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Happy December! Two Months Gone, Awards Updated

Well, it's December. Two months of hockey gone. Despite the three game losing streak (not to mention back-to-back shutouts), the Red Wings played better hockey - by all accounts. The following is a basic statistical breakdown of October vs. November. 

MO :: W-L-O :: GF :: GA :: diff :: win% :: leading goal scorer 
Oct :: 5-4-3 :: 38 :: 42 ::  -4 ::  54.2 :: Tomas Holmstrom (7)
Nov :: 8-5-1 :: 38 :: 31 :: +7 :: 60.7 :: Henrik Zetterberg (8)
TOT :: 13-9-4 :: 76 :: 73 :: +3 :: 57.7 :: Holmstrom/Zetterberg (10)

December's schedule won't be any more relaxed than November's. There are 14 games coming up this month -- the same amount last month had, and two more than October had. 

Jimmy Howard has been in net for the last six Red Wings victories. Chris Osgood, who has six wins on the year (one less than Howard's total), hasn't been in the net for a Wings win in almost four weeks. Here's how the goalies fared in November:

Goaltender :: Record :: GA :: GAA
Howard, J. :: 6-2-0 :: 17 :: 2.09
Osgood, C :: 2-3-1 :: 14 :: 2.31

Here are the top goal scorers from November:
1. Henrik Zetterberg (8)
T2. Dan Cleary (4)
T2. Pavel Datsyuk (4)
T4. Tomas Holmstrom (3)
T5. Niklas Kronwall (3)

Speaking of Henrik Zetterberg, he's currently the only Red Wing averaging a point per game (1.04 PPG). 

Eleven players have a positive +/- after the first 26 games (Patrick Eaves leads the way with +6). Ten are in the negative (Valtteri Filppula and Dan Cleary are -6) . Three are even (Doug Janik, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen).

Zetterberg leads the team in Even Strength Assists (8, tied with Pavel), Power Play Assists (9), Assists at Home (8), and Assists on the Road (9). He also leads the team in goals (10, tied with Homer). How 'bout that balanced scoring?!

CHRIS CHELIOS AWARD UPDATE
*Given at the year's end to the Red Wings defensemen with the fewest goals scored in the most games played. The player must have played in at least 3/4 of the team's games. The award is named for Chris Chelios, who scored 23 goals in his final EXACTLY 600 games as a Red Wing (regular season and playoffs).*

1. Nicklas Lidstrom (1 goal in 26 games)
2. Brett Lebda (1 goal in 23 games)
3. Brad Stuart (2 goals in 26 games)
4. Brian Rafalski (2 goals in 25 games)
5. Jonathan Ericsson (3 goals in 24 games)

 

DANNY CLEARY SACRAFICE YOUR FACE AWARD UPDATE
*Given at the year's end to the Red Wings forward with the most blocked shots. Award is named for Dan Cleary, who is used to becoming synonymous with "black eye" and/or "broken jaw."*
1. Darren Helm (17)
2. Dan Cleary (14)
3. Henrik Zetterberg (13)
4. Pavel Datsyuk (10)
T5. Justin Abdelkader (7)
T5. Patrick Eaves (7)
T5. Ville Leino (7)

DEREK MEECH AWARD UPDATE
*Given at the year's end to the Red Wing with the most games spent in the press box. Award is named for Derek Meech, who was a healthy scratch 35 times last season.*
1. Derek Meech (15)
T2. Patrick Eaves (7)
T2. Brad May (7)
4. Kirk Maltby (5)
5. Brett Lebda (3)

GREG STEFAN AWARD UPDATE
*Given at the year's end to the Red Wings goaltender that makes you question how they're in the NHL and you aren't. Award is named for Greg Stefan, who played nine seasons for the Red Wings, but only three that had a goals against average under 4.*
1. Chris Osgood (6-5-3, 2.75, .897)
2. Jimmy Howard (7-4-1, 2.56, .907)

MIKAEL SAMUELSSON AWARD UPDATE
*Given at the year's end to the Red Wings forward with the most shots to miss the net. Award is named for Mikael Samuelsson, who literally must have been aiming for the 11th row.*
1. Henrik Zetterberg (47)
2. Todd Bertuzzi (28)
T3. Tomas Holmstrom (26)
T3. Ville Leino (26)
T5. Pavel Datsyuk (19)
T5. Darren Helm (19)

PAST AWARD WINNERS
Patrick Eaves Goodfellas Award: Patrick Eaves (last player to be penalized)
Aaron Downey Award: Derek Meech (last player to score a goal)