The Wings hit the ice for the first time since losing to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday afternoon. Lines in practice were the same as they’ve been for the entire tournament so far, and it appears that Todd Nelson doesn’t plan to make any changes. So lines for tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues at 7:00 PM should look like this.
Tyler Bertuzzi - Kyle Criscuolo - Evgeny Svechnikov
Dylan Sadowy - Dominic Turgeon - Zach Nastasiuk
Givani Smith - MIke Borkowski - Mathew Santos
Luke Coleman - Jeff De Wit - Alex Globke
Joe Hicketts - Robbie Russo
Dan Renouf - Filip Hronek
Mathew Caito - Jordan Sambrook
Connor Hicks/Stephen Dhillon
Stephen Dhillon/Connor HIcks
Practice today focused on puck movement, passing, shooting, line rushes, transition, and power play work. Both of the power play units had one half of the rink to themselves for about 10-15 minutes getting individual instruction and direction from the coaches. Given how poor the power play was against Chicago, the extra attention to these groups was much needed. Something interesting I noticed during the power play practice, was that on the first PP unit of Svechnikov, Criscuolo, Bertuzzi, Hicketts, and Russo, it was Svechnikov not Bertuzzi who was the net front pest. I’d rather see Chevy as the shooter and Bertuzzi as the pest/puck tipper, but what do I know.
After two days of games, here are the current team standings (prior to any games on Monday).
As you can see, the Wings division is as tight as can be. The tournament uses the following point system. Three points for a regulation win, two for an overtime or shootout win, and one for an overtime or shootout loss. Today’s games are going to be extremely important for the Howe Division, since all teams are currently tied with 3 points. There are four tiebreakers in place, should there be a tie after tonight’s round of games.
- Most points earned in head to head play (if 3 teams are tied in points, then the points earned in games involving those 3 teams in head to head play shall count).
- Best goals for, versus goals against differential
- Most goals scored in all team games (shootout goals do not count)
- Coin toss.
Tonight (Monday) is the final round of games before the “placing” games on Tuesday. After Monday’s games, we’ll know which teams are playing for which places on Tuesday.
Check back later for a game recap and update on standings after Monday’s games are completed.
I’ll leave you with this fun throught until then.
Joe Hicketts giving a little faceoff advice. ;) What you don't want to do, is stand here. Lol pic.twitter.com/vsZk7sDkdB— Michelle (@Slapshotg0al) September 19, 2016