The Red Wings went 2-0-1 since my last Numbers post. Am I good luck? Obviously. I think I might just keep these posts coming every Tuesday after all. But, things haven't always been pretty. Our defense is still getting beat up - and our goaltenders are letting in some weak ones. Which leads us to this:
Last Tuesday, Chris Osgood was pulled seven minutes into the Vancouver Canucks game, marking the second time this season there has been a goalie change in a Red Wings game. Last season, the second goalie change came on January 29th, when Ty Conklin relieved Chris Osgood during a 4-1 loss to Dallas. Mike Babcock is the new Mike Keenan. But with less mustache. That's MacLean's business...
Theeeeeerrreee's the Nick Lidstrom we know and love. King Lidas is leading the Wings with a +7 rating, three ahead of Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby.
Interestingly, the players with the lowest +/- against teams outside of the Central Division are Valtteri Filppula, Dan Cleary, and Todd Bertuzzi. Okay, maybe that last one isn't all that surprising.
Valtteri Filppula has taken the most faceoffs at home (74), while Henrik Zetterberg has taken the most on the road (108). Expect Zetterberg to overtake the injured Flip in tonight's home game against the Bruins.
Tomas Holmstrom has more goals on the road (5) than any other Red Wings player has goals, period (3 - KIRK MALTBY AND JONATHAN ERICSSON. Lolwut?).
Brad May is tied for 14th in the NHL in Majors (3), two behind the co-leaders Zenon Konopka, Matt Carkner, Colton Orr, Ian Laperriere, Brandon Prust. That's just a big ol' list of game changers, ain't it?
Speaking of those two, Tomas Holmstrom and Brad May are the only two forwards who haven't taken a faceoff (I smell next week's poll!), which - by the way - is only one less than Brad Stuart has taken. Somehow.
Derek Meech has played a total of 40 minutes and 11 seconds this season, which is less than Nicklas Lidstrom averages in five periods.
The LAST RED WING TO BE PENALIZED is down to two candidates: Darren Helm and Patrick Eaves. Take your pick in the updated poll...
The LAST RED WING TO SCORE A GOAL is also down to two candidates: Derek Meech and Bray May. I got Meech...
MIKAEL SAMUELSSON AWARD UPDATE:
1. Todd Bertuzzi (14)
T2. Jason Williams (13)
T2. Henrik Zetterberg (13)
4. Ville Leino (11)
5. Tomas Holmstrom (9)
*Given at the year's end to the Red Wing forward with the most shots to miss the net.*
DEREK MEECH AWARD UPDATE:
1. Derek Meech (8)
2. Patrick Eaves (6)
3. Brad May (4)
4. Brett Lebda (3)
T5. Kirk Maltby (2)
T5. Justin Abdelkader (2)
*Given at the year's end to the Red Wing with the most games spent as a healthy scratch.*
GREG STEFAN AWARD UPDATE:
1. Jimmy Howard (3.42 GAA, .879 sv%).
2. Chris Osgood (3.10 GAA, .889 sv%).
3. Ty Conklin (2.34 GAA, .921 sv%). Oh wait, sorry.
*Given to the Red Wings goaltender that makes you question how he's in the NHL and you aren't.*
CHRIS CHELIOS AWARD SUPDATE:
1. Derek Meech (0G, 4GP)
T2. Brad Stuart (1G, 12GP)
T2. Brian Rafalski (1G, 12GP)
T2. Nicklas Lidstrom (1G, 12GP)
5. Brett Lebda (1G, 9GP)
6. Niklas Kronwall (2G, 12GP)
7. Jonathan Ericsson (3G, 11GP)
*Given at the year's end to the Red Wings defensemen with fewest goals scored in the most games played*