"Yes, my puck; levitate!"
As mentioned on Wednesday, I plan to take a different look at the statistics of each Red Wings game this season. I call this system the Common Sense Scoring Index [CSSI]. You can read the refresher on what differences there will be between official NHL stats and the adjusted stats I'm keeping here. The Red Wings 4-0 domination of the Ducks was absolutely clinical. Just about every Red Wings player had a good night. This undertaking will be incredibly easy with 81 more games like this.
Go here for an updated chart on this season's CSSI Numbers:
1st Period 5:11 - Detroit Goal: Johan Franzen (snap shot) from Valtteri Filppula and Todd Bertuzzi -
Franzen snaps it short-side past Hiller on a beautiful give-and-go from Filppula. Bertuzzi had a touch low in the zone to clear it into open space in the corner where Franzen got to it to set up the play. Both official assists are earned. I'm giving an additional assist to Ruslan Salei, who held the puck in twice on this play, the second time with a very good pinch.
1st Period 5:45 - Detroit Goal: Mike Modano (snap shot) from Daniel Cleary and Brad Stuart -
After a dump-in, Hudler draws a couple Ducks to the half-boards to fight for it. The puck is weakly cleared to Stuart inside the blue line who throws it cross-side low to Cleary covered in the slot, who gets it quickly to Modano for a wrister that catches Hiller moving against the grain and beats him low to the glove side. Hudler does good work here, but it was more a Ducks' screwup that led the puck to Stuart's stick. No adjustment to the scoring on this play.
2nd Period 5:29 - Detroit Goal: Pavel Datsyuk (tip-in) from Henrik Zetterberg and Brian Rafalski -
Rafalski with a nice long outlet pass to Datsyuk who fights for it in the Ducks' zone and almost creates a goal for Zetterberg before getting it back and playing it to Rafalski, who dishes to Zetterberg covering the point. Zetterberg throws a wrister-pass to Datsyuk standing low at the side who tips it past Hiller. All three players involve make excellent plays here and earn their points. No scoring adjustment
2nd Period 16:55 - Detroit Goal: Daniel Cleary (tip-in) from Pavel Datsyuk -
A Ducks mistake clearing their zone leads to a neutral zone steal from Datsyuk, who takes it to the top of the right faceoff circle and connects with Dan Cleary streaking to the net; Cleary brings the puck into the net with him past Hiller before the moorings are knocked loose. I almost gave Eaves a plus here for doing good forechecking work (Eaves came off for Cleary right before the goal), but watching again clearly shows it was a bad mistake by the Ducks rather than a forced error. No scoring adjustment here either.
+1.5 to Dan Cleary: On top of the +2 rating he earned in this game, Cleary had it working in all three zones and was the Wings' best player in the third period. He was banging on the boards, winning battles, and he drew three Ducks penalties on the night.
+1 to Pavel Datsyuk: Dr. Dangle had his first career Gordie Howe hat trick. He's not getting the bonus plus solely for that, but if a guy's that involved all over the ice, he deserves recognition.
-0.5 to Valtteri Filppula: No Red Wings player had a bad game, but two of the Ducks' best chances came off Flip's stick in the first. The first one was a bad job of stickhandling in the defensive zone at the 12:40 mark that let to a good opportunity from the high slot; the second came 3:40 later when Filppula, while covering for Niklas Kronwall, who led the rush and was still deep, passed the puck weakly back to the point from where he had just pinched. The resulting turnover led to an odd-man rush that had to be played well by Salei and a backchecking Franzen.
Jimmy Howard wasn't tested much, but I counted three big saves to zero bad goals given up (pretty easy to do in a shutout). His positioning and rebound control were solid, save for a bit of a bobble in the third period when the game was out of hand. His rating for this game was a +3.