points): 68 points, and you can throw a blanket over 7th-place Nashville (pending their Sunday afternoon game in Pittsburgh) and Calgary at 69 points and 13th-place Minnesota at 62 points. The Wings and Stars are tied for 9th entering the break. That’s why every game is a big game.
UPDATE: The Usless (to the Wings) Penguins lost a shootout, 2-0, to Nashville at home Sunday, so the Preds now have 71 points. Thanks, Sidney.

Score: Wings 4, Senators 1.

What I liked about the game: Niklas Kronwall played nearly 21 minutes. Jonathan Ericsson played less than 11. And this Ken DanielISM: Datsyukian move.

What I didn’t like about the game: First time in a long time I can say I liked everything about the game. The Wings can still look like the Wings. I still think Ken Holland has to blow up this team before next season, but I hope he can do it without having to miss the playoffs this season or next.

Prediction come true: I didn’t exactly say Kirk Maltby would score a hat trick, but gamer that he is, Maltby did score the first goal of the game and his fourth of the season. Now go get that shoulder fixed, Kirk, so Andreas Lilja can play. The Wings are treating you with the respect you deserve.

Olympian quandary: Will Johan Franzen, who scored into the open net, replace the yet-again injured Tomas Holmstrom for Team Sweden? I’m watching my Twitter feeds.

Quote: “I don’t know, but it seems like they’re tough to come back against. They’re strong defensively.” — Ottawa D-man Brian Lee.
First time in a long time I can agree.

Quote II: “I’m thrilled to be here.” — Mike Babcock in Vancouver. With that roster, who wouldn’t be?

What is: Stop waiting for Ozzie. Jimmy Howard is the Wings’ No. 1 goalie. He gives the Wings a chance to win every night. Who wouldathunk we’d be saying that in February?

Mood meter: Placid at the break.

Back to the Malts shop?

Posted in Red Wings with tags , , , , , on February 13, 2010 by Steve Klein

Hey, go easy on that shoulder!

Kirk Maltby has played for the Detroit Red Wings since 1995. Along with Kris Draper and the retired Darren McCarty, they made up the Wings’ famed Grind Line for many years.

But now it sounds like Maltby is grinding down himself.

“Maltby has been playing with a chronic shoulder, really since last June, and it’s been progressively getting worse and worse and worse and worse and worse,” General Manager Ken Holland said.

That’s a lot of “worse.”

It’s pretty obvious that Holland would like to clear about $750,000 of cap space (Maltby’s salary) to clear the $750,000 the Wings need to activate defenseman Andreas Lilja.

All this won’t happen Saturday night against Ottawa, Detroit’s final game for the month. Lilja won’t play. But Maltby will, thanks to injuries to Valtteri  Filppula and Patrick Eaves. Will Malty ultimately bite the bullet for the Wings and go on injured reserve during the Olympic break? Looks like tonight’s game will tell. Maybe Malts will score a hat trick, eh?